Unveiled at the JNC booth last Sunday was a one-two punch of miniature Mazda magnificence. First came the cult classic Rotary Engine Pick-Up, but this next casting needs no introduction. The unmistakable profile belongs to none other than the FD3S Mazda RX-7.
At last, we have a shining example of the ultimate rotary sports car. For 13 years, fans of the third-gen RX-7 have had to make do with a heavily modified unlicensed alternative called the 24/Seven. However, the new casting, designed by the esteemed Jun Imai, hews faithfully to the gorgeous lines originally bestowed upon the car by Mazda.
Each curve is captured, from its shapely fenders to its sweeping rear hatch, and recreated artfully in 1:64 scale. Even the thin spoiler is rendered perfectly despite its complex shape.
The example shown is even earlier in the development stage than the REPU. The majority of it is basically one solid 3D-printed piece, not yet split into a body, interior, windows, and chassis. There’s still work to be done, but it already looks phenomenal.
We are thrilled to welcome the Hiroshima contingent to its rightful place alongside other recent castings of 90s Japanese icons like the JZA80 Supra and Acura NSX. The FD RX-7 joins the Hot Wheels basic line in 2017.
All these wonderful Japanese cars and trucks making it into the Hot Wheels garage is a dream come true for us minicar collectors. There’s so many of them now, it’s getting hard to keep up with them all! LOL
This is great, just the fact that he didnt keep the stupid block on the front bumper has won me over. Now I am just waiting for a better casting of the z32, and for them to finally make both s14, and possibly re make the smashed s15 casting.
I have a machbox fd-rx7 from when i was little. I wondered if its a real car or just some little toy car because there is none here on the streets.
Imai, way to go.Yet another outstanding one. I love Imai’s work, he never fails to impress. Now I will be able to get Keisuke Takahashi’s car in 2017!
When is the release date for the FD?
And who would stock these?
that’s great but they need to add the veilside bodykits
I am sure that hotwheels customizers will probably do that when the come out. nevertheless it would be very interesting. there was however a casting that looked very similar to the veilside rx7 but it was a fantasy casting. I think it is called 24/seven or something like that.
Hot Wheels should do “Initial D” cars for one of their five packs, they have more than enough castings now. You’ve got this (Keisuke or Ryoko), the AE86 (Takumi), the 180SX (Kenji), the R32 (Nakazato), and the R34 (God Foot). There’s also the Integra (Smiley Sakai) and the S2000 (God Hand), although they’re the LHD versions.
I don’t know if the series has enough exposure in the west to warrant a regular retail release, so maybe it could be a limited edition set sold at a big anime convention or drift event.