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Big Trak £21.99 delivered @ Play

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[mod] 6y, 2w agoFound 6 years, 2 weeks ago
Cheapest by a fair bit that I've ever seen this. Next best I can find is around £30 and up to £40 elsewhere.

Big Trak is back, enabling parents of today to buy one of the most memorable toys from their past and bring it back to life for their own children to enjoy - and of course for those who simply wish to have the toy they were never lucky enough to own as a child. It was the subject of a massive craze in the 1980s and the toy you simply had to have! A simply brand new retro experience!

Easy enough for kids to learn, but so much fun, even adults won't be able to resist. Boasting all the features of the original model, including 23 button keypad, front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp and the ability to store up to 16 preset programmes. With a 23-button keypad on its back, you can programme the plastic tank to trundle forward, then turn, then trundle some more... You get the picture. It also had 16 presets to perform predefined sequences of movements. It is like magic.

The revived Big Trak is an authentic reproduction that will boast all the features of the original, including the ubiquitous '80s go-faster stripes and blue headlamp. The centre wheels are driven by two motors to allow change of direction. Use the 23-button keypad to enter instructions for Big Trak.
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[mod]#1
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#2
I'm old enough to remember this the first time round. It was and still is boring! How anyone can find it entertaining to pre-program a remote control toy is beyond me. The whole point of having a remote control vehicle is to be able to drive it 'on the move' not pre-guess/calculate how/where you want it to go.

Absolutely freezing in my opinion.
[mod] 1 Like #3
I'm young enough to remember this first time round. It is a fantastic toy - was then and is now. If you want a bog standard remote control toy get one and be bored by it by Boxing Day. However if you want a more advanced long lasting toy/gadget this is the Mutts.

One of the best gadgets/prices I've found IMO


Edited By: andywedge on Nov 20, 2010 01:25
#4
A, as you put it, 'bog standard remote control toy', is far more entertaining than pressing a few buttons and watching this thing VERY VERY slowly move around your pre-programmed choices. Get this and you'll be bored out of your skull by Christmas dinner!

Yep, it's all about 'opinion'. You have yours, I have mine.


Edited By: Blasphemous on Nov 20, 2010 01:32
[mod]#5
Blasphemous, yer just being yer name fella regarding this toy. It's ace. But, as you say - opinions. It's ace and a great retro 80s gadget.
#6
andywedge
Blasphemous, yer just being yer name fella regarding this toy. It's ace. But, as you say - opinions. It's ace and a great retro 80s gadget.
lol. You enjoy it mate.

EDIT: Forgot to say, I had one. I just hated it. Mind you, back then this was 'cutting edge'! Thank God (that's me being blasphemous), technology moved on! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Laughing/lol-020.gif

Edited By: Blasphemous on Nov 20, 2010 01:47
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Blasphemous
andywedge
Blasphemous, yer just being yer name fella regarding this toy. It's ace. But, as you say - opinions. It's ace and a great retro 80s gadget.
lol. You enjoy it mate.

Why do I feel you got one of these as a Xmas present one year when you wanted a C64 and you have never forgiven it? X)
Night fella :)
#8
andywedge
Blasphemous
andywedge
Blasphemous, yer just being yer name fella regarding this toy. It's ace. But, as you say - opinions. It's ace and a great retro 80s gadget.
lol. You enjoy it mate.

Why do I feel you got one of these as a Xmas present one year when you wanted a C64 and you have never forgiven it? X)
Night fella :)
Ahhhh a C64..... Oh how I'd have loved a C64! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Love/love-001.gif Funny when you think what those things could do and what we're doing now. My phone has more processing capacity than ANYTHING had back then! BUT.... we were happy Andy and there never seemed to be as much trouble back in 'the olden days'! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Laughing/lol-025.gif Anyway, nice chatting with ya Andy. Night to you too mate.
#9
im not a personal fan of remote control cars/gadgets but heat added for the deal
1 Like #10
I always wanted one of these but Santa never got me one as MB toys were always too expensive back then. Maybe I'll ask Santa this year, I'm sure she'll be able to afford it now as "we've never had it so good"
[mod]#11
Hot as a great price.

I had one of these one Xmas.............Was fed up of it by Boxing Day X) Constantly typing in loads of numbers to get it to move a few yards was tiresome........it was quicker to push it. lol
1 Like #12
Gota love these play deals of the day! Everytime i open the email i pray its going to be the Sopranos complete box set for £39.99!
#13
ace and retro-tastic. requires a bit of thinking....may confuse some. haha
#14
these are great for introducing kids to programming, they use very simple versions in schools called beebot, worth every penny esp for young children
#15
I've got 1 of these for my 38 year old brother for Christmas - he had 1 when he was little and I think he enjoyed playing with it - Ah well, better than socks and undies.

