I didn’t see this coming.
Surely the latest Hot Wheels Car Culture release was going to be a popular one. They all are. But this one, with three Porsches, including one new casting, a Mazda RX-3, and the introduction of the new Aero Real Rider, was going to be particularly so. That was easy to predict.
Note though I didn’t mention the Acura NSX. I honestly thought the set would be popular DESPITE the Acura. The NSX Race Car has been around awhile, and it never set the world on fire. In fact it’s greatest accomplishment may have been creating the desire among collectors for a more standard NSX to be done, which did happen a few years later.
So when the NSX was part of the list of Race Day cars, I paid little attention. It made sense to be in the segment, but honestly the new Porsche, new wheels, and second RX-3 were what I was paying attention to. And in hand, for me, the 962, Momo 978-35, and RX-3 are the stars.
But now that Race Day is out, something unexpected happened. The first model off the pegs? The NSX. I have been to several stores and seen the other four Race Day models hanging, with the Acura long gone. That is not what I expected.
But it is happening for good reason. The Acura is awesome. And there are several reasons it has become the must-have model of the set.
In some ways, it is a new model. This is the first time it has gone full premium, with Real Riders and a metal chassis. Hot Wheels took the opportunity to totally modify the base, wrapping it up the sides and rear, giving it a meaner and lower look. Add the racing slicks, and the model truly has a whole new look.
Then top it off with one of the best racing liveries around, Advan, and boom! You have a must-have. Advan can make anything look good really, and the red and black looks so darn good.
That of course isn’t to say the others aren’t must-haves as well. They totally are. The new 962 and 935-78 look so good with the Aero wheels, and the Momo and Greddy liveries look cool too. The set as a whole is pretty awesome.
That Acura though.