The title of this blog post could be the title for several Hot Wheels showcases this year. 2017 has been a good year. There are quite a few New Models introduced this year to be excited about, from racing Porsches and Ford GT’s to a pair of killer veedubs to some modified Datsuns. Reviewing all that is for later this year, but needless to say there is a lot to like.
But there is one development that I am particularly happy about: the realism with many castings. Off the top of my head, I am picturing the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, Mustang Convertible, Nissan GT-R, and upcoming Honda Civic Type R. All four are beautifully done, and each has a silhouette that could almost pass off as the real car they represent. Hot Wheels should always do racing, and the mods that come with it, but putting out models like these is a good thing too.
Of all those, the ’95 Mazda RX-7 might take the cake. The FD has been teased since JCCS last year, and from that moment on there has been a lot of excitement about its release. Well, finally having it hand, it doesn’t disappoint in the least. In fact, it exceeds.
A few of you have asked me to do comparison shots of the new FD RX-7 side-by-side with the 24/Seven, Hot Wheels’ non-licensed take of the FD. I would, but I can’t. I don’t own one 24/Seven. I have never been interested in the generic take, and there is no reason to be now. This RX-7 is perfect.
Hot Wheels released this one in the Then & Now Series, together with the SA22C. The “Now” is still 22 years old, but who cares with a pair like this?
I don’t know if Hot Wheels can do any better than this new RX-7. It may have taken 22 years to finally do one right, but it was worth the wait.