What is it about the BRE Datsun? In our little corner of the diecast world, that iconic BRE racing deco shows up everywhere. Customizers love it, and we have seen the deco on the obvious choices (Datsun cars, wagons, and trucks), to the less obvious (Skylines, Toyotas, the Mad Manga), to certainly not-obvious-at-all (Kool Kombi, Camaros). Nissan used an obvious tribute to the BRE deco when it unveiled its 510-inspired IDx in November. If you are at any event Datsun, the slanted red, white, and blue will most likely be somewhere.
This BRE infatuation is an interesting one. Part is history. The little Datsun that could is a classic American racing story, as the racing team with the wimpy Japanese car zipped by all of its Euro-competition.
Part is design. I would challenge anyone to come up with a better racing design than what Brock Racing Enterprises did. It is perfect. Bright, fast, and easily recognizable. And it looks great almost anywhere, including as we have just learned, on a diecast replica cardback.
Which brings us to the RLC BRE Datsun 510. Those reasons above may be what motivated Hot Wheels to do a second BRE 510, this time as an RLC exclusive, after putting one in the Vintage Racing line in 2011. The model looks so nice, why not do it twice?
Another reason? Just look at what the Vintage Racing version commands on ebay. In just the last few days, several sold for an average price of $87. That is a lot for a model that was on the pegs just a couple of years ago. Appreciation for Japanese cars continues to skyrocket, and many just discovering Hot Wheels’ mini versions are kicking themselves for passing on the Vintage Racing version. So Mattel released another, albeit even more limited.
It has been fun to see the reaction of collectors as the RLC model arrives in their mailbox. It is clear that those who may not be as enthused about j-tin as we here at Lamley are happy they bought one. And there are others that passed on it that are now regretting they did. Neato.
The model looks fantastic, and even the Neo’s don’t bother us too much. In fact, they look a lot like the hubcaps we saw on tons of Datsuns from that era (just not on racing cars). But one of the biggest surprises is what might be the best packaging we have ever seen on a Hot Wheels car. We will let the photos do the talking:
The artwork is superb. That alone makes this model worth it.
And Mattel has done something to drive collector frenzy even higher. Apparently numbers 1-46 were shipped directly by Mattel, signed by driver John Morton, and randomly dispersed with the other 3000. A few lucky collectors have opened up their mailboxes to find one, including this one found by HWC member Budman340:
How cool is that!?! If it weren’t for the special John Morton/Peter Brock signed edition we have coming from BRE themselves (arriving soon), we would be knocking down doors to get one, especially since this one below is already in the Lamley Collection (signed by Mr. Morton himself when we met him at JCCS a couple of years ago):
Alright, on with the pics. We could talk about this model forever, but we know you want to see it. We sacrificed the amazing packaging on one of ours so you could see it up-close, so we hope you enjoy.
We hope many of you can get this one. We are trying to get a few RLC members to hook up with overseas collectors who could not get one, and those updates are coming to those who inquired, but now the best bet is ebay:
Hot Wheels BRE Datsun Bluebird 510 (RLC Exclusive):
8 Replies to “First Look: Hot Wheels RLC exclusive BRE Datsun Bluebird 510, along with its Vintage Racing brother…”
The RLC model is nice, but the Vintage racing model is FAR superior IMO!
This one is pretty darn looking cool! Even if I'm not a fan of classics, but just SOME classics I like.
But this one, it seems to be the best looking Japanese casting model yet of Hot Wheels. Yes, maybe some collectors should let Hot Wheels know they would like to see a $TH or reg. TH or a “Japanese Nostalgic car” livery on this casting. Maybe this casting would be really popular!
Agreed. Only wish I had bought 2 and not just the 1 when I found it hiding on an end cap for sale at Meijer years ago. Value certainly keeps ticking up given the rarity of the original one!
The spectraflame paint certainly looks sharp on the new HWC version, especially for the Hot Wheels geared collector but the wheels and tires on the original make it perfect.
Great looking model, I started collecting this car too.
Still, I can't see how the RLC version sold out so fast though…..
Very beautiful model, I would like got one too, the color are fantastic.
Great pictures too
Regards from Diecast CWB
Great pictures! This die-cast looks awesome I'm glad I was able to own this.
is the casting made from fully metal?
I destroyed a vintage racing for its wheels (awww) and put them on a BMW M3 GTR (yay). Good thing I have another one!