– Eight months after SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space, the sports car is now 274 million kilometers from Earth – and on the shelves of local toy stores] Mattel has a new 1:64 scale model of the 'first Cars that orbited the sun "released as part of its Hot Wheels line of toy vehicles. A Hot Wheels Tesla Roadster, modified with a miniature version of the "real car's Starman" driver, was mounted on the dashboard of the midnight electric convertible for its journey through space.
"Greetings from Space" reads the postcard-style backer for the new Hot Wheels toy. The packaging shows a real picture of the 2008 Telsa Roadster in orbit, taken from a video shot back in the hours after SpaceX's maiden flight of its heavy Falcon Heavy-Lift rocket on February 6th.
The blister pack also features a unique Space Weapon patch logo showing the Falcon Heavy detachment and the Tesla logo. Elon Musk, who founded both SpaceX and Tesla, chose his own roadster for the payload of the historic test flight and replaced the sports car with the typical mass simulators.
On the back of the map are statistics on the out-of-this-world roadster, including his maximum speed ("77,000 mph as measured on March 1
In the days following the launch of Falcon Heavy, sales of the previously released Hot Wheels Tesla Roadster cars rose on eBay, where the $ 1.09 toy commanded as much as $ 100. Eight months later, the sets sold up to $ 30 each, though they could be found for less than the original retail price.
The new SpaceX edition of the Tesla Roadster toy uses the same body shape as the previously sold die-cast models, but with different wheels that better fit the orbiting vehicle. The toy version of the car has no spacesuited driver.
The real big roadster also had a few extra "Easter Eggs" installed, including a "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" inspired "Do not Panic" sign above the dashboard and an internal board labeled "Made on Earth by People ".
Tesla Roadster's "Greetings from Space" 2008 release follows Mattel's other toy car line Matchbox and offered a NASA Space Research Vehicle (SEV) model at the end of August. The Matchbox Sky Busters brand has also begun to sell a full-scale version of the Dream Space commercial spacecraft of the Sierra Nevada Corporation.
SpaceX's first operational Falcon Heavy-Launch is expected in early 2019 with a communications satellite for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia for the US Air Force. Swedish satellite company Ovzon and California-based ViaSat have announced plans to launch Falcon Heavy between 2020 and 2022.
Launched in February, the Tesla Roadster continues its journey through space. It is currently beyond Mars at a distance of about 1.8 AU from the Sun (astronomical units or the distance between Earth and Sun). Or as the packaging of the Hot Wheels toy is: "Really far."