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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Just Unveiled: 2014 Hot Wheels Honda Civic EF...


The cross-breeding of JDM (in its most general form) and Hot Wheels has grown to a frenzied pace of late, and for those of us who pay attention to these things, the rumors that 2014 will be an epic year for JDM Hot Wheels collectors has not gone unnoticed.

Well, those rumors are starting to materialize into real models.  Right on the heels of the unveiling of the Datsun 620 Pickup and black recolor of the Toyota 2000GT comes the news that the freshest of fresh Japanese nostalgics has joined the Hot Wheels ranks.

Our worldwide perusal of social media has uncovered the first images of the Hot Wheels Honda Civic EF Hatchback, the legendary 4th-generation Honda that remains the cat's meow for Civic nerds.  And when we say the freshest of fresh Japanese nostalgics, we mean it.  The real EF was introduced in 1987, making it barely meet the 25-year threshold, the youngest a nostalgic can be.  Maybe one or two will roll into JCCS in Long Beach here in a week-and-a-half.

And while we can't confirm just yet, this Hot Wheels version appears to be the creation of one Ryu Asada, who just recently crossed the hall from Matchbox to join the Hot Wheels Design Team.  Ryu becomes Hot Wheels' latest resident JDM expert, and if you know Ryu, you know he LOVES Hondas.  While still with Matchbox, Ryu created the Honda S2000 and CR-X for the blue brand, as well as the Ridgeline and Type R for the orange.  And now that he has joined blue full-time, it looks like his second creation, after the Chevy C10 Pickup, is one of his beloved Hondas.  Other evidence it is Ryu's?  All the detail.  Ryu's signature at Matchbox was realism, and that is evident on the EF.

Now that we have seen both the 620 Pickup and Civic EF, we think that is enough evidence that the rumors are correct.  It just makes us more and more excited for what is to come.  We already know of a couple of other JDM models that are getting recolors for 2014, and that news will be unveiled in due time, just keep checking our Facebook page for the details...

Hot Wheels Honda Civic EF (2014 New Model):





Other Ryu Asada creations:




13 comments:

  1. Awesome! Wonderful! This might just be the best Civic Hot Wheels has made till now. Just look at it. Its not riced (unlike some other tuners) but tastefully modified. A stock-ish but cool looking bodykit, rear wing, wheels and an exhaust. Thats how I like to look at it. Well done Ryu Asada! You've made a gem! Thanks John for the heads up! Cant wait to get my hands on this masterpiece!

    - Black Wind.

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  2. if we could get a recolor of the toyota supra i'll be very happy.

    And please Hot wheels, a stock 90's Acura NSX

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  3. I bet $20 there will be a Treasure Hunt version of this car !

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  4. while ill admit i was disappointed by the CRX, this one looks absolutely fantastic! heres hoping for a TH or premium version with real riders. what a great job they did on this little JDM gem. really looking forward to it.

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  5. Wow, that actually looks pretty clean! I wish they would have done the other Hondas like this! Sometimes less is more, and this casting is a testament to that.

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  6. I think I might have to pick this up.

    I agree about the Acura. When it was mentioned in yesterdays blog, John stated that more cars from the 90's era should be recognized.
    Bring on a 90's Acura NSX in red. Forget about the NSX Concept.
    Wanna see a perfect example, look for: As is the Custom: Our faves for the week ending May 11, 2013.

    Edgar Torres took the HW NSX GT Racer and turned it stock - red with the black upper section. Awesome!
    Hot Wheels take note!

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  7. They couldn't had make a 2012 civic SI model instead.

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  8. I like the NSX concept better than this car. But this still a good car from the 2000's.

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  9. Wow that's awesome! The EF Looks like it has a J's or Osaka wing on it lol. I will for sure have to pick one of these up.

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  10. hotwheels, please make a decent corolla, camry or accord, those who drive these cars waited for long .

    this civic EF is awesome, i remember my dad have the 4 door saloon version of this car and driving me around when i was a boy.

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