Fast & Furious Friday

I have a few things to show in this post today. First, a pictoral review of the 1/24 Bayside Blue R34 by Jada, from the fourth F&F movie. Then, some quick snaps of my most recent 1/55 F&F additions (again, by Jada) to finish off the Build & Collect series. Get ready...

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Ahh, so this shiny blue R34. It uses the same casting that Jada’s had for years, so don’t expect it to be 100% movie accurate. Aggressive bodykit? Check. Oversized wheels? Check. It’s got a lot of character despite how unrealistic it may be.

This particular R34 from the movie doesn’t have any standout features or graphics that make it unique, unlike the one from 2 Fast 2 Furious. Just think of it as another R34 in your collection.

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For obvious reasons, I had to put these two together in photos:

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There are a few areas where these two differ, namely the hood, spoiler, and wheels. Which one do I like better? The silver one, for sure. Those graphics are just too iconic, and I also prefer the 6-spoke wheels.

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Now onto the smaller stuff. The 1/55 Build & Collect series that I’ve been searching high and low for. I now have the complete set.

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I feel the need to express how great the idea behind this series is from Jada’s perspective. Force the die-hard, must-have collectors to purchase the whole set just to complete that Supra, which in itself is a desirable casting in today’s JDM-crazy world. This means you can move more of the products that no one wants (read: the muscle cars here). I know I personally fell for it. Had it not been for the build-able Supra, I probably would’ve only purchased the Skyline and Lykan.

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The Skyline was unsurprisingly the hardest one to find. Ironically, I found another one at Toys’R’Us today, but I don’t need a second. IMO, it’s easily the best of the series. My only real complaint here is the ride height but otherwise, it’s an awesome piece.

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What’s nice about the 1/55 series is that these are completely new castings. Jada didn’t simply reuse their old R34 casting like they did with the 1/24’s. They made a new one specifically tailored to match the movie car. That means the bodykit, spoiler, and wheels all match that of the real thing. It’s most evident on this Skyline.

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With its big brother:

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Here’s the Supra. Complete at last. Is it worth buying the whole set for this one? Maybe these pictures can help you decide.

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The casting itself is great; it’s the detailing that needs work. The lights, rear especially, are too basic. But those wheels though, man are they great...

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Well that’s the end folks, thanks for tuning in! I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed collecting and photographing these cars!

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