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A Gift For The Dads That Are Kids At Heart

Sep 1, 2008
Sometimes the best presents are those that will have Dads and Kids fighting for control of them. If you know a man that is really a big kid at heart, who perhaps spends more time on Guitar Hero then the kids do, then this article is for you. We look at neat gifts for Dads who have everything a grown up could wish for but like to indulge the child in them as well.

We are looking at the worlds smallest hydrogen car versus possibly the worlds smallest Tank. The H-Racer hydrogen car is the ultimate in executive toys however it palls relatively quickly and is more of a novelty item than something that will have a Dad and son clinched in a tug of war battle. It might be suited for gadget addicted Dads or kids who have a vested interest in mechanics or technology, as it is more a model of how hydrogen power works as opposed to a fun toy.

The car is sleek and boasts a snazzy blue and silver body however you have to assemble it yourself. This is possibly the most entertaining part of the whole process as you have to connect the hydrogen fuel cell system to the electric motor and after this is complete you can begin the speedy charge process. There is an accompanying power station, powered by a modest two AA batteries or a solar panel depending on whether and if you can be bothered.

As far as gifts for Dads go this is not fantastic but it looks great and is interesting watching the car fuel. The major draw back is that it is not too powerful and only goes in a straight line so it renders the toy more of a model than a functional source of entertainment. It could however be a good gift for a child with an aptitude for science who could reconstruct it. The price tag of 50GBP makes it an expensive model so you have to be sure that the recipient will be playing with the toy as opposed to the box, this includes Dads!

Facing off against the not so exciting but informative hydrogen car is the R-C Remote control tank. That is right, a remote control tank complete with toy soldier. The green soldier will take many Dads back to their childhoods however it is not as fantastic as it might seem. The tank actually costs 15 dollars which is the equivalent to about 8GBP and you get what you pay for. The shell is very un-tank like as it is flimsy and can be damaged by running into anything harder than a pillow and it eats batteries as the tank is charged from the controller.

It is the ultimate boys toy but as far as gifts for dads go they might need something with a bit more juice. It will not stand the test of time however it does turn in four directions unlike the hydrogen car. A combination of the two could be interesting, however they would both serve as novelty gifts for dads or children in two different price ranges.
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Dominic Donaldson is an expert on gifts for dads and provides impartial advice on all present buying.
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