Product Type: Zeon toys
Newest Review: ... it is a good idea to follow these sequences as it gives you a good idea of what Bigtrak Junior can do. The Bigtrak Junior comes with five ... more
Big boys toy, Bigtrak Junior.
Member Name: trayrope
Advantages: Fun retro toy.
Disadvantages: Battery hungry.
For Fathers Day this year I gave my Husband a couple of presents from the kids, I like to get him something practical which helps him get jobs done around the house and I also like to give him something a bit silly. This years silly present was a Bigtrak Junior, it cost me £28.00 from my Littlewoods Catalogue, this is a bit of a high price as you can buy them from Toys R Us or EBay for around £15.00, but I had some rewards money outstanding and I wanted to use it up before closing my account with them so it actually cost me nothing.
Bigtrak Junior is the new version of the Bigtrak from the 80's, but smaller as the name implies. Bigtrak Junior is a programmable space rover, you can programme with 16 different manoeuvres.
Once the Bigtrak is out of the box you need to attach the labels following the diagram inside the user manual, the labels are very easy to pull from the backing and apply easily with out curling or tearing, younger children would need supervision with this part so as the labels end up in the right places.
Next you need to insert batteries, Bigtrak takes 3 AA batteries. To install the batteries you need to unscrew the panel on the bottom and insert them correctly. I used some relatively cheap Panasonic batteries and that gave my husband and daughter a couple of hours play before Bigtrak started to run down. I would suggest using some good quality batteries.
The user manual has lots of suggested sequences to try; it is a good idea to follow these sequences as it gives you a good idea of what Bigtrak Junior can do.
The Bigtrak Junior comes with five moon craters for you to set out and then try and manoeuvre between, this can be quite a bit of fun as it takes a while to work out exactly how far Bigtrak needs to go and when it needs to turn, my husband and daughter swapped the moon craters for small dinosaurs and they had fun working out how far to go to knock a dinosaur over without Bigtrak getting stuck on the prone dinosaur.
The Bigtrak junior comes with what is described as an active port; this is for plugging in official Bigtrak accessories. The only Bigtrak Junior accessory I have seen is a rocket launcher that when attached can be programmed to shoot small foam rockets (alas not real rockets, which would be so much more fun). Only official accessories should be plugged in this port as it supplies power as well as instructions to the attached item and may damage things like headphones or Mp3 players.
My opinion of this toy is that it is a bit of a gimmick, I can't see it having much of an appeal to modern kids when it is competing against programmable robots and dinosaurs.
In conclusion I think this is a well made retro style toy that brought a massive smile to my husbands face as it was another one of the toys he did not get when he was a kid. I am sure the rocket launcher will be going on his Christmas list this year, and Zeon Tech if you happen to read this review my husband would really love to have a trailer for his Bigtrak Junior but I can't find one anywhere.
I happily give the Bigtrak Junior 4 out of 5 stars; it loses one for being smaller than I thought it would be and for being battery hungry.
Thank you for reading x
Summary: A great retro toy that brings a smile to anyones face.
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