Tuesday, November 29 2016 20:47

Review: Nikko RC Elite Trucks Ford F-150 Raptor Vehicle

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When it comes to R/C vehicles, Nikko's been in the game for a long time... since 1958, landing on kids' wish lists (including my own) for decades. One of their newest offerings to come since becoming a unit of Toy State is the "Elite Trucks"line, and with their all-new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor hitting the streets for the holidays, we were excited to receive one for review here in the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ.

Nikko RC Elite Trucks Ford F-150 Raptor Vehicle

Straight-away, this ride looks a lot different than many of the off-the-shelf RC vehicles we run across, boasting a body style and suspension akin to the "hobby grade" (expensive rides for advanced users) RC that you'd have to visit a specialty retailer to purchase. This Ford F-150 is ready-to-run right from the box, just plug-in the quick-charge 9.6V battery (only 1 hour to charge) and pop the included AAA's into the controller and you're ready to roll. 

At a glance the body appears to be flimsy, but this is by design - allowing the truck to be both light-weight and durable, something that comes in handy given its speed, which tops off at 12.8mph! The 2.4ghz frequency also allows for up to 40 users to play at once (something not possible with low-end RC), with a range of 330 feet. And one of the coolest features is the proportional sound effects which provide this ride with realistic engine noises that react to speed and position.

Nikko RC Elite Trucks Ford F-150 Raptor Vehicle

Here at HQ, the weather has already turned cold, wet and gloomy (snow is coming), so we took advantage of a late Fall warm-up day to get some video of this in-action (actually shot by my 4-year-old with me at the RC controls). Since it is blazingly-fast, it's not recommended for indoor use, unless you have somewhere like a gym or barn with wide-open space to let this really fly.

I haven't had this much fun with an RC vehicle in a long time. 100% Rock Father Approved!

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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