As big fans of the Disney Pixar Cars movies, Scott and Alexa were really excited to get the chance to test out the new Disney Pixar Cars 3 1:16 Remote Control Ultimate Lightning McQueen car from Simba Smoby. The Ultimate range (rrp £59.99) is suitable for children aged 5+ and includes not only Lightning McQueen but also Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez.
The Cars 3 1:16 Remote Control Ultimate Lightning McQueen comes secured in its box by screw fastenings. The car requires 5xAA batteries and the remote control unit requires 3xAA batteries – so be prepared when opening and not like me who had a 5yr old whining at me until I could find that many batteries to use!
The car looks amazing and just like the character from the films. I liked that I wasn’t responsible for having to put his decals on him as that’s the bit that usually gets me flustered when I’m feeling under pressure from the above whiny child!
Not only is the car great to look at but is well built too. The children managed to make it have a fair amount of crashes into walls and furniture but despite this, Lightning McQueen seemed to survive mark free each time.
Underneath the car you will find the battery compartment, water reservoir and on/off switch.
The remote control is quite big and consists of two directional joysticks (i have no idea what they’re really called so clearly making it up!) – one for up/down, the other for left/right, two shoulder buttons and several buttons that activate the pre-programmed functions of the car.
The Remote Control Ultimate Lightning McQueen comes with a variety of functions and pre-programmed manoeuvres:
- Racing start/shaking
- 360 degree spins/doughnut spins – this sends Lightning McQueen across the floor performing 3 spins
- Braking – with the press of a button Lightning McQueen will instantly stop no matter how fast he was going and emit a braking sound and smoke from the rear tyres
- Smoking tyres – our favourite function!
- Lights – when moving, the headlights and rear lights light up
The smoke feature is really cool and possibly a very overused feature thanks to Alexa constantly hitting the smoke button on the remote s she could watch it in action again and again. To get the smoke to work, you need to remove the small reservoir from under the car, fill with water and replace. Be careful not to tip the car upside down once full though as it’s not overly water tight and can leak. When the smoke is activated it will come out of the rear wheel arches accompanied by a red light. (I have filmed a short clip to show you but my upload didn’t work so I need to do again for you!)
Being 1:16 scale means that it’s a fairly large car (bigger than previous RC cars we’ve had) and whilst that makes him impressive to look at it does unfortunately also mean that with the limited floor space in our house, we didn’t get the best out of him that we could have. Scott and Alexa really loved playing with Lightning McQueen sending him screeching across the floor and their friends and cousins that have visited have loved him too.
Do you have a Cars 3 fan that would love to get their hands on one of the Disney Pixar Cars 3 Ultimate range this Christmas?
Disclosure: I was sent this item for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are entirely my own.