My recent experiences with Disney toys have been pretty varied. Most recently, my wife had purchased a few Phineas & Ferb toys from Target on clearance, and our first impression with the Phineas & Candace Rockin’ Stage was disappointing to say the least. Still, the toys were cheap, and my kids love Phineas & Ferb, so we decided to give them another shot with the Phineas & Ferb Dragster Racecar.
Recommend this product?
The set is a dual action figure set including the title characters, Phineas & Ferb. While Phineas has nothing distinguishable about him, Ferb comes with a remote control that can be attached to his hand. Both figures are about 4” tall and made of rubber, but have jointed arms that can be bent. The main selling point in this particular set (other than that it features the two main characters) is the dragster racecar. The car itself has two detachable parts: the engine block and the spoiler in the back.
The good thing, like most of these sets from Disney, is that they look fantastic. The characters are well painted with really sharp colors. The dragster, in particular, is a pretty cool looking push cart. If they were just toys to be put onto the shelf and viewed, they would be a decent toy.
The problem is that the toy is being marketed as an action toy, and the action portion of the toy is where things start to go downhill. The two character figures have small holes in their feet that are supposed to keep them in place on the dragster. There are two characters with two feet, so you would think there would be four pegs to put them in on the racecar. Nope, there are only three pegs, so one of the characters is already caught behind the eight ball as he is hanging on by one foot. Secondly, the racecar is small…too small to put two characters next to each other and have them stay in place. Even if there were four pegs, you have only so much space to shove two figures into, causing them both to lean heavily out of the car.
Still, even if you decide to put one character to the side and just put one in the racecar (probably Ferb to the side since he has the remote control), there is still the problem that the pegs don’t fit the holes very well. This causes the figures to come off quite easily if you are trying to move the car on its wheels, which is quite often since it is supposed to be a “race” car. This also true of the engine block and the spoiler as well; my son will be rolling the car on the ground and make a turn, and have the entire car essentially disintegrate in his hands. After putting the toy together a few times, he quickly loses interest in it when it can’t be used for its intended purpose. FYI – For anyone wondering, the remote control isn’t immune to these problems, as it rarely stays in Ferb’s hand if you put him into any sort of motion.
Honestly, this toy might be more disappointing than the first set we got. It is one thing if you have a stage that doesn’t move properly…it’s quite another if you have a car that can’t be used as a car without fear of it falling apart at any moment. It looks nice and all, and if you are getting it for a couple bucks like we did and want to put them on display, it might be worth the price. But my kids wanted this toy to play with, and this toy just doesn’t accommodate the wear and tear of children’s usage. I’d recommend looking elsewhere unless you are looking for some heartache.
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Amount Paid (US$): 2.50
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years