Well, it has to happen at least a couple of times a year.
Hot Wheels releases about 50 Basic New Models each year. Of those, I might be truly excited about 10-15. And most of those live up to the excitement.
There is inevitably one or two that seem to be a bit off. They just don't look how you imagined they would look. It happens, and it is definitely not the end of the world, but when it does it is always a bummer.
Well, the brand new Porsche 911 GT3 RS might be my bummer of the year.
Something is off. A few of you made comments about it when I showed it in a recent video, and now that I have it here opened, I think I agree. So what is off? The headlights are...ahem...large. "Eyes dilated after Lasik" large. It is always cool to see the headlights as part of the window piece, but these make me think too much of an insect.
The other part that seems off is the rear. Spoilers have to be part of the body now, and this model really suffers because of it. It is too thick, and it creates an angle that makes the rear at profile look more like a VW Beetle or Nissan Z than a Porsche 911.
I have to sympathize with designers on this. The Porsche silhouette is iconic, and probably super hard to duplicate. We saw the rear off with the Cayman S, and with the Boxster, and now with the GT3 RS. I have to imagine getting those lines right is incredible difficult. We have seen it work on the 993, 934, and the upcoming 964, among others, but it is off here.
Of course you might totally disagree with me. That was definitely the case last year when I was not as excited as most about the Acura NSX. I was definitely part of the minority when it came to the NSX, and it has definitely grown on me. The Porsche might too. There are still things I like about it, and yes, it is already in its spot in my Hot Wheels collection. I just might not collect all of them...
What do you think?