I wanted to entitle this review “Mummy vs Mega loop mayhem” as it took me a full hour to set it up! I do need to add that setting up any-kind of track is my weakest subject, closely followed by algebra. So for anyone who is a teeny bit more track-savvy than me, it may well be a bit quicker to set up. The really good news is that I did actually manage to do it (big yay!) rather than having to tell the kids to wait until daddy is home (as is the norm with these kinds of things).
Just so you can fully understand just how track-challenged I am, I feel that I do need to confess a few of my errors and although it is highly unlikely that you would make the same mistakes, it may help another track-challenged parent out there.
After unscrewing the wrong screws to put in the 4 x D sized batteries (and then retightening them and unscrewing the correct chamber for the batteries), and faced with a pile of plastic bits of track, I set about following the instructions to put the parts together. VERY slowly, step by step, I managed to put the thing together.
A few wrong moves and then figuring out how to correct it with the kids help, a couple of fiddly bits to attach, but finally I was done.
It was worth the effort because the boys LOVED this. The track has two loops, two launch buttons but unfortunately comes only with 1 car. Although my boys are hotwheels fans and have plenty of other hotwheels cars to use, none of them seemed to work as well as the car that did come with the track.
Although my first thoughts were that the plastic parts look like they could break easily, it actually proved to be fairly robust as I put it all together. It kept the kids busy for ages and once set up, didn’t need any help from me.
We have had similar sets in the past where the novelty has worn off, but this one has the bonus of a double track so that both of my boys can play with it at the same time. So a big thumbs up from mummy. The only feedback I would give Mattel is to consider supplying a second car with the set and to perhaps try to make the instructions a little bit clearer.