"Bakuon Bakusou Air Xero"
"Bakuon Bakusou Air Xero"
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Its rear side. A piston is seen near the pump connector.
Its rear side. A piston is seen near the pump connector.
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Its bottom side
Its bottom side
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The "linear liner" was given the grand prize in the "category of innovative toys."
The "linear liner" was given the grand prize in the "category of innovative toys."
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The linear liner with a transparent body
The linear liner with a transparent body
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A "speed war" is breaking out in the toy industry, and the war is being led by the "air engine car" and "linear liner."

The former is "Bakuon Bakusou Air Zero" developed by Sega Toys Co Ltd. It is a toy car powered by air pressure. The latter is Tomy Company Ltd's "Linear Liner Superconducting Linear L0 Series Special Set," which is a toy linear motor car that is powered by magnetic force and can run while floating.

Air engine car

For the Bakuon Bakusou Air Xero, air is sent to the auto body with a dedicated external pump to store compressed air in it. A piston is moved by using the force that discharges the compressed air, and the power is transmitted to wheels. The maximum speed of the air engine car is 20km/h. If the toy car were made in real scale, its speed would be 750km/h (scale speed).

The product will be released July 16, 2015, in Japan. Its manufacturer's suggested retail price, when sold as the "starter kit," which includes the dedicated pump, auto body, etc, is ¥1,800 (excluding tax, approx US$14.6). In the "category of boys' toys," it was given one of the five "awards for excellence" that are given in each category at Nippon Toy Award 2015.

Linear liner

On the other hand, the maximum speed of the linear liner is about 6km/h, and its scale speed is 500km/h. It is scheduled to be released in September 2015. Its manufacturer's suggested retail price is ¥35,000 (excluding tax). At Nippon Toy Award 2015, it was given the grand prize, which is given to one of the five winners of an award for excellence in the category of "innovative toys." The category is targeted at toys that are excellent in material or technology or whose novelty has been acknowledged.