New mini toy car: Penny Racer Hybrid (video)

Toy maker Takara Tomy’s mini vehicles are being sold everywhere in the world. Marketed as Penny Racers in the US and Choro Q in Japan, the series so far includes mini helis, trains and even small UFOs that attack Tokyo. And now the company has announced Choro Q Hybrid mini cars [JP] for the Japanese market.

Takara Tomy calls the toys “hybrid” because buyers can choose between models using a pull-back motor or and those that are battery-powered (and come with a remote control), which is quite a stretch. The remote-controlled models can drive around five minutes on a 5-minute charge.

Takara Tomy has secured quite a few licenses from major car makers, including Lamborghini, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. The Choro Q Hybrids will be available in Japan starting October 24.

Prices: $6 for the pull-back versions and $28 for the remote-controlled models. As Takara Tomy hasn’t announced their international sales plans yet, I suggest you contact Japan Trend Shop, Geek Stuff 4 U or Rinkya in case you’re interested in getting one.

Here’s the official promo trailer: