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.
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.
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.