Majorette Contender

So, what's new? Majorette are now available at Walmart, that's what's new. And I decided that I should have a look at at least one Majorette car and compare it to a Hot Wheels car to see where Majorette stood in comparison. So off to the store I went, and I selected a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, since I just happened to have a Hot Wheels of the same alleged make. And just to compare $4 Majorette apples to $4 Hot Wheels apples, I even had a Car Culture Euro Style model so that we can really compare value for value.

Unfortunately, I picked a bad color:

..yes, either the black gets turned to mud, or the white car gets washed out. However, I think we can muddle through.
As far as the model goes, I think the Majorette is the more faithfully rendered one. The car is a little taller across all cross-sections, and to my eye looks more realistic than the Hot Wheels car does. The detail is nice, it is hard to see but the Majorette car does have black-on-black paint which really does look nice in the hand. By way of comparison, the Hot Wheels car feels heavier, like there is more stuff in it, and it has the benefit of the Real Rider tires to the Majorette car's hard plastic wheels.

Overall, I'd say the Majorette car is the better model, even though the construction is more of a "toy". Whereas the Hot Wheels is built to be a more robust toy, even though said play value is diminished through the "model" features like premium finish and Real Rider wheels.

As far as value goes, the Hot Wheels car is pretty good value for what you get when comparing it to the mainline. The car isn't really meant to be played with and has nice features that enhance the look and feel. For the Majorette car, though, comparing the $4 car with the $4 premium Hot Wheels makes the Majorette car feel a little under-done due to the lack of Real Rider tires and a lack of heft to to the car. However if you compare it to the $1 Hot Wheels mainlines -- which maybe are more reasonably considered the target market -- it feels expensive without corresponding value.

I'll still buy more in the future if the model, rendering, and decoration appeals to me, but over all I think this particular car's price makes it a disappointment.