Plasma Car Review
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Selina Marie
Reviewed by Selina Marie
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We like
  • Develops motor skills
  • Promotes social skills by causing group play and family play
  • Helps kids build core strength
  • Develops hand/eye coordination
  • Meets all safety standards for Canada, Europe, and the United States
  • Does not require a motor, batteries, or electricity for it to move and reach its top speed of 6 MPH
We don’t like
  • The wheels may need to be upgraded in order to work on a multitude of surfaces
  • The wheels may scratch or markup wooden floors
How it works

The PlasmaCar is one of the hottest new toys on the market today. The biggest draw of the toy is that it is not only entertaining and fun for kids, but for adults as well. Many families share the toy from grandchildren all the way up to their grandparents. The toy gets up to a speed of 6 MPH and works the best on hard flat surfaces. What makes the toy even more appealing to families is that it can be enjoyed either inside or outside because the PlasmaCar does not need batteries, a motor, or electricity to operate. The toy operates on your own body weight and swivel skills so you and your child can also get a workout while playing and enjoying the PlasmaCar. With so many benefits to such an affordable toy, the PlasmaCar is worth considering when looking for a great toy for the whole family.

 

How It Works

How It Works

The most attractive quality to the PlasmaCar is that it does not require a battery, electricity, or a motor to work. PlasmaCar runs on the power that you provide. The car is a small seat that you sit on, and then you can put your feel up on the footrests. In between, your legs will be the steering wheel. The entire body of the car rests on six wheels. The front three are set into the body in a triangle while the back two are independent of the body and those wheels turn around 360 degrees in the same fashion as a shopping cart that also help the car change directions from going forward to going backward.

Once you are seated in the car, all you have to do is start swiveling the steering wheel back and forth and the car will take off.
Where To Use It

Where To Use It

The best place for the PlasmaCar to work at its full potential is on hard flat surfaces. When the car is being used outdoors, flat, smooth concrete is optimal for the car to have a clear path to reach its top speed. Recently paved streets with smooth blacktop are also other great surfaces for PlasmaCar to be on so that the wheels are uninhibited and the surface is clear for the wheels to rotate at their optimal speed. PlasmaCar will still work on sidewalks and other kinds of blacktop, but if the surfaces are broken up or uneven the car will not be able to get forward as best as it can because the wheels are small and the car will not be able to get around or over the blockade.

When PlasmaCar is being used indoors, smooth tiles or linoleum floors are the best surfaces for the car to ride forward as smooth as possible. Some parents advise against using the PlasmaCar on hardwood floors because the wheels are hard and may scratch and leave marks on your hardwood flooring. Some parents have not had any issue with any scratching, so it depends on how your floors are treated as to if they will be damaged by the wheels.
Develops Motor Skills

Develops Motor Skills

One of the benefits of using the PlasmaCar is the developmental skills that are fostered from playing with the car. Because you have to use your entire body to get the PlasmaCar to move, your child will have to use their skills at hand/eye coordination to get their entire bodies to move the car forward. Your child will not only develop those skills at coordination, but they will be developing their upper body and core strength.

When your child grips onto the steering wheel of the PlasmaCar, they will have to turn from their waist while turning their shoulders in the opposing direction to get full power to the steering wheel and the wheels. This twisting kind of turn will help your child build their core abdominal muscles, which is essential for them in learning how to balance themselves while they are being active. The pulling on the wheel will help your child develop their arm muscles as they use the muscles and strength in their arms to be able to keep the steering wheel turning as fast as possible and for as long as possible as the PlasmaCar begins to gain speed and move forward as fast as possible. The constant twisting and turning will keep your child fit and their torso strong as they engage in other sports and outdoor activities.

The overall take away from the physical benefits of the PlasmaCar is your child developing a fully coordinated body that is in tune with the brain and can handle any physical activity. Your child will begin to have the skills necessary to do well in sports and other play activities.
Promotes Group Play

Promotes Group Play

Another great benefit to the PlasmaCar is that it promotes group play and children and family playing well together. Because the car is designed to hold up to 220lbs, most family members can easily sit on the PlasmaCar and play with it. Family members can race each other and play other games with each other using the PlasmaCar as the epicenter of the game. Young children can play with their grandparents and their parents and the toy can promote and help foster family interaction and bonding. Many parents like to put their smaller children under the age of three-years-old on their laps while they ride around safely on the PlasmaCar to keep their youngest children as much engaged in play as possible.

