Fisher Price’s Power Wheels line is best known for its miniature drivable versions of real-life cars, like the Porsche 911 GT3. But one of its more original and unique creations, the Wild Thing, is being brought back with a more rugged design so kids can now take it off-road.
The original Wild Thing was a purple, cartoony affair driven using two throttle sticks that individually controlled each wheel — kind of like driving a tank, without the massive cannon on top. The new Wild Thing still uses that dual throttle stick setup, but now has a beefier design, more durable tires, an exposed metal frame and two colour options.
The new and improved Wild Thing — available come spring for $US250 ($349) — unfortunately only supports single passengers up to 45kg in weight, so most adults can forget about taking it for a spin. And while it tops out at just 8km/h, the real fun is putting the Wild Thing into 360-degree spins.
It’s also important to note that the Wild Thing doesn’t balance on its two wheels like a hoverboard. Instead, there’s a third caster wheel in the back that keeps it stable, putting less strain on its electric motor, so you never have to worry about catastrophic battery fires.