Thursday, 27 October 2016
Hot Wheels R32 or Hot Wheels R34?
This post reminds me that we still need a Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 from Hot Wheels. In a poll earlier this year, Greenlight implicated that they may cast an R33 in the near future. One way or another, we need a 1/64 scale R33 that's widely available in North America. For now, we'll choose between the Hot Wheels R32 and the Hot Wheels R34.
The R34 is the more modern of the two GT-Rs as it's a 5th gen. Skyline while the R32 is a 3rd gen. Skyline. That means the R34 is a little more technically advanced and has some added luxuries the R32 was missing. But the R32 is a raw brute. It's a race car built for the road.
Since we're talking diecast, though, let's compare 1/64 versions. The R32 just got a casting change this year as the spoiler is now molded into the casting as opposed to being a separate plastic piece. We've seen Mattel go to metal spoilers across the range, which has worked in some instances and turned out disastrously in others. The key to making the switch is keeping the spoiler the exact same size. Luckily, a comparison of this years Gran Turismo R32 with a plastic spoiler and the Night Burnerz R32 with a metal spoiler, reveals that both spoilers are identically sized. When size matches up precisely, I'll take the metal option every day.
Ultimately there's no right answer as to which casting is better. Since neither casting is poorly done or out of proportion, it comes down to which casting's styling you prefer. Personally, I like the R32's compact, old school look. It looks fast just sitting there. I'd love to hear which casting you prefer, and why?