Opinions divided over Fast & Furious display at LEGO Store in Australia

The LEGO Group has seemingly set up a display of a Fast & Furious car crash at a store in Australia, and some fans have called out the scene as ‘in poor taste’.

The display includes 76917 2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34), and while at first glance it appears to be just a simple crash scene, it’s been flagged by some users – including reddit user EfficientAct6151 – as potentially disrespectful to the late Paul Walker. 

76917 2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) set was released on January 1, 2023 as part of the LEGO Speed Champions theme, and contains the only currently available minifigure of Brian O’Conner, the character Paul Walker played in the famous Fast & Furious films. 

In the display, the car has fire LEGO pieces coming out from the front of it, with the minifigure outside of it and lying on the ground. User waferchocobar has suggested that this appears to be ‘mirroring the crash in which [Paul Walker] died in 2013’.

Image: EfficientAct6151

While at least one user found the display amusing, other fans have expressed their conflicting opinions on the set-up, with Havok211 branding the display as being ‘in poor taste’. Other commenters appeared to agree, with Consistent-Strain289 saying, “Wow… a bit too soon right?” and Spektre0 also commenting, “Dude! So not cool Australia.”

Although Paul Walker himself died in a car crash in late 2013, as a few other users pointed out, that particular car was a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. This would therefore suggest the display isn’t necessarily a nod to the real-world event, and could instead be a reference from the film. As KamakaziDemiGod pointed out: “The R34 crashed at the start of 2F2F, it could be to represent that – it’s not necessarily a reference to Paul Walker’s death.”

While opinions are still divided on whether the display was a good idea or not, 76917 2 Fast 2 Furious Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) is currently available at LEGO.com and in LEGO Stores for £19.99 / $24.99 / €24.99.

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