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Air Hogs Thunder Trax RC Vehicle

Air Hogs Thunder Trax RC Vehicle

Fall 2016 Toys
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $74.99

The Air Hogs Thunder Trax came preassembled, and other than unpacking, one only needs to install batteries in the controller and charge the toy itself using the provided USB cord. The charging instructions are clear and easy to follow. We appreciated the use of USB charging as this saves on battery use.

The toy was easy to control on the floor, and the soft rubber tracks prevented damage to furniture and baseboards. No knitted eyebrows from mom with this toy. The Thunder Trax scoots along the floor and helps develop coordination and motor skills. Our middle child and friend engaged in creative play with little supervision. The Thunder Trax would seem to be a very good first RC toy and a good stepping stone to flying helicopters.

Yes, the Thunder Trax does transform into a boat when placed in water. Although we did put it in the tub, it's probably a bit large for bath time fun, but would work well in a wading pool. Concerned that, after outside play, the toy could bring dirt into the house, Mom was less sure about the wading pool option. As with other Spinmaster products, We were impressed with the "Green" packaging and easy recycling.

John Green   ©2016 Parents' Choice
John Green is an economist in Washington DC and father of three. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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