Model: Hot Wheels Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X
The video feature I did on this set, coming to stores very soon, was maybe the most fun I’ve had since I started the Lamley Channel. Eric and Josh were great, and it was a blast opening the set and placing the cars on their miniature JDM-L diorama. If you haven’t seen this video, here it is:
I think my feelings about this set have been expressed on the video. I am stoked for my friends Eric and Josh, and you can see in the vid – or on their show on Velocity – how cool they are. They have a shop full of goodies, are always passionate about them, and are just plain nice. I love they their logo is back on a Hot Wheels and I hope to see more in the future.
Now it is time to focus on the model, particularly the Skyline. It is the most complete racing Hakosuka Hot Wheels has done, with the racing deco along with front and rear graphics. The painted light covers especially put this one over the top.
Yet even with the upgrades, the model fits beautifully with its other racing counterparts, the First Edition and Japan Historics 1 release.
And don’t forget the casting itself. Jun Imai’s casting is what many consider the model that ushered in the JDM Era at Hot Wheels. Sure the R34 and 510 already existed, but this model’s release in 2011, coupled with the Kenmeri a few months later, sent a myriad of collectors to wikipedia and the JDM Era was born. (Yeah not that simple but kind of.)
So now we see the Hako in its most premium release, in its second incarnation in Car Culture, and even better, in the gem of a series that is Team Transport. It’s a special set.