Customers who were hoping to put a radio-controlled Hot Wheels Cybertruck under the Christmas tree will be disappointed this holiday season. Mattel has begun telling customers that the hotly anticipated toy won’t ship in time for Christmas due to “unexpected challenges,” according to Bloomberg. Mattel is now aiming to ship them by May 1.
Mattel unveiled the toy in February, offering two versions: a 1/64 scale model for $20 and a 1/10 scale model for $400. The larger model, which is slated to have working headlights and taillights, sold out within hours. The smaller model is now sold out as well.
This will be a familiar story for many customers who have preordered Tesla’s full-sized vehicles. The Model S and Model X both shipped long after their original launch dates. The Model 3 shipped in 2017 as originally promised but did not reach significant volume until 2018.
Tesla’s newest model, the Model Y, actually shipped ahead of schedule earlier this year. The company built the Model Y on the same platform as the Model 3, giving it a more predictable path to market.
Customers are still waiting for delivery of the Tesla Semi. When the truck was unveiled in 2017, it was supposed to ship in 2019. Earlier this year, Tesla said it was now aiming to ship the truck in 2021. Also in 2017, the company said a new version of its first vehicle, the Roadster, would come out in 2020. But this year, Elon Musk said that the Roadster will likely start production after the Cybertruck.
The Cybertruck is scheduled to ship in late 2021, after Tesla completes work on its new factory in Austin. That means the Roadster likely won’t ship before 2022.
At last year’s unveiling of the Cybertruck, Musk famously invited a staffer to throw a steel ball at the truck’s “armor glass” window. Instead of bouncing off as Musk expected, it caused a spiderweb of cracks. To commemorate that moment, Mattel says it will include a “reusable cracked window vinyl sticker” with the larger Hot Wheels Cybertruck model.