Last year, Rocket League developer Psyonix added iconic Hot Wheels vehicles to Rocket League Crates its popular car soccer video game. This year, Hot Wheels returns the favour, recreating the video game in miniature with the Hot Wheels Rocket League RC Rivals Set.
While I would have been satisfied with a couple of traditional Hot Wheels cars and a marble, the RC Rivals set is all sorts of fancy. It comes with a tiny stadium with infrared sensors in the goals and LCD scoreboards. The game ball transmits an IR signal, so when the ball passes through the goal, the entire thing explodes. Or the score ticks up one. Probably the last thing.
Best of all, the set comes with Bluetooth-connected Octane and Dominus battle cars, which players can control with their phone or tablet. Hopefully there'll be additional cars to purchase, so players can get a four-on-four battle going. And while the cars aren't likely to jump, that's nothing some well-placed firecrackers can't fix.