|Hot Wheels Battle Force 5|
|Based on||Hot Wheels, by Mattel|
|Theme music composer||Spaceman Music Productions|
|Opening theme||"Hot Wheels Battle Force 5"|
|Ending theme||"Hot Wheels Battle Force 5" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (1 movie) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes, approx.|
|Original release||August 29, 2009 –|
July 16, 2011
Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 is a 3D CGI science fiction sports animated television series created by Mattel, Nelvana Limited, and Nerd Corps Entertainment, based on the Hot Wheels toy line by the American toy maker, Mattel which was introduced in 1968. A two-episode preview aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on August 24, 2009; it was shown on Cartoon Network India starting on April 30, 2010 and on Cartoon Network Philippines from July 3, 2010. The series made its official debut on August 29, 2009. According to a HotWheels.com page as of July 14, 2010 describing "BATTLE FORCE 5 Battle Action Assortment" toys, vehicles combine forces to create even more powerful combat machines. The second season began airing September 18, 2010.
While the series does not follow nor ever referenced the events from the World Race or AcceleRacers franchises (with the exception of the character, Vert Wheeler, who appeared in both of the franchises), the series has no continuity with the toy line.
The first trailer for the series was released on the official Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 website on June 25, 2009. The first two episodes aired on Monday, August 24.
This was the fourth series to be produced by Nerd Corps Entertainment (after League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks and Dragon Booster). 52 episodes were produced.
One day driving out in the Salt Flats, expert driver Vert Wheeler comes across a dimension called a Battle Zone where he meets a life form called a Sentient named Sage. Together, they assemble a racing team equipped with state-of-the-art weaponized vehicles to compete against the robotic Sark and the animal-like Vandals in the Battle Zones for the devices that control the zones called Battle Keys to determine the fate of Earth.
Battle Force 5 lives on the planet Earth at Vert's garage/race circuit at a town called Handler's Corners. When Tornado-like portals called Storm Shocks appear, they provide access to dimensions in the Multiverse called Battle Zones. All Battle Zones have a Battle Key that allows access to the home world of the ones who accessed the Zone through Storm Shocks. This obligates Battle Force 5 to secure the Keys before the Vandals or the Sark in prevention of the Vandals looting Earth and the Sark taking over Earth.
The Battle Zones were created by the Sentients. There are two types of Sentients: Blue and Red. The two types lived on two separate Homeworlds as rivals, until the blue homeworld was taken over by the Vandals. Throughout the story, Battle Force 5 encounter situations that make them access the Vandal, Sark, and Sentient homeworlds.
At the end of the second season, the Sentient war ends, and Krytus and his team are banished. The Blue and Red Sentients are united once again. However, Rawkus informs Battle Force 5 that the Ancient Ones have awakened.
Battle Force 5 has to challenge this new threat as well as the Alpha Code, of which Zemerik is under the influence, in the feature film "Total Revolution." The Ancient Ones are revealed to be called Karmordials who created the Sentients and were banished to the Primordiverse. They use a Shadow Matter bomb to get back, but Battle Force 5 eventually stops them. To conclude the series, with the Multiverse in peace, Vert, the rest of the team, and his dad are able to return to Earth without any looming threats.
Main article: List of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||August 29, 2009||May 14, 2010|
|2||26||September 18, 2010||July 16, 2011|
Main article: List of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 characters
Season 1 Volume 1 of Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 was released by Warner Home Video on DVD February 16, 2010. Volume 2 was released by Warner Home Video on DVD June 8, 2010. Season 1 Volume 3 was released on DVD December 7, 2010. Season 2 was released on DVD by Cinedigm in late 2014.
In 2010, Battle Force 5 was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Awards in Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Music Direction/Composition. The Battle Force 5 marketing team also won three awards in the Web Marketing Association's 2010 Internet Advertising Competition. They won for "Best Toy & Hobby Online ad," "Best TV Online ad," "Best of Show Online ad.".