I am sure the folks at M2 will really love the fact that I am starting a post about their stuff by mentioning a line from Hot Wheels. But Sean & crew, stay with me. You will like what I am going to write.
I am very excited about the upcoming Car Culture Japan Historics 2 set coming from Hot Wheels. I got a close-up look at the 5 models at the Convention – video and photos coming – and they blew me away. The C210 Skyline and Laurel especially stand out. I mentioned to the HW folks there that those two don’t even look like Hot Wheels. They look like something completely fresh and new.
And why do I bring that up on an M2 feature? Because I am not just a Hot Wheels collector. Or Matchbox. Or TLV. I am a 1/64 collector, and I think many of you Lamley Readers are the same. I love putting the models from many brands together, and I love to see how they all fit together. And I especially love that with my Japanese car replicas – #lamleyhype!!
Hot Wheels and Matchbox fit nicely, just look at the respective Hakosukas the brands have put out. In the premium range, Tomica Limited Vintage as a direction, Kyosho and Tarmac Works another, and now, a major gap is filled by M2 Machines.
It only took me four paragraphs to get here, but my point is that M2’s new foray in nostalgic J-tin is truly a treat. M2’s take to 1/64 is different than any other brands, and applying it to Skylines and Z’s is just way too cool.
And that approach is even more apparent with the release of the hobby-only set:
The first Auto-Japan set really did take the diecast world by storm. A Walmart exclusive, it had the hunters out in hot pursuit of the chases, and everyone else gobbling up the sets. It was, as M2 predicted, a massive success, and the justification of M2’s expansion into Japanese vehicles.
The hobby set is out now (especially on eBay), and it features the same castings in similar decos, only just that much different. What makes M2’s Auto-Japan set different from other brands is the application of the M2 approach to JDM. Authentic replicas, both stock and modified, using as many parts as needed to show the differences. So, both sets feature two releases of three different castings. One stock and one modified.
But, once again, M2 even goes further. Sean Taylor, the head designer at M2, mentioned he wanted to go lower stance-wise on some, and by golly he did. Opening M2 is the way to go, and when you do that, you see this:
(Hobby-only on the left, Walmart on the right)
I liked the first set, I love the second. All of it is reflected in the Chase Models as well:
Sometimes I probably get more excited about the “photograph-ability” of a model, and these get me way excited. The models truly fill a gap in my JDM collection. These NEEDED to be done, and I am thrilled they are here. I am looking forward to seeing what else comes in the future. I have always dabbled in M2. I’m all in on Auto-Japan. Call me a completist.