'Starman' Aboard: Hot Wheels Toy Features SpaceX Spacesuited Driver

Space.com | 1/11/2019 | Staff
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There's a Starman waiting in the sky, and now in stores, too.

Mattel has released a new Hot Wheels toy model of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster that launched atop SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket nearly one year ago. The 1:64 scale toy features a miniature "Starman" driver, distinguishing it from Mattel's earlier versions of the same electric sports car and more closely matching it to both the Roadster that is now out beyond the orbit of Mars and the Hot Wheels toy of the same that is mounted to the space vehicle's dashboard.

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The new Roadster toy is otherwise the same as the prior model, with a metallic red finish, black interior and spoked wheels that are similar in style to the tires on the Roadster in heliocentric orbit.

SpaceX launched Musk's personal midnight cherry Tesla Roadster atop the test flight of its Falcon Heavy heavy-lift rocket on Feb. 6, 2018. The car substituted for a mass simulator, standing in for the booster's future satellite payloads.

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After the Roadster entered orbit, SpaceX streamed live video from cameras it mounted on the car, providing the surreal scene of a spacesuited mannequin — dubbed "Starman" in honor of the late musician David Bowie — behind the wheel of the convertible with Earth as the backdrop. The spacesuit was the same style that astronauts will wear when launching on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on flights targeted to begin later this year.

The Falcon Heavy video also showed that a Hot Wheels Tesla...
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