Furious 7 Lykan HyperSport

       
 
Made By:
Jada Toys
Scale:
1/24
MSRP:
$14.99
Overview:
Packaging (Design):8/10
Packaging (Durability):8/10
Casting (Body):10/10
Casting (Interior):9/10
Casting (Chassis):8/10
Casting (Engine):N/A
Paint (Exterior):9/10
Paint (Interior):N/A
Paint (Trim/Graphics):8/10
Overall Panel Fit:9/10
Total Score:8.6/10

 
The Fast and the Furious
Jada Furious 7 Lykan HyperSport
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Background

After successfully rescuing Ramsey and following the trail of the God's Eye to Abu Dhabi, the team must retrieve the device from a billionaire's vault near the top of the Etihad Towers. Fortunately for them, the drive is inside a Lykan HyperSport—the first supercar produced in the Middle East. With a zero to sixty in under three seconds, US$3 million price tag, and production run of just seven cars, the HyperSport is the perfect thing For Dom and Brian to "liberate" from its cage and make their escape.

 

Packaging

Distribution issues have made verifying which wave this belongs to difficult, but it is in the exact same packaging we first saw with wave 2. The only change is the sticker on the front, which now reads "Lykan HyperSport." Two screws hold the car to the interior tray, with plastic bands over the hood and doors and a plastic tray holding the spoiler down.

 

Casting/Paint

The HyperSport is an all-new tooling from Jada, and looks great. The myriad facets of the body are all rendered cleanly, with smooth surfaces and nice tight panel gaps. The body is metal, including the flip-up rear spoiler/brake. The front and rear fascias, side intakes, and engine cover area are black plastic; the headlight covers, windshield, and roof panel are clear plastic; the headlight buckets and mirror inserts are chrome plated; and the taillights are transparent red plastic (these have the only notable flaw, where the assembler neglected to properly remove the runner from both taillights). The sideview mirrors are a softer vinyl, though have been painted red to match the rest of the body. This red is very nicely applied, with good coverage and high gloss even inside the door frames and under the hood. Most of the contrasting colors are made from separate parts, so generally the color breaks are sharp. The few painted details include silver for the marker lights and emblems; black for the headlight frames, wiper, and side windows; and red for the center of the rear diffuser. The A pillars are finished with a carbon fiber pattern to match the look of the side intakes and engine cover. Most of these paint apps are done well, though there is are some minor rough edges on the headlight surrounds and rear diffuser. The rear license plate with the "Furious 7" movie logo is printed above the rear diffuser.

The interior is molded in black, with a silver logo in the center of the steering wheel and stickers making up the instrument cluster and multimedia interface. Although the colors have been simplified, the detailing is excellent: appropriate textures on the seats, dashboard, and center console, the correct "crank handle" shift lever, and all of the correct buttons and switches. The only real detraction is the sides of the dashboard: as typical for diecast cars, these are unfinished looking...but unlike other diecasts, the reverse butterfly doors make it so the sides of the dashboard are the first (and easiest) thing to see. Opening the forward-tilting hood reveals a mostly featureless carbon fiber panel. This is accurate to the 1:1 HyperSport, since all data sheets I have found simply list "not available" for cargo space. The chassis is just as accurately featureless, with just a few panel lines and some hardware. The wheels are the factory stock design, painted black with silver center cap logos. The tires are accurate "big & bigger" low profiles, and the brakes are Jada's usual cross-drilled silver rotors with black calipers.

 

Features/Accessories

Both doors open & close on prototypical reverse butterfly hinges. Unlike the Coors Bandit, these are single-action hinges that have been mounted at an angle inside the body. The hood and rear spoiler/brake are also hinged. All of the hinges operate smoothly and will hold pretty much any position.

 

Accuracy

First the good: the general proportions and overall look of the Lykan are spot-on. The detailing is excellent, and Jada has really done a great job capturing all of the subtle and not-so-subtle features of this ultra-rare supercar. I'm also impressed by how well they executed the Lykan's unique panels, generally without sacrificing the looks of the car. So what's no so good? Well, the license plate is inaccurate and an unnecessary expense (there is no cast-in license plate frame that had to be covered), but this was a demand made by Universal Studios as part of the Fast & Furious license so it's forgivable. The real elephant in the room, however, is sort of a literal "elephant" in the room. After briefly flirting with accurate scaling, Jada is back to doing oversized cars and has given us a 1/22 scale HyperSport. This has approximately the same dimensions as a current Jaguar F-Type; another two-seat sports coupe, but one that weighs nearly half a ton more than the HyperSport.

 

Overall

This was *so close* to a home run for Jada. The casting is excellent, the paint work is excellent, and the opening panels work great. I even think the idea of painting the rear side windows black is a clever way of handling what could have been an ugly parts fit. The rear license plate is a bit dumb, but easy to fix. What's not easy to fix, though, is the stubborn (if understandable) insistence on using "box scale." If you can ignore that, though, they did an otherwise excellent job here.

 

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