It looks like the next big thing in remote controlled cars is small -- Hot Wheels' new Nitro Speeders RC cars are so teeny tiny; at about 1.5 inches long, they're smaller than a standard Hot Wheels car, and not much bigger than a quarter. MomSelect sent us a Nitro Speeder to play with; here's what we thought of it:
About Nitro Speeders:
Hot Wheels® continues to elevate the radio control (RC) segment with the newest generation of micro RC vehicles, Nitro Speeders™. With lightning speed and precise responsiveness, the Nitro Speeders™ RC cars deliver unprecedented performance that is sure to amaze boys of all ages. The Nitro Speeders™ vehicles come in their own carrying case, which serves as the remote control and acts as a charger to keep the cars at peak performance for portable play and racing with friends. Nitro Speeders™ are the first micro RC vehicles that go fast enough to complete a full 360 degree loop. In 2011, Nitro Speeders will feature a Team Hot Wheels® Ford Mustang, Supercharged Camaro and the Ken Block Fiesta Rally Car.
These tiny cars have made a big impact on my kids! They love the small size -- it's small enough to slip into a pocket or a purse so they can take it on playdates or to the park -- and the lightning speed. They're great for launching off low platforms, zipping through their Hot Wheels 360-degree loop tracks, and racing down the driveway. The cars charge very quickly and easily -- you just plug it into the remote control unit, so the same two AA batteries used to run the remote control are also used to charge the car.
Despite their tiny size, I have a feeling these Nitro Speeders might actually outlast most of our other remote control cars. That's because of the ingenious design of the remote control unit: it's also the little car's charger and storage/carrying case. That makes it so much easier to keep everything together, and less chance something will get lost. I also love that the remote control unit doesn't have a retractable metal antenna -- those things always end up snapping off!
The Nitro Speeders are certainly fast -- almost too fast, in my opinion. Once they get going, it's difficult to get them to stop or change directions, so our Nitro Speeder all too often ends up underneath beds, bookshelves, cabinets, refrigerators and stoves. You can't really control the speed, so you can't really slow the cars down.
The Bottom Line
Hot Wheels Nitro Speeders are great fun to play with!
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Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by MomSelect and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.