The Hot Wheels Car That Started It All...

Nissan Skyline H/T 2000 GT-R, The Hot Wheels Car That Started It All... -

The Hot Wheels Car That Started It All...

When I was kid my favorite toy was always Hot Wheels cars. I would usually set up a spot outside in front of my house and play with these little cars for hours at a time. I would make tracks in the dirt by an old hollowed out oak tree and pretend it was my garage. Well this was 1987, the summer of awesomeness for me as a child. My Mongoose Californian, Comic Books, Rambo, Chuck Norris, NES, Gi Joe and of course Hot Wheels is what filled this boys life up with excitement. Fast forward 23 years and my son Michael is born, within a few weeks of being a father I find myself at the toy store looking for a few things that an infant can play with. Blocks, stuff with shapes, anything soft, all basic boring stuff in my opinion, but hey he's 3 months old what am I supposed to buy him? Wait a minute, Do they still sell Hot Wheels? Let's find out, I proceed to walk over to the die-cast car section of the long lost and never forgotten Toy's R Us store that we are in and find something I never thought I would see on the pegs, a 1970's Nissan Skyline H/T 2000 GT-R. Wow, How cool is that car I thought to myself, especially since most of the cars are usually American muscle or concept cars but this was out of left field in my opinion. See I have a soft spot for Japanese cars in general, I personally own a Mitsubishi Evolution, hey it has four doors and all wheel drive, perfect for kids. Well turns out that Mattel had a very talented designer by the name of Jun Imai in house and he pumped out some incredible castings while working there. For the next few years Saturday mornings were spent taking trips to the store to check the pegs and add to our collection at the house. I kept my eyes out for anything interesting that was of JDM origin and I have not been disappointed to say the least. Now It's 2020 and we have over 500 Hot Wheels in our collection, most are Japanese models but of course some are American Muscle. I truly believe that if this one 1970's Nissan Skyline H/T 2000 GT-R wasn't spotted on the pegs the interest in these 1/64 scale cars we call Hot Wheels might of stayed dormant.  Thanks Again... Jun Imai