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Bigtrak

by Zeon
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Back for 2010, Bigtrak! You might remember having one of these in the early 80's. Retro and cool, it's brand new for 2010.
  • This programmable educational toy is a six-wheeled tank with a front mounted blue photon beam headlamp used for firing. The centre wheels are driven by two motors to allow change of direction.
  • Use the 23-button keypad to enter instructions for Bigtrak. Where do I want Bigtrak to go? In what direction? How many units will it take to reach my goal? When do I want Bigtrak to fire? Do I want Bigtrak to return to me along a different course? With a 16 command memory, Bigtrak will execute 16 commands in one sequence, e.g. 'go forward 5 lengths', 'pause', 'turn 30 degrees right', 'fire phaser' and so on.
  • There is a 'repeat' instruction allowing simple loops.
  • Requires 3 x D batteries (not included)
  • For 8+ years
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.6 Kg
Product Dimensions25 x 25 x 10 cm
Item model numberBIGTRAK
Main Language(s)English, English translation
Number of Game Players1
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?No
Material Type(s)Plastic
Material Care InstructionsNo
Remote Control Included?No
Radio Control Suitabilityindoor
Colormulticoloured
  
Additional Information
ASINB0035IZ85G
Best Sellers Rank 35,722 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 Kg
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Date First Available10 Feb 2008
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 8 years. For use under adult supervision

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Back for 2010, Bigtrak! You might remember having one of these in the early 80's. Retro and cool, it's brand new for 2010. If you are of a certain age, you either owned one or wanted one. It is also a great educational toy for children! This programmable educational toy is a six-wheeled tank with a front mounted blue photon beam headlamp used for firing. The centre wheels are driven by two motors to allow change of direction. Use the 23-button keypad to enter instructions for Bigtrak. Where do I want Bigtrak to go? In what direction? How many units will it take to reach my goal? When do I want Bigtrak to fire? Do I want Bigtrak to return to me along a different course? With a 16 command memory, Bigtrak will execute 16 commands in one sequence, e.g. 'go forward 5 lengths', 'pause', 'turn 30 degrees right', 'fire phaser' and so on. There is a 'repeat' instruction allowing simple loops.

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Bigtrak is Back! Relive your childhood with this 21st Century officially licensed replica! For those of you that are either to young to know or to old to remember, Bigtrak was a programmable 6 wheeled tank with a front mounted blue photon beam headlamp and a 23 button keypad on the top. The toy can remember up to 16 commands. Simply enter them via the keypad and then watch it execute the instructed sequence (such as "go forward 5 lengths", "pause", "turn 30 degrees right", "fire phaser" etc). The revived model is an authentic reproduction that boasts all the features of the original, including the ubiquitous '80s go-faster stripes, blue headlamp, phaser sounds and repeat function allowing simple loops! And the best bit?...we've actually lowered the price from when it was originally launched in the 80's, so you can now pick up Bigtrak for just 35. For 8+ years


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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got one at last! 14 Sep 2010
By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Back in 1979 when "Bigtrak" was first released I was eight years old and asked for one for Christmas. I was told that I couldn't have one because it would scare my grandfather. As my grandfather is no longer with us and I'm now 39 I felt it was finally safe to buy one.

The box is HUGE and, once opened, your Bigtrak is almost ready to use. Inside you'll find the Bigtrak itself, an instruction manual, and a set of stickers. The design of Bigtrak hasn't been changed aside from one tiny detail: the old "MB" stickers on the side now say "Zeon", but as they're the manufacturers this is forgiveable (although the retro enthusiast in me wished a set of "MB" stickers had also been provided, just for old times' sake). The decals are, aside from this small change, exactly as they were when Bigtrak was first released, and are permanent, so take your time placing them - the instructions clearly indicate where each should go. Next, you'll need a small screwdriver to open the battery hatch on the underside, and three "D"-type batteries (the large round ones) to put inside. The original Bigtrak also took a small rectangular battery which went inside the large circular "hatch" on the top, but the new model doesn't need this - just the three "D"s. Once the batteries are fitted, you're ready to go!

It's nice to see that the technical side of Bigtrak is unchanged, and Zeon have resisted the temptation to extend its capabilities - it can still take just 16 instructions (bless!) It is programmed via the keypad on its upper surface and each press makes a loud beep sound which eventually drives you and those around you mad.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect boy toy for five and upwards 21 May 2011
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having been stuck for an idea of what to get our son for his fifth birthday, I was not hugely convinced by my husband's suggestion of the Big Trak. Educational value nil, and I really didn't see much longevity, either in terms of its ability to withstand rough handling or to maintain his interest. When all's said and done it is, after all, a remote control with wheels. I don't get the appeal. I probably never will. And I was more than a little suspicious of my husband's motives, considering he had been denied one by his parents when he was a child. But I didn't have a better idea, and I'm prepared to accept that my husband knows a lot more about what will keep a little boy happy than I do. Well, at least some of the time ;)

The end result has been a very happy boy and an equally happy daddy and a chance for the pair to play together with the Big Trak for hours on end. Of course it doesn't do anything very exciting, just trundling round the courtyard in whatever direction has been determined, but it's been more educational than I expected because the turns rely upon minutes of the hour, tying in with the time-telling we'd already been teaching him, and also teaching him some mental arithmetic as he works out the distances to programme so it returns to its starting point on the more complex routes.

