After having a great time playing with the Max Minis from Jakks Pacific for the past week, we were very anxious to finally try out the original, the BIG one, the Max Tow Truck.
The truck looked great in the box. The boys were full of oohs, ahhs, and manly grunts. Little Max’s voice dropped an octave and became coarse when expressing his enthusiasm to get going.
The Max Tow Truck is a fairly small toy with big claims that it can pull up to 200 pounds. It comes with a sturdy plastic tow chain and hook. The tires appear to be deflated, but the instruction booklet explains that is the method for gripping the ground. The three operation modes include: towing, pushing, and climbing. Towing is activated by pressing a lever on the top/back of the truck. Pushing is activated by pressing the front bumper. Climbing is activated by pressing the siren button on the top of the truck. There are recorded voice prompts indicating when to activate the lever to get the truck moving within each operation mode.
We took the truck outside for a series of challenging tests.
First, we put Max (the kid) on his Kettler, which is a solid, heavy trike. The Max Tow Truck chain and hook attached easily, the truck was set to tow mode, and off they went….slowly but surely. Yes, the Max Tow Truck can tow a lot of cargo, but at turtle speed.
Next, we hooked up the Disney Cars Lightening McQueen ride-on. This time Max Tow Truck repeatedly prompted us to press the tow lever. We’d press it to go, and the toy would repeat that activation was required. Finally, off the truck went, pulling an empty Lightening McQueen. When Max (the kid) hopped in, the towing capability was brought to a halt. Max Tow Truck was no match for a ride-on toy with a 30-pound passenger. We think that if the wheels of the ride-on were free-spinning, towing would be possible, though.
Feepy hopped on his Razor scooter, with hopes that he’d be towed. Unfortunately, the slow speed of the tow truck combined with cracks in the sidewalk wouldn’t allow him to maintain balance. He switched to a skateboard, and that worked really well. Feepy’s quite a bit bigger than Max (the kid) and he was cruising faster.
To test the pushing capability, mom hopped on the skateboard. The truck nudged the board along fairly well, but again at turtle speed. The best push test was with Max (the kid) on the Wheelie bug, which is a ride-on toy with highly mobile caster wheels.
The climbing test was somewhat of a disappointment. The truck handled well over the lawn, some flat-lying rocks, and landscape material. However, it did not break plane very well. We set up the skateboard at about a 30 degree angle. The front tires climbed well, and the truck would appear to almost surpass the obstacle, but when the back tires hit the board, the truck would topple over. We tried over and over to complete a successful climb, but it just didn’t happen.
We had a lot of fun as a family testing out the maximum capability of the Max Tow Truck. The toy is built to be tough, and it digs down to perform, but the slow speed at which it tows the maximum load makes the spectacle somewhat underwhelming. However, the kids were impressed, as they are with most things on wheels. This would be a great toy for a child who loves tow trucks and wants to create smaller towing play scenarios. The truck easily pulls and pushes lighter wheeled toys and cargo. Even though we didn’t feel the Max Tow Truck performed heavy-duty scenarios with big gusto, we think the truck would definitely perform well for everyday kid-constructed play.
Feepy is a child of today’s world. He loves technology. He’s always looking for a better solution, a short-cut, and “app for that.” However, if you were to refer to him as an old soul in any form or fashion, he’d be an ’80s child. He’s just got that vibe, and man, does he LOVE ’80s movies.
So, we took him back old-school for the latest Toy Toons Review. Check out the feathered hair and turned-up collar. He was a great sport for the styling, and he was sooo ready to get to work: Retro Stomper 4 x 4 vs the all new Max Tow Truck Mini.
Feepy came up with some challenging scenarios to put the toys to the test. He offers a thorough video review. Check it out.
His dad has a few more retro toy surprises coming up. What are some of your favorite retro toys? We’d love to uncover more blasts from the past and compare them to today’s toys. Give us a shout!
We’re two days away from the one month anniversary of launching our YouTube toy channel. So far we’ve posted 46 videos, awarded prizes for two giveaways, and garnered 95 subscribers and nearly than 1500 views. At times, we feel like we’re making daily progress to grow our project, and at times we feel unnecessarily overwhelmed. Well, that’s how the grown-ups feel.
And the kids? Well, they’re lovin’ it. Feepy is eager to share his matter-of-fact take on all of the toys he unboxes and reviews. This month he has added a SickBricks collection to his toy shelf and he has a few new Lego minifigures and Marvel trinkets on display in his room. He has opted to put many of the Play-doh surprise egg prizes back into our Toy Toons Review treasure bowl.
