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Click here Shocking RC Tanks from Jumpin' Banana
by Mr. Stinkhead

You can see video of these tanks in action in the first segment of the 2007 Ka-POW-bq

Last year we gave the Lightning Reaction game a spin. Basically up to four players grab a handle, and attempt to be the first to buzz in when the flashing light turns green. The last one to buzz in (or if you buzz in early) gets a mild electric shock. It was a lot of fun at parties, I even go to shock my mom.

Click here Then when we went to Toy Fair in February, we stopped by the Jumpin' Banana booth to check out all the fun, new, potentially hazardous toys they had coming out in 2005. I loved the Shocking Roullete game, four people stick one finger in each hole on the device, and you let it go. One of you will get shocked at random. No skill, no speed, just dumb luck. The Laser-Tag style game that shocks you when your chest emblem gets hit was also a big hit. But frankly, I fell in love with their shocking RC tanks. Jumpin' Banana was gracious enough to send us this set to test drive.

Click hereGame play is simple enough. Grab a friend, grab a remote, and put your tanks on the floor. It's better to make them not facing each other at first so you actually have to manuever a little bit. When you shoot your opponent's tank, their remote control delivers the electric shock. It's pretty gratifying actually.

The coolest part about this two pack of tanks is much control you have on your tank. The remote allows you to operate the treads independantly, so you can turn either direction, go forward or back with ease. Manuever your tank so the gun barrel is aimed towards the other guy, and fire away. If you do indeed get hit, your tank will shake back and forth and you'll be unable to shoot for a second or two. If you're really fast with your trigger finger, you can keep nailing your opponent before they regain composure and grab hold of the controls. Sweet.

Click hereOn the top of each tank there are six red LED lights. Each hit turns off a light. When all six are gone, your tank is out for good, and you'll need to reset it. You can be a winner quicker however. By simply putting your shock value on high power, thus doubling the shock YOU receive, you can take out two of their lights at the same time. Easy huh?! Ok, I tried to gloss over the whole "doubling your self-inflicted shock." See with the added power comes the added punishment. If you think you can handle the high setting, by all means go for it. However the high setting could possibly make your arm tingly for around a half hour after playing. Yeah, good luck with that.

Click hereThe thing I like most about this set is that it was a huge hit with my non-toy-collecting compadres. They come over to my place, they check out my collection, but they don't really get it. They also don't really want to play with any of it. (That's good, I hate when they mess up my Xevoz anyway! Regardless, even the folks that hate sitting down to play board games or playing with action figures really dug this tank set. The whole self-electrocution aspect gave it a coolness factor above shooting a friend in the groin with a paint ball gun. Actually that sucks too. I don't want to demonstrate which is worse.

Click hereThis set is pretty versatile, being a tank, you don't need to worry too much about carpet vs hard-wood or tile like you would with other remote control toys. One aspect I should point out though is that they don't work all that well in direct sunlight. We took these guys outside and they were pretty non-responsive. It probably has something to do with the infrared receivers. Anyway, we brought em back inside and they worked great immediately.

Click hereThe sets run on two sets of 3 AAA (remote) and 3 AA (tank) batteries. They use the power conservatively enough, I haven't had to replace the batteries yet. (I pulled out the batteries they so nicely included right before our BBQ. Speaking of the 2005 Ka-POW-bq, we set up the tanks there as a side activity. We had a few tournaments to award some copies of Leisure Suit Larry and GTA San Andreas. (When we have the big prizes you have to work for em).

I like the way I can pack these things up and take them with me to play with at different gatherings. Airport security, not so much. But other parties, they're a lot of fun. I even want to make a small obstacle course with hide-out type sniping posts and ravines and stuff! SWEET! (After I make my cat-condo of course).

I'm anxiously awaiting the release of their Laser-Tag style game. That should be some more fun around the holidays. Except for Unca' Jim who has a pace-maker. You should never play with these if you have a pacemaker or other medical condition.

You can see video of these tanks in action in the first segment of the 2007 Ka-POW-bq

Click hereThese tanks were spotted at Spencer Gifts, and are made available through Jumpin' Banana, check out their site for loads of more shocking toys.

We found these shocking tanks online at Shockingfun.com

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Article and photos ©2005 MillionairePlayboy.com




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