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2011 Award
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set
( Mattel $49.99 Score: )

If you grew up playing with Hot Wheels, then you probably dreamed about putting your tracks on the wall. Having spent a good part of my childhood with running tracks down the staircase...I was really excited to see this set at toy fair.  Having just tested this set, I am happy to report that the news is good. Hot Wheels has joined forces with 3M to come up with brackets that can be put up on your wall without damaging your paint (they warn not to do this on wallpaper...makes sense).  It comes with clear instructions that tell you where to place the brackets at each level. All of this will require adult supervision--and you may have to adjust some of your tracks--but it works.  It rarely works perfectly--something that didn't bother us or our testers since we think that's part of the fun.

The Starter Set comes with one car and has a big loop-de-loop that's fun and works well with the lighter car it comes with. We found that the heavier car packed with one of our favorite add-on sets did not handle the loop very well, but did very well on the track packed in the add-on set.

Of the add-on sets, we'd highly recommend the Daredevil curve that has a wonderful mechanism of turning the car as it makes a 180 degree turn on the track. Very cool. The Downhill Flip Drop also has fun action and worked well with the starter set. Our testers also liked the bridge and cityscape featured with this set.

We'd pass on the Drift Rally Spinoff that had a bumpy green road section that stopped our cars almost every time. It just didn't work as well as the other sets.

One disappointment. We have so many Cars 2 fans (not made by Hot Wheels, but made by Mattel that now makes both Hot Wheels and Matchbox). Sadly these cars were all too wide for the Hot Wheels tracks.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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