At one point, probably about 15 years ago, RC cars were all the rage. However, with the advent of video games and a myriad of other entertainment options for kids, their popularity has surely waned (not a fact, just conjecture). So what’s a toy company to do? Simple, blend the two.
Hot Wheels’s iNitro Speeders aren’t your typical RC car. First off, they’re absolutely miniature (adorable in fact) in size; 1 3/4″ long. Included is a carrying case that doubles as a charger and a remote control. Controls are of a traditional setup, with the left stick controlling throttle and the right stick for turning the car. Since the iNitro Speeders are so darn small, the wheels don’t turn and instead rotate independently much like a tank to achieve a left or right movement. But that’s hardly exciting, is it?
To keep with the times, and toss in a dash of pizazz, Hot Wheels also allows you to administer controls using your iPhone. You’ll just need to plug in the included infrared dongle, which is how the iNitro Speeder receives its commands. The app includes a set of controls that mimic the physical controller, but that’s not all. You can also draw custom paths or choose from a number of shapes, which we can only assume that the iNitro Speeder will follow to a ‘t’.
There are 8 different iNitro Speeder cars and they’re each available now for $32.99.