Showing posts with label HTI Toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HTI Toys. Show all posts

Saturday, 7 September 2019

JCB Remote Controlled Tower Crane by HTI Toys - A Review

After such a busy few weeks in the summer holidays, Riley has really enjoyed being able to spend some quiet days at home to play with all of his toys. He is a big fan of all kinds of vehicles and is often asking to add to his forever growing collection that seems to expand by the day. He was therefore extremely delighted to return home from school this week to find a special package waiting for him.

Riley excitedly opened the large cardboard box and quickly spotted the JCB logo on the product inside. He absolutely loves construction vehicles and already has a number of JCB products such as diggers, excavation trucks, dumper trucks and loaders, so he was wondering what could possibly be in such a large box. He was very happy to find a fabulous JCB Tower Crane enclosed and this was quickly followed by exclamations of "WOW" as he looked at the images on the packaging. The joy on his face when he also realised that it was remote controlled was priceless!

The outer packaging is really bright and eye-catching and features the yellow, black and white design that is identifiable with JCB. The images show the product clearly so that you can immediately get a good idea of how the product is used. There is also a variety of text to support the image which advise that you can swing the crane, lower the hook and that a remote is included to control the crane. The box also shows the height of the crane as being 100cm tall and the age recommendation of 3+ is also displayed.

Riley's big brother wanted to help with the assembly so both boys worked together to remove the contents from the box and begin the build. I thought that this may have been a little difficult for them, but Ben who is 11 found the instructions really simple and they had the crane built in less than 10 minutes.

The contents came packaged as above and had been separated into packs. There was also a sticker sheet that finished the crane off nicely once built and these were very easy to apply. The item does not come with batteries included and required 3 x AA batteries so it is important to ensure you have these prior to building, in order to avoid any disappointment.

Riley was very keen to test out the remote control function and he began to think of different games that he could play with the crane. He began by building some towers out of bricks and then using the wrecking ball to knock these down, before then attaching individual cars to the hook and raising them up and around using the controls. The hook can be moved up and down, whilst the arm can also be moved from left to right.

This led to him using the crane for some role play activities by pretending he was the manager of a building site, before then becoming the owner of a car garage who had decided to change his car display. He therefore used the crane to move cars around and set them up in his pretend garage. He found the controls really easy to use and very simple to understand and I loved how this toy encouraged Riley to use his creativity. He even put cones around the crane to designate it a no entry zone!

The JCB Tower Crane is large and it stands at a height of 100cm. After seeing the size of it I was a little concerned that we would have nowhere to store it fully built, as the boys share a bedroom and space is limited, however because of its narrow design it can stand over other objects with ease. It also has a great base which keeps the item sturdy and therefore it supports itself really well.

Overall this is a lovely toy which is also very reasonably priced. With an RRP of only £14.99 I would consider this to be a bargain and the perfect addition to any JCB fans collection. I felt that it was really good quality and didn't feel flimsy at all. The product was easy to assemble and stood well once built. The controls were simple to use and so far it has provided Riley with hours of entertainment which he has really enjoyed. I would happily recommend this product to others and due to the price, I also think that it would make an ideal birthday or Christmas gift.

This item is available to buy from most good toy retailers including Amazon. If you would like to find out more about this product or other toys available from HTI Toys then you can visit their website or social media pages on the following channels:

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*Disclaimer - We were gifted this item for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All opinions and photographs are my own unless otherwise stated. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Micro Motorz by HTI Toys - Review

If you are a regular reader to the blog, then you will know that my youngest son Riley is a huge fan of both blind bags and vehicles, so when we learnt that the two of these had been combined together by HTI Toys to create Micro Motorz, Riley was super excited to put them to the test.

Micro Motorz are a brand new collectible series, perfect for any racing car fans. Each set contains six suprises that help children to create and play with their new vehicle to make it ready to drive. There are over 20 different Micro Motorz to collect in the first series, which means that children can build up a fantastic collection of super vehicles.

These include six Nitro Chargerz which are perfect for drag racing and pack some serious punch, there are three regular and three rare ones of these to find. Another selection as part of the series are the Speed Demonz which can be launched at speed and customised with their interchangeable spoilers, making them perfect for the race track.

The Hot Rodz vehicles come in garish colours with interchangeable air scoops which make them must-have racers. Again there are three regular and three rare ones to find. Last but by no means least is the ultra-rare Monster Treadz, which are rugged monster trucks that can crush their opponents in any race. These super machines even include slick gold engines to help complete their fierce look which is sure to stand out to any competitior.

Riley had a good look through the selections available and had already picked a few that he was hoping to find in his blind bags. As with any blind bag opening, one of the best things about it is the element of surprise and not knowing exactly what you are going to get inside. Could you get an ultra-rare, could you get a duplicate? Well there is only one way to find out, so Riley set about opening his starter selection of Micro Motorz, ready for some racing car fun.

To begin with, Riley opened the outer foil wrapper, which then revealed three plastic chambers, along with a sticker that indicates which team the car inside may belong to. You can then snap off the chambers one by one to reveal the surprises inside and most importantly find out exactly which vehicle you have received.

In the first chamber he found a tool which he would be able to play with once he had revealed his vehicle. There was also a leaflet which provided further information about the collection along with a series of images of what cars could possibly be inside. In chamber two he found a tuning accessory, this could be a spoiler, air scoop or engine and in the first one that Riley opened he found a spoiler.

He then opened the final chamber to reveal his car enclosed within a plastic see through capsule, which is also a handy storage compartment and great for keeping the vehicles safe and in tip top condition. The capsules can also connect together to help create a fantastic display and they also double up as the launcher to ensure that your vehicle gets the best start in any race. We also received a key and a sticker.

We initially found the instructions slightly confusing when putting our launcher together, but soon got the hang of it after a couple of attempts so that it quickly became an easy process. To assemble your launcher you need to:

  • Remove the car and its base plate from the capsule, along with the blue part underneath the capsule
  • Remove the launcher pad from the rear of the capsule, turn this around and reinsert it
  • Reattach the blue part to the bottom of the capsule and tuck the provided elastic band around it
  • Fit the blue base plate to the bottom of the capsule and push the launch pad to the rear
  • Simply press the button down at the rear of the launcher to watch your vehicle speed off
  • Repeat the last two steps again each time you wish to relaunch

Overall Riley really enjoyed both opening and playing with the Micro Motorz. He regularly watches unboxing videos on YouTube, so certainly enjoys that anticipation and element of surprise when he gets to open blind bags and unknown surprises for himself. With an RRP of £4.99 I think that they are well priced and affordable enough to collect, though they are slightly higher than the pocket money my son receives, so he would need to save up over a couple of weeks. Riley loved that he could swap the parts around to customise the vehicles to his liking and he also really likes the fact that he can display them neatly in the car capsules. He did find the process of setting the launcher up a bit confusing at first, but after a few attempts he soon got the hang of it and is now really looking forward to building his collection and seeking out some of the ultra-rares.

Micro Motorz are currently available from all good supermarkets and toy retailers and are also available from Amazon. If you would like to find out more about the range or HTI Toys, then you can visit their website or social media pages on the following channels:

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Twitter - @HTIToys
Instagram - @HTIToys

Disclaimer: We were sent these items complimentary for the purpose of writing an honest review of the product. All opinions and thoughts are my own. This post contains an Amazon affiliate link which means that I may receive a small commission should you choose to purchase from this retailer.