I’ve teased this one on my Instagram for too long. Finally found some time to edit pics between conference calls and watching Despicable Me 3 at 6am. It gets a solid 3.5 stars from me, but it really highlights Steve Carell’s genius. Let’s talk about the car though...

In keeping with our new Twinning tradition, I’m going to attempt to go toe-to-toe with Androoo. You’ve already seen his Class Winning Auto Art during Engine Week, but this is the “lowly” Hot Wheels version. He sent me a DM on IG the other week letting me know that the Auto Art had hit 50% off on an online sale and that he was going to pull the trigger. In hindsight, I should have too, because that model is beautiful. I didn’t though because of two reasons: my credit cards were already in the Intensive Card Unit due to my April hawls, and I already had this Hot Wheels one. “Apples and Oranges” he told me, but let’s find out...

Its true, this doesn’t hold a candle to his Auto Art, but its still a rare and somewhat expensive bird to track down. It was on my watchlist forever, and I finally won an aution for $90, if I remember correctly. That’s actually kind of cheap for this one, believe it or not...

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I can tell you right away that his model has better badges, better mesh, fancy struts that hold up the engine hatch, and better looking latches. That said, all of that stuff is still present on my model, just at a lower degree.

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Both of our cars feature a removable top, but he can take off the nose cone and reveal all sorts of suspension goodness. His car also has a cool “MC12" banner across the wind shield that probably adds +50hp, at least.

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I’ve got two complaints about my car. The first are the wheels, which are just a tad too big and boarder on “Dubs” territory. They still fill out the wheel arches nicely, so I’ll give them a pass, but they just need a little more rubber.

The second one is kind of a doozy. Those of you who have 1:18 Hot Wheels cars know that the models use both diecast and plastic body panels. Do you know what happens to white plastic? It eventually turns yellow. Its pretty faint, but you can tell in some of my photos here. The front facia, cooling vents on the sides, and the entire engine hatch are plastic, plus the removable roof panel.

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Do I regret not jumping on the sale that Androoo sent me on the AutoArt? Kind of. But I also need to eat food and keep my lights turned on. If the timing had been right, I probably would have but it is what it is. I already have this Hot Wheels one on the shelf and that satisfies my MC12 requirements for now. There’s also an even more rare HWE version of this car out there.

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Still a better looking car than the Enzo!

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