Hot Wheels Designer Ryu Asada dropped two Honda gems on Instagram last week. One on his own IG account:
The other on the Hot Wheels Designer account:
A fantastic pair. The Prelude is the second color for 2020, and the Honda NSX-R is a prototype of the upcoming new model in 2020. That Prelude is going to get a ton of attention from me in the future, so let’s focus on the NSX.
Ryu was kind enough to send over some additional shots.
This NSX is completely made from scratch – no relation to the previous 1990 NSX in the basic range, also designed by Ryu – and will debut in an upcoming premium mix. Can you guess where? (Hint, it will be black and has a thing for buses.)
This version loses the large rear wheel that the basic range Acura casting has, and Ryu has tried to push realistic proportions, as much as he can on a Hot Wheels. One reason is because it is premium, and a replica of a specific car. And the second reason it goes same size throughout? I’ll let Ryu explain:
You know we always pay attention to fans and collectors, lots of people asked for the same size wheels on the NSX. So we experimented on this new NA2 NSX-R. Although you may be surprised to hear this, I didn’t mind the large rear on the 1990 Acura NSX so much, it’s still a cool toy fueled with tons of Hot Wheels DNA…performance aspect characterized by those large wheels. But it’s totally cool to have more scaled look too. We went through vintage Hot Wheels catalogues and history, and learned that we’ve made a lots of cars like that in the history too. They are relatively moderate, but definitely still Hot Wheels cars. So we decided to take a step back and gave this NA2 NSX same size wheels all around. Not to mention it’s still not a straight scale down of the real car. I still had to add some flavor and spice things up…as a Hot Wheels product, it needs to look hot, right?? It may not seem, but there’s a lot of work done to it to achieve the “right” feel as small scale. Hope everyone can get in their hands and enjoy it!
Yep, you asked, and Ryu obliged. A Honda NSX more to scale. Having known Ryu for years, I know how much he puts into his designs, and I know how much he wants collectors to be happy with his creations, and he pays attention to their reactions.
That is the case here. He had another NSX to do, so he took our opinions into consideration.
It will be cool to watch this develop, and it is bound to be very popular. As always, thanks to Ryu for his input.