I had owned several, hobbyist-level, remote control cars over the years — the kind where you can literally take apart each component, upgrade parts, and tweak your vehicles to your liking. They generally cost several $100’s. There are also less expensive ones that I allow my children to play and practice the controls with.
This particularBezgar 1(and the2021 model: HM101) is a good, introductory vehicle into the hobbyist world of RC cars with excellent, all-terrain, waterproof performance. My best friend’s daughter had fun playing with it on a September camping trip going over rocks and sand, and I went ahead and gifted it to her. My brother had also asked where he could get one himself, and when I sent him the link, there was something odd: the very same car had received an UPGRADE since my purchase in March 2020! I asked him to let me check out his RC once he got it so my review could be updated with what has changed.
This review will be based on the original version with highlights of what has changed.
What’s Good? What’s Bad?
Update 8/30/2021:My friend got the2021 model (HM101), and when I compared his and mine, I found some differences:
Rear axle is slightly larger and wider. That should give it better stability
Front swing arm’s ball head is a tad bigger and SHOULD protect against impacts better
His steering gear is 3 wires instead of five on mine. I do not know if that makes any performance difference
2021 model has a more powerful 550 motor (my 2020 version has a 490)
His package came with anextraPVC body (green), though we both prefer the original yellow color scheme
Externally, both models look exactly the same
Relatively large size at 1:12 scale (New 2020 version is even bigger at 1:10)
Looks VERY cool at such a large size
Incredibly value priced for amateur-targeted RC trucks
Compared to other 1:12 scale RC trucks, the $117 price at the time of writing was fairly priced
The newer version is an even better deal as it’s slightly larger at 1:10 for the same cost
Charger can juice up both batteries at the same time
Remote control signal goes quite far (up to 260′, according to the manufacturer)
It uses the 2.4 GHz radio frequency, which allows for larger distances over the 5 GHz ones
2 AA batteries included for the remote
Speed limiter to adjust for the skill level of the operator
Allows the RC to drive slow enough for a kid to practice steering without the car disappearing or crashing into obstacles
Came fully assembled
Plastic parts of the original were not as good as the metal chassis/brushless motor, higher-end ones that go for $300+
Newer version closed that gap with its upgraded, metal gears and shafts
High speed can be difficult for many to control
Keep in mind that there is a throttle limiter available on the remote to help slow down the truck for easier control
Learning curve for amateurs not familiar with hobby-grade RC transmitters
For children over 8 years old, this remote controlled car is a FUN truck to drive. It is made of quality components, has a long battery life with a rapid charger, and bounces with 4WD over all sorts of terrain and speed ramps. It proved to have been a hit with children at a camping trip a few months ago while it left my best friend’s RC in the dust… literally! To my best friend: Sorry, buddy, but I couldn’t help rub that into your face again! Get yourself a better car :-)