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Needs large, flat area to play. Not really for in the house play.
on October 17, 2013
Dusty Crophopper RC plane is a cute, fun toy. After my granddaughter saw the movie, she was so excited about it that I wanted to get her this toy. When she saw it, she squealed with delight. Of course she immediately wanted to play with it, but we soon found it was difficult to play with in the house. It was nighttime when I gave it to her, so she had to wait until the next day to try it outside. The reason it's hard to play with in the house is that it needs a lot of space in which to turn and roll, and it really doesn't work that well on carpet, even with a low pile. It works best on a flat, smooth surface like a kitchen floor, but my kitchen and dining room space is too small and the plane just runs into the furniture. When we took it outside on the driveway, we had much better results. However, if the plane runs into any obstacle, like a pebble or twig, it will stop and often flip forward to rest on the propeller.
My granddaughter got a kick out of using the controls that fit on her hands. She isn't quite coordinated enough yet to hold a remote and maneuver it, while also looking at the RC vehicle, and with this remote control, she doesn't have to look at the remote. She just moves her hands. She does have to press the button on the right controller with her thumb to make it go forward, but she mastered that pretty quickly.
My 2.5 year old grandson also likes Dusty. He can't really use the remote, but it comes with 3 built-in moves and he really enjoys that. He also likes to pick Dusty up and pretend to make him fly.
Don't forget to pick up 4AA and 2AAA batteries before you give this to a child. It doesn't come with the batteries and they will be very disappointed if they can't use it right away. It uses up batteries pretty quickly, but it does have an auto shutoff feature that helps with battery life should the child turn it on and then forget about it.
If your child is really into Planes, then I recommend this toy. If they're not into the movie or haven't seen it, then it may not be as much fun, given the difficulties mentioned above.