Jada 2017 Fast & Furious Dom’s Chevy Impala

My wife and son and I enjoy watching the Fast & Furious movies. If you like hot cars, beautiful people, exotic locations and lots of unbelievable action, The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise, will not disappoint you.

Dom’s Chevy Impala doesn’t have a huge role in the movie, but it shows up in the beautiful opening scene, cruising through the streets of Havana. I won’t give too much away, but I’m glad to report that the Impala escapes the fate of what had to have been hundreds of cars wrecked in the making of the film.

At 1:32, this ’61 Impala is about as large as I go, but the Impala isn’t found in the smaller scale (1:55) Jada F8 models. Of course the larger scale allows for opening doors and some nice detailing.

2017 Fast & Furious | Dom’s Chevy Impala | #24037 | red | 1:32

The back of the package showns the other Fate of the Furious cars available in this scale.

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New Year’s Inventory

Someone asked me recently how many cars I had in my collection. The best guess I could come up with was “in the hundreds” but I wasn’t really sure. So I decided to spend part of New Year’s Day counting everything up. I keep updated lists, so it was mostly just a matter of counting and totaling the numbers. Or so I thought, until I realized how many items were not on my supposedly updated lists. After a few more days of inventorying, I came up with a total of 951 items.

I generally think of my collection as having three categories: Vintage, Novas and Impalas. But occasionally I can’t resist something that doesn’t really fit into any of these. I counted multi-car packs as single items and I did not include several buckets of cars that I have acquired over the years that I have deemed not worthy of my collection. These are the cars that my son and I use whenever we break out the Hot Wheels tracks.

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397 Vintage
In my collection, “vintage” is very loosely defined. These 395 items include my childhood collection and a bunch of almost entirely loose cars with a focus on blackwall-era Hot Wheels. The oldest items would be a few late-1950s Lesney-era Matchbox cars, and I cheat the “blackwall era” with a few cars into the early 1990s.

I have 45 cars that I’ve managed to hold onto from my childhood. They include 18 Matchbox, 9 Hot Wheels, 7 Tomica Pocket Cars, 6 Husky, 4 Playart and a single Majorette.

The remaining 350 Vintage cars break down as follows:

Hot Wheels – 219
Matchbox – 53
Corgi – 14
Zylmex – 11
Yatming – 9
Racing Champions – 8
Majorette – 7
Road Champs – 4
Ertl – 4
Tomica – 4
Siku – 2
Summer – 2
Barclay – 1
Husky – 1
Kidco – 1
Playart – 1
Pit Row – 1
Tin Toys – 1
Unknown – 9

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262 Impalas
When I first started picking up Impalas, I would take them out of the package and display them on a bookcase I had in my bachelor pad. Series like Jada’s Homie Rollerz and the Revell Lowrider Magazine cars encouraged me to start keeping them in the packages. Since Hot Wheels rolled out the ’59 Chevy Impala in 1997, there has been a steady stream of new Impala castings and variations, which puts the brand at the top of this list with 85 items.

Hot Wheels – 85
Johnny Lightning – 59
Revell – 22
Jada – 21
M2 Machines – 15
Greenlight – 14
Maisto – 11
Ertl – 6
Racing Champions – 6
Malibu International – 5
Motor Max – 4
Muscle Machines – 3
Auto World – 3
Disney – 3
Classic Metal Works – 1
Craft House – 1
Geospace – 1
Route 66 – 1
Unknown – 1

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188 Novas
The 2004 release of the Hot Wheels 1968 Nova was an exciting moment for me as a collector. Hot Wheels now has a variety of Nova castings going back to the first-generation body style, so the brand is at the top of my Nova list with 85 items.

Hot Wheels – 85
Johnny Lightning – 38
M2 Machines – 27
Maisto – 10
Muscle Machines – 9
Jada – 7
Ertl – 5
Racing Champions – 3
Playing Mantis – 2
GMP – 1
Universal Hobbies – 1

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104 Miscellaneous
The 90 items here include 10 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary models from 1998, lots of Batmobiles, NASA-themed items including 3 Hot Wheels Action Packs, some 2005-2006 Hot Wheels Classics and a bunch of other odds and ends.

Hot Wheels – 78
Johnny Lightning – 5
Jada – 4
Matchbox – 4
Lledo – 2
Quartzo – 2
Revell – 2
Bauer – 1
Hormel Promo – 1
Maisto – 1
Upper Deck Collectibles – 1
Unknown – 2

My Collection by Brand
My collection is made up of at least 41 different brands. Being well-represented in all of my categories, the Hot Wheels brand dominates with 476 items. Johnny Lightning comes in second with 102, mostly due to the many Nova and Impala releases during the RC2 era. It’s interesting to note that Matchbox has never made a Nova and the only Impalas made in recent years are the eight-generation version which I have no interest in, yet the brand takes third place with 75 items in my vintage collection.

