They really did a nice job securing this car as I
took it out of the package. It was easy to remove but the tape and
plastic door guards for the lambo-wing doors are a classy touch.
They also have the opening hood taped down and with reminders on the
stickers to "Tear It Off Before Playing" which I have never read before on
a diecast sticker. The car technically could be for kids but I would
say ages 8 and up as it is not built to be played with. The detail
is there as a collectible. I'm surprised by not the custom work to
it but the whole car except for the front and rear bumpers is diecast
metal and not a hybrid of plastic and metal pieces so you don't have
tacked on custom body parts but integrated.
The Chrome and Red Chrome Wheels set the thing off
along with the silver and maroon paint separated by a yellow stripe all
around the car. The wing is huge on it and you have the other custom
pieces such as the big sound system in the rear package shelf. The
trunk doesn't open so you just get the opening doors and hood. We'll
go underneath once I take some more photos so you can see what all I am
I am sorry to have to cut the tape securing the
trading card underneath in the plastic base, something that you don't
normally see nowadays but the late 1990s to early 2000s diecast boom saw key chains and
all kind of bling included with diecast. Removing the trading card
pack from the bottom of the car reveals a surprise to me. I had a
hunch because while looking at the bottom of the car before attempting to
remove the base, I see two clear blue plastic light bars which look like
they are for underglow lighting.
The trading card package includes a trading card for
the car a 1998 Nissan Skyline R34 for Team Tjin Edition with the builder
stated as Neil Tjin. The back of the card gives more details and
specifications such as mods. You also get a sealed Real Wheelz Alpha
Series Retail Pack of 7 Cards. I have not decided yet if I wish to
open the pack. I might do it in a future installment. There is
also a white paper with fine print in many languages telling about the
correct placement and usage of batteries.
The suspense is killing you by now if you're
unfamiliar with these cars as I am. The base has a diagram that
shows correct placement of the batteries (two AAs) in the car underneath
and removal instructions to take the car off the bottom. This
Skyline comes with working blue tinted headlights, a light up rear package
shelf sound system and underglow lights. A push of the yellow button
up front does all the magic. I'm amazed that the 2AA batteries
included in the car still has juice in them. Now I understand where
all the heft is in this diecast. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot
of metal here but the batteries make up part of it.
A brief run-down of the engine compartment shows
lots of detail including a chrome crossbrace, the aftermarket K&N style
aircleaner and various other speed goodies. I'm not too familiar
with Nissan's straight six motors so I won't comment on how accurate the
engine is to the actual car or a Skyline R34 in general. Everything
looks fine. Underneath you get a plain black chassis with provisions
for the underglow lights, the button that turns on the show and a big
chrome tailpipe. The interior is well detailed with nicely operating
scissor-style opening doors along with a well done interior. A+ in
this department. The gauges are done well including the aftermarket
ones. The rear seat is removed and you get two Nitro chrome bottles
with a speakers and light-up amp on the rear shelf. The doors are
best left either open for display or closed as they are not the easiest to
open and close. I would leave them one way or another as to not
damage them. Really love the working blue-tinted headlights.
The underglow units show more white than blue but that could be a factory
fluke. They still look nice and show up well. Too bad this
thing isn't remote controlled as well.
Street Price: Estimated $20.00 Originally
Collectible Trading Card
Bonus Sealed Trading Card Pack
Headlights, Underglow and Package Shelf Lights Up
Unknown Market Prices
Unknown Line of Cars
For a topic that has been covered by Jada Toys and many
other diecast companies, this Nissan Skyline R34 really stands out.
You get a bonus trading card, extras such as the sealed pack of cards plus
the added feature of working headlights, underglow and light up sound
system. The car is well detailed inside and out with a nicely done
paint job and details. A great investment. The only unknown is
what value this line of diecast will hold in the future and currently.
I doubt they are rare but not as commonly seen. If you have the
chance to buy on at a reasonable price such as around $25.00 new in the
pack, go for it!
I hate the idea of included batteries already installed
since you could get some that leak over time. So remember you are
buying the car and not the light-up features. This is for your
unique addition to your collection compared to the more common tuner and
drift cars out there down by the mainstream diecast makers. The
other one that I am pretty sure was done by them was a 2000-ish Toyota
Overall a nice surprise for anyone's diecast
collection. Remember not to overpay.
So finally I get around to finishing up the review
which took a lot of patience from my visitors and turned up a surprise of
my own. I thought the cut-out circle on the bottom was to showcase
the extra trading card. This was actually way to activate the lights
if you knew about the feature. I'm am shocked they didn't promote
this on the box. All in all I'm very happy with this car and the
review. I plan to do more like this in the future. You people
that do visit have to be patient for me to get them done though.
Please feel free to
contact me if you have any
comments, suggestions, etc. Thanks!
Photo of Skyline in Window Box
Close-Up of Hood "Tear It Off Before
Close-Up of The Skyline's Engine Bay
Bottom View of Chassis
Rear Package Shelf Detail
Bonus Items and the Magic Button
Removal Guide for Car and Battery
Cover. This is what clued me in!