Every once in awhile Hot Wheels comes up with a mainline release that makes us feel like we really got more than our dollar's worth from. Such is the case with this year's mainline Datsun 240Z in white. With an increasingly plasticized mainline and more and more fantasy releases coming out every year, many collectors feel entirely alienated from the mainline. Without the Treasure Hunt program it's doubtful collectors would pay more than a passing attention to the mainline. Nonetheless, Mattel still throws us a bone with models like this once in awhile, and that's why we keep digging through dump bins for realistic releases when we could probably be using our time a little more productively.
Why do we love this 240z so much? First off, it sits off the ground nicely with a proper stance, the wheels don't rub and ours rolled straight as an arrow. That doesn't matter too much if you display your cars, but there's something about a die cast piece that rolls smooth and straight that adds to its mystique. Next, this model has clear windows all around. In an era where the most realistic windows are usually at least a smoky, tinted color, the pure, clear windows all around are refreshing. The paint job is what really does it for us on this model. We love the clean, white and minimalistic releases Hot Wheels has put out lately, like the Fiat 500 and the Lamborghini Urus among many. This Z gets the same treatment but with added details that are accurate and flashy without being gaudy. The blue and red scheme is sharp and looks neat with a lighter blue than is traditionally used. The numbers and racing logos look authentic.
On top of the great deco and stance, the casting itself has a bundle of cool touches like hood air intakes, indents for headlights, taillights, license plates and door lines. The casting also has molded-in radiator and grille detailing. Finally, the wheels on this are spot on. We really enjoy OH5/FTE style wheels and these ones in grey are a bold choice. You'd expect Hot Wheels to go with the standard chrome/silver color here or maybe do a black rim, but the grey is a unique and perfect way to go. It contrasts wonderfully with the pastel-ish blue and red racing stripes.
Of all the 240z models Hot Wheels has released, and there are a few, (http://texashwcollectors.org/hwguide/datsun240z.html) this might just be our favorite. And no, we haven't forgotten about the recent BRE release from HWC/RLC. Hopefully you enjoy these photos as much as we do. Let us know what you think in the comments below.