Modarri’s X1 Camo Modular Car is kid powered
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X1 Camo Modular Car
They say that, with age, the only difference between boys and their toys is the cost. But I think that the appeal of toy cars is something that travels between age groups and doesn’t diminish just because one gets older. Of course if the toy car is designed for kids, then it doesn’t have to have an appeal to any other age group. But — surprise — the X1 Camo does, because its modular design and construction is built around the fun of “driving it” using your fingers.
Let’s get into that in a second, but first details about the modular business. The X1 comes complete but there’s kits for “swapping” out parts and changing the wheels, elements of the chassis, the hood, fenders, and others. That makes them fun, and the fact that the kits only cost a couple of bucks (the X1 itself being just $19.95), then it can be a fun ride for a parent to share with the child who gets the car (and who is supposed to be the one doing all the playing, hear?). And by the way, there’s plenty of little girls who will find this fun too — although I think they’d be less likely to try and steer into a wall while making a “baroom, crash” sound” to accompany the maneuver.
So what about the driving of the car — there’s no remote or app control or batteries so it’s all kid-powered. Or people powered if you prefer since the fact that the car has actual real suspension (as in springs and linkages in the independent front and rear suspensions) which sounds a bit different than what you would expect from a toy car. Add to that your fingers doing the “driving,” because inserting your thumb and index finger gives you the engine power to make the car move with precision — always accompanied by the appropriate audio effect you’re making of course. I saw on Modarri’s website a set of tiny, tiny cones and flashed back to the days when avoiding them in the street was more fun than sitting staring at a touch-sensitive screen. Pushing the Camo around, and imagining the off-road tires crunching the ground and clutching at the roll bars — okay I should stop already and let my nephew take over again. Cheeky kid.
There is a series of nine cars, along with the accessory packs, and they all possess the ability to interchange (age range is 8+, btw). But more important than that is how they “feel” when in action and it’s that which powers a child’s imagination more so that movement taken care of through electricity. Good job Modarri.