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Fast & Furious: MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 7

One of the issues Hot Wheels collectors have had with the #Walmart Exclusive, Themed Assortment #Fast & Furious cars is that a lot of them have been repeat releases over the years. Sure, Hot Wheels has changed up a wheel style here and there, but for the most part, there have been a lot of cars from the movie franchise that have been overdone — whereas some popular, “star cars” haven’t been done at all.

The 2019 iteration of the #Fast & Furious series at Walmart introduced five new #Movie Cars that haven’t been released by Hot Wheels before. Only the Buick Grand National returns in the series of six. The ’95 Mazda RX-7, #Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7, ’70 monte Carlo, Nissan 370Z and ’61 Chevrolet Impala are all first-timers — with this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution having the most star-power of this group.

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Hot Wheels Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 from the 2019 Fast & Furious series with the other 5 cars from this Walmart Exclusive series

This #Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution played a major role in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) as it was driven by Brian O’Conner (played by the late, Paul Walker) in several key racing sequences. It becomes the 4th car from 2 Fast 2 Furious to be made into a Hot Wheels car.

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Hot Wheels Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 from the 2019 Fast & Furious series with the other three 2 Fast 2 Furious cars that Hot Wheels has made

If I remember correctly, #Mitsubishi supplied two of the “star cars” for this film, with this Evo being the latest generation: making it an Evo 8. The Hot Wheels casting used for this release is the Evo 7, however, the two are nearly identical, with the main difference coming in the lights. Since this Hot Wheels #Fast & Furious release doesn’t even have tampo’d lights, it really shouldn’t be an issue. Plus, the car isn’t labelled as a “7” as the packaging states, “MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION”.

I am actually surprised a lot of collectors aren’t talking about this release. Given the #JDM climate and the fact that this is the first time the #Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 7 has been released since 2012 — AND that this release adds another “star car” to the growing #Fast & Furious fleet. Either way, I’m glad that I could add it to my collection as it was one I had hoped Hot Wheels would make, for a long time. Look for this one now at Walmart. It is part of the pegged, Themed Entertainment line that retails for $2.14 here in the United States. It comes one to a case and you won’t want to miss it.

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RELEASE DETAILS: Satin Anti-Freeze Body (metal). Tinted Windows. Black Interior. Chrome PR5 Wheels. Black Base (plastic). Made in Thailand. Toy# FYY56. Released in 2019 as #3 of 6 in the Walmart Exclusive, Fast & Furious series.

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  1. That new fast and furious Mitsubishi lancer evolution 7 is awesome. I will be on the hunt for this one and I can’t wait to add this one to my hotwheels collection. πŸ‘

  2. Hi! Trivia about the Evo version: the version used in the movie it’s actually the Evo 7 with Evo 8 badges and custom taillights. Mitsubishi was still developing Evo 8 when the movie was being shot. The Evo 7 hood is the giveaway. The casting is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII WRC with the movie deco. Compared to the movie car the bumper, roof scoop and rear wing are different, but I like it a lot still! A welcome addition!

    • Awesome! Thank you for that. I saw various sites arguing between it being a 7 and an 8 … and I remember Mitsubishi had a hand in at least making it look like the 8. This WRC casting obviously falls short, but for being a $2 car, I (like you) think its pretty cool. Maybe one day they will tool up the movie car for the premium line, but I feel that is far behind a lot of other cars on the priority list — so this will do!

  3. The car in the movie actually was a 2002 Evo7, which was produced from February 2001 to January 2003 and not sold in the US. The Evo8 didn’t come out until later January 2003 for the US market.

  4. I think the only reason no one is talking about these, is partially due to the fact no one can seem to find these. I’ve hit ten Walmart’s in Oregon, nothing. It’s definitely not lit.

  5. The car in the movie was an Evo 7, as others have pointed out. The Evo wasn’t sold in the US (and the Evo 8 wasn’t yet unveiled) when 2F2F was being filmed, they actually imported Evo 7s from Europe and Japan.

    The reason why I think people aren’t interested in this is because the casting and the livery don’t go together that well. Maybe they should’ve made a proper 2F2F version in the premium set, like they did with the Eclipse and Jetta. And it’s also about time we had a stock Evo 7.

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