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Great for the price. Hard to steer. Some Inteference.
on December 30, 2013
For the price, this amphibious RC toy is great. It looks really sharp and works as advertised - once you adjust to the steering. I would recommend this product, but only if you are aware (and ok) with a few things. I would probably recommend a simpler left/right steering vehicle for younger kids.
This is a pretty cool looking toy that we purchased as a "first" RC toy for our 2 1/2 year old son. It works as shown on land and water, but there are a few things worth knowing before you decide to buy.
1. Steering is more like that of a tank or treaded vehicle if you have ever played a video game like that. This is challenging for an adult not to mention a 2+ year old. Rather than just steering left and right, you have two joysticks - one for the left wheels, one for the right. Each joystick just moves up and down and controls whether the left or right side goes forward or backwards. So, if you want to move straight, you push both stick up. If you want to go in reverse, you push both joysticks down. Turning is tricky to "master" but can be really fun too. You can just push one joystick up OR you can push one up and one down to pivot in place.
2. Struggles in longer grass or in streams with larger, uneven bottoms. Yes, this vehicle is amphibious and can go in the water. In fact, I think it works best in deeper water that is maybe 5+ inches deep where it can travel more like a boat. Due to the low riding height and smaller wheels on this car, it struggles or gets stuck on rocks or when trying to drive though a typical small stream with rocks, "sand bars" or other uneven bottoms. It can still work, but slightly deeper water is better unless if is a perfectly flat/shallow puddle.
Note: Despite the issues with uneven terrain in water, this little car was pretty good at getting up our gravel driveway which is fairly steep. We have 2 other RC trucks that are both faster than this car, but were unable to travel as far up our hill. They just lacked the torque or power.
2. As others have mentioned, this RC transmits at 27Hz. So if you have two of these or two RC vehicles at 27Hz, they will interfere with each other when they are in close proximity to each other - maybe within 25-50 feet. This doesn't mean you can't have fun, but it is something to be aware of if you are buying two or more vehicles. This isn't specific to this product, but in general identical frequencies will interfere with each other.