At some point in your life, you’ve owned a toy car. Whether you were one to sit at home with a magnifying glass and obnoxious, messy craft glue, building model cars, or you were the proud owner of a Porsche 911 Hot Wheels replica, something about cars became, at least for a brief period, a part of your childhood. A few imaginative designers and car people at Toyota have come up with a way to play off of those childhood feelings, developing a vehicle that can be built even by the lowliest of Do-It-Yourselfers.
The Camatte57s is a giant toy car, one that both parents and children alike could fit into, cruising at a sweet maximum speed of 25 mph. With 57 interchangeable panels on the exterior, this 10-foot-long, 5-foot-wide “toy” can transform from a sports car to a military monster with quick, easy, tool-free changes. Toyota came up with the perfect bonding experience for parents and their kids. Cars have always found a way to bring us together, whether we love the sounds they make, the styles they wear, or the technologies they possess. This vehicle will find that love early and help it flourish within a younger generation.
So when can you expect to be able to purchase this amazing work of childhood art? Well, possibly never. It’s a concept created particularly for the Tokyo Toy Show, and as of yet there are no plans for commercializing the car, but you can buy any of the other toys, er, Toyota models available. However, inventions such as these help us fondly remember our youth and help us look forward to the next generation of car enthusiasts, getting them started early. I will have to admit though…I would definitely buy one.