One of the main reasons the kids wanted it was to let their toy figures ride it in the pool. And that's exactly why I'm leaving this review. It is definitely the right size for 6 to 12 inch figures, but you'll need one that has good joint articulation to get it on there right. Rubber bands help a lot, like the ones inside the packaging of most Barbies. The trickiest part is balance, you need to experiment to get it right. But it will work. I have to say, it was pretty neat to watch our 7 year old driving it around with her favorite Chelsae doll riding along.
I wish I had started with this boat as my first. I originally had a helion Lagos that I thought was cool, but this boat is far superior to the Lagos, and at nearly half the price. It's body is much stronger, more streamlined, and far better designed to keep water out. This little boat is much more stable, just as fast and has important features my other small class boat did not.
Our kids aren't really into RC vehicles. When I was a kid, I thought they were the coolest things. Sign of the times I guess. Plus, we have a swimming pool, so not much space in the backyard to play rc cars. So when I saw this boat, it was a must try! The packaging, the unknown brand, the Styrofoam, everything was nostalgic. Because it reminded me of those toys you would find at downtown swap-meets, or Chinatown. LOL! But I must say, it works very well. When I want it to turn, it turns, it is very accurate. I like making it go in circles. One last thing I'll mention, there is a clear plastic piece that seemed important because it was in its own little bag. The instructions didn't talk it and for the longest time, I didn't know what it was for. When I went to take pictures for this review, it became obvious... it's a stand for the boat. LOL! I was going to knock a star for pricing, but then I decided to do a little research first, and I realize these things aren't cheap. This is as low as it gets for a decent size boat. So I give it 5 stars.
You might find that the seat cover is too difficult to remove. You'll have to yank it out the first time. But after you do, you can loosen the screw for the black tab to make it easier on you the next time. We've been pulling it several times now, and I can start to see the stress in the plastic. Loosening the screw makes it a lot easier.