In the past, I mostly recall Jada Toys for their
custom cars and trucks in 1/24 scale. They had produced various
vehicles over the years in various sizes but their smallest always were
larger than your average Hot Wheels or Matchbox car which averages around
1/64. Jada themselves calls their Fast and Furious line 1:55 scale
for Series 1 and Series 2. I won't go into much detail here but if
you collect all six from each series you can build Brian's Supra from
Furious 6 and his Supra from The Fast and Furious respectively.
Hot Wheels are about 1:64 scale and they have produced
some Fast and Furious cars in their regular main $1.00 line-up and some
special series for stores such as Walmart with different packaging.
You'll also find some collectible cars they did such as the Fast and
Furious 1970 Dodge Charger with Blower (Supercharger) and added real rubber
tires/metal wheels. They are fairly faithful replicas with the price
point they have to work with.
Street Price: $5.00 for Jada, $1.00 for
Hot Wheels ($2.00 secondary market)
Jada Toys Fast and Furious Build N Collect Series
Pros: Nicer wheels, Closer Matching
Cons: Lack of paint detail on wing, plastic rear wing
Hot Wheels Mainline and Fast and Furious Exclusive
Pros: Solid construction with metal
wing, painted front headlights and black detail on rear wing
Cons: Missing details due to Hot Wheels casting such as
wheels, rear chrome panel
Overall, I would say go for what price point you collect at. For
example, if you prefer to collect $1 cars then shoot for getting the Hot
Wheels version but if you want something better but slightly larger then get the $5 or so Jada Toys version.
I would like Jada to have gone with a metal rear
wing to avoid the plastic droop that happens with the molding process.
I had gently pushed the wing up without stressing it too much but there
is still a slight bend to it which is unavoidable. I'm sure some
are straighter than others. The
Hot Wheels is better with a metal wing. Hot Wheels had designed a
custom 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona which while closely matches the movie
car is still not an exact but a very close representation. The paint
is close but should be a darker red with a glossy shine. Jada is
closer in color but they have gone with a more candy metallic rather
than a dark glossy red candy gloss that the movie car is painted in. I know it is hard to get an exact match
with these price points so overall I like both even with their positives and negatives.
both make great cars for anyone's collection who is into Fast and
Furious vehicles. The Hot Wheels one is good to have for yourself
and to give to a kid to play with while the Jada one is more of a
collectible version because the wing is more fragile on it.
Remember that Jada's series of Fast and Furious cars are slightly larger
when collecting and displaying them with Hot Wheels versions.
I hope you enjoyed my review and look forward to
cover more in the future. Feel free to
me your comments/questions on this review.
Hot Wheels in the foreground, Jada in
Jada is sized around 1:55 scale and
the Hot Wheels about 1/64.
You can see the effort that Jada put
into their diecast such as matching the rear to the movie car compared to the Hot Wheels