A few weeks ago, your friendly neighborhood jman was at Downtown Disney. You can read all about my exploits here. While I was there, I happened upon the Ridemakerz store in Team Mickey’s Athletic Club. You can read all about that experience here. And if you continue onward, you’ll be able to read all about my thoughts on my purchase. Consider this article a spin-off of my Tales from the Vacation series I know you’ve been keeping up with.
Because I really didn’t get a chance to “build” or “play” with any of the cars while Kelly Marie and I were in the Ridemakerz shop in Downtown Disney, I didn’t know what to expect when I ordered my ride off the Ridemakerz website.
Part of the whole Ridemakerz charm is building the car. After you pick out your body/chassis/accessories there’s an assembly area in the middle of the store, where you can put your car together. But, since I ended up ordering my car off the internets, I robbed myself of that experience (tell you what, if my ol’ man wasn’t alive, and he read that I admitted I robbed myself of the experience of assembly a car (even a toy car) he’d be turning over his grave right now). I wasn’t even sure if they were going to ship the car assembled or not. Secretly, I was hoping I would be able to put it together, but I had a feeling I wouldn’t.
Shortly after I ordered the car, it arrived at my door. And to my surprise, the car wasn’t assembled!
The car (and parts) was shipped in this cool little “tool box” box. It comes with all your parts stuffed in there and a little “tool” (sort of a screw driver/wrench combination made to look like a key) to assemble your car with.
Putting the whole thing together was a snap. That was a little disappointing (yes, dad. I’m admitting I was disappointed that it wasn’t more of a challenge to put the car together). But, the car is meant for stupid kids, not stupid adults.
When you buy a car, it comes standard with rims and front/back tires. But, just like a real car, the standards are “bor-ring”. You can upgrade (of course you can upgrade! Cause that’s where “they” get you), but it’ll cost you a bit more flow.
Not only that, but you can customize your ride with a ton of different accessories. Not just tires and rims, either. But engines, light up effects, sounds and stickers, too. They even have multiple remote controlizer chassis options!
Of course, I upgraded my ride. I ended up buying the “slick” racing tires, bad ass rims and light up side pipes.
And the remote controlizer.
All said, my ride cost me a hefty 70 bucks. Not including shipping. I found a coupon online, that helped defer some of that cost.
My thoughts overall? The price is what kills the experience here. It’s a lot for this set. If I bought the car and put it together at Ridemakerz, I’d probably wouldn’t be so critical of the price. That whole experience of being there adds a lil more to the car’s value. But, beings that I ordered it over the internets and assembled it at my house? I’m sorta “meh” about the whole thing.
I think next time (not that there’s going to ever be a next time), I’d just get the car, without the remote controlizer. Of course, if you’re taking your kid to Ridemakerz, you’re not leaving the place without it installed. And that’s because you get to test drive your car right there. And there’s no test driving a car that doesn’t have a remote controlizer in it. Good luck with that. So, unless you want a crying 7 year old (and who doesn’t), you’re gonna be bucking up to motorize your ride.
I’m not a stupid kid (just a stupid adult), so I can walk away without the remote controlizer. Cause I learn from experience.
That is…until I’m at Downtown Disney again. And I’m standing amongst all the choices and I forget everything I’ve been through cause bright lights, shiny stuff and marketing all work on me.