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It just keeps coming. Every year, another Hot Wheels Honda S2K. And it shows up in all kinds of places. Basic range for sure. But a couple of times in gift packs. It was once a Super TH. It has been in a premium range. It has even been a Convention Exclusive. It has even been both a Walmart exclusive (window banner) and a Kmart exclusive. This year alone we have a gift pack and Fast & Furious release.
And that is the nuts and bolts of its releases. It has sported several drift liveries, gone stock yellow twice, and been what I consider one of the best Super TH releases ever. Oh, and one of these is one of my favorite Hot Wheels ever. Yeah, that is #lamleyhype(rbole) at its best, but it is true. One of these releases I think is one of the best looking Hot Wheels ever. More on that in a minute.
With the Fast & Furious version in black hitting Walmart this week, and the multipack teal version showing up as well, it seems a good time to do a full update on Ryu Asada’s S2K. Because, like I mentioned, there have been a lot of them.
The Honda S2000 has followed a similar trajectory as the Datsun 510. Pegwarmer at the beginning, not appearing for awhile, and then slowly picking up steam as collector’s interest went in that direction. Now it is a big deal whenever one is released.
Like the 510, the initial releases of the S2K hung on the pegs. Too bad, because that First Edition in its three colors is gorgeous. Signature yellow to start, then grey with gold wheels (hint hint), followed by red. No release since has surpassed those three, at least in my mind.
It has been mentioned before, but this model is as closely linked to Designer Ryu Asada as any. Dude is a Honda nut, and owns a yellow S2K himself. Ryu designed it while still working across the hall at Matchbox (his name is on the windshield banner on the First Edition), and still is one of his faves since he started designing for Hot Wheels. It was no wonder the S2K was the Dinner car at last year’s HW Convention honoring his work. Honda for Life!
And that little model that could continues. With the two releases this year, here is every release of Ryu’s baby:
That is 15 total. Of course there are variations as well.
Like the Walmart window banner release:
And the 10-spoke multipack in copper/orange:
The one big one not pictured? The 5-spoke Super, found only in Europe. I had it at one time, but my fear of keeping rare carded variations got the best of me. Instead of worrying about the blister cracking or falling off the card, I sold it to someone who wanted it more. DLM for life.
Speaking of the Super, I mentioned it is one of the best Hot Wheels has done. I don’t think it is arguable point. Like the casting or not, check out the upgrades outside of the spectraflame paint and Real Riders. Hood and roof deco, headlights, AND a VUM base compared to the grey plastic of the standard release. Its a beauty.
Ok, what else? The Convention Exclusive from last year is a souped up version of the First Edition in yellow, based on Ryu’s own S2K. It’s a beauty, although I will say the Convention Logo could have just stayed on the card (grrrrrrrrr):
Next, some related models:
First Edition recolors:
Basic & Kmart
Fast & Furious
And here is that multipack exclusive, in stores now:
And lastly, that favorite of mine I mentioned earlier. It is the second color of the First Edition. It is so DAMN CLEAN. Gray with gold rims. Front and rear tampo. It’s perfect. I am not lying when I say it is one of my favorite individual Hot Wheels releases ever.
Had enough? One more pic of a great Hot Wheels model. Keep ’em coming.