“ Brand: Mattel / Type: Trucks „
I have a nephew who is crazy about cars (aren't all boys) he is quite young so I needed to buy something sturdy, yet fun, and something he could get a lot of fun out of. I came across this hot wheels toy whilst out looking for Christmas presents. A quick internet search showed me the cheapest place to buy it from (the prices really varied from shop to shop, so I would definitely recommend this). I was most excited about giving it to my nephew after that, I just knew he would love it!
The truck comes packaged fixed into a cardboard box. You can see it and touch it before you buy it, yet it is packaged well and quite excitingly with big bold graphics and pictures of children playing with the toy. As soon as my nephew opened it he was captured by the bright colours and how fun it looked and he wanted it ripped out of the packaging straight away.
The truck itself has a dummy in it, which you can crash into things without even damaging the dummy, every childs dream I think! The car itself is easy to play with the wheels are free moving and not stiff, they go round corners easily, over bumps, up walls etc, all without leaving horrible brown marks!
The car itself is brightly coloured with graphics on which make it fun to play with and use. The toy passed the ultimate test of being used, abused, thrown, stood on etc and lasted without any major damage.
Thumbs up to this car!
~ Overview ~
If you were into all those action figures, Ghostbusters cars and that kind of stuff then you had to have owned one of these crash dummy cars. Now these were hilarious as you could practically throw these of a cliff and they would still be able to pieced back together as the toy was designed for high impacts and then be rebuilt again easily.
The picture which goes with this review is an actual newer version of the toy car, but the older blue/red car which I owned was a grand toy. My car did take a few large hits and inevitably it did break but I loved this toy, it was a kids dream to be able to whack and ram your toy into any object and simply push and build it all back together again.
Crash Dummies were typically designed to show the impact of crashes and to enable us to improve safety of moving objects such as cars but someone come up with the funny idea to create toys which could do the same job but as a toy. The only disadvantage is that it can be a bit morbid in the fact that the crash dummy goes flying through the window and that he doesn't always survive the impact.
~ Price & Location~
If you are looking to buy a crash dummy car then I would recommend Amazon as you can normally buy this new from here for around £20 which isn't too bad for a toy that your children will get a lot of enjoyment out of especially children aged 4+.
~ Interesting Facts ~
* The toys were first released by Tyco Toys in the 1990's and from 2004 a new set of crash dummy toys have been released by Hot Wheels.
* Generation one of crash dummy men were called Vince and Larry which are funny names for crash dummies.
* Released a video game for the Master System, Game Gear and SNES.
~ Car Design ~
The car I owned was blue with no doors and only a luminous orange side parting which would secure the crash dummies inside. Obviously they designed the cars with lots of loose bits, so when you hit a wall or if you're like me I rammed it into my mum's foot (which she would normally end up standing on the car in reaction but it still survived amazingly!) and it would loose lots of parts from the car to make it look fantastic.
The wind screen would also fall off, as well as bits from the roof and also the front bonnet on the car would crumple (using joins so that it would not break) like a collision but could be pulled back out to make the car look like new again. The frame of the top of the car could also come apart during impact, but all could be reassembled to resemble the original car (great fun for young and old!).
The car would also come with yellow and black stickers which is what all crash dummies have. My crashes normally entailed the crash dummies being flung through the windows and sides of the car which looked ace and high impact.
~ Conclusion ~
This is a fabulous toy, I spent hours ramming all sorts of things, and I think I took quite a lot of wallpaper off my wall in my bedroom come to think of it. The newer versions of this car and dummies have been updated but still are a great toy for children apart from the morbidity of the idea, take that away and you have a classic.
My Rating: 4/5