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.
Like any house with small boys, we have an extensive collection of Hot Wheels cars. When these Toy Story 3 themed vehicles were spotted on a trip to Smyths, we decided to treat our kids to one each. We got this Rex car, as well as Buzz and Woody themed version. They were priced at around £3.00, which is usually more than I'd be willing to pay for die cast cars, but as they are themed, and as a once off purchase, it seemed an acceptable price to pay.
They come in traditional Hot Wheels packaging, with a clear plastic front and simple card back. There were no problems getting them out of the packaging. The front of the pack has a picture of the character the cars are based on, so you get some idea of how the design was achieved. The Rex car is really nice, and of the quality you'd expect from Hot Wheels. It is a yellowy green colour, with a scaly textured finish and it has dino teeth on the front. It has shiny metallic details and is designed like a sports car. It moves very easily on hard surfaces (we haven't tired it on carpet), and while it isn't friction powered and doesn't have any kind of bells or whistles, it's a really nice addition to my sons' Hot Wheels collection.
There are plenty of others in this range, including little green alien, Lotso the bear and army men styled vehicles. They are definitely eye-catching and unique and my sons certainly favour them over some of their more basic cars. However, the price is a little much for simple cars, which is the only reason it doesn't get five stars.
This is quite the interesting car from Hot Wheels. Known for making all forms of cars - from racing to familial, Hot Wheels' small die-cast vehicles have been favourites of kids for years and years now.
They sometimes release cars in conjunction with cinematic releases, namely films for kids, and have joined up with Pixar to come up with the Toy Story 3 lot of cars. The Rex Rider is just one of them and as you can assume from the name, the car has been made to look like what Rex would if he happened to turn into a car. I actually prefer the special edition cars to the ordinary, every day cars they release, probably because a lot of the time the themes and designs for the cars are so slick and cool, but we'll never see anything like it on the road. Just look at the Wheelin' Woody car.
Painted a shiny greenish yellow colour and modeled very nicely with scales embedded into the body work, the car has sharp dinosaur teeth at the front and surprisingly angry headlights, making the vehicle look considerably more threatening than the toy ever did. This looks like a car that would happily tear you apart.
The whole set is pretty cool, though, and I like the Rex once particularly as he has this rather fierce expression despite being the big softy of the group of toys. It's a great toy, though, both for the Hot Wheels fans and the Toy Story fans, and even cooler if you like them both.
Hot Wheels Toy Story 3 Rex Car.....
Jack was so lucky this birthday to have so many presents from so many people. One of my friends from work was kind enough to give him this Hot Wheels Rex car along with a few gold coins!
Jack is really into toy story now and also his Hot Wheels sets, so this really was an ideal small gift as it works with all the Hot Wheels tracks and also is a great little car that is brightly coloured and a good bit of fun too.
I have seen this car for under £4 in Tesco's which I feel is perhaps a little expensive for a toy car but seeing as it is a named make, Hot Wheels, and the fact that it is Toy Story related , the price is fair. I guess you could probably pick it up cheaper on the internet if you looked about.
The car came packed within a plastic fronted and cardboard backed pack which was easy to open and I didn't feel had excessive packaging. The packaging really had only limited information about the company Hot Wheels and the toy car itself and nothing of great importance.
The car itself is a wonderful bright green colour with a scaly type feel which is representative of a dinosaur, namely Rex from Toy Story. It is a topless car which has good sized wheels and a good bit of detail.
The car speeds along our laminate flooring really well and can be pushed at a super speed. It does have a friction set of wheels or anything and only moves when it is pushed along.
Overall I have to say that although it is a nice looking car and Jack does play with it a fair amount, it is nothing other than another car to add to his ever growing collection. I have stopped buying him items such as this as I feel once you have a couple of cars there really is no need for many more.
I feel for a Toy Story fan such as Jack, it is a nice little affordable gift which has plenty of playability.
I feel a rating of 4 out of 5 stars is in order. A nice gift but nothing overly special.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.