Light Riders Radio Control 1/24 2010 Dodge Challenger comes on 27mhz.
The place where I purchased it from online offered also a late model
custom Chevy Corvette similar to a 2014 Stingray and a Custom 2005 Ford
Mustang with Hood Scoop. As mentioned, being a no-name brand you
never know what you're getting but liking late model Challengers I decided
to take a chance on this one. The catalog photos show these to have
external antennas but they are actually internal or at least it is on the
Challenger. As with most radio control 1/24 cars, they are made to
run indoors in a living room on low-cut or smooth floors.
The car has full function control with forward, reverse
and steering plus an extra button to turn on or off the LED wheel lights
(blue) along with headlights that go on when going forward. You can
run with lights on which will turn on the headlights only in forward.
There are no reverse lights even though the rear is clear and not colored
red. The blue LED lights near the wheels stay on all the time until
you use the controller button to turn it off. As mine came in a
plain white box, the Try Me button wasn't functional but assume a retail
window box lights up the blue LED wheels for you.
Now comes the frustrating parts. First, most
battery compartments have screws to hold them in so that's expected.
Secondly, I didn't expect to have trouble taking out the screws to put in
the batteries. They regular a Philips-head screwdriver but I grabbed
a smaller flat-head to get a better hold as the screws were in there tight
and were longer than should be. I wouldn't want to be swapping
batteries in the car and controller that often. Another drawback in
that some offer a tab to keep the battery compartment closed but these do
not. The car did have decent power but overall the flaw with the
steering taking away forward momentum and power ruins any fun factor.
A neat feature is the opening hood but it needs to
be held open to view the simulated Hemi V8 on this custom two-tone 2010
Challenger. The fit and finish isn't the best on here as the front
bumper has some paint wear already off the front (it came this way from
the factory) as you can notice in the photo of the engine bay. The
hood fit is acceptable but is best set in place by an adult or older
child. The hood is held on pretty well so I doubt it will come off
during normal driving / racing.
Street Price: $12.98 plus shipping
Requirements: 6AA Batteries - 4 for car, 2
Opening Hood with painted replica modern V8 in basic black and silver
Working Headlights When Going Forward along with Blue LED Lights Near Each
Controller Features Button to Turn Off / On Lights
Noticeable Loss of Power when Steering and Going Forward
Batteries Not Included
Screws Are Difficult to Remove for Each Battery Compartment (Careful not
to strip them!)
Overall I can't recommend this unless you want a
display piece or can cope with the issues even though they did a nice
job trying to separate it from other 1/24 toy grade rc cars out there.
The car is responsive but the quality is not there compared to examples
from Maisto, Jada and New Bright in the same price range. You can
spot a loss of power when moving and steering which none of the others
exhibit as much as this one. It is neat to see the lighted wheels
from the blue LED lights on the chassis and the working headlights.
I can't recommend this for driving around. Acceptable as a display
piece or if you must have all the late model Challengers out there in
1/24 scale then go for it but don't expect a good all-around racer for
the living room or house. Fit and finish is barely acceptable with
some paint wear from the factory already showing. None of the
others are speed demons but I had much better experiences with the other
companies. New Bright still has an exposed antenna but Maisto /
Jada have hidden ones inside the car. Maisto had offend a lighted
Challenger through places such as Wal-Mart but no light-up wheels.
Battery installation and removal is one of the worst I had to deal with
concerning screws. If I was to use this car often, I'd try to use
Update: While they were still
available at a clearance price, I purchased the 2005-style Mustang.
The car was similar in design and function but had a one piece body
without an opening hood. The car did drive much better than the
Challenger. I didn't purchase the Corvette but the Challenger
seemed to be a slightly different execution compared to the Mustang even
though they used the same controller and LED lights set-up. The
Mustang was also on 27mhz so I presumed they would have interfered with
each other. Possibly the Corvette came on 49mhz but that's
speculation on my part.
I hope you enjoyed my review on this Light Riders 1/24 Dodge Challenger
Radio Control car. Look for more in the future as I put my own
spin on these reviews and give you my own two cents regarding the fun factor and more. Feel free to
me your comments / questions regarding this review.