**Disclosure: Our family was invited out to the re-grand opening. We were given the opportunity to try out the store by each making a car. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are of my own.
Ridemakerz is a fun and immerse car customizing experience for the whole family with over 649 million ways to customize your favorite radio-controlled car or "Ride". It follows the concept of Build A Bear. How many men do you think want to spend the day building stuffed bears with their sons? Probably not many, right? I love this concept!! What better way to bond with your son than building a customized radio-controlled car from the ground up! To make the day even better - this Sunday the 20Th which is Father's Day they are having a buy one get one free sale!
The Ridemakerz experience starts by choosing the car of your choice whether it be a hot rod, , Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper, fire engines, race cars, dump trucks and so many other eye popping choices. You then choose your wheels, rims, lights, sounds, accessories and decals - all easy to apply with snap-in or snap-on parts that need no glue. You can also make it remote control or leave it as a free ride. Giving kids an opportunity to use their imagination is priceless. Giving the kids freedom to choose how THEY want to design their car can be so much fun. I really enjoyed watching my children pick out the car, colors, tires, wheels, decals, etc. and seeing the final product. Moms - this is just not for boys!! My daughter had so much fun and loved creating her RIDE!!
RIDEZ are priced from $10 to $32, depending on body and paint scheme selected. Radio remote-control can be added for an additional $25 and custom accessories range in price from $2 for grille guards, spoilers and hood scoops to $15 for a deluxe "muscle kit" that includes a blow engine, spoiler, side pipes, muffler tips and roof vent. RIDEZ measure 10 to 12 inches long, about the size of a football, and range from approximately 1:14 to 1:20 scale.
These cars are really awesome!!! They may seem expensive but for the price you pay they are really good quality cars! We charged the batteries over night and the next day they went so fast and are so cool! It was fun to play as a family with them. Having two boys I have bought my share of remote controlled cars. Most of the models we buy in the store only go so fast and usually fall apart pretty quickly. I couldn't believe how fast these cars go. My kids have crashed them quite a few times already and they seem to be holding up pretty good. The only issue we had - which you won't have this issue if buying more than three, but there are only three channels, so we had to figure out who had what channel and change the band a few times before all of us could be on our own. I also think it would be great for the store to have a "repair shop" where you could go to "fix" or get work done on your car.
RIDEMAKERZ also has birthday party packages just like build a bear - I think this will be very popular with the boys. They seem to be reasonably priced too.
This Sunday, June 20th, 2010 (Father's Day) is the perfect time to make a visit - Buy one RIDEMAKERZ car and GET ONE STOCK RIDE FREE!! Chip and Fireball Tim will also be on hand from 10am - 3pm!! (This offer is not available online - this is an in store only promotion running in all locations June 19th & 20th 2010)