Remember the days when you'd actually have to push on your Hot Wheels to get them to move? It appears those days are gone, thanks to Hot Wheels RC Nitro Speeders ($20-$35). Powered by dual 30,000 RPM motors, these tiny RC cars come with a controller that doubles as both a charger and carrying case, and can reach scale speeds of up to 600 mph. Several models are available, including a Mustang, Camaro, and our favorite, the Ken Block Ford Fiesta Rally Car.
Real-life supercars are damned expensive, so it only makes sense that their radio-controlled counterparts would be equally so. Coming in at around as much money as you'd expect to pay for a beat up pickup, the Traxxas X0-1 RC Car ($1,150) is ready-to-race straight out of the box. Known as the world's fastest RC automobile, it's capable of 100 mph speeds and boasts a 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds. The X0-1 features an aerodynamic body, a big block brushless motor, an integrated speed, RPM, temperature, and voltage telemetry system that works with an iPhone or iPod touch mounted in the controller's docking base to give you unheard of control over your mini-ride, and heavy-duty AWD drivetrain so you don't burn the thing up in the first weekend. [via]
Sure, collecting model cars isn't that unusual a hobby, but where are the scrapes, bumps, scratches, and rust that give real-world rides their character? You can find them in Classic Wrecks ($80+). These 1/24 scale models sport lovingly handcrafted details like broken windows, rusted and/or missing parts, and the feel of something that wasn't just put on a pedestal, but driven — hard — for years and years before being left outside to rot. Perfect for your junkyard-themed den.