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Great little toy... not for little kids
on December 29, 2011
I bought this toy on sale recently as a Christmas present for my 3-year old son, and was lucky to have got it almost 66% off the list-price. We had seen it at the Petersen Automotive Museum the day before and he was taken in by the Allinol gasoline pump that comes with the toy. The Lightning McQueen model that comes with this is plastic with painted on logos (no stickers) and measures about 3 inches or so in length... its smaller than the diecast Lightning McQueen that my son already has. Setting this up was very simple. The gasoline pump needs 6 AA batteries, and Lightning McQueen has a rechargeable battery. Off the box, it took about 15 minutes for the car to be charged.
The actions of the car are very realistic... especially, the mouth movements when the car talks seem straight out of the movie. Its also very fast. However, its actions do become a little repetitive. There are three modes with 7 separate actions each in the first two, and one in the third (long range driving).
For me, the main drawback is that although I bought it for my son, I'm not confident enough of its sturdiness to let him play with it unsupervised. So, whenever he wants to play with it (which is about once or twice a day at this point), I end up playing with him. Its kept out of his reach at other times. Having said that, it has run into our dining table a couple of times, and was none the worse for the wear. Overall, I would consider this is a good toy for an older kid, adults, or collectors (I must admit I enjoy playing with it).
So its now been about 15 months since I first got this. Still works great. My son is now almost 5 and now can operate it independently without a problem.