Monday, November 7, 2011

Wheels, please! (Spinning and Flipping are even better!)

100_1489Middlest recently had a birthday~ ever since he was little he has liked machines, preferably "with wheels"(which was his reply when asked if he wanted a washing machine for his birthday when he was about 4 or 5). If you see everything he received,  you might join me in a refrain of:

"One of these things is not like the other
One of these things just doesn't belong
Can you find which thing
is not like the others
By the time I finish my song... "

Have you spied the one piece that doesn't totally "go" with everything else? (Hint... it isn't Skateboard related...)
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OK, so if you didn't pick it out.... it's the lovely green/black/orange box with the Tonka XT Ricochet Trickster. Not really skateboard oriented at all, although it DOES fit the color scheme rather nicely... :) 

BzzAgent kindly sent this to me JUST in time for Middlest's Birthday~ What marvelous timing! Although it has taken me a WHILE to get a video up and running (seemed like every time I was thinking of it we needed to charge the batteries, or replace the batteries, but finally!), this little remote vehicle has been played with on a fairly regular basis, and enjoyed by all the children, from 4-14. As you will see in the video, Middlest even figured out how to utilize his tech deck skate ramps.... :) Love the ingenuity!


What you won't see is the fun they have running it around the dog(video I took turned out too dark, but it is a hoot to see in real life). She definitely thinks it is something she should chase, but since it has some crazy spinning action she doesn't get the chance to get a-hold of it. (Good thing, too!)

Some basic thoughts and information:
  • The Tonka XT Ricochet Trickster is sturdy, just as I expect from the Tonka Brand. 
  • The batteries seem to last fairly well (the Controller: Requires 5 AA batteries and the Vehicle Includes 1 3.6V rechargeable battery~ which recharges when connected to the controller~ kind of a spiffy little setup). 
  • You can be as simple (just driving it around the floor) as you like, or fairly elaborate (Our video is fairly simple, but take a gander at this.....  BTW, Middlest didn't see this till AFTER he set his own  up. :)
  • Price is similar to most RC vehicles I've seen~ around $24.99 list price, and unlike some other RC vehicles we've played with, this one looks like it will hold up to all sorts of play.
Blessings~





Thank you to BuzzAgent and Hasbro for supplying us with the Tonka XT Ricochet Trickster for free. I was not required to write a review, but am happy to share this with my friends as they start looking for ideas for Christmas gifting.  Music background in the video is Brittany Hargest's "Bring the Party"


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