Wednesday, January 29, 2014
A Tale of Two: Hot Wheels & Kyosho Ferrari LaFerrari...
Yes, this is totally not fair. Just as it makes no sense that some use Tomica Limited Vintage as the bar when complaining about Matchbox's lack of realism, we should not compare the $1 Hot Wheels to the $15 Kyosho.
But we did. Don't know why, really. We just did. Maybe because they arrived at about the same time. Maybe because the Kyosho gives one a good idea of how close Hot Wheels got to the real thing. (Not very.) Maybe because we are lazy and don't know what to write on two separate posts about the horribly-named LaFerrari.
But here are two LaFerraris. To be honest we will let you decide what you think. Obviously the Kyosho looks more like the real thing, even though it sits a tad too high. But as nice as it looks, it would be horrible on the orange track.
As far as the real thing goes, it follows the trend of much-better-looking Ferraris of late. If I am being honest, it can't hold a candle to the painfully beautiful F12 and 458, but it is far better looking than the harsh Enzo. So it gets a thumbs up.
The Hot Wheels is almost there, but like many of its HW Ferrari counterparts, it suffers from large-rear-wheel-itis. Sometimes the LRW works, like on the F12, and sometimes it detracts, like it does here. The proportions are just thrown off too much, and the model ends up boxy instead of low and sleek. Well that is until you get the right photo angle.
So go buy the Hot Wheels for a dollar, or get it on ebay. But indulge a bit as well and wait for Daboxtoys to restock the Kyosho or get it on ebay. It is worth it...
Hot Wheels LaFerrari (2014 New Models) & Kyosho LaFerrari (Ferrari Minicar Collection 9):