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...)
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.

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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