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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Majorette 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The Viper was not the only new Chrysler casting for the Majorette brand.  In fact, two more also appeared in the mist of an oversaturated field of replica's: the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

707 horsepower coming from a supercharged 6.4L HEMI V8 to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic to the rear wheels.  Pure American Muscle!  This is what the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is all about.  As I mentioned before it's becoming a saturated market with the Hot Wheels and 1:24 Jada Toys versions that I already reviewed, and soon Siku will have one as well.  Majorette managed to get this one out ahead of the Siku model and it looks great in either green with or without the racing decals.  I would prefer the green to be a shade lighter to better resemble the Sublime Green color on the real car.  The front has the round headlights as part of the window tool, a black grille and lower black grille with chin spoiler.  The hood has the Viper-style air scoop and vents, while the sides have the Hellcat logo and chrome multispoke wheels.  The bodylines look right at some angles while a bit too big on some, but at least it has exterior mirrors and opening doors.

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The rear has the LED taillights in a black panel and dual exhaust tips.  With the working suspension this Challenger feels better suited for both the road and track with great handling for such a big car.  The interior has some pretty good details for such a small scale: detailed wrap-around dashboard and center console, the 3-spoke steering wheel, and the bolstered front seats.  Once again the humps from the suspension start to impede the bottom of the front seats.  Despite the crowded field of Challenger Hellcat's out there in small scale this Majorette version is a nicely done 1:64 scale model.

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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Another field that is saturated is the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.  I have reviewed several examples already, from two-door to four-door in various special edition trims.  At one point Jada Toys was the only one to have a replica of the new Jeep, but man over just a few years an explosion of replica's have appeared and now it's Majorette's turn.  Majorette has done the Jeep casting before during the heyday of the CJ-5 era.  This new Rubicon looks good despite wearing car-like tires for a SUV that should be wearing more aggressive truck tires.  On the bright side the working suspension does allow for incredible wheel articulation and combine that with plenty of ground clearance, live front and rear axles, and a two-speed transfer case this Jeep can go anywhere without breaking a sweat.

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The casting is a pretty big one as it's twice as big as the Greenlight 1:64 version.  The front has round clear headlights, round lower signal lights, 7-bar grille, and front bumper with integrated foglights.  The hood has detailed latches and Rubicon on the sides, while the side profile has detailed fenders, door handles, and latches.  However, I had to add black to the fenders and other trim areas as they look unfinished on this model.  The plastic softtop has that realistic look, but the top cannot be removed.  At the rear is square taillights, spare tire with the real truck's rim, and a trailer hitch for towing.  The interior has seating for four with a detailed dashboard, 3-spoke steering wheel, and the dual shifters for the two-speed transfer case, six-speed manual hooked up to the 3.6L DOHC V6 motor.  This is an off-roader not a track vehicle as the Jeep exhibited lots of body roll in the cornering tests.  Still this Jeep is a welcome addition to the Majorette line and one that will get lots of use for years to come.

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