No diatribe today on why Mattel doesn’t have Ferrari. It is just time to enjoy another Hot Wheels Ferrari that sadly hit the shelf when Mattel lost the license.
I came across my Hot Wheels Ferrari collection the other day, and thought the 458 Spider was a good one to feature. It might be a bit lost among all the Ferraris that get a lot of attention, like the 599XX, 250 GTO, and Enzo. Like many of the later Hot Wheels Ferraris, it never got a premium release, and was just one of the many Ferraris that was released in the later years. But it does deserve some love.
For one, it is a really nice casting. I will agree that the size differential between the front and rear wheels is a little out of proportion, but other than that, it looks great. In fact, the two later versions, one in blue and the other in red with white stripes, have bigger wheels with larger rims and the car looks much more in proportion.
Second, the 458 Spider was a great companion to the 458 casting, for obvious reasons. They are the same size, and three of the models share the same colors. It might be just me, but I like when Hot Wheels does companion models like that, especially when they look like this:
I can keep writing, but I don’t need to. As nice as these are, it is hard to look at them without thinking about what could have been. Think of a Ferrari batch in Car Culture? Or Forza? Or more releases of the California? Or a new Ferrari casting every year. Damn, it’s a bummer.
At least most of the Ferraris were released in several colors, and nice ones at that. If the Spider never sees the light of day again, at least we have these. And they are pretty easy to obtain.
Now to think of what other Ferrari to feature and get depressed about never seeing again.
Tan and black interior variations: