Of course, the first thing that drew me to this line was the name... Battle Force 5. Those who get it, get it. But then a closer look revealed some actual cool toys. The line consists of vehicle / action figure pairs that have a ton of gimmicks.
The vehicles are all plated in some kind of chrome, and have a wonderful Syd Mead look to them, especially this one that looks right out of TRON.
The vehicles all have multiple action features, including spring loaded gimmicks. Each one has a unique feature, like the green buggy with spring loaded suspension.
Oh and the tires, they are rubber.
The toys are supporting a new Hot Wheels show, all cgi, which is out soon I think.
Here's the line list from Mattel:
HOT WHEELS® BATTLE FORCE 5™ 1:64 Scale Assortment*
The excitement and adventure of the Hot Wheels® animated series Battle Force 5™ comes to living rooms near you with the 1:64 scale assortment. Each vehicle is created in the likeness of the characters’ vehicles seen on TV – hero, vandal and Sark Legion™ – and also comes with its own unique weaponry or battle armor attachments to play out even more action and battle scenes from the TV series. Each sold separately. Not for use with some Hot Wheels® sets. *Name subject to change.
ARP: $2.99 Age: 3+ Available: October 2009
HOT WHEELS® BATTLE FORCE 5™ 1:43 Scale Mini-Battle Vehicles*
The Battle Force 5™ hero team needs your help as they face various battles against the vandal and Sark Legion™ teams. These 1:43 scale vehicles have unique transformations – just like what you see on TV – that allow them to change from “race” mode into “battle” mode to defeat the bad guys. *Name subject to change.
ARP: $4.99 Age: 3+ Available: August 2009
HOT WHEELS® BATTLE FORCE 5™ 1:64 Scale 2-Pack with DVD*
Boys can watch the action and excitement of the first episode of Battle Force 5™ over and over again as they use Hot Wheels® Battle Force 5™ vehicles to recreate their favorite scenes with the 1:64 scale 2-pack with DVD. Even cooler, is that the DVD sold in the 2-pack contains loads of bonus features such as character profiles! *Name subject to change.
ARP: $5.99 Age: TBD Available: October 2009
HOT WHEELS® BATTLE FORCE 5™ Battle Pack*
The ultimate battle of good vs. bad is played out with Battle Force 5™ vehicles and launchers. Each set comes with one hero car and launcher and one vandal car and launcher for head-to-head racing and battle action. Adding to the battle play is that each launcher is compatible with Hot Wheels® and Battle Force 5™ 1:64 scale vehicles – allowing boys to recreate and imagine new battle scenes for hours and hours on end. Not for use with some Hot Wheels® sets. *Name subject to change.
ARP: $11.99 Age: 5+ Available: October 2009
HOT WHEELS® BATTLE FORCE 5™ 1:24 Scale Vehicles with Figures*
The newest Hot Wheels® animated stars come to life in both vehicle and action figure form with Battle Force 5™ 1:24 scale vehicles and figures. In addition to having hero, vandal and Sark Legion™ team action figures, each vehicle transforms into either “race” or “battle” mode and contains firing projectiles for multiple ways to play! *Name subject to change.
ARP: $12.99 Age: 5+ Available: August 2009
HOT WHEELS® BATTLE FORCE 5™ 1:24 Scale Deluxe Vehicles with Figures*
Vehicle and action figure play continues with the Battle Force 5™ 1:24 scale deluxe vehicles and figures. With larger vehicles, more transformations and even more gadgetry, boys are ready to head into bigger, action-packed battle zones and defeat the bad guys! *Name subject to change.
ARP: $17.99 Age: 5+ Available: August 2009