Ah…the treasure bowl. Boy do I recommend one of these if you have a little one! When we started Toy Toons Reviews, we collected many of the trinkets we currently had around the house and in the kids’ toy bins. We also invested in lots of blind bags, Mashems, Squinkies, and other cute little figures for Surprise egg material. After the eggs are open, the kids usually keep their treasures in their hot little hands all night. Two-year-old Max typically will finagle Feepy’s toys away from him. The trick is, when Max has let go of a goodie, we pick it up, and it goes back into the treasure bowl. The treasure bowl comes in handy for little rewards and to just keep Max busy. He likes to wrap the toys in Play-doh while we prep our videos. He incorporates a dialogue into the play…obviously rehearsing for his time on camera.
That leads us to what Max really loves about the videos. Yes, he is just crazy about the fact that we’ve substantially grown our household trinket collection. However, he is thrilled to be a host on Toy Toons Reviews. He actually cooperates when we get him ready for a shoot. He willingly puts on a clean shirt, has his face and hands washed, and brushes his hair. That’s more than we can say about any other time of day! I even shot an impromptu video on the iPhone when our pro camera man wasn’t available. I couldn’t say no to his enthusiasm to open a Captain America Play-doh surprise egg.
So far, the biggest playset that the boys have earned through their work is the Max Tow Truck Max Mini Off-Road Playset with the Mini Hauler loop and Mini Rev n’ Go. Don’t let Feepy’s serious demeanor fool you, the playset is a lot of fun. He had a friend play with him over the weekend. They set up tons of obstacles and towing scenarios for the little cars. He had a few issues with the Mini Rev n’ Go. We had to glue on a bumper and a wheel. Otherwise, the Max mini line seems to be a solid set. We have a full-size Max Tow Truck on the way, and we’re very excited to put it to the test alongside the minis. We had eyed the big truck around Christmas time, but opted to put Marvel Mashers under the tree instead.
Our Marvel Mashers videos were numbers one and two for upload to our channel. Marvel Mashers Hulk vs Spiderman leads our viewer board with 181 views.
Feepy and I had a lot of fun battling the toys together, but my favorite role play fun was the Barbie Flippin’ Pup Pool! The boys and I had a blast playing toys that day. I desperately want to boost our girl toy viewership so that I can legitimize my selfish desire to get Frozen Elsa and Anna dolls. There are some really cute doll kiddie soap opera YouTube videos out there. I want to produce them! We’d love to have you check out our playlists. Let us know the types of toy videos you and your kids enjoy. Subscribe to our channel. Thanks guys!
Introducing our newest toy reviewer and surprise unboxing pro, Max!
Max is a big Captain America fan. In fact, we encourage him to take naps by agreeing to allow him to be Cap’n when he wakes up. However, his first request for a Play-doh surprise egg to open on camera was a blue Spiderman. He has been watching the other host Feepy open eggs, and he was very anxious for his turn. He carefully selected the toys to display on the set, to include his beloved Play-doh Marvel can-heads. Check out his Ironman sound effects. He also wanted to reveal what’s inside of Diego’s backpack. We think he did a wonderful job!
With a surprise egg opening under his belt, Max was ready to take on a substantive toy review. He was given the Max Tow Truck mini Rev n Tow from Jakks Pacific. Behind the scenes, he call is the Max Me truck! The toy car tows Disney Cars Dusty Crophopper and various other toys. Max gives the Max Tow Truck Mini a thumbs up! It’s a tough little car that can haul a lot of stuff. The revving noises are cool, and the toy can take a beating. It can climb up steel surfaces. Max is continuing to test the strength of the Max Mini, and we have had to glue the bumper back together. He is looking forward to testing the full size Max Tow Truck very soon. For under $15, you get a cool toy built for adventure.
We’re giving away a Max Tow Truck mini to one lucky winner. Be sure to subscribe to our channel for a chance to win and to stay up to date on all of our toy unboxing, reviews, and giveaways. Thanks guys!
We are sooooo excited to offer some of our reviewed toys as giveaways! We love toys, and we know you do, too! We’d love to share our toys with you! Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win.
Announcing our third amazing giveaway. We’ll be giving away an awesome prize to one lucky winner.
Prize Pack: Max Tow Truck Mini Haulers Tow and Go Packs Blue Tow Truck with Tire Accessories. New in the Package!
Absolutely free to enter. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest is available to entrants world wide. No postage necessary. We are not responsible for missing or lost items. Expect prize to arrive 2-6 weeks after delivery depending on location.