Collection Reflection

The story behind the Gran Turismo Nissans and where these Hot Wheels are now

#Replica Entertainment has produced some stellar recreations of #TV & Movie Cars since the line’s inception in 2013 as the “Retro Entertainment” line. In 2016 though, the line made a momentary shift to also include vehicles from popular racing videos games. The last two mixes for the year were complete 5-car series for #Gran Turismo (mix 3) and #Forza Motorsport (mix 4) — also breaking from the unsegmented way the line had been previously presented. The full graphic detail the line allotted for made it perfect for full liveries complete with headlights and taillights — something #Car Culture wouldn’t do until 2017 when it bumped up to match the $5.49 price-point.

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Hot Wheels ’09 Nissan GT-R (2016 Entertainment / Gran Turismo, Black) and Hot Wheels Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT (2016 Entertainment / Gran Turismo, Silver)

In the 5-car #Gran Turismo series, there were two #Nissans that joined the Ford GT LM, Corvette C7.R, and Lamborghini Veneno — the #’09 Nissan GT-R and the #Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT. Spoiler alert! Their Hot Wheels legacy would essentially end there.

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One & Done: Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT

The Hot Wheels #Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT was created specifically for this series and has never been used again. 5 years later, I’m writing it off as a #Discontinued Casting. This #Concept Car was created by #Nissan for the Gran Turismo 6 (2013) video game — hence the “GT” in the name — and was never destined to become a drivable vehicle despite Nissan actually producing a 1:1 for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014.

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Hot Wheels Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT (2016 Entertainment / Gran Turismo, Silver) in original packaging

Nissan wasn’t the only car manufacturer to create a “vision car” for #Gran Turismo as Gran Turismo 6 featured quite a few of these digital-only concept cars designed exclusively for the game. The whole program was a great way for OEM designers to have the creative freedom over where they thought the next generation of car design for their brand could go. The vision program continued into the next game in the franchise, called Gran Turismo Sport (2017).

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Hot Wheels Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT (2016 Entertainment / Gran Turismo, Silver)

It was obvious that the #Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT took many styling cues from the rich Nissan Skyline GT-R lineage as the car’s silhouette, front grill, and signature taillights, aligned with the existing GT-R at the time: the #’09 Nissan GT-R. The vision’s V-shaped grill was also a precursor to the 2017 facelift the GT-R received. Below, you’ll see the rear of the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT and how it compares to the ’09 Nissan GT-R and the ’17 Nissan GT-R (R35) castings.

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Rear Taillights (Left to Right): Hot Wheels ’17 Nissan GT-R (R35) (2017 Nightburnerz, Orange), Hot Wheels Nissan Concept 2020 Vision GT (2016 Entertainment / Gran Turismo, Silver), and Hot Wheels ’09 Nissan GT-R (2016 Entertainment / Gran Turismo, Black)

Speaking of the other car in this feature…

Replaced: ’09 Nissan GT-R

This release of the Hot Wheels #’09 Nissan GT-R was essentially the last — at least for now. Yes, the casting has shown up since this 2016 release with its reoccurring role in the #Fast & Furious themed assortment at Walmart, BUT for all intents and purposes, it appears to have been replaced by its much better looking predecessor in the ’17 Nissan GT-R (R35).

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Hot Wheels ’09 Nissan GT-R (2016 Entertainment / Gran Turismo, Black) and Hot Wheels ’17 Nissan GT-R (R35) (2017 Nightburnerz, Orange)

Despite resale value on the early versions of the #’09 Nissan GT-R being substantially higher than their original retail price, this #Gran Turismo release still floats around on the secondary market around its original retail price of $5.49 (USD). Many collectors have a general disdain for the #Real Riders 6-Spoke Wheels that came on this release, and have stated that as the reason they don’t like this piece. Still, its another black GT-liveried release for either your GT-R or Gran Turismo collection, and is a steal if you can still find it for under $5.

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  1. These are prime examples of the beauty of old premiums. They may be financial disasters for Mattel, but that lack of mindfulness regarding premium toolings at the time brought us many of these one off tools. Many of the original Boulevard series cars are through the roof on eBay and it’s only a matter of time for many of these odd ball one off premium tools from across the board to reach those prices as well.

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