Only one theme has been repeated in the tremendously successful Hot Wheels Car Culture line. Modern Classics is coming back, but before it does, the THIRD issue of Japan Historics is here.
AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!! More JDM!?!?! Can Hot Wheels give it up already? Enough!! There is so much else out there, and yet here we are with ANOTHER JDM-centric mix.
If you want, copy and paste that and put it in the comments. I wrote it for you. Here is another:
This line is such a peg warmer. There are millions sitting on the pegs. Literally millions. Everyone hates this line.
Everyone agrees with you. I can’t believe they are doing more JDM that no one cares about. It is very important that each of us pick only one element of car culture to like, and for those of us who didn’t pick JDM, this is getting old. Mattel will learn eventually.
Alright, in unison, let’s all stomp away and pout. I have never had more reason to be angry. JDM is so played out. Alright, see you guys later. Let’s go meet on Facebook and say more about how lame this is. See you there.
Did they all leave? Look around again and give me the thumbs up when the coast is clear and we will get going again.
Japan Historics 3 is freaking rad. Right? It’s just the few of us left, those that don’t get so caught up on what we are supposed and not supposed to like. Those of us who can appreciate anything from muscle to JDM to classics to current to whatever. There is so much to like, and we all know Japan Historics has been a great way to celebrate classic Japanese cars. JH# might be the best yet, so let us count the ways.
It starts with the choices of models. The Hot Wheels Team is not messing around. There are no bridges here, this is pure Japan. Two new castings that fit beautifully with the other pure JDM models that debuted in Car Culture, namely the C210 Skyline, Laurel, and Hakosuka Wagon. The Datsun Sunny Pickup and Mazda Cosmo will be Wikipedia lookups for many, and for something this pure that is a good thing. Kick open some doors, which Hot Wheels has been doing a lot of with their new casting choices. JDM for this set, but widely international for many others.
And even if a deeper JDM groove isn’t your thing, be happy about it. These are here because Car Culture is working. It means Hot Wheels is that much more fearless. Remember, Hot Wheels is part of Mattel, and Mattel is a big f*#^ing company. That means a billion people making one decision. That means that several years ago if any one suggested a Datsun Sunny Truck, that idea would be shot down before the sentence was even finished. No one could have provided a valid reason to do one and make a few dollars.
Now they can.
“Let’s do a Datsun Sunny.”
“Well, never heard of it, but I googled pics and it looks cool, and that is what Car Culture is for. We can do lots of cool cars we haven’t made before. Go for it.”
“Throw is a Cosmo too.”
So yes, celebrate JH3. It might be the evidence that that one car you love that you didn’t think would be ever be a Hot Wheels now just might. Car Culture can go anywhere, and some of the mixes this year will prove just that. But that also means returning to where its been, only going a little deeper. Appreciate this set on whatever level you want. Just appreciate it.
And that is not even getting into the others. Each is a gem, a little surprise, a justified addition. I can get excited about each one individually. Like the R30.
I am so glad they brought back the Red Panda look, even though it was already done in basic.
It is how this car should look, and getting it in premium on Watanabe-“inspired” rims is exactly the car of my friend Jay Kho. You’ve probably seen it.
Or the Silvia.
The Silvia was made for JH3, but when the opportunity came for it to be part of a special Fast & Furious line it was put there, preempting its real debut here.
Everything I wrote about the Sunny and Cosmo apply here, and the shock that Hot Wheels did a first-gen Silvia actually surpasses those two. It is truly mind-blowing that this exists, looking like it does. I even dedicated an entire video to it with the crew at JDM Legends. It is a car everyone should see in person, but because it is so rare that won’t happen.
That leaves the Honda City Turbo, the first Honda to join the Japan Historics family.
It has toiled in the basic range, and has looked great, but getting the premium treatment reminds collectors of what a surprise it really is. It might be the deepest dive of all five of the JH models.
Hot Wheels didn’t mess around. This set of five is the most defining of the Car Culture sets so far, but collectively with all the other releases shows that Hot Wheels is willing to go a lot farther than they could before.