Product Type: Hot Wheels Toy Car
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A very unusual take on the Toy Story branding
Hot Wheels Toy Story 3 Rex Rider
Member Name: cha97mw
Hot Wheels Toy Story 3 Rex Rider
Advantages: really quirky look which manages to convey Rex while still being a car, well made
Disadvantages: high price compared to other hot wheels cars
My sons have been toy story obsessed now for over two years. Last Christmas I wanted to get my youngest son something that still had the branding, but wasn't another toy figure, which was when I came across the Hot Wheels cars that were all designed to look like the characters from the Toy Story films. Rather than having the faces of the characters slapped on a normal car shaped frame, these cars really are quite unique in their appearance. I picked a good selection of my sons favourite characters from the film, and one of the best looking is this Rex Rider.
With a name like Rex Rider, it gives away that this is meant to resemble the T-rex diosaur from the film, called Rex. The car has a die cast top and plastic bottom, which reduces the weight without reducing the build quality. I have found that this hot wheel series are really good as they have been bashed onto hard surfaces like the skirting boards and dropped onto the floor, and the surface of the car does not damage or the paint chip. These cars look as good as when I bought them eleven months ago.
The car is 2.5 inches long by 1.5 inches in width, and this particular car is quite flat to the ground so it has quite a sporty look. The beauty of this car is the details. Firstly, the colour. The car is predominantly green, though there are parts that are dark green, then along the middle of the car is a lighter green strip which gives a nod to the shading of Rex's tummy compared to the rest of him. There are then what looks like scales all over the paintwork, and this is actually printed into the surface of the car so you can feel the rough texture when you run your finger over it.
Instead of having a grill at the front, there is a white bit that looks like teeth, and really cleverly, it does actually look like the car is smiling just like Rex would be. There is then black highlighting round what would be the headlights which looks like nostrils, and the rear of the car there is what looks like the dinosaurs tail. Then finally, the wheels at the back are slightly larger than the front ones, so it looks a bit like Rex's much smaller arms that he has as a dinosaur. The overall effect is that you can really tell this is meant to be Rex, but then again, it also still really looks like a car, so it is quite a quirky little item.
The car was bought to go with my son's hot wheels track, and this car does indeed run well on the two toy story themed tracks we have. It has been a popular item, and although it does seem dearer than other hot wheels cars (it is currently on amazon for £2.99, I paid nearer £4, and you can get a set of 10 hot wheel cars for £10) it is quite fun and my son really does like it. I would give it full stars if it were not for the price and you can only buy these cars individually from what I have seen so if you want to buy a few as any fan or collector would, then you end up spending quite a lot.
Summary: A fun little car that will delight Toy Story fans.
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