Wednesday, September 9, 2015
It's not Ferrari, but it will do just fine: The Hot Wheels Exotics 5-pack...
Isn't it about this time of the year that the new Ferrari 5-pack always came out?
I think fall is normally the right time, but obviously we won't see one this year. So whether or not the Exotics 5-pack was released to fill that void, I have no idea. What I do know is this pack is a must-have.
And there are a lot of reasons why. That Pagani Huayra in white is one.
I am sure there is a good reason for it, but I have no idea why Hot Wheels and Matchbox seem to be so afraid of plain white cars with black rims. It is probably something to do with how a simple black and white model might not jump out on the pegs, and they are convinced it won't grab anyone's attention. But darn if that Pagani isn't the sharpest model in the set.
The Pagani hasn't really grabbed my attention in the past, but this one surely has. There is no need to keep any other HW Huayras in the collection. This one will surely suffice.
But maybe the whole "no white-over-black" argument is proven by the bright green Porsche. As sharp as the Pagani is, it is the green 911 GT2 that catches your eye.
I love the color, love the gold rims, and the design is nice. It is also great to see tail light tampos. Unlike the Pagani, I will collect every version of this casting, so this is an automatic in. There are quite a few HW 911 GT2 versions I like better than this one, but I am happy to see a new version.
That leaves three other models. The Alfa Romeo 8C and Lamborghini Aventador J are both very nice, but maybe the surprisingly, the best model of the entire pack might be the Lotus Esprit.
It is the oldest casting of the five, and it has been an afterthought in other previous packs, but when it dresses to the nines, it shines. Just look at it. Black with gold trim and lace wheels suits it very, very well. In fact, it really brings this casting to light. While it was current when it was first released, this model now has a bit of a retro edge to it. I have a feeling this might rekindle a little interest in this model. It would make a great Super TH some day.
It is very rare that I like a HW 5-pack enough to buy it. It is even more rare to like all 5 models. This is one of those rare occasions...