The future of toys has arrived. Robotic toy company Sphero has teamed up with Disney’s Pixar to bring the famous Lightning McQueen from the Cars franchise to life and trust us, it’s pretty life-like.
The new ‘Ultimate Lightning McQueen’ feels like movie Lightning McQueen has crashed through the screen and into your living room. With the ability to respond to a user’s touch, thanks to its five touch panels, the car can snuggle up to users like a cat. And not just any cat, a cat that actually likes you. And while suspension isn’t something we normally talk about, the new Lightning McQueen moves like the actual car from the Pixar films, drifting, moving up and down, easily taking corners and getting up to speeds of 6 miles per hour. Doc Hudson would be proud.
Although the new Lightning McQueen toy doesn’t have the ability to answer questions, it does speak, using actor Owen Wilson’s voice. If your kid (or you, no judgement) are watching the original Cars film, you can enjoy it with your own Lightning, and the toy will respond to what’s happening on the screen. Now that’s just cool.
Thanks to Pixar’s heavy involvement in the design, the car really does feel like Lightning McQueen is your new buddy. The eyes on the toy are a digital screen, which gives them an expressive quality, unlike the usual weird doll eyes that come standard on a lot of toys. The car feels sturdy and can run for 40 minutes after being charged for 2 hours, or the length of most kids’ attention spans.
Like Sphero’s BB8 toy, that was released in 2015 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lightning McQueen is controlled by an iPhone app.
Of course, all of this incredible technology does come with a price. The toy retails for $375 Canadian, but that’s still much cheaper than a trip to Disney World to see the Cars ride.