I will start by saying, that at least aesthetically, I am still trying to figure out if I like the real McLaren 720S. Some of you might agree, many of you will passionately disagree, and so be it. Hopefully we don’t all like and dislike the same thing.
But the 720S doesn’t do it for me. Granted if I had one in the garage you wouldn’t hear me complain, but I am just another nerd with an opinion and device to express it on. McLaren states that every contour on the car is created for a purpose, and I am sure that is true. Still, for the most part, there are other McLarens that float by boat a bit more.
I would imagine that with any current McLaren, shrinking it down to 1/64 is particularly difficult, with all the waves and swooshes. All those rounded edges are what makes Porsches so difficult to shrink as well. And like Hot Wheels Porsches, that means a lot of hits and a few misses. And to me, this 720S is like the HW Porsche Boxster. It’s a miss.
It’s a cab-forward McLaren, but I see a first-gen Tiburon. It is mainly because of that thick backside. Strangely, that is what came to mind the first time I saw the model, and what surprised my most is how and why the TIBURON popped in my head. The Tiburon? Have I ever thought about the gosh-darned Tiburon? Maybe that is why I don’t like this model. All my time is valuable, and I don’t need to waste it thinking about a late-90’s blob, and this McLaren made me do so. I even had to waste energy looking up the Tiburon on Wikipedia. I’ll never get that back.
Some angles of the casting work, and others don’t. The wheel well in the back looks too small, but I can see how a large rear wheel would look too big, like on the P1. So damned if you do, damned if you don’t. There are limitations in Hot Wheels basic, and maybe that is one of them. A slightly larger wheel would work better.
I don’t fancy Lamley a diecast review site. I don’t have a list of models I need to review, like a movie critic will watch everything. I tend to enjoy writing and talking about the stuff I like. But that also means anticipated models can disappoint. This one does. While the real car doesn’t totally work for me, I will always anticipate a licensed supercar casting. Like the Porsche Boxster and others, this one disappoints.
If you disagree, have at it.
This is the best angle: