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Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle

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Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle -  Mattel - Toys"R"Us
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Product Description

The ingenious Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety vehicle has an amazing cricket habitat that allows a live cricket from a pet store to power the vehicle using motion sensor technology! Observe, learn and nurture your crickets in their habitat. The habitat has a magnifying window and chambers for food. The cricket habitat is secure and easy to clean and includes a cricket collector! To get started insert batteries and place the habitat with a live small to medium cricket inside the vehicle. Batteries not included. For indoor use only. Cricket not included. Colors and decorations may vary.

The Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle Features:

  • Get going with the Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety

  • Observe, learn and nurture your crickets in their habitat. Four modes of play and the push of a button let the cricket take off and "drive" or race head-to-head with friends.

  • Push button once for Cricket in Charge mode. Press the button twice and try Drag Racing mode with a friend and his Bug Racer (sold separately)

  • In Autodrive mode, the car drives automatically, without the need for a cricket and in Light Show mode press the button a fourth time to get a light show and better

  • The Bug Racer includes vehicle wings, a collection device, a control room, magnifying window, bug button, stickers and on/off switch

Features

  • Get going with the Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety
  • Observe, learn and nurture your crickets in their habitat. Four modes of play and the push of a button let the cricket take off and "drive" or race head-to-head with friends.
  • Push button once for Cricket in Charge mode. Press the button twice and try Drag Racing mode with a friend and his Bug Racer (sold separately)
  • In Autodrive mode, the car drives automatically, without the need for a cricket and in Light Show mode press the button a fourth time to get a light show and better
  • The Bug Racer includes vehicle wings, a collection device, a control room, magnifying window, bug button, stickers and on/off switch

Additional Info

769986

58023080

887961271973

DLY23

4 AA batteries are required (not included)

1.8 pounds

15.0 x 12.0 x 4.7

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Average Customer Rating:

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Mattel 1001134Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle
 
4.4

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (41)
  • Durable (17)
  • Super fun (3)

Cons

  • Noisy (3)
  • No sound control (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (7), No (4)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Product is great, with 1 small flaw

This toy is great, my kids loved it, for a while. They decided to determine which cricket would best be able to run it. The crickets would scoot the little car across the...Read complete review

This toy is great, my kids loved it, for a while. They decided to determine which cricket would best be able to run it. The crickets would scoot the little car across the floor. It was a great time. Unfortunately, the crickets became adept enough at driving the toy car that they were willing to attempt greater things. The next thing I knew, the crickets were driving my car! That's right folks, a cricket in a Civic.... The next move for the crickets was to take over a tank at the local National Guard Depot. Anyway, the crickets are now armed, and proficient with vehicles and weapons. Thanks Mattel

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Very Noisy & Hard to Use

First off I would like to say that my kids really like this vehicle. They enjoy it running around, bumping into things and somewhat chasing after them.

From a parent's perspective...Read complete review

First off I would like to say that my kids really like this vehicle. They enjoy it running around, bumping into things and somewhat chasing after them.

From a parent's perspective there are several issues here:
- The big one is that my wife does not want anything with crickets in the house, and i can't really blame her. If those puppies get loose they would drive us mad with their chirping!
- This toy makes a lot of loud and annoying sounds. It's ok for a little bit but gets old really quick. You can turn the volume down some but can't completely turn it all off. The way to do that is not intuitive at all. Also the volume resets if it's turned off and then back on again.
- The 4 modes this car has are also not intuitive to use. The same button is used to cycle through them all, guessing at which one you are on. That same button is also the one that is used for adjusting the volume. Too much is trying to be accomplished with one button. A couple of toggle switches on the bottom would have worked much better. This one button would be fine for the 4 different driving modes if the car would indicate which mode it is on. If it does I couldn't tell how it was trying to tell you.

We did not test it with actual crickets so I can't really comment as to how that process works.

The toy is fine, but I think the kids will lose interest in it rather quickly. I also don't think it's a toy they would have picked out from the toy isle if the option presented itself.

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4.0

Great idea and fun for kids

By JonT

from Sacramento, CA

Pros

  • High quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

      The overall quality of the racer is great. It came with detailed instructions. After understanding how the racer works I was ready to try it out but unfortunately no cricket. I know it has the non-cricket mode but I think that kind of lacks the fun. To be honest I don't know if a cricket is the right bug for the racer, I would think about a more easy one to get a hold of.

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      5.0

      Great Toy!

      By crohlig

      from Livonia, MI

      Pros

      • Durable
      • High quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

          My kids loved this. They couldn't believe that it was powered by crickets! Hours of entertainment, great buy!

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          5.0

          Bought this for grandson

          By dave

          from morganton nc

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

          Bought this for my grandsons birthday he loves it. it has sound and moves in all directions. I am glad we bought this for him.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Cricket Habitat Combined With A Racing Vehicle

          By JSines

          from New Castle, PA

          Pros

          • can still use if you don't want a cricket inside
          • High quality
          • multiple play modes
          • unique and interesting with a cricket

          Cons

          • the car was a little noisy but not unbearable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

            My nine year old bug lovers response to opening the toy was "mind blown", which I guess is something kids say nowadays. The vehicle has several different modes, one of which allows for the usage of a cricket to be the vehicles navigator. My son absolutely loves bugs of any kind. He loves learning about them and observing them, so there could not be a more perfect toy for him. There's even a light show option so you can watch the cricket more closely. For those who aren't insect fans, there is a mode that runs solely off of batteries and so the cricket is not required and is still a lot of fun to play with. As with most toys of this type, the sounds are at times annoying and we had to turn it off for a break from those (My children enjoyed the sounds, it was Dad who got a little irritated after a lengthy play time lol) Overall, I think this is a really fun learning toy that combines science/nature with fun for all kids.

