Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

Lights, Camera, "Fast Five" Friday

Welcome to Lights, Camera, the showcase for movie cars. And look who dropped in the neighborhood. Here we have a popular looking JDM and while not the main car used in the movie, it was the first car to be introduced or to appear in that said movie if my recollection is still accurate.

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That movie is called “Fast Five” which is the 5th movie in the F&F franchise. During the showing of this movie I was then not familiar with this vehicle. I actually have forgotten that the Hakosuka (nickname given by fans of this car) was even used in this movie until Hot Wheels release their Fast and Furious 1/64 collection which now included this Skyline. When this bigger scale model was released it was more than a year in the waiting for me as it was never available in either Walmart or Target in our area. It was by chance that I dropped by Walmart one day and spotted a black model which I thought at first may be Dom’s charger but a closer look finally revealed it was the one I was looking for.

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This official F&F licensed vehicle is Brian’s Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R and was made by none other than Jada under their Metals die cast brand.

The box did not indicate the scale so I will assume that Jada would categorize this as their 1/24 but I can safely say that it is rather too big for 1/24 but likely smaller than 1/18. Let’s first look at the real Hakosuka used in the movie below and compare it with the Jada model.

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Picture borrowed from the Fast and Furious Fandom website.
Picture borrowed from the Fast and Furious Fandom website.
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At first glance it looks almost identical but being a model or toy there are bound to be differences from the actual Skyline.

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The obvious differences are the addition of fender flares and bumper spoiler aka air dam. I also doubt that Brian’s Skyline would include roll bars.

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Although I love the opening feature, the trunk does not stay fully open and I have to hold it up. Also notice the Philip screws underneath which holds the spoiler? Those really spoiled the looks.

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The hood stays opened but due possibly to flaw in design, it does not open all the way. The motor has a slightly decent detail.

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I really like that it has all the required opening features but I find the interior and motor to be just fairly decent and not quite fully detailed model. If you are serious about collecting realistic looking casting you may not be happy with what Jada has to offer. I consider this model a middle of the ground casting that can be considered as a realistic looking toy for kids and still appeal to budget conscious collector.

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All I’m waiting for now is a Brian O’Conner figurine.

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