PlasmaCar by PlaSmart Review

Regardless of the weather, children love spending time outside and playing with their friends for as long as possible. Bikes and scooters might be popular, but PlasmaCar is the latest craze among children of all ages.

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3 years and up

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Number of parts: 7

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Develops motor skills, fun, entertaining, great form of exercise, improves hand-eye coordination, helps develop balance and coordination, introduces basic scientific concepts, enhances body awareness, teaches patience

It doesn’t have (or need) a motor or batteries, and it’s a fun and innovative toy. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to do a PlasmaCar review for you.

PlasmaCar: The basics

Parents always want what’s best for their children, and this means spending a long time researching the toys they are thinking of buying. In their search for the best ride-on toys for their children, they rely on detailed and accurate online reviews, which is exactly why we are here for. Hopefully, this PlasmaCar review will help you learn all there is to know about PlasmaCar and why it’s good.

This ride-on toy is meant to be used by children who are at least three years old, but since it supports up to 220 lb, even grownups are free to give it a try. It doesn’t have nor does it require any batteries or gears, and there aren’t any pedals that have to be pressed. All the children have to do is get their feet up on the footrests and move the steering wheel left and right to get it moving.

The toy is incredibly easy to use, and because the seat isn’t too high, you don’t have to worry about children getting injured while riding their PlasmaCar. In order to assemble it, you’re going to need something to hit the wheels with, preferably a rubber hammer, but a wooden block or a brick will do too.

PlasmaCar comes with its own plastic wheels that are fine if the children are going to be riding the toy indoors, but if you plan on taking it outside, you should get polyurethane wheels which will allow for a smoother ride both indoors and outdoors.

What You See and What You Get

In order to get your PlasmaCar going, you are going to have to assemble it first. You will receive seven parts altogether: the body of the PlasmaCar ride-on toy, the steering wheel assembly, the front wheel assembly that has a foam sheath, two rear wheels, a small, yellow steering wheel cap, and a hex key. To finish assembling the toy, you will need a rubber mallet or a wooden block, as well as a screwdriver. Even though it might seem confusing at first, the parts you get in the package are incredibly easy to put together, and it’s not going to take longer than 10 minutes to finish the job.

You can choose one of six available color combinations, but what they all have in common is the impeccable design as well as the trademark yellow cap on the steering wheel. Speaking of the steering wheel, the nut in the steering column should be tightened only after you’ve aligned the wheel.

The body of PlasmaCar toy has rubberized sections where children can place their feet when they sit, and the seat itself is covered with a layer of rubber, so it’s more comfortable and slip-resistant. Even though its size suggests that PlasmaCar is one of the best gifts for 3-year-old boys and girls, even older children, as well as adults, can use it. Because children might accidentally hit the steering column, the manufacturer made sure that it’s covered with a foam sheath that will protect the shins of the person riding the toy. Keep in mind that the small front wheels will not touch the ground, so you shouldn’t be afraid that you assembled it wrong.

How to Use

After you assemble your PlasmaCar, you don’t have to wait for it to be charged nor do you have to worry about replacing its batteries after a while. All you have to do is get behind the steering wheel, place your feet on the rubberized section in front of the car, and move the wheel left and right to get the car going. It’s a simple lesson in physics: when you combine the power of inertia, centrifugal force, and friction, and add a bit of kid power to the mix, you get a ride-on toy that’s easy to maneuver on any flat surface.

While on the topic of flat surfaces, it’s important we point out that if you want your PlasmaCar to run smoothly, you should encourage children to ride it on perfectly flat surfaces such as pavements, driveways, or perhaps hardwood floors. If the sidewalk has very deep crevices or the pavement is cracked, it will be easier for the toy to tip over, and building up speed will be a problem too.

On the other hand, if you’re planning on letting your child ride their PlasmaCar indoors, you might consider replacing the simple plastic wheels with polyurethane ones. Not only will these protect your hardwood floors, but they will make PlasmaCar much quieter, which is a bonus for parents. Polyurethane wheels will also allow the children to have a smoother ride if they’re outside too because these wheels have better contact with the surface.

