In my preview of the Hot Wheels Entertainment C Assortment, coming this summer, I mentioned the Fast & Furious R34 Skyline stood out enough that it merited its own feature.
Well here it is.
I could start by saying how good this model looks, but the R34 has always looked good. It was designed by Phil Riehlman back in 2010 before the JDM craze hit, and it was nearly perfect then. Like the R32 before it (which has never been a particularly good casting), or the C10 and C110 Skylines that came the year after, these were the first introductions for many to all things Skyline. Oh how things have changed.
The first two Hot Wheels R34 Skylines, in signature grey and blue, will always be my favorites. They didn’t set the world on fire back then, but with where our hobby has gone the last few years, it is no surprise that this premium release in Hot Wheels Entertainment IS setting the collector world ablaze.
If the run on the R34 in the Walmart FnF set earlier this year is any indication, the demand on this model will be through the roof. Maybe the $4.50/$5 price point might keep some from a full hoard, but there are only two per case, and considering the other models will probably not fly off the pegs, restocking might be a little slow. It will be interesting to watch. (And don’t call this hype. Anyone who follows the hobby knows the rumblings about this model.)
And the model deserves the demand. It is fantastic. Personally it doesn’t mean much that it is from Fast & Furious, but I am glad there was some avenue that made making this premium version appropriate. All I know is that we have a premium version with full front, side, and rear details, with some fantastic Real Riders.
(And yes, I am happy for the FnF fans who have wanted to see this car made as well. Check another iconic car from the franchise off the list. Maybe the Hako from the Brazil installment next?)
However it got here, the most important thing is that the premium R34 is here. And it is tremendous.