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#477 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [fintail]
Feb 27, 2013 (11:49 am)
I see Majorette toys here in some dept stores but the quality seems cheap, not the same as I remember with full metal bottom and body, suspension, or opening doors or hoods.
What's dissapointing is that lately Toys R Us stopped carrying 1:18 scale cars, even from Maisto, and started bringin in some really cheap looking chinese cars/figurines that I would not even glance at at the dollar store.
Here's my son about a year ago with some of the cars I gave him. The coolest thing is he's such a car guy and he's only 3.5 years old but can name pretty much all car makes and many models out on the street:
#478 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [boomchek]
Feb 27, 2013 (12:20 pm)
Like so many other things, when Majorette moved production from the first world, quality suffered. All Majorette vehicles from my childhood were made in France - I think later toys are made in Thailand.
Cute pic - having a car nut dad has to help, you can teach him and enable a collection. I know my dad's like of old cars helped get me going. I can't remember when I could start naming cars, but it came around fairly young I am sure.
When you go on your upcoming vacation, look in department stores - I bet they will have something. You'd love some of the toy stores in Germany, some I have visited have practically an entire floor for toy cars.
#479 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [fintail]
Feb 27, 2013 (12:28 pm)
He's such a Mercedes fan. Our good friend had an 03 SL500 which my son loved, but then he got rid of it and got an 06 CLS which my son also loves.
I'm excited about our vacation because he'll get to learn some non North American makes like Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, and stuff that we don't see here generally. Even he recognizes some of these makes too from car magazines that we read together.
#480 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [fintail]
Feb 27, 2013 (12:30 pm)
I still have a Majorette Cadillac Brougham limo that is stamped "Made in France."
#481 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [boomchek]
Feb 27, 2013 (12:33 pm)
That's funny - what does he notice about MB? Back in my day, they were pretty uncommon still - I don't know what got me started. No real friends of the family had one, but I remember a doctor who had a smoky W126 300SD that interested me. I always liked my toy MBs, something about the styling - even of sedans, they seemed right.
When I was a little kid, I remember I liked MGs, VW (Rabbit based) pickups, and Porsches most, and I liked antique cars.
The logos for those French cars will be easy for him. He'll be able to discern Citroen styling, no doubt.
#482 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [lemko]
Feb 27, 2013 (12:33 pm)
I had two of those, one was white, the other kind of a grey or green. I remember the sliding sunroof. Lost to the ravages of time.
#483 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [fintail]
Feb 27, 2013 (12:58 pm)
Not sure what he likes about them, he just does. But I think his favorite car to ride in was a Maserati QP, one I had for a weekend from work. He loved the piano black trim and all the cool switchgear:
Speaking of Majorette Cadillac limos, I still have mine from my childhood, which of course my son plays with:
#484 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [boomchek]
Feb 27, 2013 (1:05 pm)
Great pics, both of them. I still have some of my old toy cars, but most were ruined or given away.
My earliest cool car memory is riding in a white 911 with a whale tail - I remember it had sheepskin seat covers (early 80s), I was enthralled. Also, family who lived across the street had a white RX-7, I loved that thing and would tag along with them just to ride in it - if I was lucky, their son and I could get a ride to school (kindergarten!) in it.
#485 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [fintail]
Feb 27, 2013 (1:16 pm)
I bet a Porsche in the early 80s would have been cool. Exotic cars back then were not as common as they are today, so it was a rare sight seeing a Porsche, Ferrari, or Lambo on the street, let alone riding in one.
My favorite memory as a child was back in Poland when a family friend came to show us a Fiat 131 Supermirafiori.
In the 80s in Poland where all you had was communist Ladas, Trabants, and Polish Fiats, this car blew me away. Sunroof, power windows, cool styling for that time, and he took us for a spin, promptly getting the speed up to about 180km/h which I remember vividly. It was a cool experience!
#486 of 548 Re: 1/18 Scale fans> [boomchek]
Feb 27, 2013 (3:20 pm)
Exotics really were exotic then. A Ferrari or Aston today barely makes me look - but I remember it was a huge deal when I saw my first Ferrari on the road, and even things like MBs and BMWs were unusual enough to turn my head. The cars being cheaper and easier to acquire today has changed the landscape.
Your story reminds me of something I watched on TV when the wall fell - someone in Hungary or Czech had somehow acquired an 80s Celica, which was apparently a real exotic, and he was driving it to Austria or Germany.
I remember there was a Fiat 131 wagon in town when I was maybe 11 years old - it was even badged "automatic", probably not a good thing.