I think a few of you, including us, saw this coming. We even got more than a few hints this was on its way awhile ago. But who cares? We now officially know that the Hakosuka is back in the Hot Wheels mainline.
We just came across these first images of the black Hako, set to play the "Then" to the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R's "Now" in the Then & Now Series. The R34 was released a few batches ago:
And while the two models share the same color, it is nice to see how the actual design of the Hako better reflects the simplicity of the classic Skyline. Just a simple stripe running along the side, instead of the more modern pinstriping of the R34. We are also happy to see the tail lights continue to get proper attention as well.
There are a few of us that feel the Hakosuka's release in 2011 opened the floodgates for the JDM run we have seen at Hot Wheels, moreso than even the AE86, Datsun 510 and 240Z before it. It is purely Japanese, and since then we have seen the likes of the Kenmeri, Toyota 2000GT, Celica, 510 Wagon, EF Civic, Mad Manga, and 620 Pickup. It is a grand time to be a JDM fan, and we are seeing folks joining the ranks in droves. (Just try to find a blue 620 in SoCal right now. You'd be better off looking for Supers.)
So it is nice to see the Hako back in the mainline after its stint as an elusive Boulevard model. We also know we will see it in blue, as the R34 in blue has already been unveiled. This should be a lot easier to find than the Boulevard, and maybe just as good-looking...