an age old toy finally gets a tech-boost to keep up with times. this upcoming 1/64 scale toy vehicle from Mattel, dubbed the Video Racers, comes with a built-in camera up front that is capable of capturing video at 30 to 60 frames per second (fps) and a miniature LCD display on its underbelly.
with the video cam, kids can review the loops and crazy crashes in the Hot Wheels vehicle perspective. it will come supplied with an USB cable to download the captured video to your computer for editing with an included special Hot Wheels video editor. there’s even a case to house the video racers, allowing it to be clip on your skateboard or helmet and do some outdoor adventure recording. it another word it doubles up as an action cam. sweet.
Mattel Hot Wheels Video Racers cost $69.90 a pop and will be available this Fall. check out the video after the jump.
Konstantin Beta sit-on toy by Nika Zupanc | £1,657.00 | www.20ltd.com (image credit: Nika Zupanc/20LTD)
it’s not fair that adults are getting all the expensive things that money can buy. kids can’t earn their own dough but if you have deep pockets, perhaps you can get some really expensive toys for your kids. take the Konstantin Beta sit-on toy by Nika Zupanc for example. it cost a cool £1,657 (approximately US$2,575) and features a lacquered epoxy shell body and aluminum or brass parts. classy. at this price, we are expecting more brass than aluminum, though.
even though we can’t sit on on this beautiful sit-on toy, we love to have one – just for display sake. only seven editions of this gorgeous sit-on toy will ever be made (meaning…?), thus it is as exclusive as it can get. this sit-on toy was designed exclusively for 20ltd.com and presents the “playful nostalgic for a time when children had physical friends for toys rather digital enemies.” we couldn’t agree more. it’s probably more meaningful than toys that spits out LED lights and screams “ha ha ha… i’ll destroy you!”
Porsche Design 911 GT3 Cup racetrack set | £97.02 | shop4.porsche.com/uk (image credit: Porsche Design)
i am sure this one will appeal to both kids and adults alike. though this is new from Porsche Design, it still gives me a sense of nostalgic. back when video game racing was virtually non-existence, this type of toy racetrack is the next best thing you can get to quench your need for speed. if one-make race is your kind of thing, the Porsche Design 911 GT3 Cup racetrack set could be the dream set you are looking for.
the set boost two exclusive 1:43 scale Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars and the track itself features two loops, and two crossover points. doing loops are something that you can’t do with real car. it’s like a roller coaster and car racing rolled into one. needless to say, the track can be customized to your liking and players can expect the thrill from overtaking and lane changing. it is said that up to three cars can be raced at the same time which is something i don’t quite comprehend. two lanes, three cars?
constructed of mainly plastic, the track measures approximately 8.3 meters. though X’mas is over, it’s never too late to get yourself something. besides, you don’t need X’mas as an excuse to buy.
it make sense for a rally car driver to team up with a (long time) radio controlled car maker, especially when the driver in question is no stranger to marketing. seriously, this could be a hit. we are talking about Ken Block’s collaboration with TRAXXAS to create a 1/16th scale Block’s #43 Ford Fiesta.
driving this miniaturized monster is the Velineon 380 brushless motor, transferring its power to all its four Gymkhana-Compound slicks. out of the box, this Officially Licensed Ford Fiesta body covered with Ken Block Monster Energy graphics is capable of 30 mph (48 km/h) but throw in an optional pinion gear, a speed connector and a dual batteries set-up, it could reach an incredible 50 mph (80 km/h). wow.
and it doesn’t stop there. this RC speed maniac comes with Officially Licensed Volk Racing Wheels in its green glory and comes ready-to-race with included TRAXXAS Power Cell NiMH battery and charger. i want one!
the wonder of Lego bricks is limited only by our imagination. Martin Latta is definitely one guy huge in imagination and creativity. don’t believe? just check out his creation of the Terminator T800 bust constructed entirely out of Lego pieces. simply awesome. to add to the authenticity, it has LED lit eyes too. just check out the base! it’s such a beauty! Continue reading Terminator T-800 bust constructed out of Lego bricks→
there is just something fascinating about miniatures. if you were fascinated by the VW mini-Gol, but fret that you would never able to drive it, let alone fit into one of those. no worries. we always have the Pocket Classics Miniature Classic Cars to satisfy the need for miniature automotive. over at Pocket Classics, hand building miniature classic cars is what they do. Continue reading pocket classics makes owning classic supercars a possibility→
a group of radio controlled model airplane enthusiasts in China hand-built this huge radio controlled model which took them half a year from design to its maiden test flight. the airplane was based on the retired China Air Force “Yi Er” (or Ilyushin) IL-18 Chairman Mao’s exclusive aircraft. this 3.8 meters radio controlled airplane has a wingspan of 4 meters and weighs in at 25 kg.
i say it is looking good and cannot help but to marvel at the work put into it. if you don’t know, the real IL-18 was a Soviet Union built passenger aircraft powdered by four Ivchenko AI-20M engines. introduced in 1959, it was thought to be the most elegant airliner ever built by the former Soviet Union.
check the video of this huge radio controlled airplane maiden test flight below.