What It Is
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Skateboarding Mikey from Jakks Pacific is seriously cool. First, this is a big toy. I mean, it's really kind of massive for an R/C toy. Kids, ages 4 and up are going to really get into the scale of the toy. The detailing is pretty cool as well. But the real fun starts when you fire it up. You're going to need two double-A batteries for the remote controller and 5 C batteries for the skateboard unit. The remote. It's got an on-off switch and two buttons because that's all you need. Forward and spin. Turn on the skateboard. Turn on the remote. You're ready to go. Mikey goes forward, and when you want to change directions, simply hit the spin button. The figure moves around, off the board in an outstanding movement, and you're ready to keep rolling. You control his stunts by alternating which buttons you press when. Mikey will drive forward really well, but he'll also do one-fort spins on the skateboard, 360s, 720s, wheelies and more. When Mikey wipes out, which is pretty much inevitable with active play, simply hit the spin button, and he gets up again--and keeps going. Just like a real Mutant Ninja Turtle. There are more than 20 Turtles sayings that come from the remote as kids play, which only adds to the excitement. Assembly was easy, and we were ready to go in about five minutes.
Is It Fun?
Fans of cool r/c vehicles and fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will find this pretty much irresistible. The scale is fun to start with, but it's easy to do all kinds of tricks with it, and because it's so simple to use and so responsive, there's virtually no learning curve for little kids. Start driving and playing, and don't worry about falling over because Mikey gets back up when you push the button. The more kids play with it, the better they'll get, and that adds a lot to the repeat play value.
Who It’s For
R/C Mikey is recommended for kids ages 4 and up. Naturally, it's for Turtles fans. Even the youngest kids will be able to work this easily because of the great engineering and the simple remote.
What To Be Aware Of
R/C Mikey takes 2 AA batteries for the remote, which are included for try-me purposes. You'll want to replace those for best results. The skateboard unit takes 5 C batteries. It's a lot of batteries, but we got extensive play out of the unit, and it beats having to recharge it, particularly for when little kids play.
The instructions are clear, but be sure to follow them carefully, particularly when it comes to attaching the Mikey character to the skateboard unit. Once he's attached, he won't come off.