Outside of the family, the PlasmaCar can also help kids play well with other kids. Because the cars can go in reverse and turn around on the spot, the cars can be placed on a self-made obstacle course or race track for kids to be engaged with each other instead of being engaged with screens or electronics. Kids can play together and learn how to play competitively and fairly with each other while exercising and getting all the health benefits they need to stay in shape and stay healthy. Kids will be able to develop their social skills and learn how to effectively communicate with their peers and learn how to bond and work together on a team. Social skills of this kind are essential for when your child is in school and when they enter the workforce. The best communication starts at home and the PlasmaCar can be that tool that keeps families together.
Meets Safety Standards

Meets Safety Standards

The PlasmaCar has been extensively tested and meets or exceeds many sets of safety standards. The PlasmaCar has passed and met the safety standards in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The car is also compliant with EN71, ASTM, CPSIA, and CCPSA as well as being certified ISO and ICTI. PlasmaCar is also made to hold up to weights of up to 220lbs and is recommended for ages three-years-old and up.
Award Winning

Award Winning

PlasmaCar was the recipient of the Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Award for 2016. Red Tricycle rated several toys on the market and found that PlasmaCar was the most awesome due to its design, health benefits, and entertainment value as it not only helps kids play and stay in shape, but it also helps them develop interpersonal skills that are just as important as staying healthy.
Assembly Required

Assembly Required

The PlasmaCar comes in several parts that must be assembled out of the box. Assembly is super easy, however, it should be noted that you will need a rubber mallet and a screwdriver or socket wrench to tighten all the parts. To assemble the PlasmaCar, all you have to do is insert the wheels into the body of the car and secure them by hitting them with the rubber mallet and then fastening the steering wheel to the car to the front wheels. After you do all of that, your PlasmaCar is good to go.
Counterfeit PlasmaCars

Counterfeit PlasmaCars

Like a lot of products that are purchased on the Internet, PlasmaCar has been copied and sold by other retailers under false advertising. Many parents have gone to websites that offer high discounts to purchase their PlasmaCar, and what they received was a toy that resembled PlasmaCar but did not have the PlasmaCar insignia or writing. It is recommended that you do your research accordingly and know where your products are coming from when you purchase them in order to prevent receiving an item that is not only what you did not order, but was also of lesser quality and will not work as well as the original. Only a true and trusted PlasmaCar will have the PlasmaCar logo.
Upgrading the Wheels

Upgrading the Wheels

Some parents have decided to replace or upgrade the wheels of their PlasmaCar. The PlasmaCar comes with standard wheels that are hard plastic wheels that sometimes do not work well on certain surfaces. Although they will work very well on smooth, flat surfaces, they may not work well on outdoor surfaces that are a bit rougher or bumpy. Some parents have decided to upgrade to polyurethane wheels that are similar to wheels that are found on inline skates or skateboards. Since those wheels are specifically designed for all outdoor surfaces, the PlasmaCar can get up to its top speed of 6 mph without any sluggishness. The optimal wheel size is 88mm.
Colors

Colors

The PlasmaCar can be purchased in more than one color. PlasmaCar is available in seven different color combinations. You can buy PlasmaCar in blue and red, green and black, pink and purple, purple and red, red and black, yellow and black, and green and blue. Depending on what color combination you would like to purchase can affect the price of the PlasmaCar. The color combination of your choice can either raise the price of your PlasmaCar or reduce the price of your PlasmaCar. Some color combinations that are available online are purchased from a third party seller or a seller that may not be as mainstream as some of the other online shopping venues, so it is advised to do your research on where you are purchasing your PlasmaCar.
Price

Price

The PlasmaCar is priced very well and very affordable. Considering the car runs on your own power and there is no need for any type of power source to get it going, it is a pretty simple toy in its design and execution. The price is middle of the road for toys of this kind and there are definitely more expensive toys on the market that fall into the same category as the PlasmaCar. The car can fit into the budget of most if not all parents and the car is definitely an investment considering that your child never has to outgrow the toy because it has been designed to be for parents as much as it is for children, so as long as your child remains in the weight range recommended for using the toy, the PlasmaCar can be with your family for as long as you wish to own the toy. It is something that can also be passed down to other generations of your family making it an even bigger investment.

Conclusion

The PlasmaCar is a great gift or general toy idea for your entire family. When choosing this toy there is no age range as the PlasmaCar has been designed to be enjoyed by riders ages three-years-old and up. The only limitation on the PlasmaCar is the weight limit of 220lbs. After 220lbs, the rider will be too heavy to get the car to move at all. The PlasmaCar helps develop skills both physical and social. Kids and adults can work on their core strength by building muscles in their abdomen and arms and upper body while twisting and turning the steering wheel to get the car to move while simultaneously working on hand/eye coordination. Social skills are developed as the PlasmaCar brings together families and friends in group play that help kids and adults work well together and find the joys of playing on a team. With so many benefits coupled with a great low price, the PlasmaCar is a great buy for the family that is looking to play together and invest in an entertaining toy that will never get outgrown.
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