But I'll stop ranting and get to the topic at hand. Following Mattel's release of a variation for the EG, the people working in El Segundo had something even better in mind for Honda fans. That's right, I'm talking about a Red Line Club exclusive model. It's the last one set to appear in November, but not the last one for 2023.
It's also the second RLC Honda this year, after Ryu's 1994 NSX that came out in July. It's the fifth Japanese model in the series, proving how popular these cars are with modern collectors. I used to dream about owning an Integra Type R one day, but I haven't even driven one. They're less common than Civic Type Rs, and I haven't seen many of them upfront.
One can only imagine how spectacular they must have been in 1995, with just under 200 hp under the hood. Even by today's standards, an 8,600 rpm red line is something to brag about. Mattel had already created several Integra replicas before. The 2001 Acura Integra casting was unpopular and only available in 2004. Ryu Asada designed the Custom '01 Acura Integra GSR for its 2016 Night Burnerz release, and there are over a dozen variations to look for.
And there's also Mia's four-door Integra from The Fast and The Furious. But the 1995 Type R model is bound to stir up a lot of attention. I've even seen people joking that it's already sold out, even before its official debut. But that's not true. You can try your luck on November 28 at 9 AM PT. All you need is a Red Line Club membership and $25.
That does not guarantee you'll be able to buy one, as the competition is pretty stiff. But it's worth trying for that perfect, white-on-white look with red seats and a red engine cover. Some people try selling them for $125 on eBay despite still waiting for delivery. But once again, I urge you not to fall into that trap. If you can't buy it directly from Mattel, skip it. Don't let scalpers ruin it for those passionate about collecting Hot Wheels.