Let’s start with this pic:
It’s a bunch of Hondas. Not all Hot Wheels Hondas, but some. The first three are 80’s/90’s era Hondas, and that one in the back is a newer Honda with a deco inspired by an 80’s era Honda. But you probably have that figured out.
It was quite a thing when Hot Wheels did the Odyssey. One of those wonderful left-field pics that we see occasionally from Team Blue. They made it even better by introducing it with the deco they did.
But if the Odyssey was from left field, then the new Honda City Turbo goes into the stands and passes the hot dog stand. It is full-on parking lot.
It isn’t unprecedented. We Hot Wheels collectors have grown accustomed to all kinds of Japanese offerings the last few years. You probably don’t see the Honda City if you haven’t seen an R30 Skyline first (or a C210 Skyline and Laurel as well – coming soon). The Hot Wheels Team pushed the normal limits with their JDM offerings, and the response we collectors gave allowed them to kick the door right in. And that blasted door has given way to three crazy entries this year alone, all designed by Ryu Asada. The R30 and R33 Skylines, and now this Honda City.
So how did this tallboy hatch from the 80’s get made into a Hot Wheels? It goes back to that guy Ryu. Hot Wheels Designers have been putting all kinds of their favorites into the line, and the more we eat them up, the more they will do. That photo at the top? The CR-X, EF Civic, and City are all from Honda-obsessed Ryu, and the Odyssey is from Jun Imai, who has been seen hauling his family around in. And like I have stated a few times, as we ate these offerings up, Ryu and the Team felt comfortable enough to push further. Hence the City.
I asked Ryu about it. His answer?
Yeah I was obsessed.. among the other Hondas around that time. I was planning to buy a City if I stayed in Japan.
I was surrounded by the Citys.. Well, toys of the City. We didn’t have the real car. But the car was sensational, it was everywhere. the icon of the 80s Honda too. So many variations, like turbo, turbo ll (aka Bulldog), Cabriolet, and the turbo ll racer like the HW version.
The comic book artist akira toriyama, well known as the creater of the Dragon Ball, used to own a City, when he was young. That’s why u see cartooned up city nanny b times in his comics. His style influenceed me big time!!
Had lots of City toys when I was a kid. ChoroQ( penny racers) diecast cars, etc. Also I remember getting so addicted to this Nintendo game called City Connection.
Look up those references. It is a goldmine of Honda City references. Or don’t look them up. What I think you will see from what Ryu said is that he LOVES the City. Some of this Tamiya kits:
And then there is this, all from Ryu’s IG page:
And it is this passion that makes me love this new casting. Some of you already loved the City, others were just introduced. I’ll say this. Love it because Ryu loves it. Pretty soon you’ll love it just for what it is: another slice of car culture wonderfully replicated by Hot Wheels. And then park it next to your favorite.
Happy times to be a collector indeed.