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Big Trak

Released on 12 July 2010

5.0 out of 5 (22 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Big Trak is back, enabling parents of today to buy one of the most memorable toys from their past and bring it back to life for their own children to enjoy - and of course for those who simply wish to have the toy they were never lucky enough to own as a child. It was the subject of a massive craze in the 1980s and the toy you simply had to have! A simply brand new retro experience!

Easy enough for kids to learn, but so much fun, even adults won't be able to resist. Boasting all the features of the original model, including 23 button keypad, front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp and the ability to store up to 16 preset programmes. With a 23-button keypad on its back, you can programme the plastic tank to trundle forward, then turn, then trundle some more... You get the picture. It also had 16 presets to perform predefined sequences of movements. It is like magic.

The revived Big Trak is an authentic reproduction that will boast all the features of the original, including the ubiquitous '80s go-faster stripes and blue headlamp. The centre wheels are driven by two motors to allow change of direction. Use the 23-button keypad to enter instructions for Big Trak.

Big Trak

Where do I want Big Trak to go?
In what direction?
How many units will it take to reach my goal?
When do I want Big Trak to fire?
Do I want Big Trak to return to me along a different course?

With a 16 command memory, Big Trak will execute 16 commands in one sequence, e.g. 'go forward 5 lengths', 'pause', 'turn 30 degrees right', 'fire phaser' and so on. There is a 'repeat' instruction allowing simple loops.

Keypad Commands:-
Forward/Backward, Left/Right, P - Pause, Photon Symbol - Fire, CM (Clear Memory), CE (Clear Last Step) x2 (Repeat Steps), Test, Tick (Check Last Instruction), Out, Go.

Command Samples:-
1 - Go forward 5 lengths, Pause, Turn 30 degrees right, Fire phaser, X2
2 - Turn left 90 degrees, Go backwards 3 lengths, Fire phaser, Go forward 6 lengths, Pause, Fire phaser, Turn right 180 degrees.

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customer Reviews

 Average rating (22 reviews)

 Too nostalgic to share.

| | See all JeremyUK's reviews (1)

"Big Trak is back, enabling parents of today to buy one of the most memorable toys from their past and bring it back to life for their own children to enjoy..." - Yeah, right! Who is honestly going to let their kids anywhere near their Bigtrak?

There are a lot of subtle differences between this and the original - but they are subtle; it's still great fun. The battery cover is now screwed in place rather than held on with a plastic tab. It is far more shiny than the original and actually white rather than "kind of white". The little red cover on the power switch actually stays put, the keypad is matt finish rather than glossy and the colours are brighter... Well you get the idea, little details. Many are improvements, some are just minor differences.

Size wise I think it is unchanged. It still has the slightly quirky programming with a single "x2" and angles measured in minutes (so a complete revolution is 60, rather than 360) just like the original.

What's wrong with it? Well the stickers are still a pain to get on straight (though I fancy I did a better job than I did as a child). They haven't done the transporter, or even said they will (it would be nice). Oddly I miss the original "MB" logo... weird I know. The light for the "Photon Canon" is far dimmer than the original (which was really bright) but it's an LED now so won't need replacing (the old one had a screw in bulb that used to be easy to buy - not sure where you'd get one now... so it's probably just as well). But all in all this is an excellent reproduction and very faithful to the original, it captures everything that matters really well. The biggest cosmetic change is the blue cover over the "Photon Canon" doesn't have a gap at the front anymore (which is how I know they used the original artwork - they haven't noticed this on the back of the box).

In the important things this is the same as the original; the same little tune before and after running the sequence of instructions, and yes, the "Photon Canon" noise is still very loud (it'll bring back happy memories of your mother complaining about it - and your "significant other" will probably have a similar tone). All the original detailing is faithfully reproduced.

Your pets will still absolutely hate it. You'll still wonder around the house measuring in "bigtrak lengths" (every "1" forward or backward is it's own length) to get it to go where you want. Even the box is the same (it actually has the original artwork, which doesn't quite match the new model - just the old "MB" stickers have been blotted out in favour of the new logo). It's all gloriously familiar.

If you liked the original Bigtrak, you'll like this. If (like me) you think the original Bigtrak was the best toy from your childhood, well you are going to absolutely love this. I've been looking forward to this since I first heard they were bringing it back, and it doesn't disappoint. If I were going to pick one toy for them to bring back, it would have been Bigtrak, and they've not ruined it with "improvements" that really aren't.

Will today's children get as much from Bigtrak as my generation? I don't care, they're not paying with mine!

 Looks as good as the original

| | See all Trickytony's reviews (5)

I still have my original one in my loft, the front axle has broken.

One of the best toys I was ever bought for christmas, I hope they bring out the trailer to go with it.

This is a very educational toy as you have to know the angle of each turn, e.g. 180 degrees to get it to turn all the way around, although that was always a challenge on carpet.

Not sure my dog ever enjoyed being laser beamed by big trak while trying to sleep.

I'm 40 now, I have no kids but will be buying one for myself again!

 Wow, can't believe what I'm seeing...

| | See all Philex's reviews (1)

I'm 35 & I too had one of these when I was a kid, about 8 I think. I used to love to take things apart to see how they worked... yes that's right I took big track apart & couldn't put it back together, my mum was a more than a little annoyed with me & it got chucked in the bin! I will be getting on for sure & this time I will leave it in one piece. Amazing "toy".

 Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!

| | See all Angie73's reviews (1)

For Ted - It's Big Track! It's amazing and it does exactly what it should. Just buy it and you wont be disappointed! Just reading how much everybody loves it, gives you your answer - it's great or we would all be picking holes in it! For everybody else, I share the joy of Big Track. I'm a 37 year old woman (some may say little girl after reading this). I put Big Track on my Santa list for years on end but somehow, Santa kept forgetting to leave it under the tree. I just wanted to programme it to fetch me an apple like the advert showed. After still secretly thinking about Big Track every Christmas since and the violins coming out whilst mentioning it to my hubby for years, Big Track found it's way under the Christmas tree this year. I'm so excited. I've been learning all the moves this morning and stuck my stickers on. I'm going to hunt for a trailer now. I guess I need to get out more but in the meantime, I'm going to have fun programming my Big Track moves. Enjoy it everyone!


| | See all JohnWorsley's reviews (16)

I cannot believe my eyes! BIGTRAK coming back!!! WOW I had 2 of these i had them battling with my little brother!! Talk about retro! What an amazing toy this used to be, only concern is, I hope its not a cheap and tacky remake, but true to the original design. Ordered one just now!

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