I was really excited when I was asked to review the PlasmaCar. When I told my eldest what we were going to be reviewing, she was more excited than I was! She had used this toy during her gym classes at school, and she was anxiously waiting for it to arrive at our door.
The Original PlasmaCar is a toy car like no other. It can move by the rider using the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, friction, and the rider themselves! All the rider has to do is turn the steering wheel, and away it goes (the rider has to use their feet to stop the car, though)! It does not need pedals or gears to keep the PlasmaCar in motion.
PlaSmart Inc., maker of the PlasmaCar, is a Canadian-based company that distributes smart, simple, educational toys for kids that assist with various aspects of childhood development. In December, 2002, Timothy Kimber stumbled upon children testing a then unknown toy vehicle. Kimber liked how all the rider needed to do was use the steering wheel to make the car go, and found the seller of this toy. By 2003, Kimber created PlaSmart to distribute simple yet innovative toys, and had gained the rights within North America to distribute PlasmaCar. By distributing remarkable yet effortless toys such as PlasmaCar, PlaSmart can be found in more than sixty countries around the world, and did so in a few short years, winning many awards for the toys it distributes along the way.
When it finally arrived, I wanted to take pictures of its assembly, but the biggest kid at my house, my boyfriend/partner, couldn’t wait to open it up and put it together (I received it as I was about to go out with my friends for a few hours). By the time I came home, all I heard was the roar of the wheels and loads of laughter as all four kids (three actual children and one adult) were taking turns riding on the PlasmaCar. My family just cannot get enough of PlasmaCar, and play on it daily!
There are so many aspects of PlasmaCar I really love! One of them are the foot grips it has on the front, so it allows for feet to stay on it easier, and hand grip at the back, so you can help younger children along until they can grasp the steering concept of the car. It took my younger daughter, who is a toddler, about a day to understand how to steer the PlasmaCar well enough not to have her older sister (who is twelve years-old), or one of us adults to guide her from behind. Our little guy is too young to be on it by himself, but he loves sharing a ride with his sisters!
We have not had a chance to test it outside yet, as our yard and driveway have been wet due to the change in weather. When spring finally shows signs of arriving, we will then convert the PlasmaCar from an indoor toy to one our children can enjoy outside for many hours to come!
Overall, PlaSmart has an amazing product in the PlasmaCar! Anyone in our home can use it (it can carry up to 220 lbs), you do not have to costantly propel the car with your feet, and it is light and fun to ride! The only problem we have is that we do not have a second PlasmaCar!
Enjoy the ride!
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products to sample. All opinions are honest and my own.