On several occasions I have been asked to rank my favorite Hot Wheels castings. First off, impossible. But if I were to try and come up with a Top 5, it would start with these 5 castings (in no particular order):
- Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R Kenmeri
- Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X Hakosuka
- Toyota 2000GT
- '92 BMW E30 M3
- Porsche 993 GT2
Of course, the Datsun 620, 510, and 510 Wagon would be knocking to get in, as would the R34, Gran Torino Sport, and the BMW 2002. And they might. It is really hard to pick a favorite.
But let's focus on that Porsche. Learning that the 993 GT2 casting was created for the Boulevard line in 2013 was a shock. And that casting together with the slew of JDM and other classic German cars being released was proof that Hot Wheels was serious about doing some truly exciting models. If a Datsun Wagon and E30 Bimmer weren't enough, the 993 was the convincer. And not just any 993, but the plastic fender wearing, rear-wheel drive GT2.
And not just the GT2, but there are just enough slivers of evidence that this model is pointing East, sending a salute to the brilliance of Nakai-san and RWB.
If you need evidence, take a look at the red version of the 993 that Hot Wheels just released:
And then take a gander at RWB's Yves Paiget:
Yes, I am smiling.
And now comes word of the recolor on the 993. Let's start with a look at another Rauh Welt creation, the RWB Bangkok:
And now enjoy this:
Yes, friends, those are images we found of the latest recolor of the 993, in matte white. And it is fantastic. White is a great choice, but matte white is a bold choice. It shows off the fantastic detail of Jun Imai's casting, and no one can argue with a white Porsche. Like the First Edition Kenmeri Skyline from 2011, this white car sports gold rims, which interestingly match the RWB Bangkok as well, and look great paired with white.
It may not have a "Rauh Welt" emblazoned on the windshield, but we know what it is paying tribute to, and we love it. We can't wait to see it on the pegs soon...