Posted by Mike
on Jul 23rd, 2008 in Racing Toys
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a racing dollar store toy. In fact, this is only the second racing toy I’ve posted, unless you count the skateboarding Spiderman. Here is another skateboard toy, well, technically two since there are two in the pack. It’s a pair of skateboarding toys that actually makes use of a key instead of the usual pull back action on some toys. What you get in this pack is two skateboarders, each on a skateboard, and two keys to operate launch the skateboards. The key is inserted into the back of the skateboard and when the buttons on the key are pressed, it sends the skateboard racing. The skateboarders are also poster children for skateboard safety. They are decked out in skateboarding safety gear including a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads. Unfortunately, they’re painted on and won’t offer much protection. I would’ve rather they use that paint to give them a face instead of nothing. They look like zombie skateboarders. Well, at least the zombie look fits since their skateboards have a nice Halloween design. Maybe it’s a toy of skateboarders dressing up for Halloween. Nah, that’s reading too much into it. And now a random picture of those two skateboarders with the skateboarding Spiderman. They would totally beat the skateboarding Spiderman in a race though, his pull back action is no match for their key to speed action. They just better watch out for the other racing toy I forgot about, the Spiderman car, it’s driven by a couple of...
Posted by Mike
on Oct 21st, 2007 in Racing Toys
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Take a look at this new bike. Just look at this contraption of a dollar store toy. You need to see this thing before I can even talk about it. This is definitely a new concept for a bike. Since when do you see multiple feet making up the wheels of a bike. It looks like something Willy Wonka would have invented up with for his chocolate factory. If you have seen the movie(the one with Gene Wilder, not the one Johnny Depp, although I was sure they have wacky stuff to), you’ll know what I mean. Two words, Oh God! Not since I was first shown the treadmill bike have I seen such horror when it comes to new bicycle concepts. In case you have not heard of the treadmill bike, let me fill you in. This is a bicycle that, instead of sitting down and pedaling, you stand on a treadmill and walk or run to propel the bike forward. Fortunately, they showed clips of the treadmill bike in use so I didn’t need to test ride it. The people looked so ridiculous riding these things. It shows them running really fast but going very slow. It makes me think of trying to drink and chew at the same time. It slows you down and you look stupid doing it. But enough about the treadmill bike, onto the New Concept Bike thing. Ok, so this think looks like a regular bike except for the wheels. As you may have noticed, the wheels are a series of feet. Didn’t notice? Ok, go back and look, I will wait. I can’t help but shake my head when looking at it, sitting there in the package laughing at me. First of all, why is it called “New Concept 3i<E”? I guess the new concept bike calls for a new concept language. Secondly, there is an extremely out of place kid with a new concept hat on. The package also boasts 2 styles, but I could only find the one. How about putting the kid on it to make it look realistic? There were more than 2 variations on colors for the feet and frame so the style is not referring to the color of the bikes. It also comes with the pedals and handle bar covers so there is some assembly required which might deter lazy people. In trying to find something good to say about this new concept bike, at least I can say it is a “step up”...