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    Video: Hot Wheels creates ultimate test track for dads
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    There have been some really crazy Hot Wheels tracks created over the years, from home-grown masterpieces like this to 'official' versions such as the "highest" wall track. But the folks at the diecast-car company have outdone themselves with this latest track, which was designed for dads, not ...

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    ETC: Anki drive is the slot car racing game of the future, now [w/video]
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    This is Anki Drive. Developed by Boris Sofman, Mark Palatucci and Hanns Tappeiner, three doctorate-level robotics students at Carnegie Mellon, Anki Drive blends what we'd traditionally call slot-car racing with a Mario Kart-like ability to assault your competition and a Borg-like ability to learn ...

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    Video: Go behind the scenes at the Hot Wheels design studio
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    Working at Autoblog is really a cool gig, but without question, working at the Hot Wheels Design Studio is cooler. Based at Mattel's headquarters, in El Segundo, CA - which is a bonus in and of itself for this Detroit-based writer - Hot Wheels is probably what every automotive designer thought ...

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    Report: Top Gear hosts made slightly creepy in 1:18 scale
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    If having the trio of Top Gear presenters on your TV isn't enough for you, you can always buy these new action figures. While the detail of the 1:18-scale models of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May is high, something may have been lost in the translation; for one, their heads ...

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    Video: Razor Crazy Cart may be the coolest kid-size drift car money can buy
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    It might as well be a fact that if you want to get ahead in the world of motorsports, you need to start young. And since most toddlers can't see over the wheel or reach the pedals in an actual car, karts are the most logical option. Unfortunately, big league karts are not cheap. Enter the Crazy ...

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    ETC: Lego Caterham Seven does Chapman proud [w/video]
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    A chap who calls himself "Sheepo" has a habit of making custom creations out of Lego bits. These aren't kits, these are the expressions of his own automotive imagination using traditional Lego and Lego Technic parts. His year so far seems mostly devoted to suspension builds and a Land Rover ...

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    ETC: Huzi Dream Car is a magnetic spin on wooden toys [w/video]
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    A playful design company has created a delightful set of wooden playthings. The Dream Car by Huzi Design was a successful Kickstarter campaign for a set of interchangeable wooden blocks that can be used to create any kind of car – no, not just a car, any kind of thing on wheels. Now ...

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    Official: Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment series memorializes your favorite Hollywood cars
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    Hot Wheels has rolled out a new series of die-cast toys aimed directly at our nostalgic hearts. The Retro Entertainment Series plucks iconic cars from movie and television past, shrinks them down to 1:64 scale and packages them up for your buying enjoyment. The collection includes machines like ...

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    Official: This is Citroën's amazing diorama tribute to celebrate its WRC winnings
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    Citroen has taken a unique stab at commemorating Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena's nine World Rally Championship wins. Rather than work up yet another tired video of the champions expounding on the virtues, trials and and tribulations that come with being the very best for nearly a decade ...

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    ETC: 100 designers give their interpretation of the wooden toy car
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    Automoblox, the little and terrifically simple wooden cars, are part of Autoblog's holiday giveaway every single year. And every single year, tons of people try to win them. So even though scale-model cars are as detailed as the real thing, R/C cars can go faster than and do things that real cars ...

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    Report: Engineer builds lifelike slot cars with steering and suspension [w/video]
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    If idle hands are the devil's playground, idle engineers are a field day of awesome. Gareth Jones is a mechanical engineer with a penchant for slot cars, and when his child grew to an age to appreciate scale cars whirring around a plastic track, he did what any responsible father would do: he ...

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    Video: Drivable Lego go-kart is slow but awesome
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    Yeah, yeah, you liked to build with Lego bricks when you were a kid. But could you build a go-kart large enough and sturdy enough to carry your own weight? Don't answer yet. Could you then make this monster kart actually move under its own power, albeit slowly, like the real thing? We thought ...

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    Video: 1969 Chevy Camaro becomes slot-car track
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    People were riveted by Roger Penske's deep blue Sunoco Camaros driven by Mark Donohue in the 1968 and '69 Trans-Am series. Spectators were fascinated because the cars were big winners, and rivals couldn't figure out how Penske's Camaros were so dominant. The 1969 Camaro you see above above pays ...

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    Video: 3D auto puzzles of American muscle are actually motorized
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    GreenLight Toys has unveiled a series of foam-paper car puzles for 2012, five American muscle cars and one muscle truck. The MotoBuildz aren't exactly models, they're more like those 500-piece landscape puzzles you find at educational toy stores, only with fewer pieces and less ...

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    Corvette Z06 bed upgrades your childhood
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    We've reported plenty on items we'd like to place in our automotive-themed dream house, from engine-block coffee tables and Pininfarina desks to Aston Martin loveseats and Porsche sofas – but most of them are for the living room. We'd be remised, however, to forget the one part of the house ...

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    Video: The ultimate in slot car tracks comes at a price [w/video]
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    If you were fortunate enough to visit last year's Detroit Auto Show, you may recall something special lurking in the Ford booth. The automaker featured an expansive slot car track with a variety of Ford Mustang racers darting around an immensely detailed course. As it turns out, the track was ...

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    Official: Ken Block gets own line of Hot Wheels in time for holiday season
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    Like floods, wildfires and tsunamis, the Ken Block marketing machine is a force of nature. The exhibition driver has partnered up with Mattel for a special line of Hot Wheels toys that include 1:64-scale die cast versions of Block's WRC Ford Fiesta in either black or white liveries. As with most ...

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    Video: Mother of all Hot Wheels tracks leaves us speechless, if real [w/poll]
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    We'll admit it, this video isn't exactly new, but it's the first time we're seeing it and, honestly, we're stunned. The creators have dubbed this "The Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks," and after sitting at our desks with wide eyes and dropped jaws, we're inclined to agree. And not just because ...

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    Video: Hot Wheels Video Racer gets tested, allows for nausea-inducing fun
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    Someone over at DadDoes got their hands on the new Hot Wheels Video Racer toys. If you're not familiar with the latest from Mattel, allows us to explain. This newest Hot Wheels car is basically a rolling video camera. A lens sits up front, and it's covered up by a Hot Wheels body. Out back, a ...

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    Hot Wheels gets playful with full-scale advertisements
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    Diecast cars are a fun distraction regardless of your age, in fact, we've got a few on our desk at this very moment. Hot Wheels may be the king of scale-car fun, but its marketing department likes to think big. Recently, we saw how it turned a historic Australian building into a 3D racetrack. ...

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