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Mattel recently released a new toy – Hot Wheels Roto Revolution. We were sent one to review. As it is Oliver’s 5th Birthday really soon we saw it as a great opportunity to see how he plays with toys that are age 5 and up. He’s recently started showing more interest in toy cars and grown up toys. When we pulled the box out he instantly tore it open and pulled all of the bits out, he was so excited to get it set up!
What’s in the Box
- A rotating base
- Pieces of track
- 2 launchers
- 2 cars
- Instruction Manual
What you need
- A grown up to help put everything together – getting the right parts of track in the right places can be tricky as well as making sure they are flat.
- A small cross-head screwdriver
- 4 x D-Cell batteries – the really big round ones.
The Hot Wheels Roto Revolution is a rotating toy with 2 launchers. There are 2 possible entry routes in to the Roto Revolution – one is a green track and one orange. You have to be on top of your game though and remember which tracks are entrances and which are blocked. It took me a while to figure out why Oliver managed to get the car inside the track but my car kept bouncing off – the shame!! Once the cars enter the track they get pushed around it by wheels, the longer they’re in there the faster they get. The aim of the game is for your car to knock out your opponents car.
The cars get really fast, but occasionally they get stuck by the wheels. Oliver had a habit of when that happened he would lean right over the track and push the car so that it would start moving again. However when the Hot Wheels cars fly out of the Roto Revolution track they can come out pretty quickly. We quickly told Oliver that it could be really dangerous. He seemed to understand very quickly, but occasionally still does it. The on/off switch is easily accessible and it starts up and stops fairly quickly so it doesn’t interrupt play too much.
Storing the Hot Wheels Roto Revolution
The base of the Roto Revolution is quite big, but the launcher tracks detach really easily so the majority of the floor space it requires during play is removed. You can pop it on it’s side or just pop the launcher tracks through the loops of the main track.
What Oliver Thinks
It’s really cool cos the cars go round and round really really really fast!!
What the Grown Ups Think
It was really quick to get it set up once it was out of the box. The track has provided hours of fun already and Oliver has really enjoyed playing with it. It’s great seeing him figure out when he needs to launch his car. He also gets really competitive – I’m yet to decide if that’s a good or bad thing. He plays it with us and even by himself. The only bad thing about it is how loud it is. Oliver has got to the stage where he sometimes wants to get up by himself (parenting win!!) and play with his toys – this is definitely not a toy he can play with during early morning. Our cats are a little suspicious of it too! However, noise aside, it’s a great toy and he enjoys it so much that it’s easy to forget about the noise. He also plays it in short bursts and then goes back to it again later.
Where to get Hot Wheels Roto Revolution
The RRP for the Hot Wheels Roto Revolution is £49.99 and is available from all the usual good toy shops. You can also order it from Amazon*
More Photos of the Hot Wheels Roto Revolution in Action
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You can also check out our review of the Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge