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|CMJ Lamborghini Aventador Official|
|SGILE Wall Climber|
|CMJ Range Rover Sport Official|
|SZJJX P1803 Truck|
|Simba-Dickie Lightning McQueen|
There’s something about cars that fascinate kids, and not just boys! Fast cars, off-road vehicles, police cars and such are all a subject of interest to youngsters, and there’s little doubt every schoolboy had or has a picture of the latest Porsche or Ferrari om the bedroom wall. Ever since cars were invented they have been part of daily life, and the more exotic and wonderful, the better.
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Of course, kids can’t drive cars, but they can have a radio controlled model of their favourite supercar, monster truck or other vehicle. It used to be the case that a remote control car was attached to the handset by an electrical cord. These days, even the most basic of remote vehicles are truly remote – that is, they are controlled by a radio frequency handset, and they are great fun!
The great thing about radio controlled cars is that they provide a great deal of fun at inexpensive prices, and we have no doubt at all that dad will want a go! Some are more sophisticated than others, and there are some very impressive models on the market, so before we go on to give you our choice of the top 10 radio controlled cars for kids, let’s have a little more about what you can expect, and why you really need one!
The Top 10
1: CMJ Lamborghini Aventador Official
The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most iconic of the modern supercar breed, and this model is a faithfully rendered replica that is licensed by the factory. It’s beautifully done with very accurate detailing and, at the price, would make an excellent gift for a supercar lover. This is a 1:24 scale model, and measures 20cm long, and it is sold as suitable for 6 years and upwards – so dad can enjoy it no problem! We think it’s definitely for big kids!
This one comes with a four function drive system, so you can go any way you want, and is fitted with working suspension too. It’s finished in bright orange – an actual roadgoing Lamborghini shade – and is equipped with working lights for added effect. It operates on 27Mhz, which is within the licensed frequency, and is superbly easy to drive. All in all, a great simple RC car for someone who is into Lamborghini’s, and at an excellent price.
2: SGILE Wall Climber
Among the various types of RC car are that above – a replica of a real model – and this sort, which is a fantasy vehicle in every way, but also great fun. Rather than simply run around the floor, this one can also – thanks to clever design – climb walls, so gives added fun with that aspect! It also moves very quickly, so you need to get used to its handling. It’s a very futuristic design but still clearly a car, even though it does not resemble anything on the road.
It also has a 360-degree spin feature, which is a great fun stunt, and features LED lights both front and back that come on according to where and how you are driving. It’s small at just 15cm long, so suitable for use where space is limited, and is made from durable plastic for long life. It is also rechargeable, though the controller requires you to buy three AAA batteries. It’s great fun, and also priced low enough to make a great gift.
3: CMJ Range Rover Sport Official
CMJ is the leading name in radio controlled cars that are replicas of actual road vehicles. They made the Lamborghini we reviewed above, and they also offer – among many others – this excellent Range Rover Sport, which is licensed by the factory. It’s beautifully done with very accurate detailing and, at the price, would make an excellent gift for a Range Rover lover. This is a 1:24 scale model, and measures 20cm long, and it is sold as suitable for 6 years and upwards – so dad can enjoy it no problem!
This one comes with a four function drive system, so you can go any way you want, and is fitted with working suspension too. It’s finished in white – an actual roadgoing Range Rover colour shade – and is equipped with working lights for added effect. It operates on 27Mhz, which is within the licensed frequency, and is superbly easy to drive. All in all, a great simple RC car and at an excellent price.
4: SZJJX P1803 Truck
This RC car is a lot of fun, and that’s what it’s designed to be! It’s a full off-road vehicle that resembles a typical ‘dune buggy’ type of vehicle, and comes with full suspension and great performance. This one is 1:18 scale, and is fitted with large wheels and tyres for added climbing ability and rough terrain use. It’s made from durable ABS plastic, so will withstand the knocks and bashes it is likely to endure when used as intended.
The added ability of this one means it is great for stunt driving – it has four wheel drive and independent suspension for added performance – and it also has a bi-motor installation for extra power and agility. With a 2.4Mhz frequency controller you have limited chance of interference, and it is powered by batteries that are supplied with the package. Not the cheapest but not expensive, and great quality plus a lot of fun.
5: Simba-Dickie Lightning McQueen
All kids of a certain age will recognise this little character: it’s Lightning McQueen, the racing car from the Disney ‘Cars’ franchise, and reproduced as a strong plastic radio controlled car with detail rendering. It’s a 1:24 scale model, ad measures 28cm in length, and comes in the right colours and with the right decals to represent your favourite Disney car character. It’s not recommended for kids under 3, and for youngsters should always be used with supervision.
This one is a simple model in terms of ability, in that it is designed to go forwards, backwards, left and right, and there are no further gimmicks. It is, however, made to a high quality from durable materials, and as it is a Disney character will be very popular. If you have kids who are big Lightning McQueen fans they will also appreciate the ‘turbo’ function that gives him a boost! A good value Disney RC car at a not too expensive price.
6: SZJJX Rock Off Road
We’ve already included one model from SZJJX, and this is a similar design. They offer a range of off-road buggy’s in various styles and scales, with suspension for rock climbing and greater agility, and all their models are well-made and very popular. This one is a 1:20 scale buggy with all-round independent suspension, and is powered by a very capable motor that can propel the car to a top speed of 25km/h, which is very fast for a model!
This model is designed for use on all terrain, so whether you are tackling rocks, wetlands, sand or just plain roads, you will get the maximum performance available at all times. It’s made from very rugged materials to withstand the rigorous work it will be put through, and it has rechargeable built-in batteries for added performance. If you want an off-road vehicle at a sensible price, this is a quality model from a reputable brand.
