Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister Review

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Our rating: 4 stars

Remote control cars have always been a winner with kids and the new Hot Wheels Terrain Twister vehicle looks set to be no exception. It’s the kind of toy that can keep kids occupied for hours, racing against each other or trying new tricks and stunts. But there are a lot of RC cars on the market.

So what’s new in the Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister, and why should you pick it over the pack?


Terrain Twister Red* Works over all types of terrain, including snow and water.
* Corkscrew-shaped tread instead of wheels.
* Does amazing tricks and twists.
* Choice of colors: green or red.
* For ages 8–14.

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Why It’s Fun

If your child already owns remote controlled cars it’s a sure bet that he’ll love the unique design of Hot Wheels’s Terrain Twister. If not, this vehicle could be a great introduction to the world of RC vehicles. It’s an update of the Tyco Terrain Twister released a few years ago with a new design that has a strong appeal for kids.

With its ‘pontoons’ instead of wheels, it has a corkscrew grip that bites into terrain that would hold up a regular car, like snow, sand and even water. This means that kids can play with it in all kinds of conditions that would ground most radio-controlled vehicles.

Of course, this means that it doesn’t go so great on very smooth surfaces like a wooden floor. It’s fine on the rug, but if you want something that runs on wooden floors you’ll be better off with a regular RC car with wheels.

However, most kids are going to want to use it outside and it’s perfect for that. Its unique design means that it can perform and impress in pretty much any outdoor conditions.

It can also do some tricks that kids will love. It can go forward and back like other RC vehicles, but it can also go sideways like a crab. It can go down steps without falling over. It can also do spins on the spot in a compete circle, and perform a sideways arc maneuver. All of this is covered in the instructions.

What’s Not To Like?

The main downside of the Terrain Twister is the battery charge time. The rechargeable battery IS included, along with a charger, but it takes 5.5 hours to charge the first time and 4 hours for subsequent recharges. That means if you’re buying it for a gift, you’ll want to take it out of the box when it arrives and charge it up – otherwise your kid could be pretty disappointed to find it won’t work right away.

You also have to keep in mind that it’s going to be slower than a wheeled RC vehicle when it’s just going forward and back on regular terrain. It actually moves faster going sideways than it does going forward. So it’s not great for racing, unless you want to race it sideways! But it’s a great choice for tricks, twists and use on non-standard terrain.


This is an innovative design that allows for some amazing tricks and stunning movements on virtually all terrain types. You’ll have a guaranteed hit when your kid takes the controls of the Hot Wheels Terrain Twister!

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Our rating: 4 stars

Published October 23rd, 2012

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