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Hot Wheels Radical Roadway

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Brand: Mattel / Type: Car race track / racing set

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      27.01.2011 07:54
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      Due to my son's birthday being so close to Christmas, I was pleased to see that my family had managed to get him something different present wise, rather than the obligatory voucher (he had so much at Christmas this of course could have been forgiven!), with my brothers offering being the subject of this review. The toy in question is - "Hot wheels - radical roadway". This set is a race track, very much in the style of multi storey carpark (without the sides and the roof!), and even comes with it's own petrol pumping station. Before you have to set this beast up, and boy does it take some work! In total, and including al the prettifying pieces for detail, this set comprises of almost 70 attachable parts, with a sheet of stickers to make this look as effective as possible, which do work if it weren't for the fact that some of the "expendable" pieces, ie the lamposts and such like hadn't been a funny shape before we even made the track up, though as long as the track was straight we weren't that worried. After fiddling and farting around for a good hour, we ( and I mean the royal we as at some point my husband decided he couldn't stand the look of pain on my face one second longer!), the track was set up and ready to be played with. The instructions that come with set are pretty generic as far as these types of sets ups go, with there being very little worded explanation as to what's going on, but all being in diagram form, which is all well and good if the pieces are not as small and fiddly as these were, but being in black and white too mean some real deciphering as to which piece is supposed to go where, though as the road pieces themselves came in much bigger block form, these were by far the easiest to figure out and clip together. Fully constructed it did take up a fair bit of space, with it being a good of feet long, and a little less wide, but being high too, so I couldn't get my son to slip it fully constructed under his bed for future use, and I am NOT taking this apart again to make up when he see's fit, it know resides on my dining room table. This set comes with it's own racing car, a lovely vibrant looking yellow sporty number, and though it states on the instructions that you should only use the car included, my son has managed to force his transformer round the track a few times as well, unfortunately not working any better! The idea of the game is to get the car to the highest point and park it behind the barrier which is situated beside the pumping station. Once "filled" with essential petrol for the run you press a button that "flicks" the car away down the track for it to hit a jump a bit further down, the idea being that the car should rise over the jump and land perfectly back onto the track to compete the course, though after numerous attempts at it, it has yet to do so! Price wise this is available for £20.00 on www.amazon.co.uk, which for any car enthusiast child (or adult! Lol!), this would be a nice addition, though my son soon lost interest and it has been gathering dust on my table ever since, I think it would have been more appealing if the jump had worked, though the rest of the set was payable enough. The set is stated to be suitable for a 3+ child, though it doesn't state that you will definitely need an adults help to construct the track in the first place. Thanks for reading x

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