4 Stars By Sam Archer on 2017-09-06
Good replay value but missiles can shoot you in the eye!
I reviewed this with the help of my 10 year old son.
Setup time: 15 minutes. Some annoying packaging took the longest. Did not come with the 3 AA batteries. Main unit comes with about 10 minutes of power so you can play right out of the box but then you need to hook it up to a Mini USB cable for 80-90 minutes for a full charge (cable included).
Actual Use: It is actually pretty fun to play with. The Robo Trax moves very fast with good joystick controls. There are two missiles on the front and they fire really far (10-15 feet). They are very small and hard to see so they could hit you in the eye if you aren't careful.
The robot transforms with a button press on the remote and it can move upright and balances well. It has decent replay value and my son had fun playing with it.
The downside is the charging time of 80-90 minutes. It takes a long time for a kid as opposed to swapping out a new set of batteries.
The plus is that it is rechargeable so you never need to buy new batteries for the main unit and most people have a mini usb cable if you ever lose the one it came with.
Overall, a fun remote control vehicle with missiles that could hit you in the eye if you aren't careful.
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5 Stars By TwinMom on 2017-12-20
Easy to use right out of the box
Easy to use right out of the box! Had no problems running two at the same time, since each of my boys received them. Just turn them on individually. Great toy!
5 Stars By Tony on 2017-12-19
Great toy for my nephew, looked and worked as expected!
4 Stars By Jerry Saperstein on 2017-09-16
Fun in short installments
The problem with rechargeable batteries is that they need to be recharged. And in the case of Robo Trax, that means often. My first session lasted only `15 minutes or so before the batteries in the main unit need to be recharged for an hour or more. I got this for my grandson to use when he visits. He is probably on the outer cusp of the age range for this device, but the robotic elements will keep him interested I hope. But the short play time and long charge time are negatives.
In the interests of science, of course, I had to try this out. The short play time is very discouraging to me.
Aside from that issue, Robo Trax is fun and unfortunately very expensive. Should it be so expensive? I know nothing of contemporary toy or electronics manufacturing, but I can say the high price will discourage sales, which is unfortunate since Robo Trax is fun.
The main unit is small, which is somewhat discouraging, since the size of the box leads you to believe it would be larger. It is only 8 x 7 x 3 inches.
The controller allows you to move it forward, backward, right and left – and to rear it up and fire missiles!
I tried it on carpeted and wooden floors and it operated beter on the latter. The learning curve for mastering movement is wonderfully short.
The designers did a great job of implementing stabilization on this unit. It essentially rears up and stands surprisingly well on its tracks. You can then fire missiles. The missiles are small, travel a fair distance and are inevitably going to get lost. Take it outside and I think you’re going to spend a lot of time looking for the missiles.
All in all, it’s a fun toy. It kept me amused for the brief time it ran before it needed recharging. The last remote control toys we had were some good-sized cars and they ran for more than an hour on NiCads – and I could buy extra battery packs.
I also wish the manufacturer had included information on the technology involved – I try to teach both grandchildren about the technology surrounding them.
As I said, Robo Trax is fun – and expensive. It is definitely novel, another factor in the buy or do without decision.
5 Stars By Just Trying to Help on 2017-10-12
He built stuff to shoot, he set up an obstacle course... the stuff things are made of.
I've been buying airbags products for a long time. One of my favorite ones was a air powered propeller plane that you would pump up and it would fly the length of a football field. Or so it seemed at the time.
Air Hogs is a reputable brand that has been around for a while. Now, the products are a lot more tech savvy.
This RC toy is the stuff that kids dreams are made of. When I was a kid, this would have been legendary. My son is very impressed, but I think he isn't as thrilled as i would be.
In "ground mode" the tank is surprisingly fast and has a very good range. It says its 100 feet, which sounds like a lot, but at my house its not even to the end of the driveway. But, the tank makes it really far, much farther than most toys.
As with almost all rechargeable things, it seems that just when the fun really starts, it needs a recharge. My son, who is 9, still can't get used to this. he played with it for about 15 minutes, then it was down for less than 90 minutes, he waited pensively and asked many times if it was done yet. Nothing would satisfy him for those 90 minutes. By the next day, he played with it once and then found something else to do, he didn't come back to it until the next day when he remembered it again. If there is one thing to fix, it would be some kind of battery swap system where you could at least play for 30 minutes before going down for 60 minutes.
