By Maz Woolley
This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in June 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site.
The first three issues in the Atlas Jaguar collection have now reached subscribers. All the models issued so far have already appeared in other partworks and it is questionable whether these models are worth the price Atlas are charging for them. The rather low prices that they are reaching on eBay tends to suggest that collectors are not overly excited by them.
#1 Jaguar Mark II
This model appears to be based on the elderly Corgi Classics model as was the Police car in the Atlas Police series.
It has the same shortcomings such as an over large leaper and poor wheels.
Finished in red so that they can hint at a Morse connection without actually licensing it as a replica of the car used in the Television series.
#2 Jaguar E Type
Close inspection shows this to be identical, other than the colour, with the model used in the Atlas Sports Car collection.
A rather better model in this case made by Ixo.
#3 Jaguar XK140
Another casting seen before in DeAgostini sports car range to a lower standard of detail and widely available through secondary sellers for a much lower price.
Again Ixo are believed to be the source for this model and the model supplied to Atlas has good paint work and nice detailing though whether this seems enough to justify the Atlas price is debatable.
It is to be hoped that some of the more attractive models included in the publicity for the range arrive shortly. I suspect that many initial subscribers will fall away unless the collection starts to offer better value for money soon.
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