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Sphero Lightning McQueen

£124.99
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This is something completely unique, there is nothing else like this out there and what it does is incredible

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Jennifer Watts

13th July 2017

By Jennifer Watts

Mum, Wife, Gadget Lover & Foodie


The Sphero Lightning McQueen is like the Cars version of a Furby with the LED screen that makes toys come alive and gives them emotions. The main thing that you do with the Sphero McQueen is use the app to give actions and commands, and the car responds by making expressions with its eyes, moving its mouth and speaking, or driving around. The toy is like a real life version of the Lightning McQueen from the film, and I’m pretty sure it’s still Owen Wilson doing the voice (or someone that sounds like him).

There is another way to play with the car and that’s by touching it. Lightning McQueen has sensors that respond to physical touch in the roof, on the bonnet, on the doors, and I think there’s one on the back window too. He moves when you touch him so there are a lot of different ways to play with him.

This has way more movements that a normal remote control car (we also have the Cars 3 Turbo Racers and although they are good, the range of movements is nothing like the Sphero), it can drift around corners and do donut spins and it’s even got suspension. Manages well on carpet, but it can’t quite reach the 6 mph top speed on carpet, we can only get it to go super fast when it’s on a smooth surface.

There are a couple of nice touches and attention to detail that makes this even more realistic. The front and back lights come on automatically when it gets dark (you can switch this feature off it you want), and the charging cable plugs into the petrol cap so it’s like you’re refuelling him. My daughter loved that. Charging takes somewhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour, and you get about 30 or 40 minutes of play.

Using the App

To play with the Sphero you need to download the app (it’s free, and it’s available for both Android and Apple). You use the app like a remote control with the on screen joystick and there’s extra buttons for speed boosts, trick moves, and reversing. You can also build a sequence of things for Lightning McQueen to say, put the Cars film on and the toy responds to what’s on screen, or play a little on screen minigame.

The joystick was a bit difficult for my daughter to use because you have to hold the phone and use both hands to operate the joystick and press the buttons at the same time so she found it to be a bit of a juggling act. This was also her first time using a remote control toy that didn’t have a controller with physical levers so it was naturally going to take a bit of getting used to. She does like the minigame though, that’s good for her level (she’s 5/6) and McQueen spews out a few words of wisdom to help out.

Age

The Sphero Lightning McQueen is safe for kids aged 3+, but because operating the joystick can be a bit tricky for little hands I’d say kids aged 6+ would probably get the most use out of this. I will say though that if little ones are playing with it make sure they have shoes on because the toy is quite heavy and hefty and if it smacks into tiny toes while it’s going fast then it’s probably going to hurt quite a bit.

Downsides?

The only downside I have about this… well, it isn’t cheap. I think the price is definitely worth it because this is something completely unique, there is nothing else like this out there and what it does is incredible, but I find myself hovering over my daughter when she’s playing with it to make sure she doesn’t break it! If it was just a little bit cheaper I probably wouldn’t be quite so worried. Saying that, our Sphero has had a lot of crashes and he’s still working fine so it seems to be pretty durable really.

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  • Age: 3+
  • Model Number: C001ROW
  • Motors: 6
  • Sensors: 5
  • Speed: 6 mph Max.
  • Operating System: Android & iOS
  • Range: 30 metres
  • Battery Life: 40 Minutes

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