Tuesday, July 15 2014 01:23

Rides: Team Hot Wheels Energy Can R/C Baja Truck by Toy State

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Toy State Test DriverThe crew over at Toy State have really been rolling out some sweet new rides of late - many of which have emerged due to their partnership with Mattel to create vehicles based on the iconic HOT WHEELS brand. As a 2014 Toy State Test Driver, I've been able to try out many of these with my girls, right here at Rock Father HQ - and this week there's sort of a "Baja" theme, as we just reviewed one Baja from their Engine Power line - and here we have the Team Hot Wheels Baja Truck from the Energy Can R/C collection

Watch: The Hot Wheels Energy Can R/C Baja Truck in-action

Perfect for these summer days and nights (and reasonably priced at under $20), the Energy Can R/C line packs a small-scale, 5-inch vehicle into what appears to be a can of Nitrous - racing booster, or in this case, the "Energy Can."

Twist the top and slide the handle out, and there you have a perfect carrying case for your new ride - and the small radio transmitter clips neatly into the bottom. Push a button and it lights the car. Push another, and it ejects when it's race time.

While our larger-scale vehicles tend to be a big hit for outside driving, our Energy Can Baja Truck is perfect for indoor use - just the right size to cruise the laminate flooring with ease. Only problem I tend to have is that both of my girls want one of their own - which means we might have to get another one, but with four styles available, that's easily accomplished.

We've had our Baja Truck for about a month now, and it's performed quite well with near daily use, and no change in batteries yet - something I've noted with other Toy State releases as well - they're not energy hogs, and that's appreciated.


Fun Fact: This Baja Truck is very similar to the #68 Baja Truck featured in TEAM HOT WHEELS: THE ORIGIN OF AWESOME, and we used it's 1:64 diecast version from the Hot Wheels mainline for comparison.


Check out more from Toy State on their official site, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.
Hot Wheels R/C are available now from (my associate), Amazon.

Further Disclosure: THE ROCK FATHER is participating in a sponsored brand ambassador program from Toy State. As a part of this program we have received paid compensation for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to Toy State. All opinions are that of James Zahn, with input from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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