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Looks really neat, but playing with it "properly" takes practice
on January 20, 2013
My 4-year-old son received this Colossus truck, which comes with a Lightning McQueen Micro Drifter, and a 3-pack of additional Micro Drifters for Christmas. If you're going to buy this product, I do suggest buying a 3-pack of additional Micro Drifters as well, because having more little cars to scoop up does make for a more fun experience.
To be clear, the Colossus truck measures 5 1/2" long, 4" wide, and 4 1/2" tall. Each Micro Drifter is more or less 1" long. They are TINY - and super cute - but you have to be sure to keep them out of reach of toddlers who might put them in their mouths.
My son basically loves anything with wheels, and he uses his many vehicle toys for imaginative play. He likes this product just fine and has no complaints.
My rating, then, is my opinion of the product in terms of its intended use. The idea is to roll Colossus over the Micro Drifters to scoop them up. This function actually works rather well, as long as you don't stop rolling Colossus as soon as he is on top of the Micro Drifter. It takes another revolution or two of the wheels for the Micro Drifters to get swept up into the back of the truck. My son doesn't really get the idea of having to "follow through" with the scooping, so it doesn't always work for him.
The other feature of this truck involves dumping the Micro Drifters out of the back and watching them "drift" away. Any time my son dumps the Micro Drifters out, they basically tumble all over each other, and we're lucky if one or two land right-side-up and drift an inch. With a little practice, involving tilting Colossus "just so" to ensure that the Micro Drifters all land on their wheels and have a little momentum to keep rolling, I am able to get the little guys to exit the dump truck and drift. But I wouldn't expect my 4-year-old to be able to repeat the maneuver.
So, overall, it's POSSIBLE to use this product as designed, but I think it takes a little practice, even for an adult. My son is perfectly happy playing with this toy, he just ignores all its "features".