A few days ago, I was sent a large box full of Boneless Skaters and accessory sets. Boneless are motorized toy skateboard with poseable skaters that can go forward or backward. They are charged up using a base that runs on three AA batteries, and the skaters themselves can be posed in various ways to affect the way they move and make jumps. The box I received included three skaters (Mia, Ryan, & Luca) with boards and chargers, the Big Air Mega Ramp, and Super Street Sk8Prk. The idea behind these are pretty neat and I’m surprised there hasn’t been something similar. The execution, however, is a little lacking.
The Skaters & Boards
The skater charges withing a few seconds, but you must hold them down onto the charger. Otherwise they’ll go flying off as the wheels start spinning as soon as there is a slight charge. Sliding the board forward allows the skater to move forward only. Sliding it back allows it to switch between forwards & backwards when it hits something. Durability wise, they withstood numerous bumps into walls and cabinets, a drop from the kitchen table, being caught & carried off by the dog, and being generally slobbered on by said dog (a boxer…so there was a lot of drool).
Once the skaters are set loose to roll across the floor, there is about a 50/50 chance they will simply fall over under their own weight after going a foot. Even slightly bumping into anything causes them to topple. It was very frustrating since we were trying to see how far they could go. I tried posing the skater different ways to help balance it out some. Though the figures are bendable, it’s somewhat limited. All I ended up doing was making it worse.
Super Street Sk8prk
Out of the two action sets, this was the fastest and easiest to set up. It consists of a fence and two different ramps, a yellow one & a grayish one. The fence connects into a loop around the yellow ramp to close off a somewhat large area. The yellow ramp unfortunately doesn’t sit flush. There was a large enough gap between it and the top of the table that the skater/board couldn’t go up it. We ran into a similar issue with the gray ramp as well, but it was because the bottom edges were too tall. For the best results, you probably need to tack the fence down to help reinforce it.
Big Air Mega Ramp
This one took my daughter a while to set up and it was not easy. Once put together, the ramp is about 3 feet long. The top section is fairly steep, and the bottom section can be adjusted to three different angles. For the most part, the skater falls down the ramp and falls over as the drop levels out. After a lot of trial and error we were able to get to run the length of the ramp…you just have to hold it just so before letting it go.
Overall, Boneless skaters are fun but I think they need some work. The biggest hurtle is the weight. My daughter also said it would be nice to have some more of remote control to help with direction. You are supposed to be able to do tricks with these, but we haven’t figured out how to do so yet. If you want to try these out yourself, they are available at Target and www.SkateBoneless.com.
If you do try them out, share your videos on your social media channels with the tags #Boneless and #StickTheTrick.
I received the above mentioned products for free to help facilitate my review.