Hot Wheels Video Racer Micro Camera Car vs Playmobil Top Agents Spy Camera
Released within a few weeks of each other, these two footage-recording toys, are ideal for any bidding Spielberg. Toy Tattle is here to help you choose between the Hot Wheels Video Racer and the Playmobil Spy Camera.
Playmobil Top Agents Spy Camera Set
This set consists of a video camera and a separate monitor set with high resolution screen.
You can plant the camera in a hidden location for secret spy missions, or use the included bracket to mount it onto the Playmobil Robo Gang Truck (available separately).
The system is wireless so you could drive the camera around while your monitor stays in one place.
You can hook up the monitor unit to a PC (not Mac compatible) to record your footage and upload it on YouTube.
At NY Toy Fair 2011, the camera set was demonstrated with the Robo Truck with remote control unit attached. This is really the way to get maximum fun, as essentially you then have a remote control spy camera. But be warned that the fun comes at a cost. With the camera unit priced at $84.99, the Robot Truck at $34.99, and the RC at $54.99, the total cost of the remote control spy camera concept is almost $175!
So let’s take a look at the cheaper alternative.
Hot Wheels Video Racer Micro Camera Car
This looks like a regular Hot Wheels car, and will fit on all your Hot Wheels tracks, cleverly hidden inside is a tiny camera, and underneath is a LCD screen.
You begin recording with the press of a button, send the car spinning round the track and then press another button to watch the footage being played back.
But wait, there’s more. You can put the car into the included protective case, and attach it to your helmet, handlebars, wrist, pretty much whatever you like, with the velcro strap (also included).
But wait, there’s even more! Hot Wheels have specially designed software so you can edit the videos. Plug the car in and you can upload the footage, then use the kid-friendly video editing software to add special effects, change it to slow motion, and merge clips together to create a montage.
The camera car can store 12 minutes of footage and can record at 30 frames per second, or 60 frames per second – which is great for creating slow motion effects during editing.
The Hot Wheels Video Racer costs $59.99, which might sound a lot compared with other Hot Wheels products, but when compared to the Spy Camera, it’s an absolute steal.
So Which One Are You Getting?
It’s not a straight comparison because they are not really desgined to do the same thing. Mounting the Spy Camera on an RC truck and cruising around, looks like awesome fun, but makes for an expensive toy. The Hot Wheels Video Racer is much cheaper, and while it doesn’t offer the same degree of control and flexibility as the Spy Camera Set, the software package looks great and gives kids the chance to make their own mini films, stretching their creativity and computer skills.
If you’re still undecided, you might like to take a look at new LeapPad Explorer, a handheld tablet-style gamer from Leapfrog, with built-in video camera.
For more inspiration for gift ideas, check out our hot toys for boys.
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