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Hot Wheels Exotic Envy 2021; Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 a late bloomer?

#Exotic Envy — the first Hot Wheels #Car Culture mix dedicated solely to #Exotics. It has received mixed reviews thus far from collectors despite there being a demand for an exotic mix since the Car Culture line began 5 years ago. The mix contains the obvious headliner in the #’16 Bugatti Chiron, but its co-stars are lesser favorites when it comes to Hot Wheels collecting.

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Hot Wheels ’16 Bugatti Chiron from the 2021 Car Culture / Exotic Envy series

There are noticeably two Aston Martins in the mix. The #Aston Martin Vulcan is a newer casting that has just gone premium with this release. The added detail and faux carbon fiber roof definitely helps present this casting in a new light. The fact that only 24 of the real car were made makes this car a true exotic — and its legacy may build — coinciding with its diecast legacy. The other is a concept that hasn’t even hit the streets yet. The #Aston Martin Valhalla Concept is a brand-new casting that isn’t widely known outside of exotic car enthusiasts.

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Hot Wheels Aston Martin Vulcan (orange) and Aston Martin Valhalla Concept (red) from the 2021 Car Culture / Exotic Envy series
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Hot Wheels McLaren Senna from the 2021 Car Culture / Exotic Envy series

That leaves the #McLaren Senna and the #Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4. Collectors seem to have polarizing views of the Senna, and with the Huracán, no opinion either way. Suffice to say, casting selection for #Exotic Envy could have been better.  One thing the team nailed? The color palette.

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Sure, it would be easy to focus on how awesome the Bugatti is, and I think we will do that sometime soon. Instead, as the title of the article implies, we are going to focus on the #Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4. There isn’t much to be said about it by the way of collectors on the ol’ interwebs. Why? I’m not sure. 

Maybe the reason why it took 5 years to get an exotic mix in #Car Culture is because exotics tend to lack on the culture aspect. Where I live, I see Lamborghinis all the time and there are no shortages of Huracáns out there. I’d love to have one, but then again, I’d take any vehicle that upgrades me from my 10-year-old SUV. The point is, the Huracán is a great car — and from what I hear, performance is great (especially on the EVO) — but the culture surrounding Lamborghinis and #Exotics isn’t beyond the fact that they are for the rich.

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Hot Wheels Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 from the 2021 Car Culture / Exotic Envy series with ’16 Bugatti Chiron

Such notion doesn’t seem to affect the popularity of the #’16 Bugatti Chiron in the Hot Wheels collecting world. Sure, it rides the coattails of the popularity created by the discontinuation of the Bugatti Veyron, but outside of that, the Chiron has a much larger legacy in the automotive world.

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So all outside interference aside, what would drive one to collect the Hot Wheels #Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4? For me, like any “late-bloomer” casting I choose to collect, it’s a diversity in releases. This Huracán casting was first released in 2015 as part of the mainline, but it’s premium releases have started to catch the eyes of collectors — this one included. Now I find myself a fan, and wanting to go back and get all the brightly-colored earlier releases. I already collect the #Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo so adding these as an extension of that collection should be fun.

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  1. Thanks for highlighting the Huracan! It is in a great color and the five spoke wheels really make it pop. This one should sell out quickly! I tend to vacillate toward green cars, hence my 1/1 lime green ‘14 Mustang and all my green Hot Wheels from many years of collecting. I enjoy your blog immensely!

  2. I can’t see too much of a problem with the Lambo in this line, but considering the green is different (I’d take a metallic or pearl yellow as well) & pretty cool, the castings seems quite known.

    The Bugatti is nice & should have a more realistic wheel choice.. as much as I love those 5 spokes, I would change them.

    I like the Senna & even the name evokes legendary status. Is that an actual color on the real car??!! … I can’t make it out exactly, but it doesn’t grab me. The infamous orange McLaren hue or even that blue offered in the mainline would be an awesome fit.

    And now the AM’s (rubbing hands together)… The Vulcan works for me so a premium release seems fitting. But that color looks like a McLaren color! They should have given it to the Senna for crying out loud! That Jade-type skin as seen from the mainline would have been perfecto!
    It was going fairly well until they included a second AM. Someone thought a new model, no one really has much of a clue about (I didn’t), would work in this new line, but it doesn’t. I heard more negative than positive concerning the Valhalla. It’s not working for me either & I’m sure many out there can think of a more awesome selection to be included in this series.
    I bet if there was a debate to replace the Valhalla, you could possibly spend hours or even days finding a suitable model.

    Well, I guess you can’t win them all I suppose. But relating to the Lambo, the chrome wheels look nice with that green though!!!

    • Agree that the Vulcan in burnt orange isn’t doing anything for me. Personally, I would have loved to see it in the Vulcan AMR Pro lime green and black livery to be a companion to my Pikes Peak Bentley’s~
      Gotta say that I’m totally opposite of most collectors, in that the Valhalla is my absolute favorite of this batch! Like Brad wrote, it’s an in-the-know car, like the Lykan new release premium would have been if it hadn’t starred in FF. While I’m sure that obscurity is hurting it’s popularity among collectors, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Valhalla became the next under-the-radar HW premium like the Agera R…

  3. I’ve always loved exotics, so I was extremely thrilled to learn Hot Wheel was doing this premium set. I have no qualms with the models chosen to be included, as these are all truly spectacular and rare* cars in real life. *Which brings me to the Huracan. I have no gripes with the Huracan and actually quite like the real thing and Hot Wheels has done a fantastic job recreating this in 1:64. However, is it truly rare? Certainly not to the degree of the others in this group. As such, it was the model I was least excited for in this mix. At least the electric lime paint adds an eye-searing dose of excitement and is what I’d expect to see on a 1:1 Lambo. My one nit pick is chrome wheels on modern super cars. No! To me, it’s in poor taste. You just don’t see it these days, unless someone with too much money is attempting to pimp their ride, which these cars certainly don’t need.

    Unlike many others, I was well familiar with the upcoming (hopefully not to be canceled) Aston Martin Valhalla. This is the model I was most excited to get in this set, as I absolutely love the look and concept behind the real car. Unfortunately, this one did not make the jump from 1:1 to 1:64 very successfully. It’s ended up riding too high off the ground and with too much gap in the wheelwells. It could definitely benefit from a drop of the body on its axles. But apart from the ride height, the beltline (shoulders/windowsills) are also too high, as is the roof. This should be a low. wide, sleek car. I also don’t believe the dark red they chose for this model does it any favors. White or silver would have been a better choice. And what’s with the nose? It seems a bit lazy that they molded the nose/grill straight across and blacked out the peak with paint rather than just molding the center upkick into the body.

    The Vulcan is another Aston Martin I absolutely love. I’m very happy to see this casting get the premium treatment. I wasn’t really inspired by the metallic orange paint and would have much preferred AMR green. But having already done this color in the mainline, as well as several other top color choices, I understand they wanted to take a new approach.

    The McLaren Senna has been on many collector’s wish list for premium treatment since its mainline debut. It’s great to see it finally get head and tail lights. Personally, I would have gone with something other than white on this one, for maximum impact. Especially since white was already done in the mainline. There’s the McLaren signature mango orange color, but I’d actually have preferred to see the darker habanero orange-red color used on this one.

    Finally the Bugatti Chiron. This one is darn near perfect! I love all the details that premium brings to this release. My one criticism, and it’s minor; although I love the two-tone blue on black color scheme, I wish they would have used the French racing blue of the 5-pack release, rather than this metallic blue.

    All in all, a theme I hope we see more of in Car Culture.

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