Rocket League’s upcoming pull-back racers from Zag Toys’ Original Minis aren’t the only toys in the works. Those 12 cars will soon be joined by a line of light-up cars, Zag Toys told Polygon at Toy Fair New York today.
The light-up toy cars will feature LEDs for the vehicles’ headlights, as you would expect. But since Rocket League is a game about jet-fueled battle cars, these toys will also illuminate at the back — with a “cloud” of rocket exhaust. Zag Toys plans to release the light-up cars this summer, after the spring debut of the pull-back racers.
For both lines of toys, the initial rollout of cars will just be a start. While Zag wouldn’t let us take photos at Toy Fair because the vehicles were pre-production prototypes, the non-final retail box for the toys featured a “Series 1” banner. Max Lux, director of licensing for Zag Toys, told Polygon that in addition to working with Zag on the toy cars themselves, Rocket League developer Psyonix helped design the packaging.
“The [Rocket League] fan base is a bit older,” said Lux, comparing the age range for Rocket League players to the range for fans of shows like Steven Universe and Invader Zim, which also have their own Original Minis. “But I think they’re going to totally latch onto these.”
Rocket League fans will have a reason to buy the Original Minis beyond owning a real-life version of their favorite cars. Some of the toys will come with codes that players can redeem for downloadable content: a unique rocket trail and wheel rim, the latter of which will match the in-game version.
The pull-back Original Minis are scheduled to be released in May, while the light-up models are set to arrive this summer. You can see Dominus, one of the pull-back racers, in action below.
Update (Feb. 22): Lux confirmed to Polygon that the light-up cars — known as the Rocket League LED Light-Up Clip-Ons — will not also be pull-back racers. However, their wheels will move freely, so you’ll be able to play with them like a typical toy car.
Update 2 (Feb. 22): Lux told Polygon that the pull-back racers are scheduled to hit stores in May, not April. We’ve edited the article to reflect this.