If your skeptical about the idea of a remote control caterpillar, I was too. When I opened the box I was expecting a slow boring toy which would quickly get tossed aside for something more exciting. I was in for a surprise once I installed all the batteries and pressed the button on the remote to move him forward. The Discovery Kids Infrared Remote Control Caterpillar didn't get the memo that caterpillars are supposed to be slow. He is fast, really fast. He moves in a realistic motion with his body sliding forward and back just like a real caterpillar and he can cover a lot of ground as he zooms forward and spins around.. Needless to say, both my cats were fascinated by this one.
The Caterpillar comes with the 6 LR44 batteries you need for the remote control and the caterpillar itself. 3 of the batteries go into a compartment on the caterpillars stomach. Getting the batteries in correctly can be a bit difficult because of the small size so be very careful that the batteries are aligned correctly the first time. You don't want to have to take them out and start over.
This little guy doesn't have eyes but there is a blue light that glows in the front of his head and nose when he moves. His body is bright green with horizontal black stripes and some red accents. He's about 4.5" in length, 1.25" wide and only about an inch tall. This one is recommended for ages 4 and up.
The remote is small and flat with a sliding panel that conceals the control buttons. The left button sends the caterpillar moving forward and the right button send him to the right or spins him in circles. The remote can control up to 3 caterpillars at once using the A-B-C switch to assign a different band to each bug. The printed instruction sheet explains how to insert the batteries as well as how to control multiple caterpillars at once.
I think caterpillar races might be a lot of fun. It would certainly be a challenge to get them to move in something like a straight direction to reach the finish line. If frogs can race, why not caterpillars?
This is a cute toy with the potential to be a lot of fun if you can find it in stores. The other toys in the NKOK Discovery Kids Collection are available from Wayfair online but the Caterpillar is not among them and so far I have been unable to find it anywhere online. There may have been a distribution issue and shipments are late but keep your eyes open for it when you do your holiday shopping online and in your local stores. I think the kids will really like this one.