Owning a Hot Wheels RLC car
A really nice car but the price is really really steep
Warning: There is some what of a rant in it, reader discretion is advised.
Now that the warning is out of the way, a few months ago I made a decision which has come back to bite me in the a$$ badly. That decision was the purchase of the Hot Wheels Datsun 240Z RLC. But despite the backlash from my parents I still absolutely love this car and if you want to skip to the part where I just show off the "Quirks and Features" of the Datsun I suggest you scroll down until you see "And now the car itself" in black bold words.
$$ red flags
It all started 2 weeks ago (From when this is being written) when my friend found an advert online for the car in question asking if I was interested in it. I said I would consider. Normally I would just tell him no as I did not want to spend that amount of cash on a diecast car ($95 SGD) especially when I was not really making a lot of money since I was still on a school industrial attachment. What turned me off the car even more was the fact that I tend to open all the cars I collect even if they are rare and should not be opened.
However despite all of that I still said yes to it because after doing a quick search for all the RLC Datsun cars for sale in Singapore it turns out that among all the other RLC Custom Datsun 240Zs listed the one I ended up buying was actually the lowest priced one (But who am I kidding, it is still very expensive). What's more of all the Hot Wheels RLC cars this was my favorite after the RLC R34 GTR but that car both the blue and purple one was WAAYYYYYYY out of my reach. So with all of that I pulled the trigger on it and 2 weeks later I would have the car on my hands.
YOU SPENT $95 DOLLARS ON A F#%$ING CAR!!!!???
Said my mother before this erupted into how I have been a bum at home (Which is not wrong) and how I should start making money before I even think about buying something like this (Apparently my Attachment pay does not count). The subject of this somewhat cursed Datsun's price did not even come up first, in fact this first started on something about the management of my personal finances but soon quickly centered around this Datsun's monstrous price tag as soon as it was mentioned. My father's version of this involved a lot less shouting but the points were more or less the same. To them they did not give a $h!& about how nicely detailed this car was, how much time when into each one and how this car is only available to people who sign up for the chance to buy one, they only cared (And rightfully so) about the fact that I spent $95 on a Hot Wheels car.
Diorama, Sileighty and FC RX7 owned by the friend who helped me collect the Datsun
And now the car itself
Now that my own story about how this lazy bum made a really bad decision aside lets talk about the car itself because price aside this is probably the best 1:64 car I have ever owned in terms of quality and detailing.
When I started writing this article I referred to this car as the Datsun 240Z, while this was not wrong it is not correct as the proper name for this car is the Custom Datsun 204Z. I feel I should clear this up as there is another RLC Datsun 240Z and I cannot be bothered to reply to the people who will correct me and say it is technically the Custom version. For reference below is a picture of the RLC Datsun 240Z next to the Custom version.
With all the corrections finally out of the way I can actually review the car.
All about the details
Like all recent premium cars from Hot Wheels, the RLC Custom 240Z has the arbitrary rubber wheels and metal base along with both the headlights and brake lights detailed but obviously for an RLC they had to do more, so on top of the lights being detailed Hot Wheels also detailed the exhaust and even the differential in silver.
What's more at the front there is a carbon fiber bonnet along with unique black fender mounted mirrors and the fenders itself being painted black as well. The exterior of the Custom 240Z is finished of with Spectraflame Race Team Blue that's complimented with dashes of yellow strips along the body and Volk Racing TE37 looking wheels.
Even in places you don't really pay attention to
The barrage of details that this 1 of 20000 car has even goes beyond the exterior and into the interior. At first glance you will probably be able to point out the bright yellow roll cage but if you look a lot closer you can also probably see the seats have a blue center to it but if you look even closer you will see that even the floor is detailed with even the pedals printed on the driver side.
Sorry for the rubbish picture
Earlier I spoke about the carbon fiber bonnet itself but I never showed you what was inside. Lift up the relatively flimsy bonnet and you will see the very nicely detailed and carbureted L24 I6 with the Greddy logo across the engine cover, on one side you can the carburetors with the exhaust manifolds on the other.
Is it worth the price?
Although I really like this car and it is possibly one of my favorite castings for 1:64 cars of all time, I am really unsure about whether the price is worth it. The details applied such as the carbon fiber and even the interior floor are insane and are probably never going to be seen on any other diecast car but the price is still very steep. The price is probably only worth it if the car's value keeps going up but trying to buy it new is probably the only way you will be able to get the most out of your hard earned cash. If anyone is wondering I spent about double the price of the car when it was new.
Thanks for reading, sorry for the bad photography and small mini rant at the start but the price of used Japanese 1:64 cars (Not just RLCs) in Singapore is insane and probably needs to be addressed in a separate article.