Monday, April 21, 2014
First Look: Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Koenigsegg Agera R...
Alright, let's get started on this one. Lots to say, and my guess is a lot of you have a lot to say about it as well.
First off, I am not much of a hypercar guy. The appreciation is there, but (the Huayra being an exception) these cars are just not that interesting to me. If someone out there who owns one wants to let me borrow one to drive a bit, maybe my interest will grow. Just call me.
So knowing that, the announcement that Hot Wheels was doing a Koenigsegg was not as exciting to me as it was to many of you. BUT, for the sake of the blog, let me jump into your shoes. I will go back to when I heard Hot Wheels was doing a Datsun 510 Wagon, and attach that excitement to the Agera.
Ok, now that I am feeling your excitement, does the Agera casting merit the excitement? Let's start by looking at the real thing:
Low, slung to the ground, and sleek. It appears the rear wheel is slightly larger than the front. Now let's look at the Hot Wheels:
Wait, let's look at something again:
Look, this can slide if the Agera casting was made a few years ago, and Mattel used what was there to help promote Need For Speed...
This is a NEW casting, created for the more adult/collector-focused Retro Entertainment line. How did this large rear wheel get approved by the same group that approved some of the amazing castings we have seen debut lately, including some of the great new models in the Retro line? Large rear wheels are definitely a Hot Wheels thing, and many times I don't have a problem with them, but this makes no sense. The rest of the casting looks really good. Proportions appear to be spot-on, but it is all destroyed by the large rear wheel. Wait, the HUGE rear wheels. While the real car might have a slightly larger rear wheel, why couldn't this just have the same sized wheels?
It would have looked a ton better. I don't like to be a negative Nancy, but this model is really a disappointment. I have said it before, but when talking about Worst New Model, it is never that unlicensed casting that isn't geared to the collector that I vote for. Rather, it is the model that generated some buzz and but didn't live up to the expectations. This falls smack-dab into that category. You are looking at the heavy favorite for Worst Model of 2014.
Thankfully it happened on a model I was not that into anyway. If it was the Datsun 620 or Aston DB5, I might be a little more annoyed.
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Hot Wheels Koenigsegg Agera R (2014 Retro Entertainment):