Edited By: 2005CLAIRE on Nov 20, 2010 08:47
1 Like #16
These are totally useless as a present for young children...which is why I've just bought one for my five year old, knowing that by Boxing Day it will be mine! :p

Never too young to learn the harsh realities of life.
#17
****, bought one from Maplin this week as it was cheapest I could find. Wonder if I can take it back?
#18
Holdsworth
These are totally useless as a present for young children...which is why I've just bought one for my five year old, knowing that by Boxing Day it will be mine! :p

Never too young to learn the harsh realities of life.


Thats my thinking, along with back to the future on blu ray, its all gone retro. Cooooooooollllll
#19
Rich44, my autistic son has used beebot at school. He had 2 minutes playing with it at Maplins, and sussed it out. Perfect present for him as it's a toy that will do exactly what he wants!
#20
great pressie for a bit of nostalgia x heat added as a great price - alot dearer elsewhere x
#21
I'm getting sick of stores dropping prices as we get closer to Christmas, some people have to buy earlier! :P
If you want one it's a good deal but not worth it really (in that the product isn't anything much more than a bit of nostalgia)
1 Like #22
Many years ago I asked my parents to buy me a remote controlled car for christmas.
They bought me Big Trak and I must say its the most disappointing crap present ever!
#23
I was always jealous of my pal who had one of these, 30 years later should I?
#24
it was crap 20 years ago so its got to be even crapier now but good price if your after one.
#25
poker_face
it was crap 20 years ago so its got to be even crapier now but good price if your after one.


Make that almost 30 years. It came out in the early 80's. I have two of the originals and a trailer. Now they're worth nothing second hand as opposed to just a little. The horrible sound of it competing its mission is still ingrained in my mind. De Da De Da De Da.
#26
Also available at Amazon for the same price but if you go through Quidco then you'll also get an extra 2% off (43p)
#27
This is nothing without the trailer!
#28
poker_face
it was crap 20 years ago so its got to be even crapier now but good price if your after one.


Pfft, only cos you couldn't afford one.

Edited By: simate on Nov 20, 2010 12:10
#29
Calibrator
I was always jealous of my pal who had one of these, 30 years later should I?

+1 !! I bought one a couple of months ago for my 5 year old for Christmas - think I paid £30 for it so this price is a great deal. Have to laugh at the conversation between Andywedge and Blas on page 1 - it's almost a carbon copy of the conversation me (age 38) and my brother in law (also 38 but a computer architect! whatever that is) has when I bought it.
I think it will make a great pressie and will help the little fella with his numbers and sequences etc. Just need the trailer now so he can put a bottle of Guinness/turkey sarnie in the back and programme it from the fridge to the sofa in the living room on Christmas night!!
#30
Ah the 80's I thought these was fantastic, well other peoples was, satan never brought me one :-(

Got my eye on an Amiga 500 on ebay at the mo.


Must dash gotta put some more A team on for the kids (yes sad enough to have got all 5 series for them/me)
#31
Calibrator
I was always jealous of my pal who had one of these, 30 years later should I?


DO IT, DO IT NOW!!!
1 Like #32
Timbo_UK
Rich44, my autistic son has used beebot at school. He had 2 minutes playing with it at Maplins, and sussed it out. Perfect present for him as it's a toy that will do exactly what he wants!


Is a "beebot" part of the standard curriculum in your area, Rich44? Or is you son at a dedicated school for his needs?

PS. My past comments on the use of a BigTrak-like educational tool in classrooms:

[ http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/big-track-reduced-to-34-99-delivere/729641?p=9119183 ]

With regards the comparison to an Xbox 360 console today, it is indeed a valid comparison you have made, Blaiz. These toys were the forerunner to today's home computers & video games consoles. They were very advanced for their small size in their day, & may well have been a direct influence to the individuals that produce the home entertainment software we all enjoy today.

Tomy introduced a toy a few years ago (Listing at Amazon.co.uk) that was similar to the “Big Trak” (“Bigtrak”) product that was aimed at children who watched the TV programme "Dream Street". I bought one for my kids & unfortunately the noises it made scared my youngest so it was never really used to the full potential it could have been. All of my kids are probably too old now to consider using the idea in that form (“Dream Street” is now a distant memory), but I may well attempt to see if they are open to the idea of learning how to make programmable comments via an electronic key pad. It will help with reasoning & logic skills.