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            5.0

            A great toy!

            By Anonymous

            from Stockton CA

            Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

            My son loves this rc bug racer vehicle. It's a great way to teach my son about bugs! This vehicle has a cricket habitat where a cricket lives in and it has a spot for the food. It comes with 4 different modes that can be use. First mode is drive mode where cricket is in it. Second is drag racing mode but you need 2 cars for this. Third mode is Autodrive the car will drive on its own without a cricket. Fourth mode is Light show this is where the car sit still and play bug synthesized music. Using the mode with the cricket is fun since there are sensors on the inside and at the front of the vehicle that when the cricket is there it will move the bug racer vehicle base on the cricket movement. When using without a cricket and if it bumps into something it will backup! It also makes funny noises. This rc bug racer vehicle it's made of great hard plastic and the rubber wheel are great when using on hardwood floorsnot having to worry about scratches.

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            3.0

            Without a cricket its just a car.. a sturdy car.

            By Anonymous

            from Columbus, Ohio

            Pros

            • High quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

                Upon receipt of the Bug Racer my 7yo was very excited. he like the card and the idea of a cricket driving it... however my wife did not. With no approval to "bring bugs into the house" we were forced to use the no bug mode; which it fortunately had. Fairly easy usability with an on switch and single button to switch between modes, just need to keep count of how many times the button is hit to get to the preferred mode. With lights, sounds, and sensors to help the bug racer navigate my son said pretty quickly "it doesn't even need a cricket". After watching the car and child race around for a bit, my wife then noted "it might be interesting to see what it does with a cricket driving it". Enter the 19 month old: The the baby woke up from his nap and in all his tiny monster glory began chasing, kicking, grabbing and holding, and even throwing the bug racer numerous times. The Bug Racer passed the toddler test; however, I would recommend no cricket for houses with little brothers and sisters, as I think no creature in that car would have survived the tiny tyrant (no airbags or seatbelts). Overall a fun toy, durable to its very limits, and entertaining to watch kids play with it.

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                3.0

                Fun to look at.

                By Anonymous

                from Topsham, Maine

                Pros

                • looks great and seems very durable.

                Cons

                • volume is to loud and hard to control

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

                  My boys were excited to get this car not only because it looked cool but they get to go to the pet store and get crickets. We opened the box, unpacked it, read the instructions and all was great. The car looks great and the crickets were fun for the boys to play with and watch inside the habitat. The volume on the thing is way to loud to start and trying to get the one button control to get it to do what you want has a huge learning curve for me and the kids never seemed to figure it out. They played with it for about 10 minutes each and it has not been played with again. I fed the crickets twice and still it sat on the counter waiting to see if they ever showed interest. I wound up letting the crickets go outside and it still is sitting in the same place on the kitchen counter. I think this car should be a remote control and they would still be playing with it.

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                  5.0

                  Strange concept but boys love it

                  By Anonymous

                  from New York, NY

                  Pros

                  • High quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

                      In summary it is a RC car that is powered by crickets. Crickets not included , so that was a mission finding some in NYC. Once we did , they boys took responsibility of their little "drivers" in the habitat. They found this fun , as an additional to playing with the car. Car itself is quite noisy , rubber wheels help to not scratch the wooden floors. My boys have most fun with it when they play in drag mode In summary , suits curious boys around 6+

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                      5.0

                      Please Bug Me

                      By Anonymous

                      from Orlando, Florida

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • fun times
                      • High quality
                      • high quality and design
                      • unique

                      Cons

                      • needs bugs
                      • no sound control

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

                        Never thought I would have so much fun with all my children and family. Right from the box this highly durable, colorful toy (needing 4 batteries) was entertaining and enjoyable. Having great instructions we knew we had to immediately get some crickets. Reason for this is that crickets are the ones who are going to drive the vehicle and they did. Upon easily loading the bugs into the chamber the hilarity began. There are four ways this works. First one is letting the cricket drive, having sensors in the compartment allows the bug to move as the bug does. Second if you just want to race it. Third is auto drive, the car having great sensor allowing it to bump into things. Fourth is a light show. My son was a little squeamish of the bugs at first but learned not to be frightened as well as learning how to care for the cricket.Although very loud and not having a control, this bug gave us hours of joy and will continue to do so.

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                        3.0

                        Very Noisy & Hard to Use

                        By Anonymous

                        from ND

                        Pros

                        • looks cool

                        Cons

                        • can't control sound well enough
                        • not intuitive controls

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Mattel 1001134 Bug Racer Powered by Elecrickety Vehicle:

                          First off I would like to say that my kids really like this vehicle. They enjoy it running around, bumping into things and somewhat chasing after them. From a parent's perspective there are several issues here: - The big one is that my wife does not want anything with crickets in the house, and i can't really blame her. If those puppies get loose they would drive us mad with their chirping! - This toy makes a lot of loud and annoying sounds. It's ok for a little bit but gets old really quick. You can turn the volume down some but can't completely turn it all off. The way to do that is not intuitive at all. Also the volume resets if it's turned off and then back on again. - The 4 modes this car has are also not intuitive to use. The same button is used to cycle through them all, guessing at which one you are on. That same button is also the one that is used for adjusting the volume. Too much is trying to be accomplished with one button. A couple of toggle switches on the bottom would have worked much better. This one button would be fine for the 4 different driving modes if the car would indicate which mode it is on. If it does I couldn't tell how it was trying to tell you. We did not test it with actual crickets so I can't really comment as to how that process works. The toy is fine, but I think the kids will lose interest in it rather quickly. I also don't think it's a toy they would have picked out from the toy isle if the option presented itself.

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