Hot Wheels has once again released a new late ’60s Dodge Charger casting. This time, its via the #Fast & Furious premium line as the newest #Charger is straight out of F9: The Fast Saga (2021) which premieres in theaters in just a couple of weeks. This entirely new casting is named “Dodge Charger” on its Fast & Furious / Fast Stars series blister card, but the base casts it as: #’68 Dodge Charger — lets go with that for disambiguation purposes. Universal actually lists it as a 500 for you other classic Charger fans out there.
Hot Wheels already has a wealth of #’69 Dodge Charger castings as I wrote an article showcasing them all a couple months ago on HWC supporting the release of the RLC Exclusive: ’69 Dodge Charger R/T. There is also the Hot Wheels #’67 Dodge Charger, so its nice to finally have a ’68. There isn’t much that separates the ’68 from the ’69 — apart from the grill and taillights — but with this car being specific to the movie, it does pack a little something extra.
What really makes this new #’68 Dodge Charger casting cool is the heft. Break this one out of the package and you’ll feel how heavy it is thanks to the metal/metal base/body combo, and the widebody nature of the design. Some collectors have mentioned that this is the premium version of the restomod ’69 Dodge Charger R/T from the Red Line Club — its not. This brand-new casting is clearly different than just the name implies.
As you peer through the rear window, you’ll notice what looks like an engine embraced by a separate roll bar piece. Thanks to the latest F9 trailer, we now know that this Charger will have some sort of super magnet in it, obliterating cars up and down the street. And, as Fast Stars implies, this Charger will have a starring role in the movie.
The only negative? Since this casting is licensed by Universal (in addition to Dodge), you probably won’t be seeing it outside of Fast & Furious premium, bummer huh? I love Chargers, I love bright colors. Sadly, this casting will probably never be released with a deco that strays from this on — double bummer.
Either way, Fast & Furious premium nets us another Charger from the saga. The casting is one of the nicest Chargers Hot Wheels has done and is reason enough for this line to persist. I know there may be some fatigue from collectors coupled with the fact that some are overwhelmed by #Fast & Furious Hot Wheels in general, but for me, Hot Wheels could release a 100 Charger castings from this era and I probably would buy every single one. Keep ’em coming, Mattel. Now, to see what other treasures from F9 come our way…