Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

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This Friday, July 18, 2014 photo shows exclusive, collectible toys available from Hasbro at 2014 Comic-Con, in San Diego. Marvel’s “The Thanos Imperitive” action figure set, at center with a foam Infinity Gauntlet, is seen with, from left, the Transformers “Knights of Unicron” collection, My Little Pony Mane-iac Mayhem figure, Transformers Dinobots collection and My Little Pony Equestria Girls figure. Several toy makers and publishers are offering collectible toys and books at the annual pop-culture celebration, which kicks off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
This Friday, July 18, 2014 photo shows exclusive, collectible toys available from Mattel at 2014 Comic-Con, in San Diego. The “Arkham Knight” Batmobile, at center with a Batman figure, is seen with, from left, the DC New Way to Play Cyborg figure, “Masters of the Universe” Hordak figure, a Doomsday figure from the DC Universe, “Ever After High” Cerise Wolf doll, “Masters of the Universe” Goat Man figure and “Monster High” Manny Taur and Iris Clops dolls. When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
This Friday, July 18, 2014 photo shows an exclusive My Little Pony Equestria Girls collectible toy available from Hasbro at 2014 Comic-Con, in San Diego. Several toy makers and publishers are offering collectible toys and books at the annual pop-culture celebration, which kicks off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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By DERRIK J. LANG

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hot Wheels and the dark side of The Force are carpooling to Comic-Con this week.

Mattel is unveiling a full-size working replica of a Darth Vader character car at the toy maker's booth during the four-day pop-culture celebration in San Diego.

The ride marks the first collaboration from the "Star Wars" sci-fi franchise and the popular toy car brand. The custom-built vehicle is capable of going up to 80 miles per hour. The dashboard inside will resemble the interior of the Sith lord's helmet and emit his signature breathing sounds.

Mattel is among several toy makers releasing limited edition collectible toys at Comic-Con. A special edition of the die-cast Darth Vader car encased in a replica of a lightsaber will be on sale at the convention for $40.

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