It was a decade of big hair, big shoulders and…er, Big Country, so it’s only fitting that one of the greatest playthings to hit the Eighties was called Bigtrak. This revolutionary programmable space rover trundled around millions of households, thrilling kids and adults alike before falling foul of the fashion police (toy division) circa ‘85.
Thankfully you can’t keep a good six-wheeler down because Bigtrak is back in the small but better than ever shape of Bigtrak Jr. This brilliant desktop version of the iconic keypad-clad vehicle features all the functions you remember, plus several 21st century updates you don’t.
Set your coordinates and let it roam
Simply punch in your commands and cross your fingers as Bigtrak Jr executes the sequence, travelling forwards, backwards, left and right. It’ll even fire a volley from its ‘photon’ cannon and lurk behind the sofa before scaring the bejesus out of the cat. Programming a ‘puter has never been such fun.
But what about those updates? Well, Bigtrak Jr boasts a cool ‘memory save’ function allowing you to write programs and save ‘em for future use. Better still an ‘active accessory port’ accommodates various forthcoming accessories including a webcam and foam rocket launcher. Back to the future? We can’t wait.
Trust us... it's more technical than it looks, check out these diagrams
We sent one into space (sort of)!
No, it’s not particularly cutting edge in this day and age, but watching the results of your pre-programming remains as thrilling as ever. We’ll even throw in six moon crater obstacles so you can pretend you’re on the set of Buck Rogers alongside Colonel ‘phwoar’ Deering and that annoying robot that said ‘bidibidibidi’. And if you’re old enough to remember that we sincerely hope you’re buying Bigtrak Jr for your kids. ‘No, left at the sofa, not right at the chair leg!’