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Toy Story Radio Controlled Car

Submitted by on January 18, 2010 – 10:52 pmNo Comment

Toy Story Radio Controlled Car“The range of the Toy Story radio controlled car was pretty impressive – it could be used along the full length of our garden. Unfortunately, it broke after less than a week.”

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Initial Thoughts: Flea is a HUGE fan of Toy Story, so this particular toy was greeted with huge excitement: “Mummy, I have always wanted one of these. What is it?”

Inside the box is a remote control, the car and two action figures – one Woody, one Buzz. It’s worth noting you need AA batteries for the car and also a 9v battery for the remote – not the sort of thing you tend to have lying around the house, so make sure to buy them with the toy.

We liked: It’s tremendous fun – this was Flea’s first remote control car, and I think it was a success. The car goes pretty fast and the figures can be taken off and put back on the car (though putting on is trickier than taking off and it’s a shame Woody doesn’t stand up). The range of the control is pretty impressive – it could be used along the full length of our garden, and the steering is nicely responsive. The flat top also meant it could be used to transport non-official accessories, too – such as Playmobil figures.

We weren’t keen: While it’s not a fault, I think the remote control is quite tricky to master, because kids need to do three things simultaneously – push a ‘go’ button, turn a wheel to steer, and switch a lever for forward and backwards gears. I’d say you should be prepared to spend some time helping younger children (under 6) to master the controls so they don’t get frustrated.

More seriously, though, I didn’t think the quality was up to much. The remote needs to be turned off or the batteries will drain overnight – which is annoying because it uses a non-standard battery size. We replaced the batteries twice in less than two weeks – it gets expensive! After three weeks, we noticed the car was crawling in reverse and moving at normal speed forwards – despite new batteries, this didn’t improve – we had to return the car in the end. For a toy less than a month old, that had been played with three or four times, I wasn’t impressed.

Overall: The Toy Story radio-controlled car is a fun toy, and kids will have lots of fun with the car and figures. For parents, I’d say be prepared to help little ones get the hang of the controls and use rechargeable batteries! And I’m not convinced of the quality – it seems fragile and prone to breaking.

[Sally – Who’s the Mummy]

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