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As my son's birthday is relatively close to Christmas (15th January!), I thought that many people would struggle for girt idea's, I know I did!
Surprisingly, (or whether there was a wide spread reduction in the price of radio controlled vehicles), my son ended up with a wide range of radio controlled cars, with this being the best one of the bunch.
The toy in question is - "Zeon - radio controlled mini cooper".
Now due to the fact that my brother insists on buying battery operated toys and refusing to let me known in advance or actually provide batteries for said toys, this has been stuck under my sons bed since his birthday, this and the fact that he has systematically worked his way through the lesser and cheaper cars he had, breaking them all on the way, I have to say I held out little hope for this one!
By the tie I had managed to prise the remote itself from my sons sweaty little grasp (he had been carrying it around with him for a while to remind to put batteries in it!), he had already bent the antennae on the remote and pull some plastic part of the bumper off the car, my husband ended up taking it from him before he completely broke it!
To insert the batteries there is a small Phillips headed screw on the underside of both car and the remote, under which the remote takes 3 x AA's and the car 1 x 9volt, and unfortunately if either or any of the batteries is a little run down the car simply won't work.
When we placed the batteries in my husband was convinced my son had already broken the car as the antennae was so badly bent that when he placed the batteries in the car still refused to work, though this was soon rectified when the batteries were removed and placed in with the correct polarity facing the right way!
Once done my husband was almost as excited about the car working as my son was (they never grow up do they! Lol!), and decided to give it a test drive!
We have the perfect flooring for such tasks, we have laminate flooring throughout the bottom of the house, so for my children's toys and especially this one, this is the ideal flooring (we have so far not tried this on carpet and would assume there would be a reduction in manoeuvrability).
On the remote itself there are two stick control functions, the first going vertically on the remote and this controlling forward and reverse motion and the second (which can be used a the same time as the first) controls the steering aspect, with it have a fully functioning range and of move's, including reverse motion, though my children's favourite is to make the car do a doughnut, little car racers of the future!
The movement is smooth, with the car (once the stick controls have been mastered) being flexible enough move wise to be able to pull off some real fancy footwork, with the fact it goes at quite some speed too being the ideal racing toy, my daughter has already expressed a wish to have one of her own to take down the park to race in the summer, my husband was beside himself!
Aesthetically this is a lovely vehicle. This boasts the fact it is authentically styled on the full sized car, even down to the independent suspension system, though I treat this car as I treat all cars, I ask the model then if that doesn't enlighten me I ask what colour it is, this is usually enough (I don't know how I have managed to drive all these years!), with the colour of our model being a lovely deep cherry red, but there also being a nice green one available.
There is plenty of detail on the car, with chromed wing mirrors, bumper and grill, through to the white roof, to me this looks like a mini cooper (though as I said before I am not that experienced in cars!).
Price wise this will set you back around the £20.00 mark (www.amazon.co.uk), though I am sure can be purchased cheaper if you shop around.
Do I recommend this car, yes! This is a fun radio controlled car, styled beautifully and to detail of the original, my son has had hours of fun playing with this when he could prise it from his Dad's hands!), with the only downsides in my opinion for me being the slightly delicate mouldings on the car (as I said earlier we lost part of a bumper before use!), and the batteries, though as long as you can remind your child to remember to switch both parts off after use these should last a fair amount of time.
Thanks for reading x