The Ultimate Lightning McQueen from Sphero

Faster than fast. Quicker than quick. I am the ULTIMATE Lightning McQueen! Thanks to the team at Sphero we have a real treat for all you Cars fanatics today!

Cars 3 fever has been sweeping the nation and we weren’t escaping it, not when we live with a pint sized Lightning McQueen fanatic. No chance.

If it’s Cars, or more specifically Lightning, Little Fox loves it. From his vast collection of die cast cars to his favourite stuffed toy. Lightning McQueen is life to this little boy.

Having been to see the new movie and acquired more cars merchandise on holiday than I thought possible. You can imagine his surprise when the Ultimate Lightning McQueen from Sphero landed on our step! Heck, I know grown men who would be excited to receive one of these. Our boy was amazed!

Now I can’t stress enough that this is not your average toy. Sphero are makers of advanced robotics, and they do it so well. The box alone tells you this isn’t just for the kids, it’s for everyone. I can’t lie, we played with it before the little one whilst he was at nursery. Then we put it back in its box like nothing happened. Parent perks.

The box alone oozes style and class. From the foil block embossed type and combination of gloss & matte laminate, it’s inviting. Leaving you wanting to see what’s inside.


When you first take McQueen out of the box, you’ll notice that he’s attached to his base at the tires using little plastic caps. Just pop those off and you’re good to go.

Lightnings’ eyes are an animated LCD screen so upon opening the screen is covered by a sticker. To charge Lightning you pop out his petrol cap and insert the charging cable. Very clever Sphero!


  • Animated eyes, animatronic mouth, and emotive suspension
  • Lightning drifts and does donuts with authentic movement
  • A built in LCD screen allows his eyes to be fully expressive
  • Lightning also features a reactive touch function. Tap his hood, trunk, sides, or top to watch him move
  • McQueen measures H8 x L25 x W13cm approx
  • Accelerates up to 6 MPH
  • 40-minute battery life and a 1 hour charge time
  • App features free drive, pit stop training, acting studio and drive-in movie functions
  • Create scripts with your favorite phrases and actions in acting studio mode
  • Watch ‘Cars’ together in drive-in movie mode and watch McQueen react to the film
  • Made for iPhone 5s, iPod 6th Gen, iPad 3, iPad Mini 2, or newer
  • Made for Android with Bluetooth™ v4.0 and running Android 5.0 or newer

Having experienced BB-8 from Sphero, previous years must have Christmas toy, I can guarantee you’ll love Lightning just as much, if not more. He is capable of so much more and an all round asset to anyone’s Cars collection.

Little Fox refers to him as his ‘special Lightning’. We don’t allow any unsupervised play with him, although he is robust and tough, he’s been crashed a lot! I just can’t allow a 2-year-old to roam free with him. He’d be in the bath otherwise!

One of our favorite modes is Drive In mode, plug Lightning in, start up the cars movie and he’ll watch with you. Commenting on himself throughout and providing extra giggles. Little Fox sat through the movie sharing popcorn with his best friend Lightning and loved every minute of it.

Overall The Ultimate Lightning McQueen is the most advanced RC car we’ve ever experienced, it’s difficult to put into words just how much he can do and how well he does it. So we’ll be filming a vlog to show you exactly what he’s all about!

The Ultimate Lightning McQueen retails at £299 from Amazon, Disney store, John Lewis and other leading retailers.

  • Oh my boys would go mad for this! They love Lightning McQueen! It looks fab x

  • My boys used to love Lightning McQueen and had loads of the toy cars when they were smaller 🙂

    Stevie x

  • Donna Wishart

    Oh my gosh our two LOVE Cars. This would be a dream toy! x

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