He built things to shoot, he set up a race course in the back yard, it was totally amazing. But, with only 15 minutes of play time, he wasn't able to utilize those structures efficiently.
Overall I think its a great step forward, and I don't remove a star for the battery thing because thats the nature of the situation these days.
This is one of the best RC toys I've seen because it actually has more play value than just "running around a racecar". Would definitely recommend.
5 Stars By Someone on 2017-09-20
Fun RC for toddlers but not so much for kids
- Since it uses tracks instead of wheels, this RC can move over more surfaces
- It shoots darts. This is a feature that toddlers like a lot, but not so much grade school kids.
- It transforms into a robot.
What's not so great?
- The play time is somewhat short. This isn't a big deal for us because the battery lasts as long as our kid's attention span. However it may be an issue for your family.
- We own another RC that's designed like a scorpion. That RC was able to move over more types of terrain compared to this model. This isn't a big complaint since it was also almost double the price.
4 Stars By Nina on 2017-12-07
Great but short battery time
I want to rate this a 3.5 stars but would rather keep this toy in the 4 star bracket. This thing is really stunning at first but the short battery time continues to be a problem. Seems to have about 15-20 minutes of drive time and then the controller starts binging. My 4 year old son gets so aggravated. I try to plug it in whenever I find it laying around but it takes so long to charge that he loses interest in it unless I am completely vigilant with charging it before putting it away. It drives and steadies itself well on carpet and hard wood but I feel the constant balancing to keep it upright is the battery- drain culprit. It’s flow from one position to the next is very cool though.
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-10-27
Extremely fun. Good even through some thick mud. Buying another for me to use with the kids
Only downfall is battery only lasts 10 minutes
4 Stars By Ellybean on 2017-10-20
You'll be in for a tread
This remote controlled car is quite fun, and it actually does its novel stand up act well!
This car has two treads, a full range of motion controls, projectile canons, and it can stand up!
One button in the controls will raise the body a little. This will give your canons a bit of range. Press it again, and the car rises from rolling on treads to stand and be able to slowly move around. If you leave it still, it will make slight adjustments to stay upright. It is quite impressive. Another press and it gets back down.
The car won't drive it gets flipped upside down, but you can typically flip it back over with the Stand button. It. It might use less battery to just pick it up and turn over though.
The battery lasts around 10 minutes and takes about an hour to charge. It's really the only downside. You can charge with USB, which is a plus. There is no replacement battery to have to charge while you use the car.
The controls are good. They aren't extremely precise, but they do well enough.
This RC car is leaps and bounds better than any I had as a kid. And it does its novel trick with style! The short battery life could be mitigated by spending the charging time making an obstacle course to traverse when it is ready to go.
It's fun, the kids like playing with it, I think it's a solid good deal.
5 Stars By Rivendell on 2017-09-20
Transforming tank, great fun!
This is an awesome robot/tank transforming remote control car. Its got a decent speed and quick acceleration for a tank, and while it doesn't have any direct speed adjustment, it slows whenever you make a slight turning adjustment. It also turns and stops on a dime--you can do a 180 in a split second. It's super easy to use and set up, and the transforming feature puts it in an elevated turret position, and then a second push of the button makes it do a cool flip and stand up, where the center body rotates up into a standing position, and aims the two missile launchers out. In this standing position, it can also drive and be maneuvered, though much more slowly, and in a slightly jerky motion (only works on smooth, level surfaces for this), but nonetheless very impressive balance for a RC toy. The missiles have a surprising spring, and really shoot far. They are tiny and easily lost, so remind your kid to watch them carefully!
The "all-terrain" description is a bit of an exaggeration--it can get stuck where it can't climb forward pretty easily, but it almost always easily backs out. And actually, when it comes against a ledge or surface it can't climb, it can often do it in reverse rather than forward, because the rear tread wheels are larger. The chassis and treads seem pretty durable for a toy, and this would make a great present for an active young child!