As the holidays descend upon us visions of toy cars are dancing in our heads. In addition to the Mazda RX-7 appearing in the 2012 Hot Wheels main lineup, there’s even more excitement for fans of old school Japanese cars in store.
The 2012 Hot Ones series will feature even more nostalgics from the 1980s. The list thus far includes new castings such as the 1985 Honda CR-X, Subaru BRAT, Plymouth Arrow (Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste) Funny Car, ’87 Toyota (which is likely a pickup), ’85 Yamaha V-Max, and a retool of the original A60 ’82 Supra.
Back in the 80s, the Hot Ones were cars fitted with special gold wheels, thinner axles and flexing “suspension” that made them faster down an orange track. These features eventually spread across the entire Hot Wheels line. In 2011, the Hot Ones made a comeback as a collector series that featured special packaging and detailing, bringing back many of the 80s castings fans like us grew up with. However, some of the cars were new castings that didn’t exist in the 80s, and it looks like we’re about to get a face full of Reagan-era Japanese awesomeness.
Looking forward to the Mitsu and the Supra !!
(I think there was also a casting of the 300Z back in the 80’s).
Well what do you know! Someone Up There at Hot Wheels is actually listening!
Btw fans, the ’87 Toyota is indeed a truck!
Stand back while I do my happy dance!
@Jun – Domo arrigatou for bringing us JNCers all these awesome little metal JNCs!
Keep it up Hotwheels! My son and I are both fans! 🙂
I have a few of those Supra’s from the 80’s still, guess I will need to buy more! But….the Plymouth Arrow!!??!!? That I cant wait for!
Looking forward to and wondering if the BRAT will be a MK1 or Mk2. My guess is that it will be a Mk1. But a Mk2 is long overdue as well 🙂 If your in to BRAT,s then please do have a look and maybe join our forum .
hate to say it, but i’ve got two gold matchbox 2nd gen brats..
I don’t think Matchbox ever made a BRAT. They were probably a Holden ute of some sort.
Thanks Jun! Merry Christmas to you, too!
I do mourn the tragic loss of suspension on Matchbox cars.
Ohh, a Honda CRX and a Supra? Do want.
Gotta wish hard for the new castings,including the Supra.
It’d be nice if they add an S12 200sx Silvia/Gazelle to the lineup… coupe or hatch. 😀
They did an S11 Gazelle as well as a S15 more recently. I can’t wait for these beauties to come along, it makes shopping so much more rewarding.
can u order these online somehow or when will they be released?