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Good first RC car for little kids,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Kid Galaxy Morphibians Gator Radio Control Vehicle (Toy)
We bought two of these kid galaxy RC cars (the Morphibian and Land Shark) on the premise that each of our kids would want one. Our four-year old son enjoys playing with them but I would not say they are his absolute favorites (that goes to Legos). Our two-year old daughter can't really drive them but she loves to chase them when others are driving them.
They seem durable enough. I wouldn't want to throw them in the pool (even if they do say they are amphibious, I don't think they are submersible) or down a flight of stairs, but so far they have withstood a number of bumps, drops, and kicks.
The controls are simple to use. On the vehicle there is an on/off switch and on the remote there are two joy sticks, push one forward and the wheels on the corresponding side of the car go forward. Pull it back and the wheels on that side of the car go in reverse. Push both joy sticks forward and the car goes, etc.) It like driving a tracked vehicle. Our four-year old got the hang of it pretty quickly but hasn't focused on it enough to actually avoid hitting things.
There is enough torque in the car that it can run on carpet but this will run through bateries faster. It is actually also pretty good outdoors in the garden. Still it is at its best on smooth floors.
The battery life seems okay, but it would also depend upon how much the kids (or in my case the parents) play with it.
In my opinion there are two problems with this toy. First, it requires two different types of batteries. The vehicle takes 3 AA batteries and the remote takes 2 AAA batteries. This is a pain because I always have AA batteries but AAA batteries always seem to require a trip to the shops. The second problem is a lack of a power switch on the remote. The batteries in the remote are activated by pushing one of the joysticks. In theory this is fine, however, when dumped into a toy box it easy for the a joystick to move and drain the batteries, meaning I have to run to the store the next time someone decides to play with the toy.
All in all, if you are looking for a first RC car for a child that is relatively durable, simple to use and relatively fun, then I recommend this toy. If you are looking for something for an older child how is more into speed, styling and being cool, look elswhere.
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Initial post: May 18, 2010 7:29:26 AM PDT
Daniel Duke says:
Buy rechargeables. No more trips to the store.
Posted on Nov 18, 2010 12:55:17 PM PST
"I wouldn't want to throw them in the pool (even if they do say they are amphibious, I don't think they are submersible)"
I can vouch for that. It's a cute toy but definitely not water-proof. The toy withstood adventures with our 6-year-old for about 10 minutes. That might actually be a new durability record in his case, but it was the submersion into a larger cooler full of water that led to the Gator's demise.
I think if you can keep it to "splash" level, e.g. driving through puddles it may last a while.
Posted on Dec 26, 2012 7:04:19 PM PST
The amphibious car will work in the water and it's electronics are sealed; not true with the remote control. My 4 year old nephew dropped it in the pool and it was toast. I have an electronic tech back round, I took it apart, dried it with a hair dryer, cleaned the battery contacts and the circuit board, removing as much corrosion that would be short circuiting the trace etchings on the board. Chlorine is incredibly corrosive to many things, particularly electronics.I was able to get the led indicator light to come on again , but it would not communicate with the car. The remote has an RF modulator that operates at 49 MH. I think the surface mount resistors on the remote board have been damaged and if working it is off frequency. You can buy a whole new car and remote for $22 so I have given up trying to repair it. Lesson: Keep the remote in a plastic zip bag around water. It will still work and not get trashed when it inevitably falls in the water.
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