The real Lamborghini Murcielago will empty your pockets of $354,000 – $449,000 and give you back only 8-9 mpg. The Road Mice replica is only $59.95 on Amazon and runs on AA batteries, not gasoline.
3rd generation Road Mice have larger Teflon pads on all four corners for smoother movement than older models
Bob Munley, cofounder, who identified himself as sales manager, tells me that Road Mice, the auto-replica, computer mouse devices, began with the wireless Dodge Charger SRT8 look-alike and a wired version, the Challenger Hemi. The company really took off when they hired VP of Licensing Jon Krassny. He signed agreements with Chevrolet, Ford, GM, and obtained permission to mimic the exotic Lamborghini Murcielago in their computer accessories product line.
If you are more into public safety and emergency vehicles, you can drive a model with a police, highway patrol, sheriff or fire chief logo. Four Door Media also offers companies an opportunity to use their products as customized promotional pieces. You can choose from Road Mice, mouse pads, and flash drives with auto logos.
In the booth at CES, we maneuvered one of the Mustangs. The scroll wheel was smooth as silk and the Teflon pads on the 3rd generation model are large and provide smooth movement ? no, the mouse doesn?t really roll around on its wheels.
Krassny told us "It takes six to nine months, at least 165 vector files, and significant tooling efforts to produce these miniature models. It required 38 parts to make the Lamborghini for example, that?s why shipping for the newly licensed BMW M3 series will take until the end of the second quarter to go from prototype to shipping model."
If you can?t wait, there are already 17 road mice from 12 auto manufacturers to choose from. Prices start at $39.95 depending on the model with one and two year warranties. They are PC and Mac compatible and available from Toys R Us, Fry?s Electronics, SkyMall and more, as well as on line.
1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Coupe in flesh… i.e. aluminum and steel.
If you remember the Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing from the 1950?s, you?ll love the SL550 which continues the lineage. Road Mice just announced its latest licensing to duplicate the SL550 in the form of an optical computer mouse. Perhaps your new Mercedes mouse at $49.95 will hold its value as long as the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé in the video valued at the 2010 RM Auction in London for 350,000-450,000 English pounds ($537,429 -$691,111 USD).
Jon Krassny, VP Licensing, shows off packaging indicating HP is driving Road Mice 3.0 models
A year ago, HP and Four Door Media entered into a relationship to redesign circuit boards that drive the Road Mice. Improvements in the 3rd generation models include an energy saving motion activated headlight and scroll wheel lighting system, as well as smoother, more accurate, movements than were possible in the second generation mice. The mice engines went from two AAA batteries to one AA for more power and longer life.
Ownership in the real world means possessing the pink slip. Well, each mouse comes with a unique 17 digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). Road Mice owners can go to the website, register their car to assure the warranty, and receive their own pink slip and registration.
Krassny, obviously an enthusiastic spokesman for Four Door Media, told us: "Road Mice are not only functional, but an obvious conversation piece. They are a great present for men who usually get ties, shot glasses, or something to do with golf. Road Mice fill this marketplace void. They are a unique gift for a guy."