A remote control dinosaur was not exactly on our list, but as the holiday season approached last year, I took my family to Target for some general browsing, we just happen to run into one. I had my son on the shopping cart seat and as usual, let the ladies do the serious shopping while the boys went to the toy section where we play with all the fun stuff!
It was then that we saw Spike the Red Dinosaur from Fisher-Price behind a clear plastic showcase. Spike was a huge and frightening looking remote control dinosaur with big teeth, a scary face, lots of lights and lots of loud roars. Out boy kept pressing the display button over and over, which would make Spike light up throughout his spine and roar loudly into the aisles of the store. We walked around some more but continued to come back to Spike - he was just awesome! But at $130 and not near Christmas enough, I let the idea fade as we left the store.
Over the next couple of days, I regretted not getting Spike, and looked online for him. Unfortunately, Target had sold out and everywhere on the internet both the cost had come up and shipping was incredibly high. I found one place on pricegrabber.com for the right price and free shipping, and waited weeks with no response from the seller. Eventually, I had to place a claim through my credit card (which was eventually successful) and had to go to Amazon which had higher prices and since Christmas was three days away, it cost me an extra dose of pain for two day shipping.
But on Christmas day, our then 2.5 year old boy had a huge three foot remote control dinosaur to play with. It was loud, it was fun, and everyone in the family wanted a turn, from our then 10 year old girl, to mom and dad, to of course our boy, and even our then 9 month old girl was giddy around it. It only slightly bothered our dog, since it’s almost as big as her!!
Most of the reviews on Amazon.com claim that the price was too high compared to Target, and it was which is why I waited, then got into trouble and paid extra for shipping. As I write the review the September after the purchase, both Amazon and Target have them exactly at $130 on their websites and both charge extra for shipping depending on where it is going (here’s a tip, if you see it for a couple of dollars less with free shipping, take that one! It will be less expensive than the shipping costs).
Spike was our first introduction to a remote control dinosaur, but I became somewhat knowledgeable when researching for Spike. Spike comes both in Red and Green and are both at the high end of the price range for remote control dinosaurs. Much fun can be had in the $30 to $60 range, and they range in style from somewhat accurate representations to more fantasy versions like Spike, all the way to stylized robotics like the WowWee Roboraptor Robotic Dinosaur.
We love Spike and recommend him, he’s intense, he’s fun, and everyone loves it when he comes out to play. It’s been almost a year since we’ve had him, and he’s still a popular toy for the kids!