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BIG TRAK IS BACK!!!,
This review is from: Bigtrak (Toy)
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. But once you've got used to where and how Big Trak likes to run, you'll soon learn to compensate for this and it does give you an even greater sense of achievement when you pull off an accurate command set.
One other thing - pretty much all of the decals aren't pre-fitted so you'll have to apply them yourself; and once they're on, there's no getting them off. If, like me, you're a bit ham-fisted, you might find that you don't put one on quite straight and it'll drive you mad every time you see it. It might be that Zeon provide additional decal sets, if asked, and if so this would certainly help matters.
Big Trak is a toy icon that no self-respecting child of the eighties should be without. If you missed out on the original or if you're just in the mood for some reminiscing, go ahead and treat yourself - make the excuse that it's for your kids if that's what it takes. Thank you, Zeon, for helping me realise a part of my childhood I thought had escaped me forever.
Now, if you can do the same with the Starbird Avenger... ;-)