“ Manufacturer: Jasman Enterprise / Type: Electronic Toy „
I bought one of these about 6 years ago from ELC, where it cost me about £20. The first thing that struck me about the toy was how heavy it was on batteries, and I remember replacing the demo batteries, with 4 brand new AA batteries, and the toy not working. I took the toy back to ELC, where I was told that I would need to use special batteries for high drain appliances. The ELC own brand ones were perfect, and that is what we had to use after that.
So what is this battery guzzling behemoth? A remote controlled T Rex type dinosaur with glowing eyes, which can roar, stomp forwards, and make realistic stamping noises. The dinosaur is made from hard plastic, with the exception of the head, which is quite squishy and bendy. The toy is not remote controlled in the traditional sense, as it has a wire leading from the contol pad to his botty. Io wonder he roars when you press the button, I would roar if I had a wire up there too!
There are two chunky buttons on the control pad, ideal for young hands to press and very simple to use. One button allows the dino to move forwards, and the other makes him roar and move his head. This is really cool and exciting for young kids, but has a few limitations.
Firstly, the dino is always connected to the wire, so you can't play with him in the traditional sense. Also, he only walks forwards, and you can't control his direction. Thirdly, the toy is quite flimsy, and i always take exception to toys which are aimed at young kids but are not designed to take the rough handling that is inevitable for a child's toy.
We used to have loads of fun with this toy, especially when my nephew came round with an RC robot and we had a robot wars tournament to see which toy could knock the other one over. The dino always won! The toy was a big hit with my son's schoolfriends, who always made a beeline for the toy when they came to play.
Despite these upsides, the toy just wasn't built to last, and problems set in with this much played with toy. First, the soft plastic on the head tore and ripped, leaving the insides of the toy exposed. Second, the fragile wiring snapped, leaving the dino able to roar, but not walk. The final snag was when the whole tail broke off, leaving the toy unable to balance and stand up properly. It was at this point that i realised the toy could no longer be played with safely and was too far gone to be repaired, so sadly it ended up in the bin.
I am sad that this toy was not built to last, as it was a toy we really enjoyed playing with. I don't really think it was worth the initial £20 we payed for it, as i have many cheaper plastic dinosaur toys that we bought at the same time which are in really good condition still. I give the toy 2 stars for the enjoyment we had while it lasted. Now we now why they became extinct...
==Mighty Megasaur Walking Dinosaur==
Jacks dinosaur obsession is really taking over his bedroom and this item being one of the largest dinosaur items he has makes the free space even less. This was another item that was given to Jack but this time from one of my colleagues from work. Her son had recently had a clear out of old toys and this item was one he felt he had outgrown so luckily enough it was passed to us.
It was originally bought from Argos although I have just looked on line and it doesn't appear to be sold via them any more but there are a fair few other sites that you can pick it up from. There is the choice of buying this large T-Rex dinosaur or a similar dragon one and they are both priced at around the £10 region.
The dinosaur stands at about 40 cm in height and is a light brown colour. It has a remote control which is attached to the dinosaur via a long black wire. The remote control has two buttons which operate two different functions on the T-Rex. The first button which is easy to press and chunky in appearance operates the walking motion of the dinosaur and the second button which looks the same as the first controls the roaring aspect of the dinosaur.
The dinosaurs walk is rather slow and as it moves you can clearly hear the motor of the toy move too but this is masked somewhat if you operate both the walking motion and the roaring sound at the same time. As we as both of these functions, the eyes of the dinosaur glow a menacing red colour as the dinosaur is set off in motion.
We have found that the toy is easy to use and Jack does find it great fun to use. He is often getting it and putting it outside the bathroom door to scare me when I come out to which I have to look highly surprised!
I can't say it is something that I would have bought myself for Jack but the price I do feel is rather reasonable for the toy itself. The noise of the motor running is rather annoying but the most annoying is the roaring sound of the dinosaur which does sound pretty mechanical and not in the least bit realistic.
The wire that connects the dinosaur with the remote control can also be a little bit of a pain as it does tend to get in the way somewhat and I feel the toy would have been far better had the remote control been a wireless one. However it is long enough to ensure a good amount of distance between the dinosaur and Jack when playing.
Overall, I feel that this toy is okay but I suspect Jack would say that it is "Top Banana". There are a few downsides to it but as he is into his dinosaurs it really fits in with a lot of his other toys and does seem to get played with on a regular basis. So for these reasons, I feel that it has got to get a 4 out of 5 star rating and a recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.