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    It looks like the German Polizei livery is replaced in the US releases with a similar livery, but the word Police, See the G-Wagon with the boat Police livery and the Police gray & black livery in the Porsche 5-pack.

    Apparently someone in the corporate office doesn't understand that people in US can appreciate foreign liveries in their original spelling and script.

    Someone should tell them that Mattel through Hot Wheels and Matchbox already introduce the American public to liveries such as: POLIZEI, 警察庁, Polizia, ПОЛИЦИЯ, Police Nationale.

    I didn't buy the G-Wagon with the boat because it had the name POLICE on a German livery, and almost didn't buy the Porsche 5-pack because I hated the black & gray generic livery on the Police car.

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  • #2
    I AGREE! Keep the liverys the way they are because people CAN understand what it means if you can't then I'm sorry but go back to the first grade. I think it would be better with more GERMAN lettering on the vehicle

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    • #3
      Having seen none but the "POLICE" version (found at Hobby Lobby a year or so ago), I had no qualms about this one. Remember that in France, POLICE is spelled POLICE. So, it could be a "French" police vehicle in a border state, to unconfuse miscreants if they're German drivers, or vice-versa. (Just me making light of the situation...)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by b2young View Post
        Remember that in France, POLICE is spelled POLICE.
        That is true. Here is a Matchbox and a Majorette. They do have different color scheme though.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by b2young View Post
          Remember that in France, POLICE is spelled POLICE.
          it is? well I guess The Inspector cartoon lied to me then
          as their police cars & HQ often said Surete

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          • #6
            Is the little Blue Fiat on a Treasure Hunt card? I half a half dozen of those little blue Fiats and each one is on a card marked with the Treasure hunt logo behind the car. The car itself is NOT a Treasure hunt, just the cardstock.

            Mr. Bowtie
            Past President of the Diecast Liberation Movement & maybe possibly a member of the "Black With Flames" Classification Committee (if such an entity exists and has a classification committee) Which I deny ever being part of.

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            • #7
              Frank, that's been my interpretation of it and a main source of frustration. SIKU and Majorette (especially the German liveries) seem to perfectly replicate the liveries of specific countries without having any licensing, and they do a lot of them for several countries within Europe; as well as places like Australia and New Zealand. SIKU even had a Miami-Dade Air Rescue lettered helicopter in the 1980s when they were big in the US market.

              MBX even has a "SA Fire Service" presumed (and alluded to) being Australian, and it is not based on any real livery. Same with the NZ/AUS Subaru included. Majorette and Siku, respectively, have featured both countries.

              And that's why when having to really limit the number of cars I had on display, those that were simply loose interpretations of country-specific liveries (all MB or HW) were removed, and space-saving for Siku or Majorette versions. These included the Porsche and MBW in Polizei liveries from HW and the Subaru Impreza and Corvette in Polizei plus the Italian Lamborghini LP560-4. Sometimes, US-based members will buy Europe-only sets for specific makes they collect and then sell the remnants for an excellent price. That is how I got most of my modern Majorette emergency vehicles.


              What was reallly lazy was the HW Walmart-exclusive police series. They got the CHP license for the Camaro, but the (based on Dubai) Lamborghini had English lettering instead of Arabic, and the German and British police cars were generic.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cody6268 View Post
                Frank, that's been my interpretation of it and a main source of frustration. SIKU and Majorette (especially the German liveries) seem to perfectly replicate the liveries of specific countries without having any licensing, and they do a lot of them for several countries within Europe; as well as places like Australia and New Zealand. SIKU even had a Miami-Dade Air Rescue lettered helicopter in the 1980s when they were big in the US market.

                MBX even has a "SA Fire Service" presumed (and alluded to) being Australian, and it is not based on any real livery. Same with the NZ/AUS Subaru included. Majorette and Siku, respectively, have featured both countries.

                And that's why when having to really limit the number of cars I had on display, those that were simply loose interpretations of country-specific liveries (all MB or HW) were removed, and space-saving for Siku or Majorette versions. These included the Porsche and MBW in Polizei liveries from HW and the Subaru Impreza and Corvette in Polizei plus the Italian Lamborghini LP560-4. Sometimes, US-based members will buy Europe-only sets for specific makes they collect and then sell the remnants for an excellent price. That is how I got most of my modern Majorette emergency vehicles.


                What was reallly lazy was the HW Walmart-exclusive police series. They got the CHP license for the Camaro, but the (based on Dubai) Lamborghini had English lettering instead of Arabic, and the German and British police cars were generic.
                Speaking from this part of the world, we absolutely have to hold the license from Triple Zero in order to put their logo on our Emergency Service vehicles.
                The Dubai cars too are all officially licensed by Dubai Police. We suspect it'll be the same for many of our European collaborations too.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by James View Post
                  Is the little Blue Fiat on a Treasure Hunt card? I half a half dozen of those little blue Fiats and each one is on a card marked with the Treasure hunt logo behind the car. The car itself is NOT a Treasure hunt, just the cardstock.
                  There was some discussion of this when the HW model came out. I noticed the TH logo behind the car on the unopened card and posed the question myself (over on MCCH board?). You are correct; it is not, nor was it intended to (according to the discussion's conclusion) be a Treasure Hunt. But I think there were other non-TH models that were on cards also marked that way.

                  My opinion in retrospect? It must have been a factory error to do that.

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                  • #10
                    I consider them an error in packaging, some what like a HW which faces the wrong way, or is upside down. Or one that is on a card that portraysanother casting. Errors are rarer tha Treasure Hunt IMHO
                    Mr. Bowtie
                    Past President of the Diecast Liberation Movement & maybe possibly a member of the "Black With Flames" Classification Committee (if such an entity exists and has a classification committee) Which I deny ever being part of.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Frank View Post
                      It looks like the German Polizei livery is replaced in the US releases with a similar livery, but the word Police, See the G-Wagon with the boat Police livery and the Police gray & black livery in the Porsche 5-pack.

                      Apparently someone in the corporate office doesn't understand that people in US can appreciate foreign liveries in their original spelling and script.

                      Someone should tell them that Mattel through Hot Wheels and Matchbox already introduce the American public to liveries such as: POLIZEI, 警察庁, Polizia, ПОЛИЦИЯ, Police Nationale.

                      I didn't buy the G-Wagon with the boat because it had the name POLICE on a German livery, and almost didn't buy the Porsche 5-pack because I hated the black & gray generic livery on the Police car.

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                      Regardless of the county livery, those of us in the U.S. really can’t appreciate Majorette because they are seldom available!

                      Sorry the assortment of six VW’s at Target is a sad excuse for what the Majorette line could provide U.S. customers based on what they offer in other countries and once gave us in the 80’s.

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                      • #12
                        20 years ago there was the plan to use all over Europe the same colors for Police cars to make them easier to recognize... but in the end, it did not work.

                        The colors (beside a base color) were red and blue. But only countries like Austria, France, Netherlands and some more have those colors...

                        Italy (blue), Germany (blue (with yellow)) and many countires keep their liveries.

                        That might be the reason, beside the factor "cost" and "its just toys" for having the same colors for POLIZEI and POLICE.
                        Just offering a generic color scheme for the countries without dedicated SOS line up.

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