My son who is almost 3 has a blast with this car and it's worth the price. It's a great start off car. Since we're Italian and Francesco is my dad's middle name it's a great remembrance of him. Actually I am guilty of playing with it too. It's pretty hilarious! The whole family had enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend this item!
We have bought many an r/c car over the years, and this is by far the best. It is simple to use, durable, and responsive. Our 9 year old takes it up and down the side walk, the walkways, even can drive it "curbside" if he's careful. It has fallen off the curb a few times, jumped off a made up ramp, and through some sprinkles (not completely getting wet), and works great. You may not be able to tell, but as you turn the wheels left and right, the eyes move left and right, which is pretty cool too. I can't recommend this enough as a well made, easy to use r/c car.
My boy loves the sound effects, the missles and easy to drive.
There has been NO problems and this toy has held up to my boy crashing it into his other toys, throwing on the floor during tantrums and it still works perfectly. I'm impressed, it's one of the first toys ...let alone a remote toy that has actually seemed to be made with a childs rough play in mind. Excellent purchase!
Car req. 4 AA batteries and Controller req. 3 AAA batteries.
We got the first set of these for my son's 5th birthday...Lightning worked great out of the box, Francesco did not. They were returned and set number two came home. Same situation. Francesco would move and then stop. Tried fresh batteries but same problems. Guess this set goes back and we look for something else.
They appear to work on the same frequency. We bought a "Lighting McQueen" and a "Mater", and we thought "Mater" was broken because it would only move sometimes, and wouldn't go where we wanted. We returned it for a "Finn McMissle", and when both kids were trying to use them at the same time, one controller would run both cars. Other times, one car would just sit still, even though the "forward" level was being pressed, then all of a sudden, it would move backward - this happened if the other child move the other car backwards. This was similar to what was happening with "Mater". My husband realized they must be using the same frequency.
This led to a lot of tears...try to explaining radio frequencies to a 3 and 5 year old and why only one of them can use their toy at a time...however, good tools if you are trying to teach "taking turns"
For a flat surface this is a very good RC car and the best one we have owned so far.
We received this car as a gift for my 2 year old kid on his 2nd birthday. The car has received so many abuses from my kid and still it has been working without much problem. The remote control device is also very strudy and will not break easily.
I gave it away to my bro-in-law's kid when she wanted to play the car and would let it go.
This time I am going to buy this for my kid.