If you were anxiously awaiting your radio-controlled Cybertruck, you’ll have to wait a little longer: Mattel had to postpone it until May 2021, according to Bloomberg.
The RC cars, announced in February, were to be shipped this month but were delayed due to ‘unforeseen production issues’. Mattel appears to be experiencing ‘manufacturing hell’, although the company did not release details of the delay.
These toys are scaled-down versions of the real Cybertruck and come in two models: a 1:64 scale model, which costs $ 20, and a 1:10 scale model, which costs $ 400. Both models no longer had stock after pre-orders.
Tesla’s Cybertruck, launched in November 2019, is a futuristic, electric twist on a pickup. The angled stainless steel truck has armored glass windows, though they broke an embarrassment during a public test. CEO Elon Musk nevertheless said it was the “truck you want in the apocalypse.” The $ 69,900 three-engine Cybertruck is expected to hit the road by the end of 2021, with the $ 39,900 rear-wheel drive in 2022.
The $ 400 toy version of the truck is supposed to be a hobby grade and not drive on the road. And while it does not have the armored glass windows of the real thing, it does come with a sticker that makes its window look shattered, just like in the demo.
While hardcore Tesla fans discussing the car may be disappointed, it’s just a way for the model to mimic reality. Tesla is notorious for its delays. The Model X is shipped a year later was promised, the cheapest Model 3 has passed its delivery period, and the release of the Roadster was supposed to be this year – but was not.
In a sense, Hot Wheels is just trying to give you the experience of buying one of Tesla’s real cars, only at a scale of 1: 100.