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Bigtrak


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  • Bigtrak! You might remember having one of these in the early 80's
  • This retro and cool 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). Recommended for 8+ years
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.5 Kg
Product Dimensions25 x 25 x 10 cm
Batteries:3 D batteries required.
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 1,160 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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Bigtrak! You might remember having one of these in the early 80's. Retro and cool. 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. Requires 3 x D batteries (not included).

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1xbigtrak 2010

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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sep 2010
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Denyer on 21 May 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A customer on 9 May 2012
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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 By Jimmy on 20 Jan 2013
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The memories come flooding back as soon as you see the box. I was 8 when I got my first Bigtrak, now my eldest daughter is 8 and the Bigtrak is just as much fun. The only criticism is that it cannot cope with carpet. The modern Bigtrak feels lighter and using only 3 D-cell batteries seems to struggle against thicker piled carpets. I'm pretty sure The original used a 9v and 4 D-cells giving it more power and weight. Still great fun, but save your money if you don't have wooden or tiled floors.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 18 Sep 2010
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Lighter and less clunky than the MB one(of course my MB one is somewhat older), seems to be very sturdy construction.
For me the thing really lacking here is - the original Big Trak made an "engine noise" from its speaker as it moved around, this new one has no movement sound, all you hear is the electric motors, shame really as other than that and the "test" button on the touch pad(which does nothing), its very authentic.
I should point out that all beep type/laser sounds from the original ARE there on this recreation, only the engine sound is not.
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