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Hot Wheels has just rolled out two new R/C cars in the Stealth Rides line. The collapsible racers fit into their own cases which double as infrared remote controls. At the moment there are just two vehicles – one with wheels and another with treads – but in October Batman's Tumbler joins the party. The good news is they fit in any pocket, run for about 45 minutes and cost just $25. The not so good news is that when that 45 minutes is up you'll have to replace five watch batteries – three in the car, two in the remote – to get them going again. Click the link for the video at CNET. Hat tip to Sea Urchin

[Source: CNET]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would rather they use a rechargeables and only give me 15 minutes. LAME
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still no Speedster article guys?
      • 4 Years Ago
      45 min......5 new watch batteries? = >$10

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        • 4 Years Ago
        It is expensive, but not nearly as expensive as you say; you can get a 50-pack of the LR44 batteries on Amazon for $7, so it's about 70 cents for every 5 batteries.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watch batteries are really cheap if you know where to get them online. But only running for 45 minute is disappointing. Still better than the ones you have to recharge every 5 minutes using the controller, but at least those run on AAs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They've had these things forever in chinatown and flushing in NYC. Don't see how hot wheels got into this so late. I guess it doesn't matter since they have almost complete control of this market. Never saw one with tracks though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who's the bum who keeps sending these silly tips to Autoblog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they misinterpreted the CNET video a little. The cars run for 45 mins. on a single charge but you get more than one charge on the life of the battery. Give Hot Wheels some credit, they rarely float a turd for a product. I am more appalled that they put those stupid on-off digital switches for steering and gas, they take the fun out of driving long before your 45 mins. is up. See the guy in the video pressing the hell out of them and his fingers going all white to get it to go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Old school wins: HotWheels + Gravity
        • 4 Years Ago
        I played with the prototypes of these at Toy Fair back in Feb. They're really very cool -- esp the tracked one, which climbs obstacles surprisingly well. But yeah -- five watch batteries every 45 minutes? Recipe for massive kids' disappointment and lots of parental headaches. My kids have bigger R/C cars that take a beating, are plenty fun, and go for weeks on cheaper regular cells.
        • 4 Years Ago
        $1 HotWheels have always been a winner. When they make the specialty/RC/fancypants cars, they're getting away from their core... the kid with a hammer and the inattentive dad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What ever happened to the Paper Airplane? 5 watch batteries? Even if you go to Wally World to get it, it ain't cheap!