“ Manufacturer: Nikko / Type: Radio Controlled „
We were given this toy just before my oldest son was born. It is still available and retails and about £40. Our car sat in the attic for the last 5 years until our neighbours started playing with petrol powered remote control cars and my son was fascinated by them. A quick trip to the attic and we had a very happy child.
As far as battery powered rc cars this is as good or better then any other cars I have seen. It has an incredible speed for electric, although it is still not as fast as the petrol powered cars. It also lacks the distinctive noise, which may be a fault to the the children, but is certainly something I do not mind doing without it.
The car does not really have a right side up. If it crashes into anything it just flips over and continues speeding about. One side is yellow with orange as shown, the other side is identical except the middle part is blue. Its large soft wheels allow this car to power over many bumps, or through short grass. It holds up very well to repeated jumps off the kerbs and being crashed into things to make it flip.
Both of my sons, ages 2 and 5 absolutely love this car, and I think it would be well worth £40. I would recommend this car up until about age 10 -12. After that I think they tend to only want the petrol powered cars.
While much faster, the petrol cars are also much more costly, starting at about £200, which puts them out of our price range. If petrol powered cars are too dear for your budget, this is certainly the next best thing and I would highly recommend them.
The only downside is the batteries do go done quite quickly. After 30 - 40 minutes it must go into to get charged, which takes at least 8 hours.
Replacement batteries are also very expensive. I have another rc car that uses this type of battery, bought for only 50p at a boot sale because the battery was missing. A new battery from Nikko cost me a whopping £11.50 from ebay but was £16 -22 anywhere else. A 9v battery is also needed for the control, but this lasts for ages.
Still I am happy to give this toy 5 stars. It really is a lot of fun and the children do love it. It also draws the neighbourhood children all out in droves and is well liked by all.