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I was recently asked to review the Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge. Hot Wheels are not quite my cup of tea, but I figured R would love it…oh, and of course Oliver! Oliver got his first Hot Wheels when he was around 2 or 3, he really enjoyed it but it was a small piece of track that needs to be connected to something so it kept getting packed away. He still really enjoys the cars though and has just recently started coming back to them as he nears 5 years old.
One of the things that Oliver really loves about Hot Wheels is when cars do crazy jumps, or stunts, some might say. The Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge set totally appeals to that. And I must admit, once R had built it I did say, “that’s actually pretty cool”. Oliver seemed to know exactly what the sets do because he’d seen the adverts on TV (and he’d seen it in one of the toy catalogues that gets put through the door)
What’s in the Box
- All the bits of track and bridge you need to build the kit including a launcher
- Mega Bloks Building blocks, much like Lego
- A set of cardboard monsters
- 1 Hot Wheels car
- Instruction Manual
- The box also has a huge robot to cut out – the edges are perforated – to play with the track too
What you’ll need
- A grown up to help put it together as it is quite tricky
- A small cross-head screwdriver
- 2 x D-Cell batteries (the really big round ones) – these are for the motorised bridge
There’s a double track so you can launch two cars at once. The stunt bridge is motorised so it goes up and down, and you have to time the launching of the cars to the timing of the bridge so it’s really interesting to see Oliver working it all out – he got it pretty quickly. I’m still working on it.
You can probably use it without batteries, but the motorised bridge definitely gives it a really cool edge. You can use it with or without the bricks attached too, and you can detach the second half of the bridge and move it further away if you want a bit more of a challenge. It is pretty long already though, so you’ll need a lot of space if you want to do that. The motorised bridge is pretty quiet, so you can have it in the living room while you’re doing something else – just beware of the flying cars! Although I have to admit, I completely stopped what I was doing and was watching Oliver and R play and found myself saying things like “wooooaaahhhh” and “OMG that’s sooo coooooollll”.
There are 3 suggested challenges included, but you can use your imagination a bit too or just have a bit of free play. There are other Hot Wheels Track Builder sets that are compatible too so you can come up with loads of combinations.
Storing the Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge
A total grown up issue – storing such a large toy! Well, another good thing about this is the double track at the bottom is actually a really good place to store your cars between play. Oliver has quite a few Hot Wheels cars, and a few unbranded ones that we’ve picked up from charity shops. He lined them up on the bottom track when it was time to put his toys away before bed. It does come apart really easily in to sections too which is pretty handy. We have book cases in our living room and leave the bottom few shelves for Oliver’s things and this fits perfectly in there once broken down.
What Oliver Thinks
It’s really good because it makes the cars do a flip. It’s really cool because when you hit it really hard it can launch and do a jump.
What the Grown Ups Think
It is a really long toy, but it is so much fun. You definitely have to weigh up your options of space and storage. However, as Oliver is turning 5 in just over a month a lot of the toys he currently has out are being packed away ahead of his birthday and Christmas. At the moment he still has some plastic diggers in our trofast unit, but they haven’t been played with for such a long time so once the clear out has been done we should have plenty of storage space for bigger toys.
I definitely think it’s worth making space for this toy – it’s quiet and keeps Oliver entertained for ages. There are loads of different things you can do with it so we can change it up if he ever gets bored of it. He can also play by himself, with one of us, or when his friends/cousins come over. I also envision tournaments at Christmas time with grown ups and a points system!
Where to Get Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge
If you want to buy the Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge for your small person for a birthday or Christmas present, the RRP is £49.99 and you can pick it up from all good toy shops, or order online at Amazon.*
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