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I have to say this has been one of the most well played with toys in our house! It is a great toy. Firstly, it is sturdy (which is good for my heavy handed four year old boy) and can be played with without being damaged easily including the propellors! Secondly, it comes with Mater which can be played with completely separately or with the helicopter. Batteries also last a long time in this toy, certainly compared to similar ones. I have not changed them in over 6 months.
The back door opens and you can fit Mater plus at least another car inside. There are also three phrases which this toy says.
I have to say that this is a must toy for any Disney Cars fan, however if you have not seen the movie then it may be more miss than hit as a toy.
I paid around £20 for this toy and say that it has been well worth it!
My son is mad about Disney Cars so to buy him this was a no-brainer. It was relatively well priced, and comes complete with sounds and spinning propellers.
It re-enacts the part of the movie where Lightning McQueen takes up an offer from Dinoco to let Mater fulfil a dream of flying in "one of them helicoptors".
There is a pull button under the tail of the helicopter which makes the propellers spin, sadly this function broke on my son's after around 6 months.
The back door opens to allow space for 1 or 2 other cars, but the main part of this toy is that you press the button on the front and out pops Mater (or any other car you want to use) along with Mater's voice saying the below phrases, which anyone who's seen the movie will instantly recognise.
"boy i'm flying"
"i'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park"
I paid around £20 for this toy over a year ago in Woolworths (RIP Wollies) and aside from the above mentioned problem(s) it's lasted well. You can still find these in Toys'r'us at £17.60, which is probably overpriced due to the Disney name but would make a good birthday or Christmas present.
The toy only really holds value to a true Cars fan, if you bought this as a general toy for a child who hasn't seen the film they may find it a little boring and not appreciate it.
They toy is marked as 3+ which is probably accurate due to it's size, as it's supposed to be carried around (flying) then it could be too bulky for any smaller kids.
I haven't changed the batteries, it still contains the display batteries and they haven't run out yet!
Overall it's a nice toy, but I would say it's better to see it as part of a collection of Cars toys, rather than a standalone toy, because it will soon become boring.