Five Supers in. Not a miss.
620 to Nova to Porsche to Mustang to Kenmeri.
Supers don’t have to be great castings, nor do they have to look good. The most important distinction a Super needs is that it is a Super. So while I enjoy doing the Best and Worst polls at the end of the year, it really doesn’t matter. The best thing about a Super is finding one.
All that said, 2018 is separating itself from other years with a set of Supers that just bring it looks-wise. The first five would be must-haves even if they weren’t Supers. Duds will surely come, but it hasn’t happened yet this year.
No wheel repeats, each model taking on a look that fits the casting, and gorgeous colors. And considering previous years, no dominance by spectraflame red. In fact, no red. And of these five, no model epitomizes how good the year has been better than the Kenmeri Skyline.
Here is what makes this model so great: Strip the Super label from the Kenmeri and it would still be one of the most sought-after releases of the year. In the video I call it #6 of 5 in Japan Historics 2. It would have fit in JH2 perfectly, with its VERY Japanese look. It is that good.
It might even go further with its gorgeous spectraflame blue. The paint is what you notice first in hand. It is after that you notice the almost glowing trim, done as an homage to the 1972 Tokyo Motor Show GT-R. And it all sits on 4-spoke Real Riders.
Supers might always be the most sought-after release of a particular casting, but they aren’t always the best looking. The 510 Wagon Super, for example, might be number one on someone’s want list, but there are better looking releases.
Not the Kenmeri. I have debated whether the First Edition is the best, but ultimately, for what the Super is, and what it unofficially replicates, this is the best release. And that makes this an epic Super. Easily the best of the year, with no competition in sight.