Unlike some other ride-on toys, PlasmaCar wasn’t designed to be ridden with the use of feet and legs. If the child wishes to push off with their feet in the beginning, it’s always an option, but it will not work in the long run. Learning how to use their arms to move the car toy might be a challenge for some of them, but through trial and error, they will be able to get it after a few tries. PlasmaCar requires a bit more focus as well as some strength, and it’s a great way to let children learn about cause and effect. Keeping in mind that the upper body will tire much quicker than the legs, children will feel exhausted after playing with PlasmaCar. If you have a couple of PlasmaCar toys, you can organize small races to see who is the fastest, but even if you only have one you can make do: just time each contestant and announce the winner in the end.

Buyer's Guide

PROS

  • Easy to assemble
  • Doesn’t require electricity or batteries in order to work
  • It can accommodate children, teens, and adults alike
  • It can hold up to 220 lbs
  • Helps develop gross motor skills
  • Improves upper body coordination and control
  • Introduces basic scientific principles

CONS

  • Requires perfectly flat surfaces in order to work
  • Plastic wheels can damage hardwood floors
  • Can tip over on uneven surfaces

Advantages

While children use their arms instead of their legs and feet to move PlasmaCar, it’s still a toy that does wonders for their gross motor skills. What is more, it takes a lot of strength to move the steering wheel left and right and get the toy going, and as your child gains weight and muscle mass, they will become stronger because they will get plenty of exercise this way. They will build upper body strength without even noticing because PlasmaCar is so exciting and fun that they will not even notice they’re exercising. In addition to building strength and developing gross motor skills, this toy will also help the children learn the best ways to get the maximum speed, as well as to be careful when making turns, so they don’t tip over.

As they grow, they will become increasingly more interested in how it’s possible to get their toy to move without using their feet or any batteries. This is the best time to introduce basic scientific concepts to them and to encourage them to ask questions and experiment. You can tell them all about what friction is and how centrifugal force works, and this might spark their curiosity in science. You could even challenge them to race you and ask them what they think how long will it take them to get from point A to point B.

The best thing about PlasmaCar is that it’s not just for 3-year-olds. The seat is comfortable, and the toy is sturdy enough for the entire family to enjoy it. Anyone can ride this toy, but they can’t have more than 220 lbs. It’s a great way for the entire family to bond and spend quality time together. Children who share PlasmaCar will also learn to be patient while waiting for their turn.

Disadvantages

We have to point out that a number of people who bought this toy said that the children had a hard time riding it on anything that isn’t a flat surface. This means that grass, gravel, and carpet might all prove to be an obstacle for the rider. In addition to this, the plastic wheels can be a bit noisy when the toy is used indoors, and they can also damage hardwood floors. A simple way to fix this is to replace the plastic wheels with polyurethane ones, which is what a lot of people decided to do. This will allow the children to ride it on more surfaces.

Because the toy doesn’t come assembled, you’re supposed to find something to hit the parts with so they would fit together. If you don’t have a rubber mallet, it can be tricky deciding just how hard you’re supposed to hit it so that the pieces come together and not break. Instead of a rubber mallet, you could also use a simple wooden block and a hammer, but try to hit it gently at first so as to test both your strength and the parts of the toy.  

When assembling the toy, you should be extra careful about the rear wheels. Each rear wheel has a notch that should fit into the body, and you should push them in at a 45 degree angle. Use a rubber mallet or a wooden block and a hammer to secure them in place. Keep in mind that when you install them correctly, the wheels will flare out from the body of the toy. You should be very careful when putting them in place, though, as the rear wheel housing can’t be removed after you lock it into place.

To Conclude

We hope that this PlasmaCar review has helped you in your search for the best ride-on toys for kids. This is truly a remarkable and innovative toy that children ages 3 and up will enjoy (as well as some adults). Once you put it together, children can play with their PlasmaCar for hours at a time.

Author: Stan Marsh
Author: Stan Marsh

Hi all, I’m a toy reviewer, a father, programmer and an occasional sketch artist from Washington D.C where i live with my wife and wonderful 4-year-old daughter. Although i have a bachelor’s degree in Child’s Psychology, i didn’t pursue a career in that direction. Nonetheless, the experience and knowledge i gathered during my studies helped my tremendously with life challenges.

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