So you can imagine my surprise when I saw the newest set Mattel is about to release in stores worldwide. We've already seen all the cool cars in the series replicated at a 1/64th scale, but some have evaded the process. But we'll get to that in a second.
Mia's '96 Acura Integra GS-R
It's not a big part of that film, we'll give you that, but it's still a memorable appearance for anyone who is a big fan of the series. As expected, this car features a Metalflake Blue finish, and Real Riders Six-Spoke Mag wheels for that JDM look. You'll find larger-scale replicas of Mia's vehicles from other manufacturers, but we're happy to see one from Hot Wheels either way. And for most people, this will be the highlight of the third Fast & Furious mix for 2023.
'99 Nissan Maxima (A32)
That doesn't sound impressive, especially compared to the Supra or the Charger, but that was enough for a sidekick then. Mattel used the Metalflake Dark Blue color to mimic the original Dodge Viper GTS Metallic Blue paint. The Maxima is rolling around on Real Riders Five-Spoke Modern wheels, and we can certainly acknowledge it as one of the leading contenders for the Best Cars in the set.
BMW M3 E46
You will need help noticing any difference between the 2020 and 2023 iterations. Sure, this is a replica of a car that appeared in Furious 7, but it's still disappointing to see the lack of originality here. M3 fans will find five other variations of this casting on the market, and the 2021 Deutschland Design iteration in Laguna Seca Blue is the coolest. But the 2022 Mexico Convention release is slightly more notable given the context, although it will cost you more to get one.
Ford Shelby GT350R
It is identical to the 2023 variation, or at least it's hard to tell them apart without having both in front of your eyes concomitantly. This will feel like an excellent idea for people just taking up the hobby, but some veterans aren't happy about it. And there's always that dilemma: "Should I buy the whole set for collecting value or just the items I genuinely love?"
Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
It has seven variations on the market, including this new one. My favorites are the 2016 Forza Motorsport First Edition model, and the 2020 Door Slammers release. This new Orange iteration is the second one for 2023 and features the same Real Riders Steelie wheels as its "Spettacolare" predecessor.
I've only come across one seller on eBay that advertises selling Mix 3 of the Hot Wheels Fast & Furious set so far, and he is asking $73 for it. If you can be patient for at least two or three more weeks, you can buy it for half that price. In the meantime, you can look for other older sets. Or you can locate the recent non-premium releases that include vehicles such as Neela's RX-8 or Sean's drift-spec Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
One thing is for sure; you shouldn't worry about finding enough Hot Wheels Fast & Furious collectibles for your display at home. But remember that a complete series doesn't come cheap. We expect a cost of at least $2,000 for all of Mattel's Fast replicas in existence if not more.