What you’re about to see might astonish you: This is a custom made Hot Wheels Datsun Bluebird 510 build in conjunction with the Malaya Mini Hobby Shop 6th Anniversary. Custom Hot Wheels are a norm in every die-cast community, it is the cornerstone of the re-imagined collector, accustomed for an acquired taste.
While this isn’t the type of thing I tend to write or promote about on Tiny Car Web, since each customized Hot Wheels has subjective value and opinion. Nevertheless, this particular Datsun has certainly caught my attention not only from a visually perspective but also its significant roots.
MMHS In A Nutshell
Mr Iqbal Hasraff who is the founder of Malaya Mini Hobby Shop has collaborated with a couple of infamous customizers in the global creative force to propel a limited series of cars off his sleeves this anniversary run.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Malaya Mini Hobby Shop, the idea behind the company is pretty straightforward. Essentially they create beautifully custom Hot Wheels in every annual anniversary, frequently in limited numbered editions, and would invite passionate collectors from the community to participate. This particular company has caught my attention when I spotted their notorious Datsun 510 Bluebird wagon decked up in spectraflame chrome pink which was made in-conjunction with their 4th Anniversary in 2017 at a local hobby store.
It was a tribute car made inspired by Jun Imai’s RLC Mail-In exclusive livery that takes on a basic mainline and adjust it to look far more desirable in a formal fashion, it even comes with a dedicated acrylic case. Unlike any other custom Hot Wheels, the Malaya Mini Hobby Shop sets high standards in terms of design and craftsmanship finishes, thus attracting even the most ambiguous collector like me.
Chris Strangler, KD2292, and Larry Wood
The most notably key personnel who has participated in this year’s run is Chris Stangler, a die-cast customizer renowned for his work on Hot Wheels Collectors Convention in the USA, made a limited numbered edition of ’69 Camaros and Datsun 510 Bluebird Wagon specially for this event. While KD2292 who is Hot Wheel’s official customizer and founder for Hot Wheels Japan Convention vouch together with Hot Wheels’ ex-creator Larry Wood to promote these event cars due to their intrinsic dedication.
Kuala Lumpur’s Hot Wheels pioneer Jiwa Customs who is a serious seasoned designer outline the initial designs of the Datsun and Gasser series, while the customization work was executed by Kroni Kustoms Garage who specializes in hydrochrome, and detailed decal applications in Malaysia. I thought it was worthwhile to take a closer look at this particular Datsun which i’ve managed to attain in recent weeks.
What Is It?
The Hot Wheels Datsun 510 Bluebird featured here has a purple wine and yellow gold scheme, a nod to the royalty colours in Malay tradition. These colors are consistently emulating the chrome body and wheels, with its high contrast hood and trunk, leading towards an integral patterned roof.
A bold gold chrome stripe runs across the hood including white decals throughout the car cleverly matching the tyre text on Classic 4-Spoke C4SPRR Real Riders. Additionally, if you look at the car from the top side, you’ll notice a unique pattern detailing which is the prominent feature on this year’s anniversary theme.
The roof features a traditional motif – the Malaysian Batik, a textile art of Malaysia derived from the east coast of Malaysia. Such in strategic use are the common motifs produced in batik art, leaves and floral patterns in drastic contrast colours that paved the Datsun 510 Bluebird with full of character.
Why It’s In My Collection
There are so many reasons I could come up with from a personal perspective to convenience you why this is such a desirable car. First and foremost, it was made with a LOVE – a combination of multiple efforts from the global to local Hot Wheels community to create this grand masterpiece. Veteran sellers, collectors, designers, legendary creators, and craftsmen gathered together to collaborate and share their best initiatives. The end result exudes excellence filled with ultimate passion.
Literally anyone would just want it the moment they set their eyes on one. And to be honest, I haven’t quite came across anything like it, even from Hot Wheels officially that makes me feel this way. Having to own of these is not about telling others how unique or limited they are, its the spirit of having to participate in the community, supporting local produce, overseen by global legends, embracing the unique Malaysian Hot Wheels culture, and having a piece of this makes it ever so special.
The Hot Wheels Datsun 510 Bluebird Malaya Mini Hobby Shop is a limited numbered edition with only 36 pieces and Chevy Bel Air Gasser which was the official event car distributed to participants, along with Chris Stangler’s 30 pieces ’69 Camaro and 10 pieces Datsun 510 Bluebird Wagon. The Datsun 510 Bluebird was retailed for $36 (RM150). It cost $50 (RM200) to join the anniversary event, collectors traveled as far from Australia and neighbouring Indonesia just for this event every year. For more information, visit Malaya Mini Hobby Shop Facebook page.