Wednesday, 26 October 2016
If Mattel Plays Football, the New Exotics 5-Pack Wins them the Super Bowl!
Yeah, it's that good. And sorry (but not) for the cheesy football analogy, but the new Exotics 5-pack from Mattel is a true winner. The aptly named 'exotic' 5-pack is just that. However, unlike recent Exotic 5-packs, it really evokes the full measure of the word 'exotic'. In an auto context, 'exotic' conjures cars you'll never own. Maybe you'll sit in one once in your life. If you're lucky. Exotic cars bring so much to mind beyond motoring too. Mega-yachts, 9-car garages, super models and perfect beaches. The Autobahn and all the rest. For me anyways.
Everything I've just mentioned is at incredible odds with $1 toy cars packaged and sold at Wal-Mart for suburban brats. Yet somehow Mattel perfectly translates luxury and exotica to little toy cars. The 2016 Exotics 5-pack is easily the best set yet to bear the 'exotic' moniker from the blue brand. The colors are right, from lime green to bright white to mango orange to luxurious gold, this set feels exotic. I have to remind myself it only cost 5 bucks. The only thing better $5 bucks buys these days is a Little Ceasars Hot-n-Ready.
I'll cut the nonsense and get to the cars now. It's really an understatement to say I'm impressed. The crowning jewel of the bunch is the Alfa Romeo Competizione 8C. I've always appreciated the rather underrated Alfa casting, but in lime green with magnificent detailing it's irresistible. If this presentation doesn't solve the whole 'underrated thing' for the Alfa, nothing will. It's model-of-the-year calibre. Don't send out the lynch-mob until you scroll through the photos. It's that good.
The 911 GT3 was a rather ho-hum choice at first glance given it's recent prevalence on the pegs, but up close it's a fantastic piece. The white is incredibly bright and clean and the gold PR-5s work. (Yeah, I know, they're PR-5s, but they really do work!) The 911 also pairs beautifully with the emerald Alfa.
Third place for me is the best Hot Wheels Pagani Huayra yet. The metallic gold works with the wheel choice and finally gives this model the extra 'pop' it's needed since Hot Wheels debuted the Huayra in 1/64 scale. The signature 'Pagani' lettering always gets me too.
The Lamborghini cruises into 4th place for me. I'm too lazy to dig the car out and check the bottom to see which Lambo it actually is, but it's nice. And before you jump all over me for not being up on my Lambos, there are a ton of Hot Wheels Lambo castings and they all have confusing names. (What ever happened to the Diablo (and Countach before that) being the only Lambo) But it's classic Lambo beauty. Plus, what's an Exotic 5 without Italy's finest?
Last but not least is the Porsche Panamera. A lot of people distrust a Porsche with 4-doors. But since it's a toy car and not the real McCoy and the deco is clean, and it's a sharp looking little replica, the Panamera makes for a very, very good last place.
I hate to continue to promote Mattel without being compensated, but heck, the Exotics 5 really is a no-brainer at $5 bucks. Enjoy!