Sunday, September 29 2013 12:30

Review: MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels Rip-Cord Racers

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Continuing our series looking at the full line of MEGA Bloks Hot Wheels - all of which recently arrived here for review in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our neighborhood) - today comes a look at their Rip-cord Racers. Rip-cord toys seem to be making a comeback, and they certainly bring to mind a few toys that I had as a kid back in the 80s. Oddly enough, I can't remember exactly what those toys were... but I can't forget pulling the rip-cords.

MEGA Bloks Hot Wheels Rip-Cord Racers

With this collection, MEGA Bloks has released a trio of racers (a fruit of their partnership with Mattel) based on Team Hot Wheels. There's Speed Racer (Team Green), Precision Luge (Team Blue), and the Outrageous Dragster (Team Red), each with just 14 pieces. While the build itself is no challenge whatsoever, adding another three drivers to our growing army was cool. As for the rip-cord racing? We put them to the test on the laminate flooring inside, and the hot pavement outside.

Rip-Cord Racers

I'll be honest, Team Green just doesn't cut it. I don't know if it's the experience level of their driver, or if it's the design of the vehicle itself (something about the green panel above the rear wheel seems off), but "Speed Racer" finishes dead last in every race here at Rock Father HQ. Team Red and Team Blue, however? Serious competitors.


They say you can't always hit a home run, and in this case we've found the base hit for the MEGA Bloks Hot Wheels line. These reasonably-priced racers are fun, but lack the oomph of the other products that we've tried from the line. Not much building involved, and the racing doesn't hold massive attention. Not bad, but not spectacular, either.

Available in a set of three from my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.


The Rock Father Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Disclosure: As noted above, this product was sent to The Rock Father by MEGA Brands for review consideration. 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.

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