The Disney Planes Dusty Crophopper Radio Controlled plane mimics the moves a child makes with pre-programmed movements and speech. It does not fly in the air but rolls along flat surfaces, tilting to left or right according to which controls are pressed, and copying the child’s movements.
It seems like a great choice of toy for any child who likes the Planes Disney movie or enjoys playing with vehicles and gadgets, but it is as good as it looks? Let’s see.
Disney Planes Tilt-N-Fly Remote Controlled Dusty Crophopper Video
Disney Planes Dusty Crophopper Tilt-N-Fly Radio Controlled Plane Features
* Based the Dusty character from the ‘Planes’ Disney Pixar animated movie
* Has over 40 prerecorded sounds and phrases from the movie
* Role-play remote control means the plane copies a child’s own movements
* Controllers control right and left wing movements as well as motion
* Kids can act out scenes from the movie or have other imaginative play
* Takes 4 AA and 2 AAA batteries (not included)
* Age range: manufacturer says 3+, we think 5-7
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The first thing you need to know about the Tilt-N-Fly Dusty Crophopper from Disney Planes is that despite the name, it does not fly in the air. We already said this in our introduction but it needs to be very clear. Kids can be very disappointed by this so we suggest you explain this to them right away.
What it does do is zoom around on the floor, making sounds from the movie and tilting to left and right as if flying. Probably the best thing about it is that if your child ‘flies’ around the room wearing the right and left controllers fitted over his hands, with arms out, tilting from side to side, your Dusty plane will copy that action. This interactive feature can make Dusty seem more like a playmate than a toy.
Dusty makes a lot of different sounds and speaks phrases from the movie, including calling out things like “Bank right!” so he and your child can run around the room doing that action together. Kids who know the movie will instantly recognise Dusty’s voice and sounds which are very clear and just like the cartoon version. Parents might find it a little loud but one reviewer said it works well if you put tape over the voicebox to muffle him a little bit!
Dusty’s propeller starts to spin whenever he moves forward, creating a realistic effect. Of course the propeller is not fast enough to hurt a child if they grab it. However, due to small parts this toy is not recommended for under 3s and we think it will best suit a child of around 5 years old. Younger ones might have trouble understanding what it does and how to control it.
You’ll find that your Dusty Crophopper remote control plane works best in a large space with a solid flat surface like hardwood, linoleum or outside on the patio. He will bump into things and he won’t like uneven surfaces, thick carpet or grass. He’ll probably work on a thin carpet or very low-pile rug, but not so fast as on a solid floor.
Of course, Dusty can also be played with like other toys, without the remote control operation. He’s a substantial toy a little under a foot long and weighing about 1 kg or 2 pounds. An excellent feature is the automatic power-off which shuts down the toy to save battery power if the child forgets to turn it off (as they mostly will).
So to summarise this Disney Planes Dusty Crophopper review, this is a good medium-priced toy that can keep kids active as they run around following it and make it respond to their actions. You do need a good space for it and a solid floor is best. It’s sure to be a big hit for any kids who like cars, planes and the Disney movies.
Published 25 February 2014