Hakosuka Nissan Skyline Reborn, in Hot Wheels Form

We have long maintained that a car’s fame is directly proportional to how many diecast models of it have been made. Ford Mustang? You can’t swing a petrified cat at Toys R Us without hitting a scale replica of the quintessential American automobile. But for fans of nostalgics like the hakosuka Skyline, the only recourse has been the toymakers of Japan. Until now.

For 2011, Hot Wheels will have a KPGC10 Nissan Skyline in their lineup. This speaks volumes about the rising popularity of nostalgics, as Hot Wheels has traditionally been very shy about including any Japanese cars at all —just take a look at the numerous Camaro and Mopar variations. But to immortalize in diecast metal a car that most muscle-centric collectors have never heard of and exists only in a handful of examples in the US, that means we are gaining some ground, following on the heels of the Datsun 510, 240Z and Toyota AE86.

Although this news can only be found on wiki so far, we have confirmation from Jun Imai, the Mattel designer and 510 wagon owner who fought tooth and nail to get this car into the lineup. That’s him in the photo above at the recent Mooneyes Hot Rod & Custom Show, presenting a hakosuka sketch (not what the Hot Wheels will look like) to a fan. And there is a further surprise for the Hot Wheels hako which we can’t reveal yet.

Other cars in the 2011 lineup include the Honda S2000 and  a couple of SuperGT racers, the Nissan Skyline GT500 and Honda HSV-010.

Image courtesy of Satoshi.

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13 Responses to Hakosuka Nissan Skyline Reborn, in Hot Wheels Form

  1. Nigel says:

    Up until 5 years ago you could only get these cars from Tomica or in early Matchbox form. Then in 2005 I found & bought a R32 Skyline Hot Wheels at Walmart.
    A Hako will soon be on my desk at work. (Cool).

  2. Tyler says:

    I can’t wait. I’ll be at Meijer picking the shelves!!!

  3. Kev says:

    Niiiiice! JNC’s taking over the world 🙂

  4. bert says:

    When do I get my Crown?

  5. kingtoy says:

    The question is, when do we get the TE27 Corolla?

  6. Tyler says:

    Bert and Kingtoy, I’m sure they’ll come with time. I’d like to see a TA22 Celica and Honda S800!

  7. Jun says:

    I have to ask Ben what he thinks should be next.
    (I have a feeling a Toyota is involved!)

    • Ben says:

      Hmmm… so many choices! To fit the Hot Wheels spirit, I would say a shakotan 1970 Toyota Celica, caged road race Datsun Fairlady Roadster, or IMSA-style 1st gen RX-7 🙂

  8. 4kzte Ke25 says:

    Definitely need a TE27

  9. yhlz says:

    2000gt people! kenmeri and yonmeri skylines! just make every model! i’d buy every one of them!

  10. w says:

    These are childrens toys. Real men drive real cars.

  11. Chris says:

    What do you drive W? Aveo? Cobalt? Escort?

  12. boyee says:

    found the s2000 and datsun 510 at walgreens for $0.79!

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