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1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Mk1 – Fast and Furious 6 – Mattel

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:

Fast and Furious Wave 2 – Jada

I don’t post a lot about cars. I love cars, and I have a lot of Hot Wheels, but there is something about this line from Jada that speaks to me.

This is the Fast and Furious Wave 2 lineup. There are cars that span over many of the movies which makes it all the more fun.

The #1 car is Dom’s Chevy Chevelle. This is the car he drives away at the end of The Fast and the Furious. He is seen driving it through Baja. Later the same car makes a reappearance in Fast & Furious (4th movie). It has been repainted a really nice silver color.

The #2 car is Dom’s Dodge Charger Daytona. They bought it at an auction by Tej, and later Dom drives it to save Letty.

In #3 we have Brian’s Nissan GT-R (R35). Brian loves his Japanese cars, and even more so, falls for the Nissans. The GT-R (R35) was used to drive around Los Angeles to let the new girl help stop the bad guys by playing a shell game with cars. Unfortunately this one didn’t make it, but Brian was seen with four other R35’s over the course of three movies, so others probably still exist.

Dom has a love affair with the Charger. This (#4 car) version of the Charger R/T is seen at the end of Furious 7, when he and Brian cruise together into the sunset.  It is unfinished, and looks great in the brushed metal.

At #5 we have Letty’s Dodge Charger SRT8. Letty joined the boys in the race through the Caucasus Mountains as they try to stop a giant bus. Letty’s car is beefed up for some off-road driving. She uses the spoiler on the back of the car to save Brian and solidify her return to the team.

The #6 car is Letty’s Plymouth Barracuda.  This car was important for Fast & Furious 6, when Dom takes Letty to Race Wars.  It starts the process of her remembering who she was, though not for a while.   She later uses the car in the shell game to help protect Ramsey as she uses her computer.

Finally there is the Build-a-Figure Car. coming in at #7 is Brian’s Toyota Supra. Dom wants his 10 second car after the Eclipse was blown up by Johnny Tran’s men. Brian gets his hands on a busted Supra. After a whole bunch of work, they get it up to specs where it can beat a Ferrari on the PCH. This is a great car to include in the set, since it is the most iconic car of the entire series.

I love movie cars.  I have lots from Hot Wheels, and even a few of the Fast and Furious.  I knew this was going to be a way better way to get more cars.   I have wave 1 as well, but I am still missing one of the cars, which makes it hard to build the final car.   Hopefully I will be able to find it sooner rather than later.

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