Fast and Furious has created several automotive icons. And one of the most significant is Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Charger. So tied is Vin Diesel’s character to the brand, that he’s featured in the Durango Hellcat teaser. Although FF9 will likely have Dom in a Charger Hellcat, his quintessential ride is a black 1970 Charger R/T. And soon, you’ll be able to get a Lego version of that Dodge Charger.
Why the Dodge Charger is a Fast and Furious icon
The 1970 Dodge Charger Dom will drive in FF9 won’t actually be his original car. That was destroyed at the end of FF7, although Dom built another Charger for FF8. But even so, there’s a reason why the tuned muscle car has had such staying power in popular culture.
Dom’s first 1970 Dodge Charger R/T wasn’t originally his, but his dad’s. The two were building it up together, though Dom was always too scared to drive it. But in the climax of the original The Fast and the Furious, the Charger and Paul Walker’s Supra square off in one last, quarter-mile drag race. And with a claimed 900 hp, and supposedly enough torque to twist its chassis, the Charger wheelied off the line.
The Dodge Charger is also the catalyst for one of Dominic Toretto’s most famous lines. “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time. Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team… for those 10 seconds or less, I’m free.”
Lego Dodge Charger kit details
As with its classic Fiat 500 kit, Lego has recreated Dom’s Dodge Charger down to the tiny details with this 1,077-piece kit. The car is 1:13 scale with the original, Car and Driver reports. Road & Track reports it comes out to 15” long and 6” wide.
The hood does open, but it’s almost superfluous given the supercharger air blower sticking out. The pistons in the car’s V8 actually move, as does the steering and wishbone suspension. The air blower itself also works. There’re even 2 blue nitrous tanks in the trunk, and a (fake) fire extinguisher in the front, Yahoo reports.
Oh, and this Dodge Charger can genuinely wheelie. There’s a deployable wheel stand/wheelie bar built into the bottom of the car.
Pricing and availability
Unfortunately, as The Drive reports, the spread of Corvid-19 has pushed Fast and Furious 9’s release date back into 2021. However, Lego’s Dodge Charger kit will be available sooner. And the best part is you won’t have to overnight parts from Japan.
As of this writing, the kit is in pre-order, and won’t ship until April 27, 2020. And the $99.99 asking price means Lego’s charging less for the Charger than the Defender ($199.99) and Porsche 911 ($149.99). It’s also much less than the $349.99 Bugatti Chiron kit.
And racing a Lego Dodge Charger will be much easier—and more responsible—than street-racing a real one.
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