I think it goes without saying that both my boys are as destructive as they come. They love to build towers and push them over, set up scenarios and then trample over them like Godzilla himself so when we received the Monster Smash Up Truck the boys were incredibly excited to get it out of the box.
Remote control trucks and cars are kind of like a prerequisite when it comes to moving from a toddler to a ‘little boy’ and this is definitely a great product to get them started because it doesn’t matter if it smashes up – that’s the whole point!
Monster Smash Ups Truck Features
- It’s radio controlled with a 20m range which, if you’ve got a second truck, allows the players to race around to their heart’s content.
- It has tilt-turn movement which means it’s incredibly agile and makes for some pretty fantastic donuts and the suspension is very generous.
- The batteries in the truck itself are rechargeable via USB (hallelujah) although you’ll need 2xAA batteries for the remote control.
- There are stickers which make for easy customisation as well as cones and flags to set up race tracks wherever you like.
- The best bit is probably the ejector seat and the fact that this monster smash ups truck is totally buildable from the wheels up.
Our Thoughts On The Monster Smash Ups Truck
The truck comes readily assembled but, after approximately 2.4 seconds, your kid will ultimately smash it to pieces which means you’ll need to rebuild it. Thankfully it’s really, really easy. It does take a few smashes to loosen the parts up but you’ll lose a little bit more every time!
Toby and Teddy’s favourite thing is the little man getting ejected when they smash into something. They’ll happily do this over and over again and it keeps them quiet for around 20 minutes; I think this is a fab amount of time for the battery to last given it goes pretty fast for a remote control car and is rechargeable. It takes probably around 1.5 hours to completely charge although it’ll happily go again for a while even after 20 minutes of being plugged in.
The controls are as simple as they can be on the remote control and, even though they love to do circles in the car, they do find it easy to navigate the truck round the island in the kitchen.
It comes in three different designs; Raptor (yellow), Rhino (blue) and Viper (red) and retail for around £27-£35 depending on the retailer.
The only thing I hate is when the boys are driving it in circles and it makes the same noise over and over again. It can get into your brain a bit. There are other noises which mimic the engine turning on and ‘bye-bye’ when you turn it off. To ensure maximum use turn off both the remote control and the truck after they’ve finished playing!
We love this and we’re going to get an extra one for Christmas so the boys can race around together! A fantastic, all round toy!
*We were sent this item in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.
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