Mattel Hot Wheels R/C Stealth Rides Vehicles
PRODUCT: Mattel Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides Vehicles (www.teamhotwheels.co.uk )
DESCRIPTION: A range of small remote controlled vehicles for indoor use, which fold flat to fit into their own carry case which doubles as the controller. Choice of racing car or tank in a variety of colours. Vehicle requires 3 x LR44 Button Cell batteries and transmitter requires 2 x LR44 Button Cell batteries. Includes 3 x spare batteries. Suitable for children aged 8 years upwards.
GOOD POINTS: The Stealth Rides Vehicles are a very cool range of R/C toys from the Hot Wheels collection, aimed at older children, and are probably the most compact remote controlled gadgets that we've reviewed yet.
There are two different vehicles to choose from - a nippy little racing car which turns and spins, or an indestructible tank complete with power tread for tackling obstacles. Both are made from a lightweight plastic, with really authentic detailing and a choice of bright colour designs.
Stealth Rides are not only small and perfectly formed, but they also cleverly fold flat and slide into their very own coordinated slimline carry case (included) by pressing a special 'fold button' on the top of the vehicle, while a separate 'transformation button' (also on the top) pops the vehicle back out into its 3D mode.
The great feature of the carry case is that it doubles as the transmitter to control the vehicle remotely. Two 'arrowed' buttons on the front of the case can be used to move the vehicle forwards and backwards as well as left and right. Once your child has mastered the controls, the vehicle is great fun to operate, and when not being used, is small enough to slip into a pocket or bag!
What's more, the vehicle and transmitter have an automatic shut-off function which saves on battery power if they are left idle. Battery replacement is easy via the battery compartments on the underside of the vehicle and the controller (although a screwdriver will be required for access). The controller also offers a choice of transmitter channels (note that both the vehicle and transmitter must be on the same channel to work), which allows your child to race other Stealth Rides vehicles.
In our opinion, the Hot Wheels Stealth Rides vehicles are a really novel little toy that will appeal greatly to boys and provide hours of portable fun!
BAD POINTS: The toy is fairly pricey, and cannot be free-wheeled. It is battery operated, but does include a few spare batteries within the initial cost.
PRICE: £24.99 each
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