ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fisher Price Imaginext Sky Racers Airplane Toy Review

Updated on October 9, 2011
Imaginext Wind Scorpion by Fisher Price
Imaginext Wind Scorpion by Fisher Price

After 14 years of toy purchases, it takes a lot to impress me. Let me tell you what I'm not impressed by: toys that beep, run out of juice, and break on impact. I don't need toys with sound effects that need batteries. I'm looking for tough, enduring toys that can grow with my children. Isn't that what everyone is looking for?

I've always been a fan for Fisher Price Little People toys for this reason, but eventually kids do outgrow these preschool-oriented play sets. But a few years ago Fisher Price rolled out a new line of action figures in their Imaginext line, and I am really impressed with these toys. We discovered these toys when my son turned three and have been steadily building up a collection of Imaginext airplanes, called Sky Racers. Shhhh....don't tell my kids this, but they are getting some for Christmas again this year.

Imaginext Sky Racers airplanes are my top pick for birthday gifts because they are such a good bargain. My friends always think I spent more than I did on these quality, but inexpensive, play sets.
Imaginext Sky Racers airplanes are my top pick for birthday gifts because they are such a good bargain. My friends always think I spent more than I did on these quality, but inexpensive, play sets. | Source

The Appeal of Imaginext Sky Racers

Last Christmas I really wasn't prepared to be impressed by the Imaginext® airplanes. We liked the dinosaurs, and were impressed with some of the other Imaginext action figures, and I had bought several of these items as birthday gifts in the ten to fifteen dollar range, with rave reviews. But I had seen a special edition gift set of the Imaginext Sky Racers™ airplanes, and they just didn't seem very impressive to me. But my husband, who, bless his soul, has a much better pulse on what little boys would like, said, "trust me, I know what I'm doing."

The day after Christmas, we notice our son playing with his new red toy airplanes. His action set came with two planes and two action figures. I was surprised by all of the features on the planes. On one of the planes, the wings moved, the hatch opened, and you could shoot flying discs that came on the toys from the front of the plane. Not only that, the planes came with a grappling hook that seemed to lend the airplanes themselves to some real imaginative play. Each colored airplane is different, so if you get one of each color you are getting a new feature set with each plane, not just a new color scheme.

The play set we bought also came with a DVD, which shows all of the Imaginext action figures having adventures as a group of friends. "Imaginext, Imaginext...we are the heroes of Imaginext!" The DVD has some interesting adventures but from an adult standpoint it is really just a marketing ploy to help kids become excited about the Imaginext brand. I guess that's OK with me, though. It is interesting how completely different the toys in the Imaginext line are, but the folks at Fisher Price have come up with a way to show kids that you don't have to play with matched sets to use your imagination.

My son is now five and as an early kindergartener is moving beyond the preschool age, but I think the Imaginext line of toys will last at our house for 3 or more years, then pass down to his younger siblings. Even his younger sister enjoys playing with these toys. I've been impressed with all of the features on these inexpensive toys, which require good ol' fashioned manipulation instead of battery-operated energy. I also like that they are Imaginext toys don't JUST promote movies. Though we are seeing more of that since the big Disney buyout of Marvel. I'm looking for well-priced toys that we can build into a collection. I think my kids will continue to enjoy the smaller airplanes in red, green, and blue, and I suppose, by next year, they will be adding yellow and black to the mix!

I will be getting the Carrier and looking forward to discovering what it can do and watching my children integrate the new addition into their play, but I'm also considering getting the Serpent Ship or the Samurai Castle, since these items are very reasonably priced at about $30. The smaller airplanes can be found for as little as $8, and I have noticed their prices seem to be coming down.

The Price Is Right

As folks continue to struggle with stretching their budget further because prices are on the rise, these toys seem to be a great deal to me. A family with several young kids can get two or three really well-designed and fun toys for about $25, and can splurge for a bigger gee-whiz toy like the Carrier for about $30 if they shop around. I think the Imaginext's airplane toys are going to sell like hotcakes for as long as they remain reasonably priced. At my house, they are a new favorite, and we plan to add more to our collection.

I also feel that I'm getting more for my money with this line of toys than with some of the name brand transporation play sets, like the Thomas The Tank Engine collectible engines, which run between $12 and $20 for the engines, usually sold in two or three-piece packs. Obviously toy trains are not planes, so we are comparing the proverbial apples and oranges here, but I find that building up a collection of Imaginext toys over time is more feasible at their current price points than the Thomas series.


Imaginext is growing in popularity but I've noticed that where I shop for toys at big box stores usually while I am trying to stock up on diapers, these toys are usually available in limited quantities. If you are serious about purchasing these toys, watch for some of the limited edition sets available at Target, or look for them online.

Product Acknowledgements

  • Imaginext® and Little People® are registered trademarks of Fisher Price.
  • Sky Racers™ is a trademark of Fisher Price.


Submit a Comment
  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Thanks for your comment, Hello, Hello! I think they are a very good buy for the price, but maybe where you are they are a little more costly.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    They are super toys and although good quality they are a bit pricey.

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    Thanks you two!

  • dallas93444 profile image

    Dallas W Thompson 

    9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    I have a grandson who enjoy. Thanks for sharing! Flag up!

  • randomcreative profile image

    Rose Clearfield 

    9 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I've always been a fan of the Fisher Price Little People, too. I'm glad that this toy is a good one!

  • wannabwestern profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Augustine 

    9 years ago from Iowa

    That's fantastic, he won't be disappointed! Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

  • profile image


    9 years ago

    I know a little guy who would enjoy this toy! Thanks so much!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)