A sleek yet lightweight toy with a fun twist. Hot Wheels is a brand that has picked up strength throughout the years for its wide assortment of innovative toy cars. Hot Wheels, to date, has paid tribute to modern vehicle types, sports cars and machines modeled after hot rods from the silver screen and now a flying car.
For remote-controlled car fanatics, Hot Wheels has rolled out a head-turning selection of toy cars that appeal both to the young and young-at-heart, like the Hot Wheels remote flying car. In one form or another kids have been trying to send the Hot Wheels car flying since they were made popular by the give-away at the Shell Oil gas stations with a purchase of a tank of gas, going back to when gas prices was probably around .70 cents a gallon! I’m sure many fathers and grandparents may remember.
The Hot wheels remote flying car is a cool combination of a hard-wearing RC car and a lightweight flying machine that can soar up to 200 feet when midair. The learning curve for the toy is low. Individuals will get the hang of operating the Hot Wheels Flying Car after being able to maneuver the mini turns.
The toy is recommended for children 5 to 15 years of age but I would be hesitant to leave any of the younger age alone with the toy. Adult supervision is a must especially in the beginning of using the toy. The flying car does have some small pieces presenting a choking hazard for the smaller kids especially under 3 yrs old. The adults will have fun as well setting up the toy and playing with the kids.
The fly-and-drive battery-operated toy works through dual electric motors. Using a transmitter or USB cable, the battery can be recharged. As a flying machine, the toy – with its dual propellers – can do 35K rotations per minute. The package has 2 spare propellers. Batteries do not come with it and it requires 6 AA batteries.
Indeed, the Hot Wheels remote flying car is a next-generation toy that can satisfy the whims of kids, millennials, or RC-collecting adults. There are many parts of the car that are Styrofoam to keep it light for flying, which in turn is somewhat less durable than the hard Hot Wheels cars but is quite durable. Users need to develop some skill to ensure that the flying car doesn’t do countless hard landings.
Please Note: Follow the recommended flying directions to minimize any breakage and propeller damage.
The toy will need a spacious area like your own backyard or an open parking lot or park. Look around and up for any possible obstacles, overhead wires of any kind and trees that may be a problem. You won’t want to call the Fire Dept to get your flying car back to earth!
For best performance start and land on a hard surface such as a driveway or parking lot. Mimic the operation of the way a real plane flies. Slow gradual takeoffs and landings, wide easy turns and you’ll be in the air most of the time. Allow about ten to fifteen feet of takeoff and landing space on a hard surface. See video below for a good how-to.
Assembling of the flying car is a breeze. A notable feature is the aerodynamic design. It will definitely test the reflexes of a school age kid and serve as a simple pastime for collectors of RC cars with a fun twist.
There are some limited versions of the Hot Wheels R/C Street Hawk Flying Car on the market, mostly different limited colors but they seem to be priced double the standard version. Be sure you look for the one best for you.
You may want to think about ordering some pre-charged batteries to get a head start on flying, 6 AA needed.