It’s made by the same company that builds remote-controlled BB-8 droids

The hype surrounding the return of the Cars franchise to the big screen is real and we’re all getting swept by it. It figures then that with the third installment hitting theaters in June 2017, toy company Sphero is also riding the promotional wave with the introduction of arguably the most realistic Lightning McQueen toy that (real) money can buy.

The toy itself is called “Ultimate Lightning McQueen” and it’s a fitting name for a remote-controlled car that perfectly encapsulates the charismatic protagonist of the Cars animated movie franchise. Not only does the toy capture McQueen’s now-famous red and yellow livery with the traditional functions of a remote-controlled car, it even has its own suspension system and different facial expressions that can be controlled by a companion app that owners can download on their smartphones. These are just a few of the many incredible features of the R/C, which is expected to retail at $300. If that sounds a little too expensive for your pockets, consider that this is the company that previously made a similarly realistic BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A lot of you probably remember that because it was on every child’s holiday wish list back in 2015. Good thing then that Christmas is still seven months away, right?

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Now I know where $300 of my money will go

For someone who actually has that aforementioned radio-controlled BB8 droid, you can be sure that I’m going to have my eyes on Ultimate Lightning McQueen when it hits shelves this summer. I’m a little wary of the $300 price tag, but I’m not going to convince myself that this isn’t a good purchase because it is, at least if it can live up to how awesome BB8 continues to be.

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The toy itself is touch-sensitive, which means that it reacts when somebody touches it on the roof, hood, doors, or rear window.

I’m particularly excited about the racing element of the car, but I’m also looking forward to seeing how some of its other features work. According to Sphero, the toy itself is touch-sensitive, which means that it reacts when somebody touches it on the roof, hood, doors, or rear window. Touch any of these parts and you’re opening up its vocabulary, which apparently includes as many as 300 unique phrases. It also has automatic headlights that turn on and off by itself depending on where it is. Most intriguing of all is the 320 x 120 LCD screen that serves as McQueen’s eyes. Remember when I said that it had animatronic eyes and mouth? That’s going to be in full display on the screen.

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From a technical perspective, the toy came to life using 450 different parts and it took Sphere 17 months to complete the project. For a toy that took that long to build, it better bet worth all those hours. It feels like it is though and if it can really hit a top speed of six mph and last 40 minutes on a single charge, I’d say that $300 that Sphero is asking for it should be worth every penny.

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