My boys’ eyes lit up when they saw this remote controlled car, the Blue Mantis (1:18 sized model), which has an RRP of £39.99. I love the design of it, very eye catching, with lots of blue and bright yellow eyes. Owning a remote control car is a right of passage when you’re a young boy. I remember my brother being crazy about his (until he went through the stage of dismantling everything and trying but failing to get them back together!).
Although this car has some special features over the one he used to own, it actually is shower proof, so a little bit of rain does not have to spoil your fun! With us living in Wales (renowned for the rain!) it’s an ideal match for our family. We can still enjoy the car regardless, come rain or shine we can benefit from the fresh air and encourage our boys to make the most of the beautiful place we live in.
This car is supposedly designed for 8-12 years olds, but I would say why let them have all the fun. The control does not take long to get the hang of and both the boys (even the youngest) were quite competent in its use after a while! The highlight for them is they can even drive through puddles, with the electronics perfectly protected, they can drive to their hearts content, without mummy and daddy grumbles about watch out there is water over there, mind that bit it might ruin the car, look out for that big puddle… (Gosh us parents moan on don’t we?)
A larger model is due for release in the summer, which has a wireless gaming feature, where you will be able to play an exciting 3D racing game online. It is amazing to think how far remote control cars have come. I think the most useful is the charging time, after 30 minutes you can drive around for 45 minutes. If I recall rightly am sure my brother used to have to leave his to charge overnight!!! Thank the lord those days are gone, as my two would not have the patience for that kind of malarkey!