Oh the mythical Nissan Skyline. I was introduced to the car via the original Gran Turismo and its lore only grew from there. From the Fast and the Furious franchise to Initial D, from Super Street to Import Tuner magazines, the Nissan Skyline was THE import car to have. While they only arrived here in the states a relatively short time ago, Hot Wheels has been gifting us with Skylines since 2002 — starting with the R32 GTR race car. But they didn’t stop there - we have now been gifted with nine amazing Nissan Skyline variants. So sit back and enjoy some Skyline time.

The Skyline H/T 2000GT-X

This is the classic Hakosuka Skyline, the one that started it all. First released in 1969, the car was equipped with a 2.0L engine that made 160hp. Hot Wheels introduced their take on the first gen GTR in 2011 as a First Edition/New Model for that year. It came in a white and green racecar livery which I think still looks great, even seven years later.

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This model has been released several times and has been a part of several premium series, including a Redline variant and a Real-Riders Boulevard variant. I think this is one of the best looking Skyline castings Hot Wheels has made.

The Skyline 2000 GT-R

Nissan produced the 2000 GT-R Kenmeri Skyline for only the 1972 and 1973 model years, making it another casulty of the 70's oil crisis. A whopping 197 GTRs were built, making this one rare JDM muscle car. Hot Wheels fist introduced the casting in 2011 as a New Model/First Edition and are still using it to this day. In fact, the version pictured below is the 2018 mainline release - which also has a fantastic looking Super Treasure Hunt variant!

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The Kenmeri Skyline earned a coveted spot in the first Japan Historics set, rocking a killer vintage police livery. Seven years later and this GTR is still a hot casting that flies off the pegs.

The C210 Skyline

With the oil crisis of the 70's still looming, and Nissan’s exit of racing involvement around the time of the Kenmeri’s release, the C210 Skyline did not get the GTR treatment. Instead, its top variant came as a 2000GT-EX model, packing a turbocharged 2.0L engine making about 145HP. Hot Wheels released the C210 this year as a premium model introduction in the Japan Historics 2 line-up. This casting is FIRE hot.

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The JDM four-spoke Real-Riders and beautiful deep metallic purple paint job make this an absolute stunner of the group. The small details and the plain, no frills tampos, seriously make this Skyline one of the coolest to date. Seriously Hot Wheels, more of these please.

The Skyline R30

While the early 1980's aren’t really known for their awesome performing sports cars, The 1982 Skyline RS-Turbo bumped up the power and performance from the C210 Skyline. The RS-Turbo came equipped with a turbo DOHC motor, producing 190hp. Hot Wheels debuted their R30 as part of the New Models in 2018, and it has been a hit. Loads of collectors gobbled these off pegs and Instagram is full of customized versions with big wheels and race liveries.

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This may be the first HW’s version of the R30, but I have a strong feeling we’ll be seeing this casting used again in the future.

The R32 GTR

16 years after the last Kenmeri GT-R was produced, the automotive world was blessed with the ground-breaking R32 GT-R. This new GT-R packed a punch double that of the last GT-R — it came with the twin turbo RB26DETT motor making over 285 HP. They had sophisticated all-wheel drive AND all-wheel steering system that helped propel the car to near god status on the race track. Hot Wheels first introduced their take on the R32 GT-R way back in 2002 - the first GT-R to make an appearance in the HW’s line-up. Their version mirrored a wide-body race version with fender flares, a race-inspired body kit, and a giant wing. I’ve had this version since 2002, and added some minor details to it (such as the headlights and tail lights).

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The R32 has had a plethora of variants, from several mainline versions to special releases like in the Gran Turismo set, making it both plentiful and collectable at the same time.

The R33 GT-R

Building on the success of the R32 Skyline, Nissan unveiled the R33 Skyline in 1993. Certain power restrictions set by the Japanese government that stifled some of the engineering on the R32 GT-R had since been lifted, making the R33 GT-R the most powerful GT-R in history. Under its hood hid a 320HP RB26DETT and an even more sophisticated 4WD and 4WS system. While competitive industry growth kept the car from being a racing king like the R32 was, the R33 was still one of the best performing cars of its day. Hot Wheels released their take on the R33 GT-R as a 2018 New Model and it did not disappoint. With a ultra sleek, no fluff blue paint job and a a perfect stance, the R33 GT-R is one I hope to see many times over (here’s looking at you Fast and Furious line).

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I mean, look at that thing! The dimensions and details are spot on! And all for $1 — hard to beat that!

The R34 GT-R

From 1999 to 2002, Nissan pumped out the AWD rocketship known as the R34 GT-R. This car has achieved legend status. This is the GT-R most American kids, and adults, lust after. It made its mark in the Gran Turismo series, Need for Speeds, and was the star of a few Fast and Furious movies. With no fewer than 10 different versions, from the bare bones GT-R V-Spec II N1 powered by a blueprinted N1 motor, to the bored-and-stroked 500hp GT-R NISMO Z-Tune, the R34 GT-R remains one of the world’s greatest supercars. Hot Wheels has a slick looking version of the R34 GT-R which was first released in 2010 as a New Model/First Edition. It features the instantly recognizable GT-R body moldings, that iconic rear spoiler, and a race-inspired vented hood.

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The R34 has been released many times over its eight year existence, with the 2 Fast 2 Furious and Fast and Furious version being hoarded by collectors and fans alike. The Speed Hunters version seen here is from 2016 and is featured in the Need for speed franchise.

The R35 GTR

Better late than never, the R35 GTR was the first new GTR release to hit American shores. Debuting in 2008, the R35 GTR was a AWD monster producing 485 HP from its VR38DETT motor. This GTR rivaled the best German and Italian sports cars and was a hit right away. From local Cars and Coffee meets to 1/2 mile drag racing events - the GTR was here and breaking hearts. Hot Wheels introduced their first version of the R35 in 2009, as a 2009 New Model. With only an initial 2009 release, and a few sprinkled in with the Fast and Furious sets, the ‘09 GTR has become quite collectable. Seen here in black from the 2010 Night Burnerz Series.

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Nissan upgraded the looks and drive train of the GTR in 2017, and Hot Wheels followed suite. Nissan gave the car a facelift and made the front end more edger, and boosted HP to 585. Capable of high 2-second 0-60 runs, the updated GTR is here to compete. Hot Wheels updated their R35 casting and debuted the 2017 GTR version last year in both graphite and burnt orange variants.

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From the 70s all the up until the present model, Hot Wheels has a Skyline release to suit almost everyone. And after seeing the nine different versions, which one is your favorite?

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