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Monday, March 3, 2014

Just Unveiled: 2014 Hot Wheels Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X as part of the Then & Now Series...


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...


14 comments:

  1. Very nice! Will be looking forward to seeing this in the bins and on the pegs.

    -ThisDudeAbides

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  2. Spectacular! This can't beat the Datsun 620 pickup, Datsun 510 bluebird, or Toyota Celica, but it's an awesome model. Glad to hear that's part of the Then and Now series. But I don't know why Hot Wheels will put the regular version of the Twin Mill (As the H case $uper) in the then and now series. Weird.

    And there's one more weird thing. Is it me or do I see rearlights painted? Or is it just a reflection?

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    1. No, it's painted. Both painted in the first release.

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  3. Looks great! Glad to see it return.

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  4. Awesome! It's been a long time coming, but well worth the wait.

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  5. I found this in Australia in with the j case very strange

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    1. I found 6 k case cars all up the skyline, lets go, Chevy 83,torque twister, max steel,rig storm and 68 mercury cougar in red

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  6. Got mine at local walmart. But looking at your pictures the Canadian version got no roll cage?

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