Category Archives: minicars

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


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


VIDEO: Behind the scenes at Mattel

We’ve been to Mattel’s design studio in El Segundo, California a few times but have never been granted permission to take photos. Instead, we signed a mountain of NDAs. Clearly what we needed to be was CBS News. 


EVENTS: Tokyo Motor Show, Day 02

On Day One of the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show we saw one of the most significant concepts to come out of Japan since the FT-86. With that excitement out of the way, we spent Day Two seeing what Nissan’s major … Continue reading


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


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


MINICARS: 2014 Hot Wheels Honda Civic EF

We had mentioned before that 2014 was going to be a banner year for nostalgics in the Hot Wheels lineup, and here’s the latest proof. Hot on the heels of the new Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 620 comes the … Continue reading


MINICARS: 2014 Hot Wheels Toyota AE86 Corolla leaked

Just in time for 86 Day festivities, the Lamley Group has leaked that the Toyota Corolla AE86 Hot Wheels casting will be making a return to the pegs in 2014. This time around, the car will be silver with 80s-vintage … Continue reading


MINICARS: 2014 Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 620

We’ve been sitting on this news for months, but now that it’s been leaked, we are stoked to share with you, our dear readers, the latest Hot Wheels wearing the JNC inkan — the Datsun 620! 


MINICARS: Kyosho X DMC Limited Edition “Panda” Toyota 86

A while back our friends at DaBox Model Cars decided to make a limited edition car based on Japan’s car of the moment, the Toyota 86. They were looking for a tribute to the original AE86 on which it was … Continue reading


MINICARS: The 1/18 cars of your dreams are now for sale

A few months ago this slammed Toyota 2000GT spread like a gasoline fire across Teh Interwebz. Many thought it was real. Of course, 2000GTs are so rare that anyone who’d really shakotan one would simultaneously be considered a god among men and … Continue reading


MINICARS: Happy Independence Day from JNC!

Happy July 4th from JNC! Each year, the Aichi Prefecture-based supermarket chain APiTA teams up with Japanese toy car manufacturer Tomica for a series of limited edition cars. Similar to when Hot Wheels teams up with say, Kroger, these cars … Continue reading


MINICARS: A Tungsten Trio of Skylines

JNC contributor Mark “ScaleMaster” Jones has created some amazing Hot Wheels cars with the liveries we wish they came with. But not everyone has the wherewithal to go to that level of detail. So I asked Mark to make a simple tutorial … Continue reading


MINICARS: 2013 Hot Wheels X JNC Treasure Hunt Mazda RX-7

This week’s QotW was about the hardest JNCs to find. Here’s another one. We are proud to announce our latest collab with Hot Wheels, the 2013 Treasure Hunt Mazda RX-7!! You read that right. JNC has entered the rarefied ranks of … Continue reading


MINICARS: Bosozoku Laurel wreaks havoc in 1970s Japan

Our friend LUXE37 has returned with another jaw-dropping stop-motion minicar chase comprised of high-end Tomicas. This time, A pair of bosozoku baddies wreak havoc on the means streets of  a 1970s Japanese town. When his partner in crime’s RX-3 is … Continue reading


MINICARS: Hot Wheels 1970 Toyota Celica, now in yellow

We take a break from all the Toyotafest coverage to bring you… more Toyota news. Earlier this year Toyotakus had their wildest dreams fulfilled when the 1970 Toyota Celica finally appeared, after years of begging, in the Hot Wheels line. Here’s … Continue reading


MINICARS: Hot Wheels Flying Customs Kenmeri Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

We know, it’s madness, but there’s yet another nostalgic Hot Wheels coming down the pipe. This time, it’s the first color of the kenmeri Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R since that casting’s initial release in 2011. 


MINICARS: Transformers Masterpiece Datsun 280ZX — Bluestreak and Prowl return

Many JNC readers (and staffers) are of a certain age, one where their childhood memories are filled with golden afternoons glued to television screens to watch the epic war between Autobot and Decepticon unfold. I am of that age, and … Continue reading


MINICARS: 2013 Hot Wheels Red Line Club Datsun 240Z is the Z-Whiz Reborn

Today’s MiniCar news is another secret we’ve been dying to tell you for months (and would have if had it not been for Mattel’s legion of embargo enforcement ninjas). One of the rarest nostalgic Hot Wheels to be released this … Continue reading


Happy Valentine’s Day from JNC

A chocolate Tomica is either the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the car lover in your life or a diabolical plan to drive die-hard collectors insane. You can’t keep this one Mint in Box, but it would sure taste good … Continue reading