PROS / You can record stunts with the remote and play them back.
CONS / The wheels feel as if they could slip off the body.
VERDICT / This vehicle is incredibly fast and has an incredible range, making it a great RC car.
The Tonka Ricochet R/C Replay is the remote control car you always wanted as child. With its quick speed and ability to flip over and drive on any type of road, this car is the epitome of remote control fun. This vehicle is recommended for ages 8 and up. The Replay in the name signifies that you can record tricks and stunts and replay them with the push of a button. The Ricochet Replay allows you to save up to four stunts at a time. It easily drives on any surface, from snow and dirt to tall grass and bumpy roads.
This completely reversible RC car requires 3 AAA batteries for the remote and a 9.6-volt rechargeable battery pack for the vehicle itself. Both are included. A wall charger connects to the battery pack but not to the vehicle, so you must take the battery out of the casing for every charge. You will clock in some good time while playing around with this car. It gets 15 minutes for every full charge, which is a runtime that most of the competition cannot reach.
You only need to see this radio controlled car backflip once and you'll be won over. You can use it indoors, but it is so fast that it will constantly be hitting walls and flipping over. To get the full experience from this car, it's best to use it in a dirt field for some rally racing. It runs just as fast on dirt as it does on pavement.
At 5.2 pounds, you can punish this RC car a great deal. Sending it off jumps or down a few stairs will not cause damage. The thick plastic body is solid and rarely ever comes into contact with hard surfaces because it's protected at all times by the large deflated wheels. As with most off-road crawlers, the wheels are soft so they can adapt and maneuver around any surface. The main problem with the Tonka Ricochet R/C Replay is that the rubber tires seem like they could slip off the wheels.
The control is smaller than we expected. It has the appearance of a small gaming controller. The left stick controls forward/reverse steering, while the right stick moves the vehicle to the right or left. The speed is throttle controlled, which means that the vehicle's speed is manually controlled by how far you push the joystick forward and backward.
We love the range this vehicle gets. At 150 feet, the controls were no longer responsive, but that gives you plenty of room to chart a stunt course and record it for later playback to show your friends with one click of a button. The Record button sits at the top left of the controller, the Stop button is on the top right, and the Play button sits between the two joysticks on the remote's face.
There is no warranty provided for this product. The Ricochet Replay lasts for a long time and is durable, but for issues with returns, it's best to go through a secondary retailer, rather than the manufacturer. Email and phone support is provided when necessary, but a product FAQ page is missing from Hasbro's site.
We had a great time with the Tonka Ricochet R/C Replay. The control and speed it maintains on rough terrain are second to none. The fully reversible body feature will appeal to you at any age because you'll never have to pick it up when it flips over. With an impressive control-to-vehicle range, this remote control car will be a temptation every day.