Key Features – off road, quality brand, 25km/h, 1:20 scale, full suspension
7: POBO Amphibious Stunt Vehicle
We thought it common sense that, with all of the RC vehicle featured in our list, users would know that they are not waterproof, and therefore should not drive them into water. Yet here’s one that is – although we should say it’s the only one so far! This quite wonderful little car is fully waterproof. That means added fun at the beach for the kids – and parents – who drive this rather cute and endearing buggy-type vehicle.
It’s made from durable material, offers a variety of stung functions – including 360-degree flips – and can reach an amazing 30km/h on land. It is powered by rechargeable batteries for added versatility, can be charged in 2 to 3 hours for as much as 25 minutes continuous running, and is very simple to use and drive. If you’re looking for something for all-out fun, and thinking of use on a beach, we reckon that this one could be the one for you.
8: MaxTronic Monster Truck
This is another of the very popular stunt off-road RC vehicles, and it’s a very neat monster truck design that will appeal greatly, especially to older kids. It comes with four wheel drive – via two motors, one in the front and one in the back, and has full suspension for ease of agility on all surfaces. It’s made from strong plastic and is well put-together, and is finished in a unique colourway – each one is different – for added individuality.
It has a range of 100metres, so you can drive it truly remotely, and can handle shallow water, plus it will easily climb over rocks and very rough terrain. The batteries are rechargeable – you can get as much as 40 minutes out of one charge – and it is easy to drive and enjoy. This is a very nice model for someone who wants a genuine off-road RC car, and while not the cheapest, is certainly not expensive given the quality and ability.
9: EpochAir Off Road
This model is fun, fun, fun and comes with massive inflatable wheels that make it all the more endearing. It’s not intended to resemble a real car, and it doesn’t, but it is intended to give the kids a lot of hours of really great laughs. It’s 30cm long, so is a good sized toy, and made from strong materials so will last the test of time. It’s also brightly finished and will be the envy of all the other kids – and dads – in the neighbourhood!
It also has a 360-degree flip feature, which is a great fun stunt, and features LED lights both front and back that come on according to where and how you are driving. It’s a really nice design that has no gimmicks other than those we have claimed, and is made from durable plastic for long life. You do require batteries for both the car and the charger, so bear that in mind. It’s great fun, and also priced low enough to make a great gift.
Key Features – inflatable tyres, sturdy materials, 360 degree flip, bright colours
10: Nikko 9018 Velocitrax
Our final choice is the most unusual of the lot, but still a lot of fun. The ‘Velocitrax’ from Nikko features two full-length tracks – caterpillar style – rather than just conventional wheels, and as such offers exceptional driving ability and agility, and a lot of laughs too. It’s easy to drive thanks to the simple controls, and you have to try this one to see what it is truly capable of in terms of how it moves, and the terrain it can cover.
This one can turn easily through 360degrees, and does so with little effort thanks to the track system, and also runs at decent speeds on the flat. It can handle most terrain and is equipped with a fast charge function so you can be up and running for short periods in a very short time. It’s a futuristic design that is not intended to resemble a road car, and is suitably made from very durable materials. As it is, this is a great fun toy for dad and kids, and is well priced in this company.
How It Works
The things is, radio frequency operations are all around us these days, and we use these systems in daily life without thinking. Wen it comes to radio controlled cars – and other vehicles such as aircraft and drones – they will have their own frequency allotted, so they do not interfere with other systems. This is important, as interference from other quarters can be a safety issue, so it is important that you by only an officially sanctioned model, and all of those on our list comply with the required regulations.
The concept is simple and needs little explanations; You get a car or other vehicle, and a handset, and from the handset you control certain functions. Depending on the car this will be forward, backwards, left and right, and there may be other functions in more sophisticated models. Some designs are intended for off-road use, and come with genuine suspension that does the job on a real car. Some are representations of real supercars, and may be officially licensed by the factory.
We took a look at ten of the best radio controlled cars for kids, with an eye on giving you a good view of the variety and types on offer and also on affordability, so that you can choose the one that suits you.
Important Features to Consider
A radio controlled car is a great toy for the kids, and one that all the family can get some enjoyment out of it, so what do you look for when you are buying one of these? We’ve highlighted a few features you may want to consider:
- Type – do you want an off-road car, or a model that is simply for flat surface use? Also, do you want one that looks like a real car, or is that not important? There are examples of each here, so you have plenty of choice.
- Battery or Rechargeable – some of our examples are battery powered so you will need to replace them regularly. Others have in-built rechargeable battery packs, so you save money that way. Again, it’s a choice up to you.
- Run Time – how long do you get from one full charge? It’s an important question and one your kids will want to answer too, so check the specs for the best performance.
- Stunts – do you want one that does stunts? If so, you have plenty of choice among the models we have chosen, so have a look and see which is for you.
That’s a few of the points you need to consider and there may be more that you hold as important, so which of the 10 is for you? Let’s see if we can wrap things up!
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Let’s Wrap It Up!
So you want a radio controlled car for your kids, or for you! Which one suits you best? We thought we’d look at this from two angles: if you want a replica model of a real car, we recommended the Lamborghini Aventador as it is a stunning model and very cheap, and also good fun.
But, it’s not as much fun as a car that you can drive up and down rocky hills, over sand on the beach, or through any form of rough terrain. That, believe us, is a lot more fun, and there are a few models on this list that fit the bill. We especially like the MaxTronic Monster Truck, number 8 on the list, as it is a good size, is well made and comes with great performance at an excellent price, so read through again and see if you can find the model that is right for you, and enjoy many hours of fun with you and your kids.