The manufacturer suggests that the long range buttons will control the vehicle up to 40 feet. The buttons do not use the light control technology, only the trigger.
Thinkway Trading Corp. has come up with a new twist on remote control vehicles. Instead of the standard steering wheel or joystick controlling vehicle movement back and forth, they have designed a remote control that emits a bright infrared light that can be shined anywhere near the vehicle to control movement.
For example, if the light is in front of the car, it will go forward, if the light is behind the car, it will go backward, and if the light is next to the car, it will turn. Everything can be done simply and quickly with just a light. There is a trigger on the remote that emits the light and easily guides the car, and also buttons on the back to use for longer range movement instead of the trigger.
The set we tested was the "Lazer Stunt Chaser," with a Dragonfire race car. The Dragonfire car is charged by a battery pack that requires 6 AA batteries, while the remote control requires 2 AA batteries. It takes about 30-60 minutes to fully charge the car. Playtime with a fully charged car is approximately 20 minutes. The batteries are not included.
A stunt ramp is also included with the "Lazer Stunt Chaser." This ramp can be set at different angles, and the car will actually flip up and over the ramp, or you can drive the car over preset bumps. There is no right side up for the vehicle, so it continues to race around even when turned upside down. The ramp action is set in motion by aiming the infrared light directly at the ramp.
We next assembled a focus group of 4 kids, ages 5-8 (3 boys and one girl). We kept the group small, as we knew we only had about 5 minutes per kid before recharging might be necessary. We cleared a 20 foot area on a tile floor, explained the remote control, which was basically as simple as pointing a flashlight, and set up the ramp against the wall.
I don't think the kids could believe it, and neither could the astonished parents standing nearby. The car was extremely fast (scale speed of 300 mph), and the youngsters had complete control by simply pointing a light.
We also darkened the room for a portion of the time. The cars displayed bold lights from both top and bottom, and from all 4 wheels, creating an amazing light show. Every kid was upset when their allotted time was up. This was clearly one of our most enthusiastic focus groups in some time with unanimous thumbs up from the kids and their parents. Thinkway has created something special in the world of remote control vehicles.
The demand for the "Lazer Stunt Chaser" is extremely high. The price is hard to pinpoint but should be in the range of $35.00-$55.00. It can be purchased at Amazon.com