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Tomy K'NEX Mario Kart Wii Mario and Luigi Starting Line Set

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PRODUCT: Tomy K'NEX Mario Kart Wii Mario and Luigi Starting Line Set (www.tomy.co.uk)Tomy K'Nex Mario & Luigi

DESCRIPTION: A 284-piece buildable racing track based on the Mario Kart Wii game. Contains 284 pieces, including a 16-piece buildable closed loop track, two buildable motorised Sprinter Karts complete with Mario and Luigi figures, buildable Thwomps obstacle with slamming action, two collectible Mushroom and Star items, stickers and instructions. Compatible with other Mario Kart Wii building sets. Requires 4 x AAA batteries (not included). Suitable for children aged 6 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The Mario and Luigi At The Starting Line Set is a fantastic K'NEX construction race track inspired by the Mario Kart Wii game, and is aimed particularly at young boys who want to transfer their racing skills from the big screen to the floor!

The set is based on the starting line of the Bowser's Castle Track and comes in pieces which your child will have great fun assembling, from the race cars through to the track itself. There are a generous number of coloured parts and pieces included (284 in total!) and the accompanying instructions manual contains step-by-step colour diagrams with limited text which even children at the younger end of the recommended age will be able to follow (although be prepared to lend a hand if needed!).

There are two racing cars, or rather Sprinter Karts, to assemble, one for Mario and the other for Luigi in respective red and green design, and with corresponding sticker detail to add. Each kart has a battery powered motor for some speedy racing, and two AAA batteries must be inserted into each motor prior to use (a screwdriver will be required to open the battery compartment). Two pre-assembled Mario and Luigi figures are included for driving the karts (these can be positioned into the karts by simply removing their legs!) as are two collectible items - a Mushroom and a Star - which can also be attached onto the back of each kart.

The race track itself consists of sixteen buildable interconnectable pieces which create a closed loop, but which can also be combined with other similar building sets to enable your child to make even bigger and better Mario Kart track systems. The track again has lots of sticker detailing for your child to apply (fully detailed in the instructions), and comes complete with race jumps, 'Mario Kart' starting line banner, and also a wonderful buildable 'Thwomps' obstacle which is suspended above the track and can be manually slammed down at tactical moments throughout the race for the opponent to crash into! In addition, a clever little removable race start structure (which must also be assembled) can be used to station the karts ready on the 'start line', with push-down levers to release them once the race starts!

The K'NEX Mario Kart Wii Mario and Luigi Starting Line Set is, in our opinion, a wonderful race track system for any fan of Mario Kart which provides a fun building challenge for young constructors, as well as hours of exciting race adventures. Furthermore, its compatibility with other tracks will create endless racing possibilities!

BAD POINTS: The product is fairly pricey. Batteries are not included and must be purchased separately, although rechargeable batteries can be used to keep costs down. There are lots of small parts which may get lost over time.

PRICE: Approx. £49.99

 

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