Mattel Disney/Pixar Cars Micro Drifters Super Speedway
PRODUCT: Mattel Disney/Pixar Cars Micro Drifters Super Speedway (http://service.mattel.com/uk )
DESCRIPTION: A complete track set to race Micro Drifters vehicles, based on the Disney/Pixar Cars films, enabling multi-car and side-by-side racing. Includes multiple track pieces, 1 x motorised booster, 1 x Micro Drifters vehicle, stickers, and instructions. Requires 3 x 'C' batteries (not included). Suitable for children aged 3 years upwards.
ASSEMBLY: The set comes in several pieces which require some simple slotting together prior to use. All the required assembly is detailed in the accompanying instructions leaflet. A sheet of stickers is included for adding detail to the track. Three 'C' batteries also need to be installed in the motorised booster - a screwdriver (not included) will be required to open the battery door.
GOOD POINTS: This Micro Drifters Super Speedway is the ultimate action-packed race track that even the youngest of children can enjoy, and its design around the Disney/Pixar Cars films means kids will love racing their favourite Cars characters against each other.
The set consists of a number of durable plastic track and support pieces which are very quick and easy to assemble (see above), creating a really fun and brightly coloured race track which is supported using various heights of scaffolding to offer plenty of downhill and uphill runs, twists and turns. The really fun sticker detailing around the track also adds a nice touch.
The track set comes with one small but mighty 'Micro Drifter' vehicle, namely Lightning McQueen, and is brilliantly detailed to resemble every bit the popular character from the Cars movie. This small scale vehicle is just one of many that can be collected (there are apparently over 100!), and each has unique ball-bearing technology which weights the car at the front so that the back end can swing out, or rather 'drift'. Note that additional character vehicles are available to purchase in packs of three.
Added to this there are some lovely features to the speedway circuit to make for some very exciting track action. The wide track not only allows more than one vehicle to race at a time, but also enables them to race side-by-side.
There is a separate pit lane from which the vehicles can be 'launched' onto the track via the clever little motorised booster. That is, once at the pit stop, the vehicle can be rolled onto the track using a push-down lever on the side, whereby it automatically feeds through the booster and is sent flying up and round the steep first bend. A handy little plastic overhang around this corner prevents the vehicle from flying off the track with the force of the booster.
Other nice features include the two separate track barriers around the course, one of which can be used to create a short-cut for the vehicles by taking out the middle bend, while the other can be flipped across (via a further push-down lever) to end the race by diverting the vehicles round to the finish line and past the pop-up chequered flag!
In our opinion, the Disney/Pixar Cars Micro Drifters Super Speedway is a well-designed and compact race track that will appeal to younger (and in our opinion older children too), providing plenty of fast-paced and exciting entertainment for little petrolheads!
BAD POINTS: The toy is battery operated and not batteries are included in the price. The sticker detailing may fade or wear off over time.
PRICE: Micro Drifters Super Speedway £29.99; Micro Drifters Vehicle Packs £5.99.
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