I was excited about this car when I first heard of its upcoming release. I was excited about this car when I found the only one I could on the pegs. However, I must admit I’m pretty disappointed after putting it in front of my camera lens.
The Senna is McLaren’s first hypercar since the P1, and is the latest release in a string of recent McLarens from Hot Wheels. With all of the awesome teaser shots we have been seeing from their social media pages, this Senna had a tough challenge to be equally as impressive right out the gate. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. Both the upcoming Project 8 and 22B will have headlight tampos. The McLaren does not, understandably so because the Senna’s headlight design is complex and obscured by its body work. However, we are left with blank triangular shapes on this Hot Wheels casting that are just begging for some paint, even just solid black.
We are lucky enough to get McLaren badges and taillights, but the massive chunky wing distract your eye from those positive notes. The rear wing looks like it weighs as much as the rest of the car, and acted like a magnet for excess paint drips. I cannot help but to think Hot Wheels should have implemented the same cost cutting measures that they did for the F1 GTR casting and used a plastic wing connected to the base. It might have actually looked thinner for a better result.
My last complaint for this car is a petty one: the black paint of the cowl was not thick enough on my car to fully cover the metallic blue base coat. Otherwise, it is always great to see Hot Wheels releasing new licensed models. I believe there is also an orange colorway in another case later this year. Perhaps we will see this casting receive the premium treatment too someday with headlights and rubber tires. Until then, my boys have a new car in their bin.