Last night I was watching The Incredibles DVD with my son (who, as most of you know, is 6). It was the first time he had ever seen the movie and like everyone else in the world he loved it. However when we got to the scene where Mr. Incredible throws the remote for the huge rampaging robot to his young son my child shook his head and said, “He shouldn’t give the remote control to a young boy even if he does have super powers.”
“Why not?” I asked.
“Mom, have you ever seen the way me and other boys drive remote control cars?” he asked in a tone which border-lined on patronizing. “We drive them into walls. That’s what makes remote control toys fun; that they can crash and if you’re really lucky the wheels will pop off or something. All boys like to crash remote control things and that superboy is going to use the remote to make that super-big robot smash it into a super-big building!”
Of course the robot did crash into a building although the superboy supposedly didn’t want that to happen (at least not consciously) but there is little question that the crashing of the robot made millions of little male viewers extremely happy.
So I think the moral of this story is that if you are planning on buying a remote control toy for a little boy this holiday season make sure that:
A) It can easily be repaired or…
B) It is inexpensive thus making its inevitable destruction something less than a tragedy.
Personally I’m thinking twice about buying my son the new roboraptor toy. He can always crash it during our visits to Sharper Image.
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