The manufacturers rate this as a toy for 8+. Our son is not a prodigy. He's reasonably bright, but he's just turned 5 with the usual capacity of a 5 year old to use three separate remote controls competently (DVD, TV and Freeview!) and has found programming the Big Trak no problem. Perhaps when the toy was launched, 8+ seemed a reasonable starting age, but 5 seems perfectly achievable from watching our son play with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, bad execution 9 May 2012
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Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
As a concept, Bigtrak is a brilliant idea - provide a programmable toy. Have navigate a maze on its own. Surprise someone in another room. Etc etc. Unfortunately they forgot to put in the engineering effort. Although the programming board works flawlessly, movement control does not. Behaviour does not match input. For example, command "move 3 units forward" is not 3 times longer as "move 1 unit forward" but a lot less. Likewise, turning is a bit of a guessing game. A 15 minutes turn rarely gets you a 90 degree turn if ever but significantly more.

In short - movement control sucks. There is no easy way to predict exactly where the toy ends up after You hit "GO". That destroys a huge part of the fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first steps in programming 2 Nov 2010
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
this copy is a success:
- as I can remember, it is very close to the original
- material seems strong and high-quality
- my 5 yo son is a bit young to understand the moves but I think a 7yo kid can play with it and then start learning "programming"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG TRAK IS BACK!!! 17 Aug 2010
By Mr. Mischief TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I wasn't lucky enough to have a Big Trak when I was young(er) so the news that Zeon were releasing a replica caused me literally to run around the house like a loon. Mad, maybe, but I think with good cause. As I've never seen one in the flesh, I can't comment on how close this is to the original version, although I will say that it looks virtually identical to the photos I've seen. In fact, the only discernible difference is that the blue screen covering the machine's front `photon gun' extends further down the nose than it used to.

Anyone who has used a Big Trak before will know exactly how it works; anyone who hasn't will pick it up in no time at all. Two motors drive the left and right centre wheels and this allows Big Trak to manoeuvre in a very similar way to a tank. You can program in up to 16 simple commands (for example, move forward 3 lengths, turn right 90 degrees, reverse 2 lengths, fire gun twice, etc) using a keypad on the back, and which Big Trak will carry out when the 'go' button is pressed. It's not the most cutting edge tech - your watch probably has more computing power than this does - but it still gives you a good feeling to see it carry out your long-considered and choicely-programmed instructions.

Like the original, this Big Trak is made pretty much entirely of plastic so you won't want to be dropping it from any kind of height, and the plastic wheels can slip on hard surfaces like floor tiles, whilst on mine the driving motors tend to struggle a bit on carpet when executing turns. This does make programming commands accurately quite difficult as it means that a programmed 180-degree turn might actually turn out as a 210-degree turn on tiles or a 150-degree turn on carpet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigtrak
My children had one of these many years ago and I purchased two for my grandsons. They are a super toy and proved very popular.
Published 2 months ago by Rosalind Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Toy for all Kids (and Big Kids)
I don't know how this is not one of the top kids toys, is is sturdy robust and lots of fun, if you are buying then the missile launcther purchased separately at a cost of aprox... Read more
Published 2 months ago by becktonite
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigtrak rules again!
My daughter had friends with the original Bigtrak and wanted one like mad! Now her five year old son has one courtesy of Grandma and Granddad and the appeal is just as strong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MR R MOORE
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigtrak
Bigtrak its very good item its easy to work its fun the buttons are vey good I'm glad I bought it for my boyfriend for Christmas and came in time
Published 3 months ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars new toy
this was bought as a gift and has been a great success. the 6 year old has mastered the programming in no time and has learnt such a lot
Published 3 months ago by Hugh Dempster
5.0 out of 5 stars He loved it!
I bought this as a very last minute present for my other half, as he mentioned 3 days before Christmas Day that as a child of the 80's, he had always wanted one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon R01
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun when bought with rocket launcher
I bought three of these for my grandchildren aged 5 - 9 yr old. All three had great fun programming and launching rockets at each other, once they get used to programming it which... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mha
3.0 out of 5 stars Not used yet
Looks good and it is a christmas present and if its anything like the original it will be great. My only gripe and why this has a 3 star rating is the courier who they used. Read more
Published 6 months ago by martin wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for 6 year old
Given to a 6 year old for his birthday today. Got a phone call to say he loved it. My sons had one of these 25 years ago and both of them spent many happy hours programming it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. A. Kingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the old days
I loved seeing this again and thought my grandchildren would love it as much as the generation before them. But things have changed, haven't they? Anyway, I get to play with it.
Published 10 months ago by ajdm
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