Author Archives: Ricky Silverio

MINICARS: Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 510 Wagon Super Treasure Hunt

We are proud to show you the latest Hot Wheels to wear the JNC inkan, the long-awaited second color of the immensely popular Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon. However, this is also the third color, because this model is being released … Continue reading

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RIP James Garner, 1928-2014

James Garner, actor, car enthusiast, and Mazda spokesman has passed away at the age of 86. He will be missed.

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels BRE Datsun 240Z

Hot Wheels will be releasing a BRE Datsun 240Z later this year as part of a limited edition, online-only offering from the Red Line Club. It looks to be a sought-after follow-up to last fall, when a similar BRE Datsun 510 sold out … Continue reading

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NEWS: ND Miata will be revealed on September 3

Oh boyohboyohboyohboy. And in case you were wondering, here’s what you can expect from the next Miata’s chassis.

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MINICARS: Get these 2014 Hot Wheels right now

Can’t find any J-tin on the pegs? You must live in California. However the consensus from other parts of the country seems that miniature Nihon steel is getting hard to find in those areas too. Much like 1968 was a banner year … Continue reading

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JNC THEATER: Operation: Mystery! and the Tortoise

Kaiki Daisakusen (or Operation: Mystery! in English) was a 26-episode Japanese TV series about a team of investigators dispatched to solve cases involving supernatural phenomena. The SRI, or Science Research Institute may have been Japan’s 1960s counterpart to the FBI’s X-Files department, but Mulder and Scully never had … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: Why Ayrton Senna is a Japanese hero

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ayrton Senna‘s death at Imola. Not only was he one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, he was the first gaijin driver to be truly embraced by the Japanese. Here’s why.

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PROFILES: 1989 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Racer

It’s highly unorthodox, at the debut of a new model, to also display a hot rod version painted in a yellow so loud it threatens to eclipse the supposed star of your show. This is especially true when the debut in question is for as … Continue reading

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Next Mazda MX-5 chassis reveals first-gen throwback

Amidst the festivities of the Miata’s 25th birthday bash, Mazda quietly unveiled the chassis for the next-generation MX-5 off in the corner while barely saying a word about it. To true Mazdafarians, however, they don’t need to. All the answers … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 620, now in red

We at JNC are proud to present the latest Hot Wheels car to bear our inkan logo. The red Datsun 620 is the third recolor of a casting so popular some has built a life-size replica of it. This was … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Red Line Club Carroll Shelby Toyota 2000GT

Um, you might want to join the Hot Wheels Red Line Club this year. It was announced today that one of the club exclusives this year will be none other than the SCCA Toyota 2000GT campaigned by Carroll Shelby. Last … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels Kenmeri Skyline hints at what could’ve been

The Hot Wheels kenmeri Nissan Skyline in the Flying Customs series has been one of the hardest of Mattel’s Japanese classics to find. If you were lucky enough to score one, look inside. There were actually two different interiors: a … Continue reading

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MINICARS: How to get your blue Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 620 this Saturday

Just a friendly reminder that the beautiful blue Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 620 will be available this Saturday, February 15, at participating Kmart stores across the US. In fact, it will only be available at Kmart this weekend, and when they’re gone, they’re … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels Cool Classics 1987 Toyota Pickup

Toyota isn’t the only company getting nostalgic for the 80s with its latest batch of TRD trucks. Hot Wheels‘ latest line of premium collectibles is the Cool Classics series, and with 25 of the 30 cars released it was looking like … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels Toyota 2000GT, now in yellow

Last year Hot Wheels graced us with the Toyota 2000GT, a car JNC readers have been clamoring for ever since the first hints of Mattel venturing into the world of nostalgics. For 2014 two re-colors of the million dollar baby … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Japanese Nostalgic Legos

Apparently, building JNCs out of Legos is a thing. After stumbling upon a Toyota Celica built by -Kyusha-, we fell down the rabbit hole and discovered an entire subculture of nostalgics made of plastic blocks. Here are some of our favorites.

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MINICARS: 2014 Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 620, in blue

We know, we know. It was hard just to find the orange one. But we absolutely love Mattel’s casting of the Datsun 620 so we are happy to report that not only is there a second version on its way, … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels X JNC 1970 Toyota Celica

We at JNC are proud to share the latest Hot Wheels release to bear our inkan logo. A couple weeks ago the third official color of the popular Hot Wheels 1970 Toyota Celica arrived at the JNC office, but as usual we took … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1968 Toyota 2000GT for just under $1 million

The 2000GT marketwatch continues with car number 101, which is currently being offered for $995,000 in La Jolla, California. Although this example was originally a US-market model, it has the uniqueness of having lived in Japan for many years. Having … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels BRE Datsun 510, a Red Line Club Exclusive

On Tuesday at 9am Pacific Time, Hot Wheels will be releasing a limited edition, online-only version of the legendary BRE Datsun 510. Here’s how to get yours. UPDATE: The car has sold out in a little under 2 hours. Better … Continue reading

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