I mentioned in the other threads I quoted above that sometimes it is worthwhile going back to old(er) technology to appreciate how we have advanced & what we now take for granted.

However, I also commented that If the new “Big Trak” product supported a wireless (bluetooth) interface that was controlled from a PC, or any suitable device (mobile telephone/iPod Touch, or even home video game entertainment systems/consoles such as a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, or a PSP, etc) for instance, then it may introduce kids to programming a computer by creating logical steps to reach a desired goal like the "Logo" programming language used to be able to achieve using the "turtle graphics" syntax.

To create a square with sides of a size of 200 units you would use the following instructions, for example:

FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90
FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90
FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90
FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90

Maybe with some Government Education department backing we can see Bigtrak in classrooms (again) in the near future.


Buying a 1960s car to understand how an engine works, or using a Disk Operating System on a personal computer instead of relying on a Graphical User Interface, for instance. As soon as the new(er) technology fails today's users have no idea what to do to resolve an issue themselves & give up before trying anything that isn’t given to them in an online "help" document by the manufacturer.

In my two examples, cars & computers are mindlessly disposed of because the "value added" technology has failed, not because the item can no longer be fixed or used by somebody who understands the core operation of the items & has the knowledge to address the problem encountered.

Teaching kids to think for themselves, by tackling basic problems such as making a motorised toy navigate a few obstacles can divert a generation away from using Google to do their homework, for instance. Imagine what the world will be liked in one hundred years time? Will the human race (in the developed world) have forgotten how to make a fire, or tie a knot? It may sound silly now, but if we become increasingly reliant upon technology that day will come.

I suggested that re-introducing (now, considered to be) simple programming devices into classrooms would help today's generation much more than their parents buying video games consoles to play once they return home from school.

Member RHCP added...
RHCP
I bought a Big Trak from someone on AVForums about 3 years ago, to teach my year 7 pupils about inputs and outputs, I still use it now the kids love it. :w00t:


Mobile telephones are another good example of technology influencing society and not for the better (in my opinion).

Without Short Message Service (SMS) devices the young(er) members of today’s society may have a better understanding &/or appreciation of how to spell words, what punctuation is for, or how to construct a sentence correctly.

However, I agree with those that are reluctant to return to their respective past experiences.

I have spoiled a few memories with watching children’s television programmes from my informative years; “Mary, Mungo & Midge” and “The Clangers” being examples that come to mind immediately.

I would love to introduce my own kids to the three stop-motion animation shows set in Trumptonshire (“Camberwick Green”, “Chigley”, and “Trumpton”) but I think re-watching these may tarnish my fond memories. With today's influences ("Ninja Samurai Pizza Cat-eating Pocket Monster Battlebots", or whatever) I expect my kids will not gain anywhere near the same amount of benefit from the programmes anyway. They will miss the benefit of the stories and the positive messages they portrayed.

“ Nostalgia isn't what it used to be”

The following text & image are both taken from my comment #108 in a previous "Misc" thread:
"Are university students "stupid" or lack common sense."

fanpages

...Some may argue that the human race has made progress because of technology. Others may have differing opinions.

http://labspace.open.ac.uk/file.php/4918/7CF6DAF8-A626%E2%80%934DEF-9785C5F931B1FF9E.gif

Source: Without prior permission from Ted Goff. © 1997 Ted Goff. World Rights Reserved.


BFN,

fp.
#33
PS. Conversation at home...

Me: "Big Trak is down is £21.99 at Play.com"
My respective other-half: "...too late"

Hurry up, Santa! :)

BFN,

fp.
#34
Love anything remote controlled! And this pre-programming truck kicks ass :) HEAT
#35
I like to believe it was good, but it really wasn't. Even as 6 year old I was capable of realising it was cak. All thirty years is going to do is help to shatter misty eyed reminiscing.

Now Starbird on the other hand...
#36
It wasn't about remote-controlling a car. Any fool can get a remote control car and do that.

It was about programming. It was the 80s, everyone and their dog was into programming if they had a nerdy bone in their bodies. I would've loved one of these as a kid; I could've have programmed it to bring me stuff logo-style :)
#37
Does a fiver make all that much difference, or is it all about the clique :|

MM
#38
Hot, ordered 2 . 1 for myself and for a present. Nearly 2 for the price of 1
#39
Back up to £30.

Damn you procrastination,
#40
Batch_2001
Back up to £30.

Damn you procrastination,


It was a Play.com "Deal of the Day" & the day has passed.

BFN,

fp.

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