As we stated yesterday, the mainline version released as part of the HW City / Street Power Series (left), lacks the detailing that the Fast & Furious version (right) had — which was disappointing considering both retailed for $1. This may be because Hot Wheels marketing decided to take less of a profit to produce these limited cars with extra details and/or a last-minute decision was made to add these details (base codes are 4 weeks apart). It could have even had to do with the licensing agreement calling for more details to increase the “authenticity” of it — without the whole story, all we can do is speculate. The Fast & Furious version was however, produced in smaller quantities than the mainline version since it was exclusive to Walmart stores.
If you what to see what I mean about the details, check out the two side-by-side shots for the difference. Notice those iconic headlights & taillights! How about that painted spoiler? It even has the hood vents. One thing I do wish it had? An open top with blue seats…maybe that’s for an Entertainment line release one day.
Its clear the Fast & Furious release is far superior to the mainline version. It showed at retail as well. As soon as collector’s got a hold of the new detailed Fast & Furious release, the mainline version started hanging around the pegs a little longer making it a lot easier to find, even making it a pegwarmer in some stores. It hung around until Paul Walker’s unfortunate death on November 30, 2013, when all of his vehicles from the Fast & Furious movies skyrocketed in price including the mainline version that had been a pegwarmer a couple weeks prior. The demand has since subsided.
As for the Hot Wheels Toyota Supra from the Fast & Furious line (shown below), collectors gobbled these up and it would eventually reappear in the Fast & Furious line for 2014 (also a Walmart exclusive).