So to review McQueen Alive, I’m starting at the beginning – the box. Sounds like a silly thing to start with, but it has a couple things I want to address. First, the box is pretty neat looking, the fueling station is concealed inside. But the box is not just cool to look at, but very well constructed. So much so, that I had some problems getting the product out! Needless to say, I’m glad that I took the pictures before I opened the product. The toy is very well packed and would be very safe if shipped to your home, or to your grandchildren for the holidays!
McQueen Alive comes with his own fueling station to charge him up, it takes 6 AA batteries, but a full charge was achieved in under 20 minutes. I smiled that the detail was put into making it a gas pump that actually plugs into his side so it looks like he’s fueling up. It’s these great little details that make this a fantastic product.
He’s the same size as the die cast cars (just a little taller/thicker), and comes with 3 modes for you to play with. A gentle tap on his roof starts his engine going and his mouth moves as he says movie quotes. You can watch his LED headlights light up, his wheels move and he drives himself around. There are three individual motors inside of this tiny toy!
So what is the overall rating of this toy? I honestly think it’s one of the best toys I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t recommend it for small kids. Despite it saying ages 3 and up, I’d be afraid they might not know how to handle it very gently. But this I think is a great gift idea for older kids (or even adults who love cars!)
A couple things to keep in mind – make sure you use McQueen Alive on hard surfaces, he seems to like that better. Also make sure you have a lot of space for McQueen to drive – he takes off. He can run into surfaces and rebound safely, and he also can push small things on the floor (he found a glove!).
This is definitely a great gift idea – that’s why I’ve included all of these toys in the Christmas Countdown Deals!