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This Miniature Ride-On VW Van Lets Your Kids Take a Year Off Preschool to Go Find Themselves

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Growing up in the ‘80s, I assumed I was part of the generation that had the best kids’ toys: G.I. Joe, Transformers, Voltron. But after discovering this flawless miniature Volkswagen Camper Van that can actually be driven by a couple of toddlers, I’m genuinely envious of four-year-olds.

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Yes, I realize the adult version of the VW Camper Van is probably even more fun to drive, but can I find one of those for $400? Nope. Can I find one powered by a rechargeable 12-volt electric battery? Nope. Could I even find one with headlights that still worked? It probably wouldn’t be easy. This one has all of those features, plus sound effects, a tiny trunk in the back, three-speeds (including reverse), and working doors.

Most ride-on toys look like caricatures of the original vehicles they’re based on, but Beyond Infinity has done a fantastic job of preserving the proportions and overall design of this iconic vehicle. Even Lego’s version of the VW Camper Van doesn’t look this good.

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Illustration for article titled This Miniature Ride-On VW Van Lets Your Kids Take a Year Off Preschool to Go Find Themselves

The toy even manages to include a few modern creature comforts, like a power gauge indicating how much juice the battery has remaining. You’ll even find a USB port on the dashboard for connecting a media player so your kids can blast Canned Heat’s “Going up the Country” as they cruise around the neighborhood. Or Raffi, they’re both equally groovy.

[YouTube via The Awesomer]

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SlowDonnie
SlowDonnie

I had a 74 I think it was, pumpkin orange with a white roof, had a stove, refrigerator, sink, fold down back seat that made a bed, but instead of the pop up top it had about a 3ft sunroof that started from the drivers compartment to the mid of the passenger area...talk about a party wagon, and that’s exactly what I used it for ;-)