A few weeks ago I found two shades of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 made by Hotwheels in their 1/43 elite series for sale, a nice looking white shade but also the intimidating black edition, but when they arrived I was a bit disappointed, the paint was applied rather thick and especially the white version looked like it was made by a kid, I wasn't impressed at all, these models were not at the same level as the Murcielago LP640 or the Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce I also owned by Hotwheels, these latter are very nice 1/43 models, but the black Aventador and especially the white one were a bit of a letdown.
Last week I found a listing for the new, Arancio Argos shade of the Aventador made by Hotwheels Elite, it was an auction so I put in a bid, not too much keeping in mind the quality of the two models I already owned ... and I managed to have the winning bid, added shipping and paid for it.
It arrived only a few days later in a small cardboard box (a 1/43 model isn't that big anyway) but it was still nicely padded, so no problems there ... and I immediately noticed this orange shade looks a lot better than either the black or the white one I previously bought.
The paint is applied in a nice thin layer, the metallic flakes are nicely visible and aren't too large, so they did apply scale paint, a plus in this price range, but more importantly because the paint on this orange version is a lot nicer the model looks amazing, all the lines and creases are nicely visible, the corners are sharp and the contours now look the way it should look on the angular Lamborghini Aventador model.
So this latest shade from Hotwheels on the Aventador is finally up to their usual standards, this is a very nice 1/43 scale model of one the most important super cars out there, it represents the actual car very nicely. I've seen the Looksmart model up close, and honestly I don't see why paying about three times the price of this Hotwheels version on it other than the fact Looksmart has some amazing shades on offer like the yellow one or the dark green metallic shade, a strange shade on a Lamborghini, but somehow it looks good on the Aventador.
But when you start comparing detail and finish I would say the Looksmart looks about twice as nice, it features some finer details where the Hotwheels version isn't as nicely done ... but that still doesn't warrant paying over 125 Euro for the LS model while I managed to get this HW for only 29 Euro, so for me that's a big difference ... I would only be tempted to get the yellow LS version as it looks very, very nice, but if you are looking for the press version of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700 finished in Arancio Argos like this one I would actually prefer to get two Hotwheels and display them front to back ... and still I wouldn't have spent the amount it would take to get a Looksmart.
However, as an avid Lamborghini collector like me you should get both naturally, that is why I'm still adding a Looksmart to my collection anyway; my collection wouldn't be complete with one of the LS models.
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