There are some models I just want to take photos of, and writing about them is basically the excuse to post them.
The Hot Wheels R33 Skyline in Nismo livery is one of them.
Hot Wheels of course did the Nismo R34 for Team Transport, and if there is a proper pairing for this livery that is it. But giving the livery another run on what – ssssshhhhhhh – might be the best Skyline casting Hot Wheels has done is a real treat.
Here is the thing about Skylines. Hot Wheels collecting rules indicate strictly that you are bound to like them all. I only hype JDM because I am supposed to. I was created in a secret Mattel lab to do so. The computer in my head emits endorphins any time the term “beautiful Skyline” is uttered, which makes for very confusing reactions on romantic nights on a hillside overlooking Salt Lake City’s skyline. Still, I am assuming that is the case because there has never been a Skyline I didn’t like.
Hot Wheels has replicated a good number, but there are several models and deeper dives that they can still do (400R?), but Skylines are very well represented. The Hako Wagon has my heart, but there is something about the rounded 90’s lines and lowered stance of Ryu Asada’s R33 that are particularly appealing. One of the joy’s of Ryu’s work is his attention to the technical aspects of the designs, and how gosh-darned accurate he can be in designing a $1 Hot Wheels car. The R33, which debuted in the basic range, is a perfect example.
Of course it was bound to go premium, and in my untrained FnF eyes it flubbed a bit out of the gate sporting that Fast & Furious livery. Happy it was premium, sad it looked like it did. But Hot Wheels more than made up for it with Boulevard. Proper silver, clean deco, and wonderful wheels. I’ll take more plain stock versions, but this is the R33 at its peak.
I’m in full fan boy mode. This is one of the highlights of 2020 so far.