But while my own interest in them may wax and wane, there aren't too many items that they can pull out of a box or take down off of the shelf that have the ability to really grab my attention or get me excited. Toys are designed for kids, after all.
However, leave it to Famosa, a leading European toy company and manufacturer who has impressed us in the past, to create a toy that not only amazes children, but is a dream for grown-ups as well. There is just no way to not be in love the moment you realize that one of the world's hottest luxury sport vehicles comes in pint-size in the Avigo Range Rover Sport!
Created by Feber, one of the brands Famosa markets, the Avigo Range Rover Sport 12 Volt Powered Ride On is designed with all of the quality and detailing of a full size Range Rover, but in a much smaller, easier to drive package.
Including room for two, storage in the back, working sound effects, a speaker jack for cranking up your favorite tunes from an mp3 player, forward and reverse driving with the push of a single foot pedal/button, and much more, this is easily one gift that would last a child or multiple children for years and years to come.
I can't remember the last time I was so excited for the arrival of a toy!
To say that the Avigo Range Rover box is large and heavy is a bit of an understatement, as its delivery took up our entire front walk until it was slowly maneuvered into the garage.
Once unpacked, it was time to begin the assembly process.
Currently this Range Rover comes with picture-only instructions, which I found fairly easy to follow. However, consumers have provided feedback asking for text to accompany the pictures and Famosa, being the great company that they are, is currently working on creating a new set of instructions with words included (these will be included with new models as well as in PDF form on the Toys "R" Us and Famosa website for easy availability).
In all, it took me around one hour, 45 minutes to fully place each piece, tighten every screw, and apply each of the sticker decals. But oh, was it worth it.
Could this really get much better?
Featuring working doors, molded traction on the wheels, two shiny tailpipes in the back, a gear shift for forward and reverse action, and more, this Range Rover Sport has been delighting my own kids (as well as our neighbors and friends) from day one.
Simply hop in, step on the foot pedal accelerator to drive, and you're off! The larger size (there is easily room for two kids and the weight limit is all the way up to 132 pounds, so big kids can ride as well!) and the powerful 12V battery send this mini SUV zipping along at 4.5 mph, which is just right to get their wind in their hair and the smiles on their faces.
Although I was initially skeptical on how well this little car would be able to drive on a variety of surfaces, my kids have since taken it on pavement, gravel, grass, large piles of leaves, over sticks and rocks, and more and it has performed without problem.
In fact, the only instance that we have encountered where the back wheels had a slight problem getting traction was on the smooth garage floor, when they spin a few times before grabbing hold. But who wants to drive around only in the garage when there's a whole world out there to maneuver on, around, and through?
As a fun bonus to getting to drive their very own Range Rover Sport, all of the kids who have tried out this amazing ride have gotten a kick out of the sound effects — Start, Engine, and Horn — that are easily accessible right on the dash.
Even better, we have had no problem plugging a phone or MP3 player right into the audio port so that they can then go cruising with the latest tunes!
There really isn't much more that Feber could have included to make the Avigo Range Rover Sport 12V much better. The extraordinary amount of details makes this look incredible, the ease of driving (switching between forward and reverse, steering, and using the foot pedal) ensures every child can take a turn, and the powerful battery hasn't slowed us down at all.
Feber even made it as easy as possible to charge the battery (the initial charge takes 14-17 hours) by placing the charging port right under the center console. Just flip it up, plug it in, and your young driver will be ready to hit the road in no time!
While the price tag on this amazing Range Rover Sport is quite a splurge at $399.99, there is no doubt that it is incomparable in terms of toys for youngsters ages 3 and up. My kids absolutely love being able to drive themselves around and will surely continue to do so as long as they can before the snow piles up here!
The Feber Avigo Range Rover Sport 12V is available in white, gray and black and is sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us stores and online. Shoppers who head into their nearest store have the option of assembling this car themselves or paying a $25 fee for Toys "R" Us to complete the process for them. There is also a smaller, single-seat Range Rover Sport 6V available for $199.99.
Be sure to also visit Feber's website to find out more about this and all of their incredible selection of toys!
Other than the Feber Avigo Range Rover Sport 12V I was provided by Famosa in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this product.