Good news, Tesla fans: We now know, authoritatively, when you will be able to buy a Cybertruck. Pay $250 now, and by the first week in December, you can have a Cybertruck sitting in your driveway. The bad news: You’d probably rather have this one sitting on your coffee table. Because it isn’t the Tesla Cybertruck—it’s the MEGA Cybertruck from Mattel Creations. And it’s a wee bit smaller than Tesla’s version. And less powerful. And made of snap-together plastic bricks.
The 3,283-piece Cybertruck kit is available for sale now and scheduled to ship on or before December 8 (beating not only the real thing but the anticipated Lego Cybertruck to market). Among the MEGA CyberTruck’s features: Opening doors, frunk, tonneau cover, tailgate and tailgate ramp, a (non-functional) steering yoke, Tesla mug, a height-adjustable suspension, and—our very, very, very favorite part—side windows with the damage that Elon Musk inflicted on them during the Cybertruck reveal.
Range? 0-60? As far and as fast as you can push it, son. The MEGA Cybertruck is a static model and there are only representations of motors, not actual motors, so … dare we say it? Oh, what the heck, we never could resist a little low-hanging fruit: Batteries not included.
MEGA, if you are not familiar, is a Canadian outfit, now owned by Mattel, that builds plastic brick building kits, much to the chagrin of a certain well-loved Danish toy company with which MEGA’s bricks are compatible. According to Wikipedia, MEGA has been sued by Lego fourteen separate times, and it has yet to lose. We love Lego, but 14-1 against, ahem, one of those legacy brickmakers is pretty impressive.
So is MEGA’s Cybertruck—and if you want to take a closer look, follow the QR code on the Mattel Creations Cybertruck announcement page, which will let you place a virtual MEGA Cybertruck on your own table and poke around it a bit. If you’re a true Tesla enthusiast, you’ll probably just want to buy it right now, sight unseen, and trust that it’ll be fine. (Mattel is limiting purchases to two per user, so it’s possible it foresees a Tesla-style rush.)
Okay, so maybe this isn’t the Cybertruck, but give Mattel and MEGA credit where it is due—at least they’ve made something that you will actually be able to acquire before your kids are old enough to collect social security.