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Discovery Kids Infrared Remote Control Tarantula: Fear of spiders not an option

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Discovery Kids Infrared Remote Control Tarantula


The Discovery Kids Infrared Remote Control Tarantula is probably the most realistic looking of the spiders I was allowed to play with ... I mean review. The Tarantula has a dark gray and black body and legs with burnt-orange accents. The darker color, at least to my eye, is more realistic looking and less like plastic than the lighter colored Scorpion was. Kids are less critical of these things so they won't care either way and will squeal with delight when the Tarantula skitters across the floor in their direction.

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The Tarantula moves in a realistic fashion with his legs twitching as he rolls along on the wheels in his belly. His eyes flash red and blue as he moves but somehow he lacks that menacing aura possessed by the Scorpion, Rattlesnake or even the Centipede in NKOK's Discovery Kids Collection. The Tarantula is more fun than frightening.

The remote control is small with 2 control buttons hidden beneath a sliding panel. The left button sends the spider moving forward. The right button turns him to the right or if the button is held down, he will pivot around in a circle until the button is released.

You'll be happy to know that batteries are included. There are 6 LR44 button batteries in the box. 3 of those go in the remote and 3 go into the Tarantula. As with the other toys in this collection, you can control up to 3 Tarantulas with a single controller. The printed instruction sheet provides instructions for inserting the batteries and using the remote with multiple Tarantulas.


  • The Tarantula is part of NKOK's Discovery Kids collection
  • Realistic movement and eyes that light up red and blue when he moves.
  • Tri-Band control for up to 3 Tarantulas on one controller using the A-B-C switch
  • 6 LR44 button cell Batteries included
  • 60 Day warranty with proof of purchase for manufacturer defects only.
  • Dimensions: 1.25" H x 4.5" W x 4" D

Recommended for boys age 4 and up and not for children under 3 years because of possible choking hazard. Oddly, the image of the box online shows a recommendation of age 6 and up but the box I received says Age 4 and up. That's definitely a decision for mom and dad.

The Discovery Kids Infrared Remote Tarantula is available at Wayfair online for about $22. Amazon sells it for about $16.


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