TOY REVIEW: Hot Wheels Remote Control Terrain Twister Vehicle

The popular Hot Wheels Remote Control Terrain Twister Vehicle does not have wheels. That’s kind of strange. It does, however, have some serious buzz this holiday season. Geared towards boys from 8 to 14, this remote control creation rides on pontoons with corkscrew-shaped threads. The advertising blasts that “no terrain is too tough” for this vehicle. It is, in fact, “engineered to conquer almost any terrain, including dirt, sand, grass, and water–it even shreds through snow!”

That’s all fairly accurate. We didn’t have any snow to experiment with, though. We can tell you that the remote controller has a range of about 65 feet and is easy to use. It has two buttons that can direct the Terrain Twister forward and backward or side-to-side. It is powered by a rechargeable battery pack in the vehicle and two AA batteries for the remote. The corkscrew design works by digging into the surface it is on. As advertised, it works well on any textured surface. It will not work as well on a hard smooth surface, such as a hardwood floor, and it will get scuffed up when run over a hard coarse surface like pavement–and you can be sure your kids will want to take this outside.

It takes about 4 hours to recharge the battery, and the vehicle does a better job going side to side than forward or backward. The best result is when it is used on a surface that the corkscrews can really dig into around the house. We’re still pretty impressed by how it goes through water–but something tells us you should limit the Terrain Twister to a soft snow. Again, that’s just a theory, since it hasn’t snowed where we are yet. We’re feeling pretty good about this toy providing lots of fun when that happens, though.