Hot Wheel’s new releases are always some of the most highly anticipated moments of the year. Collectors including myself spend a lot of time wondering, “What will they do this year? Or what will they improve this year?”. The Hot Wheels Nissan GTR R35 has a rich history dating all the way back to a decade ago
Designed by Kevin Cao who is Hot Wheels’ senior project designer lead, the earlier GTR R35 was first introduced in 2009 shortly followed by the 2017 GTR R35 facelift succeeded by Ryu Asada. There have been quite a number of GTR R35 variants since, with all of them produced in conservative factory colours replicating the actual car. The latest two premium editions, Tanner Fox’s TFox Guaczilla 2.0 and Toy Fair 2019 were both major wins for Hot Wheels – though they are not entirely accessible to the average collector due to scarcity and high price point.
What is Toy Fair?
The American International Toy Fair a.k.a. Toy Fair New York is just around the corner on 16th till 19th February 2019 and I thought it would be a great idea to write this article in time. Often referred to as Hot Wheels Toy Fair by collectors, the event is held once a year in New York. It showcases new products from a wide range of toy companies, one of Toy Fair’s main anchor participants is Mattel which features Hot Wheels including other brands under the same umbrella.
Retail representatives are invited to learn the latest products offered from Hot Wheels. A Hot Wheels Toy Fair is then given as door gifts for promotional purposes. Toy Fair vehicles are often highly sought after since they are not sold or released to the general public, and furthermore are produced in limited quantities although not numbered in edition as found in RLCs and HWCs. These vehicles are designed to impress retailers with their high level of detailing to subsequently persuade them to place commercial orders with confidence.
What is it?
The Hot Wheels ‘17 Nissan GTR R35 released the same year Nissan officially launched the facelift GTR with the new iconic katsura orange paint, followed up by a second production variant in the same year that came in dark grey. Since then production has been kept limited, however some time in March 2018, the Hot Wheels Toy Fair 2019 model was leaked from the Malaysian factory.
Distributed across the world in secrecy, it was the highly desirable ‘17 Nissan GTR R35 finished in a beautiful matte satin burgundy red featuring contrast black hood and silver trims, it also came with the all new unreleased RR6SPM 6-spoke Real Riders “Volk Racing” like wheels in flat black with red trims. These Real Riders were later introduced in 2019’s most notable Hot Wheels Fast & Furious premium assortment set which came with the Nissan Skyline GTR R34, Nissan Skyline GTR R32, and Nissan Silvia S15.
Why Everyone Wants One
Naturally collectors will always sought after the best value, rarest, most unique, or perhaps the most expensive Hot Wheels available, be it the Kool Kombi, ’69 Camaro, Datsun 510 Wagons, Porsches that came in every limited edition release – you name it. In every field and category of cars be it JDMs, Americans or Europeans, there will always be a frantic collector waiting eagerly to obtain the best when price is not a concern.
Having to own a Hot Wheels Toy Fair edition is renowned to be the pinnacle collection piece for every collector to talk about, it places one above others metaphorically speaking. When it comes to perspective, the ’17 Nissan GTR R35 Toy Fair is one of the several greatest modern Hot Wheels ever produced. I would personally rate it one step behind the infamous 934 Turbo Toy Fair for several reasons in terms of visual attractiveness, and this sentiment is also shared among majority of the Hot Wheels community.
There is a certain depth of feeling when it comes to the ’17 Nissan GTR R35 Toy Fair, to put it mildly, about the scarcity of these poduced; there is however a certain depth of feeling, increasingly real, about the growing price-to-value ratio for modern Hot Wheels pieces as they have shot up in value throughout the years – be it RLC, Conventions, Toy Fairs, or other crossover collaborations specials such as the recent TFox and Period Correct, has all yield significant gains. If you want something that just looks extremely good and the best out there, the ’17 Nissan GTR R35 Toy Fair is the perfect choice. Any collector can do so more easily with a modern Hot Wheels Toy Fair than with an awful lot of other mainlines that everyone has.
The new Hot Wheels ‘17 Nissan GTR R35 Toy Fair is everything everyone’s been wishing for, it is such a winner that will truly satisfy those who have been craving for the ultimate JDMs. It currently resells RM350 to RM500 ($85 to $160 USD) for a loose or RM800 to RM1400 ($196 to $345USD) with the case. Best wishes and happy hunting!