Model: Hot Wheels Nissan 300ZX
Line: 2019 Hot Wheels Basic New Models
This is the year – so far at least – of the R32 Skyline. Since the Hot Wheels 2019 year began, we have soon four R32 releases. Two in basic, one in Fast & Furious, and one in Open Track. One of those releases could very well be my choice for Model of the Year. But it will have to compete with this, the 300ZX.
Hot Wheels did a 300ZX back in the 90’s, when the car took the world by storm. That included me. The print ads for the 300ZX were on my wall as a kid, and I dreamed of owning one. I did have a few toy cars back in those days, and found the Matchbox 300ZX to be a far better example than the Hot Wheels. I especially liked the pearl white World Class release, and held onto it for years, until I donated it to Mattel.
Back then the 300ZX was a must-have current sports car. Now it is truly a classic. And it is in that role that Hot Wheels has rolled out a brand new 300ZX. A tad aftermarket, but the silhouette and classic details are there. HW Designer Dima did this one, and as he pointed out when he previewed the Z32, he was a huge fan as well. It shows in the design.
Hot Wheels has been rolling out the must-haves on a frequent basis now, and this joins that group. It’s debut in white could not have been better, and I hope it gets the premium treatment soon. Even if it doesn’t, there will be space in my collection for every release.