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Hot Wheels has pushed back the release of its remote-controlled Tesla Cybertrucks thanks to manufacturing problems.
Toy giant Mattel had planned to start shipping the pint-sized versions of the futuristic pickup this month to people who pre-ordered them. One of the toys is a tenth of the Cybtertruck’s actual size, while the other is three inches long.
But the Hot Wheels maker says it now aims to deliver the cars by May 1 after a production snafu delayed the timeline for their arrival.
“Due to an isolated production issue, we are experiencing delays in the shipment of our Hot Wheels R/C Cybertrucks,” a Mattel spokesperson told The Post in a statement. “We have directly reached out to all customers who have placed orders for this specialty collector’s item, as we know our fans are excited.”
Mattel told customers in an email this week that they’ll need to contact the company to confirm their orders if they don’t want them to be canceled, according to posts on a Reddit forum for Tesla enthusiasts.
While Tesla can’t be blamed for this delay, the company is no stranger to missed deadlines and manufacturing struggles.
The electric-car maker struggled to ramp up production of its Model 3 sedan in 2017 and 2018, which billionaire CEO Elon Musk blamed on “excessive automation” at its California factory. And the Model X SUV was unveiled in 2015, about two years after its initial target date.
Tesla isn’t expected to start making the real Cybertruck until late next year. Musk made headlines when he accidentally shattered the truck’s windows at its November 2019 unveiling. Hot Wheels planned to pay homage to the mishap by including a vinyl sticker with its larger remote-controlled Cybertruck that could make its window look cracked.
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