Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Straight thuggin’ outta Nippon. This is the Japan Historics.

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So a few of you have read my post a couple of days back where I unboxed and wrote about this set while the cars are still in their cards. Apologies on not getting back to your comments then as I’ve been really busy preparing for this post, among other things. Anyway, here is the full review. Sit back and enjoy!

Car #1 : Datsun 510 Wagon

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Another year, another variation - I think that sums up the life of this cast so far. After its mesmerising debut in 2013 as part of the Boulevard line, this car has been steadily gaining fans, not to mention prices. When the variants look this good, how can anybody be blamed?

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As with all the previous iterations, this remains a solid cast. I think it’s impossible for this car to look bad! Black is definitely the way to go for this bad boy - as the recent K-Mart and Convention exclusives testify. The number 0 on the hood references designer Jun Imai’s 1:1 wagon.

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Variation alert! Both of my wagons are of the smooth grille variant - other collectors have reported their wagons having the honeycomb grille.

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With this set, Hot Wheels unveils something new in the form of this 4 spoke, deep dish wheel. Wrapped in slicks, it lends a very period correct look to the casts that wear them.

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As good as this model (and set) is, it’s not without its flaws. The tampos on this side of the car aren’t applied very well, lopsided and peeling. To be honest with you guys, I expected more from something that costs 3x the price of a mainline. Unfortunately, you’ll see more quality issues as you read this review.

Car #2 : Kenmeri Skyline

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My favourite model of the entire set, the JDM muscle car is back and better than ever. (Now with new shoes!)

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More of the same when it comes to this baby. It’s the same cast we’ve grown to love - works style overfenders and tastefully stanced. The best part about this version has to be the tampos.

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Oh crikey, it’s the Japanese rozzers!

Car #3 : Hakosuka Skyline

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Car number three in this five car series is another fan favourite - the Skyline 2000GT-X. If the earlier car is race-inspired, then this is a full blown race car. External oil cooler, bolt on overfenders and headlight covers. What’s not to like?

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One thing I found interesting with this particular release is it actually has a pair...released way back in 2011. The debut model sports a nearly identical livery.

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Variation alert #2! Two different versions of this car exist - with and without a rollcage. In my case, both are sans rollcage.

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It’s also the only other car not sporting the new 4 spokes.

Car #4: Toyota 2000GT

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The other being this 2000GT, draped in a livery that harks back to the Yatabe Speed Trials.

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Unfortunately, it’s also the car with the worst paint quality. I looked through about 3-4 prior to picking my set up, and noticed that every single one of them has this overspray problem.

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Not to mention, the paint chips. Oh well, at least it lends the aura of a used and abused race car!

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Still, it’s a welcome addition to any Japanese car nut’s collection.

Car #5 : Mazda RX3

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The fifth and final car of the set and boy it’s a doozy. To all readers, I present to you, the Hot Wheels Mazda RX3!

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I daresay that it could win our New Model of The Year award. There is absolutely no bad angles on this model. Extra-wide ‘royal fenders’, chin splitter and ducktail spoiler finish the ‘racecar for the street’ look beautifully.

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If Nakai-san from RWB ever decides to tinker with RX3s, this would probably be how it looks. Hot damn.

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Absolutely no words here. Let everything sink in.

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So guys, there it is! Your first look at what is Hot Wheels’ hottest set yet. I wish to see all of you get your sets because you deserve it, LaLD!

Let me know of anything in the comments below and as always, Viva La LaLD.

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