Conventional wisdom states that newer is better but we all know that’s not true, especially when it comes to cars. There are some in which the pre-facelift (zenki) is preferred over the post-facelift (kouki). We’re limiting this question to 1980 and newer Japanese automobiles, because it would be all too easy to pick the thin-bumpered versions of earlier cars. Also, 1980 was the year when carmakers began to establish a rhythm of 4-year redesign cycles with a mid-model change at year two.
For which post-1980 JNC is zenki better than kouki?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What JNC should be made into a Lego set?“.
This week’s comments came up with clever ways to slip some JNCs in to the Lego pipeline. Sammy B suggested the tried and true method of movie licenses, using Back to the Future or James Bond to get a 1985 Toyota Pickup or Toyota 2000GT. Taylor C. ended up repurposing an existing Porsche kit to make a Datsun 240Z. We agree with speedie that a Mazda 787B in the Technics line with working quad-rotor engine would be epic. James Mitsubishi Delica, especially if it opened up to be an overlanding rig with functional interior, would be awesome as well.
The winner this week was Daniel, who suggested a Y60 Nissan Patrol. Lego already has the Nissan license, and a big, square SUV is perfect for a brick-based building system:
Patrol Y60. Boxy and angular 4×4’s look best in Lego. The current Defender model not only looks like a Defender with no imagination required but working suspension and tons of gear make it a fun model. The Y60 with it’s flares on top of box flares and round headlamps are IMO the epitome of a good looking 4×4.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!