Remember the #Mazda #Miata back in the ’90s? The Hot Wheels #Mazda MX-5 Miata came in a variety of colors — some of which were neon-colored like this 1992 mainline release. The real car always seemed to be driven by young women. I can’t for the life of me remember the marketing behind it, but this fun little #Convertible was always the furthest thing from race car. They weren’t fast — and even if they were — I don’t think you would have been taken very seriously if you tried to race another individual.
It’s all good. I’m not here to rip on the #Miata. Looking back though, it seems to be the epitome of a “fun” ’90s teenagers. Nowadays, these little ’90s Miatas have taken on a new role in car culture thanks to the subculture of young males that have been buying these up, only to mod them into race cars. I won’t pretend like I know what that is about past the point of me seeing them on the road with custom rims and added roll bars.
The folks at Hot Wheels apparently know all about what’s going on though as the Miata made a comeback to the Hot Wheels mainline last year after a 16-year hiatus. The former casting was last released in 2003. Hot Wheels Designer, Ryu Asada built the new #’91 Mazda MX-5 Miata from the ground-up as it doesn’t share much beyond the name, “Miata” with the 1991 casting designed by Larry Wood.
Larry designing a #Miata may seem silly — and it kind of is — but back then, there were only a few designers at Hot Wheels, with Larry doing a bulk of the designs. Larry’s casting screams California custom. Ryu’s casting embellishes the new subculture. The obvious difference between the two castings is the addition of the roll bar. The execution of it wasn’t that great as safety standards forced Ryu to design one that is more mattress-looking than what resembles an actual bar. Aside from that, the new casting has crisper lines, sun visors on the windshield, mirrors, and a front license plate spot. Gone is the metal base that came up to be the bottom half of the body which never seemed to line up great.
Hot Wheels has been replacing #Discontinued Castings all across the board, and instead of them just recreating the same designs with better technology, the design team has taken it a step further, by adding more period-correct detail. The ’80s Firebird to ’84 Pontiac Firebird is another example. By designing the “’90s Miata of today”, Ryu has embraced the whole new subculture of young gentlemen that have been modding these small cars out. I don’t understand it — and maybe it’s because I’m getting older — but it isn’t for me to decide what someone can or can’t do to a car. I actually think it’s cool these cars have found new life, and it is cool to see them on the road.
The Hot Wheels #’91 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a great new casting and this latest #Target Exclusive #Red Edition looks nice in white. I almost wish that silly looking roll bar would just be eliminated, but understand completely the importance of it being there and why it was built the way it was. Both #Miatas may look similar in nature, but they are on two completely different ends of car culture, and it’s cool that Hot Wheels has captured both!
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