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Cars 2 Remote Control Lightning McQueen
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Cars 2 Remote Control Lightning McQueen
Advantages: Lots of fun
Disadvantages: Battery life, and a little pricey
My son loves Disney cars so we decided for his birthday we would buy him the remote control lightning McQueen. The car is an exact copy of the character from the program, bright red in colour, and a fantastic size. The one we purchased it the one widely available at toys stores, and not the exclusive from the Disney store. My son was overly excited when he unwrapped his present to find the car inside; it definitely has the wow factor on first appearance to any child.
We did not receive any batteries with the car meant we needed 8 AA batteries for the control and car which was a pain. As this car has sounds, lights and of course races along the batteries run down very quickly. We had to change ours within two days, and so we decided to invest in some rechargeable batteries for it. I would advise to purchase some rechargeable batteries as even with Duracell we found the batteries run down very quickly, and as you need so many just to get the car moving it would be expensive to keep replacing them.
There are a number of phrases, and sound effects received with this car and they can be activated by pressing one of the buttons on the controller. Each is a different colour, and there is also a boost button to speed up lighting while he is moving across the floor. I thought this may be a gimmick; however it actually does speed up when the button is pressed. My son's think this is the most fantastic feature of the car, and it is definitely an improvement on others we have owned. It helps with role play, as this means they can recreate races from the film or create new stories. Al the buttons are easy to press, and my son has figured out what to press to hear his favourite sounds. The characters voice is of course the same from the TV show, and it includes a number of phrases both from the original cars movie and the second film.
The controls are very simple there is a button to push forward and back on the left, and a button to press left or right on the right. This means the car can move in all directions so little one does not have to become frustrated that they cannot move the car where they want it to go. The boost button sits in the middle of the controller, and above it sits a speed level indicator which flashes while the car is in use.
The car moves along the floor with ease, the tyres are solid and work well. It can be used on carpeted floor, and unlike other cars we have owned it actually performs just as well on all floor surfaces. It is rather speedy, and when the batteries are fully charged it moves very quickly across the floor. It can be pushed along manually by little one but to be honest my children never do this, they love that they can race it around with the remote, and find it far more interesting this way.The headlights on lightning come to life while it is being driven along; with sound effects included this car has proved to be really popular. The car rumbles as it moves along, with random phrases and sound effects being played. It is a little noisy but not overly so I feel the need to hide the toy to save my head. There is no volume switch, but there is an on off switch at the bottom of the car which is essential to save the batteries.
The car has a lot of features to keep little one interested including, lights, sounds and the general size and function of the toy. It is recommended from four years plus, however my two year old son often uses his big brothers car with no problems at all. The car is very easy to control, but I can understand the age recommendation as the antenna could easily be snapped which could cause some danger for little ones. It does not just appeal to younger children as my nephew who is eight years old always seeks this toy out when he comes to stay, so it does appeal to a large age range.
It runs on two different frequency's which is great as we recently purchased the Finn McMissle version of this car, and this allows both my sons to race their cars without one controller driving them both. A downside is the antenna, it is just too flimsy so on a number of occasions it has been bent, and almost snapped completely off. There is nothing to really hold it in place so it cannot be stored in a toy box as the weight from the other toys could easily break it. When racing this car with other characters from the series, we do find that lighting is a lot quicker. He is also a lot bigger than the Finn Mcmissle version we purchased from the Disney shop, which seems to explain the price difference between the two. We also find that this car is a lot easier control than the others, with simple controls that even the smallest child would be able to pick up very easily.
Durability of this car is great, although the antenna is a little flimsy the rest of the car is made from thick durable plastic. This car has been crashed a number of times, and received a lot of use yet still works perfectly. We have owned this for around fifteen months now, at first it received play every single day without fail but now it has been a little neglected. It does still get used a few times a week, which for a toy we have owned for over a year I still think is fairly good.
I would recommend this toy but I think the price tag is a little steep. We paid £40 when the film was first released, and I believe this is too high for what you get. It has dropped a little in price now meaning you should be able to pick it up for around £25-£30 which is a little more reasonable, but you do need to factor in battery costs on top of that. My children absolutely love this and despite my son receiving it for his fourth birthday over a year ago he still loves playing with it. There are a number of different characters available, however we found that lighting was the biggest hit as of course he is the main character. Your child does not need to be a cars fan to love this, there are lots of different features of this remote control car that makes it a little better than others.
Summary: A great toy for disney car fans.
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