Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas -- Discover the Inner Workings of a Vehicle with Worx Toys (Review)

Out of all the toys I have received this year to review for my holiday gift guide, I have to say that the Speedster car from Worx Toys is by far everyone's favorite.  If you are not familiar with Worx Toys and have boys, then you will want to visit their website and check out their line of toys.  What sets these toys apart from others is how they are not only fun to play with, but they also teach kids about the inner workings of a vehicle.  These award-winning Worx Toys vehicles have over 10 light and sound features that are triggered when you enter fun shape codes, on the activation panel found on the hood of the car.  Each code, which is found in the interactive storybook, which comes with each vehicle, activates a different part of the vehicle.  Simply by entering in unique codes, your child can make the wheel rims spin with light, makes the brakes squeal and even rev up the engine.  The storybook will explain in detail, but in simple terms for children to understand, the inner workings of a car, as that part is activated with the code.  Very cool, huh?

Because this toy is geared towards boys, ages 6+, I enlisted the help of my 10 year old nephew to help me out.  When he came over, I told him that he was going to help his uncle fix his speedster.  At first, he didn't know what I was talking about, as his uncle doesn't own a speedster.  But, then he walked into the living room, and saw my husband and daughters hovering around the coffee table, watching the speedster's engine rev up and the lights flash.  He quickly ran over to see what it was, and for the next few hours, my husband, nephew and even daughters (who looked on in awe as the car came alive) were busy learning about the inner workings of a car.  My nephew's favorite part abut the Worx Toys Speedster was being able to read the storybook, and entering in the fun shape codes to make the car come alive.  Now, my husband is not a mechanic by any means, but he always wanted to learn about cars and how they run.  So, this toy intrigued the curiosities of even an adult. :-)  


In addition to entering in the special shape codes found in the book, there are also a few hidden  codes for them to discovers.  And, they can set the Speedster to program mode and enter in up to three unique sequences, or repeat favorite ones by simply pushing on the "X" button.  Parents will love being able to adjust the volume accordingly, so you will not have to worry about your child going deaf, or having to listen to the same sounds over and over again. :-)  

Worx Toys offers not only the speedster race car, but also the Journey space shuttle, Throttle motorcycle, Apex helicopter and Torch fire truck, for your children to play with and learn about. You can also purchase a transmitter separately and use in conjunction with these vehicles.  The Worx Storybook transmitter slides onto the hardcover storybook's edge and is can be used to enter in codes straight from the storybook, in turn activates the race car remotely.  I will definitely have to pick up this transmitter for the kids to use with the Speedster, along with the other Worx Toys vehicles.  When I showed my nephew the other vehicles, he thought the space shuttle was cool, and would be fun to play with.  

And, when my brother-in-law came to pick up his son, he was pulled into the living room, and was shown how the Speedster toy worked.  He, too, is not a mechanic by any means, and found this to be a cool toy.  By the time my nephew got ready to leave, I surprised him with a mechanic's shirt for him to wear.  You should have seen his eyes light up with excitement.  He quickly put his new shirt on, and began telling me about the different parts of the car and how they make the car run.  I couldn't believe that with only a few hours of play, he was able to learn about the timing belt, transmission, engine, radiator, and even exhaust.  Even though my nephew loved playing with cars, he never knew about the parts that make up a car.  The storybook, which is about the Speedster race car competing in a race, was also very entertaining, and made him want to go to the local speedway and see the car race around the track in person.  I told my husband to that we would surprise him in the summer with a trip to the Thompson Speedway.  You should have seen the jealous look on my husband's face, as he has never been, nor showed interesting in race car racing.  But, after playing with the Worx Toys Speedster, he had a greater appreciation and fascination with race cars, and also wanted to see a live race.  I guess you can never take the boy out of a man. :-)

So, if you are looking for a unique and fun toy for boys ages 6+, why not pick up the Speedster or other interactive vehicles from Worx Toys?  I am happy that I stumbled across this toy and could share it with you, as I have never seen anything like this in stores.  And, after having tried it out and saw how engaged him nephew and husband were in playing with it, I can see it will be a hit with boys this holiday season.  I can see it also being a great father/son gift to get, so that they have something fun to play with and learn about together.  What are you waiting for?  Head on over to the Worx Toys website today to learn more about this fun interactive vehicles and place your order just in time for the holidays.

Just be warned that you husband may think he figured out why the family car is making a certain noise after playing with this toy.  My husband thought the squealing noise we keep hearing under the hood was the timing belt.   Now to take our car to a REAL mechanic for diagnosis. :-)


Head on over to the Worx Toys website and use their store locator to find a retailer near you who carries these interactive vehicles.  In addition, you can purchase Worx Toys online through Toys R Us, Sears, Amazon and Overstock, just to name a few. Click here to use to the store locator now -- http://worxtoys.com/where-to-buy/.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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