Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions.
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the best toys in this galaxy (and any other). This week, a bizarro Godzilla figurine, a very slick Star-Lord figure, a fancy Star Trek lamp, and maybe more than a few new Star Wars toys, thanks to Celebration Orlando. Gird your wallets and check them out below!
Maybe first thing on a Tuesday morning isn’t the best time to melt your brain. But then again, since the week isn’t even half over yet, taking a ride on a psychedelic Hot Wheels track might actually be the perfect distraction to all the work you’d rather not be doing.
Ready to feel anger and resentment towards your younger self for not taking better care of your Hot Wheels toys? Bruce Pascal has been collecting them since he was seven years old, and now that he’s all grown up his collection, with over 3,000 tiny cars in it, is worth well north of a million dollars.
Think you can pull off burnouts, drifts, and breath-taking jumps in your sedan just because you’ve seen all the Fast and Furious films? Being a stunt driver takes years of practice and the right equipment—and you probably have neither. But it turns you can get a similar experience by just slapping a GoPro on a Hot…
Yes, Justin Lin also directed this year’s Star Trek Beyond. However, I think it’s safe to say that when Legendary Films was looking for some to make a movie based on Mattel’s tiny metal racing car toys, they might have looked back a little bit further in his resume.
Racing your Hot Wheels cars usually requires a good imagination, a makeshift track, and a lot of DIY sound effects. But with the new Hot Wheels AI race system, you can finally race your friends, or a computer opponent, on a real track, without needing a smartphone—or a license.
Every time a kid sends a Hot Wheels car hurdling down a twisty track, in the back of their mind they’re imagining what it would be like to be at the wheel of that tiny vehicle. With a GoPro Hero4 Session strapped to the roof, this video, featuring eight different track sections cleverly edited together, is as close as…
Don’t bother asking where or how you can buy one, because this is clearly a one-off creation for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which gets underway today. But Mattel and Hot Wheels have gone and created a full-size, drivable version of the X-Wing car that will be available as part of a limited edition set during the…
San Diego Comic-Con hasn’t gotten underway yet, but Mattel may have already won the show. Following the Spock 1964 Buick Riviera exclusive that will be available once Comic-Con starts, today Hot Wheels revealed a new Death Star trench run set featuring fantastic four-wheeled versions of TIE Fighters bearing down on an…
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, and the animated film that followed two years later, Mattel is finally getting around to turning that imaginary golden underwater explorer into a Hot Wheels car, followed by an entire line of vehicles inspired by the movie.
San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner, which not only means we’re about to get tantalizing looks at next summer’s blockbuster films, but also a mountain of exclusive toys and collectibles. The convention hasn’t even started yet, but Hot Wheels might have already won the whole thing with this exclusive 1964…
At first glance, the last thing you’d assume was that Magnus Walker was a prolific Porsche builder and tuner. Muscle cars? Maybe. Porsches? Unlikely. But maybe that’s why he was the perfect choice to help Hot Wheels customize its new collection of classic 1:64-scale Porsches.
Now that the kids of the ‘80s are grown up with jobs, disposable income, and fond memories of their childhood, toy companies are capitalizing on the nostalgia with throwback lines enticing them to re-buy all the toys they grew up with. Next up is Hot Wheels, with a new retro line reviving some truly classic cars and…
In support of Women’s History Month, today Hot Wheels revealed four new character cars based on female headliners from Marvel, DC, and Star Wars. But the star of today’s miniature auto show is definitely the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman character car.
It looks like Mattel has decided to test the dedication of die-hard Hot Wheels collectors and completionists. The line’s first Minecraft-themed vehicle, the Minecart, is a perfect recreation of the one appearing in the game. So in other words, it’s nothing more than a box on wheels.
October 21, 2015, is finally upon us, and what futuristic wonders do we have to show for it? Awful 3D movies, hoverboards with wheels, and Pepsi still sold in cans. At least Hot Wheels has come through with a hover version of Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean.
Everything from exotic super cars, to blue collar pickup trucks, to even the Goodyear blimp has gotten the Hot Wheels treatment. And now, after over a quarter century on TV, so has the nondescript pink sedan that the Simpson family drives all over Springfield.
In addition to a line of character cars that sees Star Wars characters mashed up with hot rods, trucks, and convertibles, Hot Wheels also has a line of tiny but wonderfully detailed spaceships including everything from Poe’s new X-Wing to a gold-plated version of Fett’s Slave I.
There are no cars in the Star Wars universe—at least as we know them—but Hot Wheels makes a strong case for the next three sequels to consider swapping spaceships for hot rods. Because Kylo Ren’s Hot Wheels character car actually looks way cooler than his spaceship does.