I’m very fortunate that Hot Wheels decided to release many Nissan Skyline models just when I decided to collect them. Here are a few that I’ve bought in the past few months.
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There are a lot of cars that I really like: the Tucker 48 from 1948, the Lotus S1 Esprit from 1977, and the Chevrolet Caprice Classic from 1991. But the one that’s very special to me is the Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Special Edition from 1977. I have quite a few Pontiac Firebirds now, and the latest addition to my collection is this Custom ’67 Pontiac Firebird, which is a different colored version of one that I blogged about before.
It used to be that whenever I blog about scale models, only Pontiac Firebirds get a special tag. That’s changing now, as there is a new car that I feel is worthy of having its own tag. I first discovered Nissan Skylines last year, when I blogged about a Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX and a Tomica Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing. When I saw this Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R from 1973, I decided that Nissan Skylines would get their own tag. (I’ve just added the tag to the two previously mentioned blog posts.)
I recently passed by The Block at SM City North Edsa in Quezon City and found quite a few Tomica Event Models for sale at Toy Kingdom. I chose this Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R Racing because it reminded me of my Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX.
The body and base are metal painted in metal flake silver. The front wheels are smaller than the ones in the rear.
Both front fenders have the word “Skyline” embossed on the metal. (I was not able to take a good picture of them.)
It was fairly priced at around 500 pesos. The box was not covered in plastic.
Its scale is 1:62. The base states that it is a Tomica No. 21, but the box states that it is a Tomica Event Model No. 26.
The two doors open. The interior is in black plastic and the doors are quite detailed even on the inside.
When I was young, I probably had around two dozen scale models to play with. Most of them were the lead characters in stories I would play in my mind. My Matchbox Chevy Van was the A-Team van; my Matchbox Pontiac T-Roof was KITT. But I remember having one car that was so ordinary that it was always a background character. It was a metallic beige sedan, most likely a Matchbox Ford Cortina (Mark IV) from 1982. I don’t have it any more, but I think its front doors opened. I liked that it had metallic paint and that it was an ordinary car.
A few weeks ago, I found a Matchbox ’71 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX that reminded me of my metallic sedan. I normally collect only weird-looking cars or, on rare occasions, muscle cars, but I felt that I had to buy this ordinary-looking car, perhaps to remind me of the times I actually played with my scale models.