Jakks Pacific XPV R/C Skateboarding Mikey
$69.99 – Walmart Exclusive Item
Thank you Jakks Pacific!
Jakks Pacific decided to send a little something this Memorial Day weekend, which certainly put a smile on my face when I opened the box. Everyone knows Mikey is my favorite of the Turtle Bros, so when I found out I got to play with a remote controlled Mikey, my day was more or less made. R/C Skateboarding Mikey is part of Jakks Pacific’s XPV series of remote controlled vehicles and can be purchased exclusively from Walmart for $69.99.
Mikey just LOOKS cool. The figure that sits atop the skateboard is holo and basic, but sculped and painted well, looking like the model used on the show flawlessly (other than the screw holes of course). You can’t pose it or anything, but as a simple statue, it plays the part pretty well. The R/C portion of the toy lies in the skateboard, which, while chunky, actually looks pretty cool, complete with grip tape on the board, despite the fact that it didn’t need that whatsoever. Nice touch.
Controlling Mikey is a pain in the butt to be honest, to the point where I’m pretty sure the toy was MEANT to be uncontrollable. The left button causes Mikey to spin around on the board to emulate a skateboard trick. While this doesn’t really get him anywhere, it does change the direction he is facing while looking pretty stylish. The right button makes him go forward. Depending on Mikey’s position on the board, he could lean back and do a wheelie while dashing forward, which is pretty neat to see. Other than that, that’s it for controls. Your ability to control Mikey lies completely on spinning him around and going straight. My pets just LOVE it. It’s worth noting that the spin feature can actually pick Mikey back up if you happen to tip him over, so that’s definitely helpful too!
While you press buttons on the controller, the controller will sound off one of several included Mikey phrases brought to you by Greg Cipes, voice actor for Mikey in the current running cartoon. I think this is a really neat touch that unfortunately gets drowned out by the load motors of the toy, which can probably be remedied by being outside and not stuck inside a trailer. Additionally, if you’re rapidly pressing the spin button and forward button to ATTEMPT to control him properly, the sounds get rather excessive. At the end of the day, I wish there was a switch to turn it off, or just a button to activate the sounds instead.
Overall, while I don’t really think the toy is worth $69.99, it’s definitely a lot of fun. While control is a bit limited, there’s enough to get a slight idea of what you’re doing and have a lot of fun attempting to chase people or pets with it. That’s half the fun of R/C cars, right? If you’re a fan of TMNT or have one in the family that could get a kick out of some R/C action, give this a look. Definitely a neat toy.