Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The Hot Wheels Honda CR-X debuts its new look in the mainline...
All is well in little-Honda land.
Two new Hot Wheels Hondas are coming, with the Honda Monkey motorcycle debuting this month and the Honda Odyssey in a couple of months. Plus we have already seen two Acura debuts and an Acura Super TH, but right now lets turn our attention to the CR-X.
The CR-X is a creation of - who else? - Hot Wheels' resident Honda-head, Ryu Asada. Ryu cut his blue brand teeth with the S2000, and has since dropped the Honda Civic EF and a couple of fancy Acuras.
And the CR-X too. It is another one of those perfect Hot Wheels selections. A car that essentially created its own scene, and even more special because those not-in-the-know will wonder why so many people are going cuckoo for a Honda from last century. That always makes it more fun.
The CR-X has run in premium lines since its debut, and now has made its way to the mainline. Yes, plastic chassis instead of diecast, but that is the smallest change. The CR-X has gone through a massive makeover, and it is much improved.
For those of you who have collected the CR-X, the front grill has always been a problem. Ryu originally designed the model in a very interesting way. Chassis, then wheels, then an exterior bottom half/interior piece, then a window/front grill/headlights piece, followed by the upper exterior body. That may not make much sense, unless you have it in hand. This makeup allowed the CR-X to go two-tone if that was desired. And on the first three versions, that is exactly what happened:
The idea is great, but the execution didn't totally go as planned. The window/headlights piece never seem to fit correctly, and gaps seemed to form. Collectors noticed, and you bet the designers, included Ryu, definitely noticed. Since its debut, the plan was always to modify it so the gaps didn't occur.
Problem solved. Ryu went back to the drawing board, and the new full diecast body, plastic chassis CR-X emerged. And it looks fantastic:
Ryu was able to salvage the plastic headlights, but the rest of the body is all one piece, as most models are. The casting looks better, and definitely feels better. This may be the basic debut, but it is the most proper CR-X so far.
Yeah, to some it's just a Civic from the 90's, but it is a most-deserving Hot Wheels, and now executed properly. This should be a fun one to collect. Zamac? Super? You name it, we will welcome it...