Another day, another company tackling the amazing cars from the Fast and the Furious franchise. This time around it is none other than the Hot Wheels parent company Mattel. This is a different series than Hot Wheels, and a different series than Matchbox. I am starting to get the feeling that Mattel is working hard to corner the market on the diecast market.
Jada usually has the movie licenses in 1:55 scale, which is where we just ended the last run of Fast and Furious vehicles. Most of those are making a reappearance in this series of 32 cars. The fun part of Jada was the Build-a-Car feature they had. Each vehicle in the set had a part to build another car. This time around we are not so lucky. And the price tag. $3.99! Ouch!! That is a lot to pay for a diecast car that is slightly larger than the $.99 Hot Wheels. Yes these have some added detail that the standard Hot Wheels don’t have, but that is a lot to ask when you, as a company, are trying to get people to buy 32 cars. Not to mention again that we saw many of those cars executed really well by Jada not that long ago. I have a feeling that we are going to see these cars warming the pegs for a while, unless they all go on sale for a great price. I would like to add some of the new cars for the upcoming movie, but not for that price point.
I did however need to get my hands on one of the cars. For me, Brian always had the best cars. They were always a bit different than the rest, and the 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk1 is no different. This car started life in Europe. I grew up with an Escort in my family. A teal wagon with a 5-speed manual transmission. But that was the American version that used the name started in Europe in the late 60s. Eventually the dreaded 80s look took this car from a rally great to a family sedan, but in the meantime, this car had some great style.
This is a great little car. Built back in the day, when artists designed cars. Even if it was for an economy car. The stance is right, just a little added graphics, and some added rally lights to the front. And gold rims? Awesome!
The cars used in the movie were rebuilt from the ground up. They used 5 in the movie, destroying 2 in the jump scene where Brian has to save Roman from the tank.
This was really the only car I really wanted that has come out so far. There may be another few that haven’t come out yet, and I will be keeping my eyes out for them. I would have to have the green Eclipse, since it was the first car of the film franchise. But for now, the Escort has joined my 1:55 scale F&F family of cars.
In case you want to see the little Escort in action, I have a little video for you. It is easy to see how two of the 5 cars were destroyed making this jump: