Yep. Yep Yep Yep Yep Yep Yep Yep.
This is that tasty treat we have been waiting for.
2015 has been an interesting year for Hot Wheels New Models, at least from a collector perspective. There have been some models that have disappointed, some that have surprised, and some that have hit the mark that everyone set. But when you look back, and ignore the upsloped chins and oversized rear wheels, you will see this has been a very good year for new castings.
We here at Lamley will go with the VW Caddy, Cadillac Elmiraj, BMW M4, Lotus Esprit, and Ford Escort as our faves, but we have seen collectors go batty for the Acura NSX, Hellcat Challenger, and McLaren P1, among others.
But since we definitely fell off the NSX bandwagon, we were missing that JDM New Model that would tickle our fancy. We have it now.
Images have emerged of the upcoming ’96 Nissan 180SX Type X, and we love what we see. Mind you, these images appeared showing the model with the wrong wheels, so we edited them out. The model will appear on the pegs with copper-lipped PR5 wheels, as was previewed at the Hot Wheels Nationals Convention in March:
But we get an idea of the body details and color, and it seems spot on. This seems to be a model where, much like Jun Imai’s Hakosuka and Kenmeri Skylines, as well as Ryu Asada’s Honda Civic, attention to detail is the theme. This one was meant for collectors.
The color is spot-on, the signature tail-lights get full tampo treatment, as do the side pillars, and how great are those sleepy eye headlights?
The 180SX is a worthy addition to the burgeoning j-tin collection piling up at Hot Wheels. It is one of those “happy to be a collector today” models. We are all in.