I should do a full feature on all the darned Honda Civics that Hot Wheels and Matchbox have dropped on us the last few years. It would be a fun feature, and maybe I will do it. But I don’t want to right now. I want to concentrate on the new Civics. The two new yellow icons coming from the Mattel brands.
Here is another thing I don’t want to do. I have absolutely no desire to try and convince you that Civics are cool, and that no matter what there cannot be TOO MANY Civics in diecast. If you look at these and just think entry-level blandness, I can’t change your mind. Just know there are a TON of people who see something far more interesting, a connecting thread intertwined through so many elements of the car culture world, a canvas for car art that spurred a generation of modifiers in the vein of the Carroll Shelbys before them. (I remember Shelby even mentioning how much he loved watching the creativity and passion of those generations after him working on the sports compact cars of that era, and how it gave him hope for car culture in the future.) If you don’t see it, that’s totally fine, but it’s your loss. The Honda Civic is relevant, and having numerous diecast replicas is most welcome. It is the car that a shit ton of us grew up with.
Both Matchbox and Hot Wheels have been in the Civic game awhile. Matchbox dropped a Type R around 2008, and a ‘17 Civic two years ago. Hot Wheels has had quite a few, ranging from replicas of the late 80’s Civics to the current Type R.
Each brand has a new Civic casting for 2020, and they fall perfectly in line with what we expect from each. Hot Wheels continues to fill in the Golden Age of Civic gaps, using the Fast & Furious premium line to drop a stellar EG. It is only slightly FnF’d out, and the casting is so well done it could take on many forms, including as a replica of my wife’s first car out of college. The silhouette is there and it is perfect.
This fits beautifully with the EF Civic Hot Wheels did a few years ago, and the pair sitting together screams Kanjo.
The new Fast & Furious Premium set is just starting to hit, and not surprisingly the EG is the first to go. It is a significant new model.
Then there is Matchbox’s entry, an extraordinary first-gen hatch. This is the model Matchbox was meant to do, and they nailed it. I have had three models on my list for Matchbox to do – an early ‘60’s Porsche 911, a Mazda Cosmo, and a first-gen Civic – and I can now check one off off the list.
The mustard yellow is a great color for its debut, but don’t let it distract you from the details. CVCC is in force, and the front grill and rear badging is spot on. I am a bit infatuated with silhouettes, and this one is perfect.
I have never driven the Kanjo, nor have I ever replaced one part on a Civic. I have, however, like so many my age and younger, owned two Civics. One EG hatch and a sixth-gen EX, a car I adored. But my true love for the Civic lies in the first gen. I’ve told my Honda story a lot, but it involved my father breaking ranks with his Ford family and getting an ‘82 Accord, and that igniting an interest in all things Honda for me, including the tiny hatch I would see all over the place. (Not to mention the Prelude Coupe, luggage rack on the trunk and all. Listening Matchbox?)
So the CVCC hatch is significant. So much so that when I first got my hands on the sample model Matchbox sent, it took NOTHING for me to proclaim it #1 on my list of favorite Matchbox cars. I am so happy about it.
I will do that video showing the plethora of Civics in my collection. It would be a good one, but not nearly complete. But I could pull a Tomica Civic Wagon, a ton of TLV, and of course the Mattel brands. That should be sufficient. But I will always be clamoring for more.
The Hot Wheels is part of the new FnF Fast Tuners premium line, while the Civic will drop with Matchbox 2020 Basic Mix 3. Of course that means I have more coverage for both: