In 2017, Mattel wanted to get in on the Nintendo Switch craze and created a limited-edition backpack that made the handheld console no longer handheld. Ultimately, only three of the $980 backpacks were produced. Peter Knetter offers his take on this electric blue oddity that may or may not have actually existed.
Awesome Hot Wheels
Backyard Racing takes us on another thrilling POV ride on one of their epic Hot Wheels tracks. This massive circuit includes a variety of water features, including waterslides, waterfalls, a zipline, and a 12-foot water bucket lift. We love how the track has so many elevation changes.
If you spent any time using computers back in the 1990s, you might remember the electric blue Hot Wheels PC with the flame job. Shank Mods took one of these colorful computing relics and rebuilt it with the latest high-performance PC hardware, then set up a bank of three of the matching CRT monitors for widescreen gaming.
5MadMovieMakers takes us on another immersive ride-along with a Hot Wheels car as it zooms through a series of twists, hills, a loop, and a jump. The car was equipped with a 5.7K 360º camera so you can look around at the scenery and adjacent cars. Yo, get out of the way, red car!
5MadMovieMakers is back with another sweet Hot Wheels track for us to enjoy. This setup took 9 days to put together and includes lots of fun hills, banks, and scenery along its 290-foot indoor-outdoor track. They shot the POV footage with a RunCam 5 Orange, a tiny 4K action cam designed for mounting on RC vehicles.
Hot Wheels enthusiasts Backyard Racing spent more than 4 months putting together this expansive race track that starts out on their roof. Along the way, the course winds through ladders, sun-dappled PVC tunnels, along fences, and splashes through two inflatable swimming pools.
Trackipede’s flexible track components upgrade any standard Hot Wheels track, making it easier to elevate and hold bends, create jumps, and other obstacles. The modular parts connect to the underside of the track and enable nearly infinite configurations. They can even wrap around railings and posts.
Readers have commented that we called things roller coasters that are actually trains since they’re self-powered. Well, here’s a case where we’re using the term properly. This impressive Hot Wheels track by 5MadMovieMakers keeps cars moving with gravity, a handful of motorized booster stations, and… a leaf blower.
Andrew Scorgie and his young helper Jordan had some downtime during quarantine, so they set about designing a Hot Wheels track. The track they built starts on the roof of their house and runs to the ground, incorporating 36 sequential loops. The 72-foot-long track had a 36-foot vertical drop to keep the cars zooming along.
To complement the Big Car video channel, Little Car creates documentaries about various kinds of vehicles, including toy cars. In this video, they look back at the origins of Mattel’s Hot Wheels cars, their various collections, and their evolution over the years. They’ve also got lessons on Matchbox, Dinky, and Corgi cars.
Get ready to race with this arcade racer, which brings Hot Wheels action to consoles and gaming PCs. The game features crazy tracks with lots of loops, twists, and banks, with online multiplayer for up to 12 racers. It also has a track editor and livery editor for your car collection. Drops 9.30.2021.
5MadMovieMakers set what they believe is a world record for the most loops by an unpowered toy car. They strung together ten Hot Wheels loops into a steep, downhill run, and the little car successfully zipped through all of them all thanks to gravity. The dizzying GoPro footage was especially fun to watch.
The guys from 5MadMovieMakers love their Hot Wheels. They assembled a track with a 13 foot drop and a vertical ramp at its end to see how high they could launch the toy cars, and still land them on their wheels. We wonder how much higher you could go with a longer runway.
5MadMovieMakers has a little fun with Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi as they zoom along Hot Wheels tracks, performing jumps, spinning through loops, and racing each other in a real-life version of Mario Kart. Using a loop of track as a monowheel was a fun trick we’ve not seen before.
Mattel and Tesla have teamed up to create two remote-controlled toys based on Elon Musk’s crazy looking electric pickup. The 1/64-scale version will sell for 20 bucks, while the 1/10-scale version will go for $400, and even includes “cracked window” stickers. They’re only available in limited quantities, and will ship in December 2020.
We’ve seen some long Hot Wheels tracks over the years, but the Guinness World Records says this one is officially the longest. The record-setting 2,176 ft, 2 in straight track was built by employees of Alfred Benesch & Co., with a little help from their kids.
Author Kris Palmer’s book Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale offers a look back at the first 50 years of Hot Wheels. It’s packed with rare images from Mattel’s archives, including design sketches and prototypes, and comes packed in a sweet replica Hot Wheels carrying case.
5MadMovieMakers is playing with toy cars again. This time, they lined up a bunch of parallel Hot Wheels tracks with the bars from a xylophone, then launched a series of toy 65′ Ford Mustangs to play a little tune. It was done with some clever video editing, but it’s still fun to watch.
While you can certainly just go buy a Hot Wheels set, Mini Gear thinks its more fun to build your own track from scratch. He proves yet again that with cardboard, popsicle sticks, hot glue, and rubber bands, you can make just about anything with enough time and effort.