Hot Wheels – 476
Johnny Lightning – 102
Matchbox – 75
M2 Machines – 42
Jada – 31
Revell – 24
Maisto – 22
Quartzo – 2
Racing Champions – 18
Greenlight – 14
Corgi – 13
Tomica – 11
Zylmex – 11
Yatming – 9
Husky – 7
Majorette – 7
Ertl – 6
Malibu International – 5
Motor Max – 5
Playart – 5
Road Champs – 4
Disney – 3
Auto World – 3
Lledo – 2
Playing Mantis – 2
Siku – 2
Summer – 2
Barclay – 1
Bauer – 1
Classic Metal Works – 1
Craft House – 1
Geospace – 1
GMP – 1
Hormel Promo – 1
Kidco – 1
Pit Row – 1
Route 66 – 1
Tin Toys – 1
Upper Deck Collectibles – 1
Universal Hobbies – 1
Unknown – 12

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For several years, the South Texas Diecast website was my go-to for information on Hot Wheels. The site was home to the most complete online listing of Hot Wheels variations -compiled over 16 years by Diecast Hall of Famer, Robert Graves, Jr. – from the first redlines to the latest releases. In November of 2015, partly to ensure his database would live on, Graves decided to merge the STDC site into hobbyDB.

hobbyDB is more than diecast. The wiki-like site catalogs over 152,000 collectible items in over 30,000 subjects and claims nearly 10,000 users. With detailed descriptions of each item, not only is it a great source of information for the collector, users can also take advantage of the system to keep track of their own collections, create a wishlist, or buy and sell items as well.

Access to this amazing database is “free forever”, but hobbyDB relies on thousands of collectors to help keep the listings up-to-date and accurate. If you are a collector and you are interested in helping out, click this link for more information on becoming a hobbyDB curator.

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Jada ’67 Chevy Nova SS

I recently found this Jada BIGTIME Muscle ’67 Chevy Nova at Toys ‘R Us. See my other variations of the Jada ’67 Nova below. This Wave 20 variation has a cutout in the hood so the blown engine can breathe.

Jada Toys | BIGTIME Muscle | Wave 20 | ’67 Chevy Nova SS | red
2005 BIGTIME Muscle | ’67 Chevy Nova SS  | yellow & black

2005 BIGTIME Muscle | ’67 Chevy Nova SS | silver & black

2005 BIGTIME Muscle | ’67 Chevy Nova SS | silver & black stripes & flames

2007 For Sale | ’67 Chevy Nova SS | gray and black primer

Favorite Series: Homie Rollerz

Back when I was still single, I discovered Homies figures in a vending machine at the grocery store. Every time I went out for a grocery run, I would reward myself with a new figure or two. Years later, after he was old enough to not try to eat them, my son inherited my collection of figures. The characters were created by California cartoonist David Gonzalez, whose comic strip “Hollywood” appeared in Lowrider Magazine. According to the official website, “the Homies are a group of tightly knit Chicano buddies who have grown up in the Mexican American barrio (neighborhood) of “Quien Sabe”, (who knows) located in East Los Angeles.”

These Homie Rollerz were released by Jada Toys in 2004. I thought I had the all of the 1/64th cars, but the JadaClub website shows other color variations and castings that might have been part of the same or a later release.

img_18612004 Homie Rollerz | 1987 Buick Regal | black | with Eightball & Laughing Boy

img_18622004 Homie Rollerz | ’59 Chevy Impala | copper | with Cruzer & Gordo

img_18632004 Homie Rollerz | ’58 Chevy Impala | white | with Chuco & Angel

img_18642004 Homie Rollerz | ’65 Chevy Impala | red | with Buddha & Droopy

img_18652004 Homie Rollerz | ’64 Chevy Impala | blue | with Ice Block & Gato

img_18662004 Homie Rollerz | ’63 Chevy Impala | orange | with Melon & Nightowl

I try to stay away from 1/24th scale cars (for lack of space), but I couldn’t resist this ’47 Chevy Fleetline which came with four Homie figures. It’s got an opening hood and doors and I like that it has the old-style car cooler in the passenger side window.

img_1869 img_18702004 Homie Rollers | ’47 Chevy Crestline | metallic green and black | with Hollywood & Gata, Silk and Mija

When my wife and I got married, these two Homies were our cake topper.

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And finally, here’s a variation on the theme. Homie Hoppers are 1/25th scale remote control (plastic, not die cast – made by Lindberg) models with “hopping’ action.” Prior to today, this ’64 Impala had never been taken out of the box, but my son is right now practicing his hops.

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Badge City Heat ’59 Impala Fire and Police Cars

I stopped by Toys”R”Us last week and found a couple of nice Impalas by JADA toys (makers of one of my all-time favorites, the Homie Rollers series). It was good to find both the Fire and Police cars in the Badge City Heat series, Wave 3.

IMG_8166IMG_8171Badge City Heat | 2011 Wave 3 | ’59 Chevy Impala Police | #036 | black/white | 1:64

IMG_8167IMG_8170Badge City Heat | 2011 Wave 3 | ’59 Chevy Impala Fire | #035 | red | 1:64