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Eight months after SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space, the sports car can now be found 170 million miles (274 million kilometers) away from Earth — and on local toy store shelves.
Mattel has released a new 1:64 scale model of the "1st car to orbit the Sun" 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 to the dashboard of the midnight cherry electric convertible for its trip through space.
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"Greetings from Space" reads the postcard-styled backer card for the new Hot Wheels toy. The packaging features a real image of the 2008 Telsa Roadster in orbit, taken from a video that was beamed back to Earth in the hours following SpaceX's Feb. 6 maiden launch of its Falcon Heavy heavy-lift rocket.
The blister pack also features a unique Hot Wheels logo in space mission patch format, depicting the Falcon Heavy lifting off and the Tesla logotype. Elon Musk, who founded both SpaceX and Tesla, chose his own Roadster for the historic test flight's payload, substituting the sports car for the more typical mass simulators.
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The back of the card lists statistics about the out-of-this-world Roadster, including its top speed ("77,000 mph measured March 13, 2018"), the time it will take for it to complete one orbit of the Sun ("557 days") and when the car will next swing by the Earth ("estimated 2073").
In the days following the Falcon Heavy launch, sales of previously-released Hot Wheels Tesla Roadster cars soared on eBay, where the $1.09 toy commanded as much as $100. Eight months later, the sets were still selling for as much as $30...
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