Damn. Today’s kids are fortunate, aren’t they? Not only do they get to mess with electronic gadgets – thanks to grown ups’ obsession with gadgets, they also have wonderful toys like the Toylander 1 Electric Car. If you are clueless of what Toylander 1 is… that thing there is a kiddie ride, modeled after the 1948 Series 1 Land Rover, AKA the granddaddy of the legendary Land Rover Defender. Now, I am seriously envious. I wish I was a kid again. I wish.
Then again. Maybe not because, even if I were 5 now, my family wouldn’t even bear to drop £4,150 (around US$5,400!) for a toy which I would outgrown fairly quickly. Well, you read that right. This kiddie ride commands a hefty $5,400. Seriously, you ought to be a prince or princess to have one in your possession. But to be fair, this kiddie ride ain’t the run-of-the-mill rideable kid’s toys that you may find in Walmart or Target.
The attention to detail is beyond mind-blowing, both inside and out. It looks like the 1948 Series 1 Land Rover that has been zapped by a shrink gun. This ready-to-drive Toylander 1 comes fully built and painted, and its two electric motors are powerful enough to haul one grown-ass person plus two children, which is what it designed for, at up to a brisk 8 kph (5 mph).
Other details include forward/reverse gears, speed control, foot brake, hand brake, working lights, folding windscreen, opening tailgate, pneumatic tires, working horn, and a tough monocoque body. If you are those who derive satisfaction from building your own, Toylander also has self-build options too. It ranges from £49.50 for the build manual to £1,753 for the basic kit and body.