From the moment OTD broke the news that the Hot Wheels #Fast & Furious / 1/4 Mile Muscle series would feature two #Variations of the brand-new, #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS casting, collectors began expressing doubt. The doubt came from those collectors choosing to believe other “news” sites that pass unreleased & stolen content around — in this case it was an incorrect list. Skeptics thought there was no way Hot Wheels would release two of the same casting in different slots in a series of five, despite this news article having pictures from Mattel.
Soon, those collectors who chose to doubt, channeled their frustrations into proclaiming that the Hot Wheels team was “lazy” for choosing two of the same casting in this series when so many other #Fast & Furious #Muscle Cars deserved the premium treatment.
Were there other muscle cars that could have been in this series? Of course. Was the team “lazy” in choosing two of the same casting? Absolutely not.
The #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS that is driven by Dominic “Dom” Toretto (Vin Diesel), is one of the only cars to appear in multiple movies. Its featured two distinct paint jobs, between The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Fast & Furious (2009), and both of them are captured here. Plus, its a brand-new casting… an upgraded premium version of the collector-favorite #’70 Chevelle SS casting that was introduced in 1999.
As you can see above, the basic version of the #’70 Chevelle SS had seen primer gray before. It was in the #Fast & Furious themed assortment (multiple times) that has been released exclusively at Walmart since 2013. That, along with the fact the Chevelles occupied two of the five slots in this series, may have played a role in the primer gray Chevelle coming one to a case (of 10) — making it an instant chase piece in the minds of some collectors.
As collectors, sometimes we struggle with ambiguity in our world. Often times, several Hot Wheels castings are released under the same name and its hard to distinguish them in casual conversation — written and oral. For those keep tracking at home, this is the third version of the standard 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS to be released in Hot Wheels form. The first — #’70 Chevelle SS — was designed by Phil Riehlman and introduced in 1999. Later, #Jun Imai Designed a race-inspired casting, dubbed the #’70 Chevy Chevelle SS, and released in 2013. This latest casting, the #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS was a #Mark Jones Design, and will most likely never appear in the basic line like the other two castings. Also among the family of 1970-specific #Chevelles, was the ’70 Chevelle SS Convertible (2007), SS Express (2007), and the #’70 Chevelle SS Wagon (2009).
Much has been made about there being two of the #’70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS in this series. Love it, hate it, or falling somewhere in-between, ultimately, we get two awesome #Variations of the casting right off the bat. Numerically and chronologically, the red #Chevelle is first. It appeared at the very end of The Fast and the Furious (2001) and at the beginning of Fast & Furious (2009), until Dom stripped it down and rebuilt it to compete in a race in that same 4th installment of the movie — creating the primer gray version.
Both installments feature a ton of detail from hood pins to head/tail/marker lights, and even feature the same California “JSM 586” license plate. They are still showing up at retail so you can try your chances there if you haven’t found them yet, OR you buy these direct from Amazon for $5.49 & Free Shipping (each). The red, and even the more limited primer gray can be had for retail price. Grab yours today!
im still looking for the whole set of the original fast cars!!!
Aren’t those all plastic? … never collected them since they aren’t Hot Wheels.
i wouldnt call the grey chevelle a “chase” piece but a HTF one since its 1 per case of 10 and most retail stores get 1 case and if 1 collector wants a full set of 5 there goes the only grey chevelle.
I ordered mine on amazon with hopes my order wont get cancelled and it will arrive by end of june like stated. Or i will purchase on ebay for the going rate of $15-25 , fingers crossed these will hit retail hard since most of these F & F assortments become peg warmers after a while
Just got my set from Amazon. Ordered 1 of each & got an extra Firebird. THANK GOD they weren’t mutilated from the box, even though the bottom corners were a little bent from shifting around. Good call by not protecting contents Amazon ..boneheads!
Amazon likes to cut corners and ship w/o using packing material to CUT COSTS! I’ve had things arrive from Amazon damaged because the contents were shipped loose in box since they DON’T USE PACKING MATERIAL! How do you think the CEO Bezos is so rich? He omits the use of packing material to save money to possibly make more profit!
You’d think if they were to sell premium Hot Wheels products, they’d know collectors are buying them & try to PROTECT contents from harm .. BUT NOOOOOOOO! They risk damage to save a few pennies. The cars arrive in a box with NOTHING .. they just THROW the packs into an EMPTY BOX! It pisses you off & customers deserve better!
Oh yeah, the set .. very nice collection, but I firmly believe the primered Chevelle should have been replaced w/another model from the franchise. There are plenty of models which would make an awesome 1st time piece. The Monte Carlo would have been nice in this premium line, but instead.. it’s being put into an up & coming economy line.
Same here. I ordered the whole set from Amazon. I received 5 separate boxes; three came in relatively small boxes and the other two arrived in larger boxes. All were loose inside. All of them had slightly soft corners. One blister was broken and one card was bent. So… what to do going forward?
1. Get lucky and find all five on the pegs? Not likely.
2. Buy these by the case? I’ve received a lot worse in factory sealed cases, especially given the new eco-friendly blisters.
3. Deal with it by not collecting the packaging? I’m not ready to do that!
4. Pay the scalpers on eBay? Ugh.
He’s right my set What’s thrown in a box as well and J hook on the Firebird was bent as well as the corners Of the mustang and the primer Chevelle. Who at Amazon can you complain too?..
I collect hot wheels , not Mattel toys. Some were cool, yes but it’s an odd size to consider as a 1/64 collector. .. meh.