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My little boy has been getting more and more into cars since he was about 2 years old, and now he's 4 he has a big collection of Hot Wheels cars and prior to his birthday he expressed a lot of interest in the various track kits he kept seeing advertised on the TV!
So, for his birthday we bought him a few Hot Wheels tracks, as we were sure they would keep him amused for many hours and therefore be good value for money.
One of the tracks we purchased, was this 4-lane raceway. It's around 6' long and comprises 3 sections, which begin at the top with 4 lanes, then moving into 2, then into 1 single lane at the bottom. In two places on the track, there are yellow mechanisms which pop up to flick cars from the race and make the game more exciting (they are triggered when a faster car rides over a switch, thus sending the slower car flying to its doom).
At the top of the 4-lane raceway you place 4 cars into their individual lanes and a yellow 'stopper' of plastic stops the cars from rolling down. It's then down to the operator to pull the lever in the middle, which lowers the bits of yellow plastic and allow the cars to roll down the lanes. Four cars, then two, then ultimately one car will reach the end of the track (theoretically the fastest car of the four).
It's all over very quickly, as the cars do not take long to race down a 6' long slope, but it's exciting and quite fun. My little boy actually prefers to just connect the bottom end of the track to more orange track from other kits and send one car at a time from the top, using the raceway as a long slope for a car to race down, before rolling onto more track and possibly launching the start of another track such as a 'trick tracks' kit (which he also received for his birthday).
I think the 4-lane raceway is quite good, but it's over too fast and it's a pain having to spend longer placing 4 cars in the top and resetting all of the yellow 'flippers' down the track, than the race itself lasts. The raceway is entirely plastic, but it's strong and seems very durable. It folds away nicely for (almost) flat storage and is quick and simple to set up (my Son likes to use it in the garden). Shop around and if you can get it for under £20 then I'd say it's worth it - my little boy loves it anyway, which is the main thing! :)
Get behind the wheel for extreme racing action with the Four-Two -One Raceway. It's knockout fun with extreme crashes and only one ultimate winner. Age range: From 4 years.