The new Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge kithas been released just in time for Christmas and as usual the Hot Wheels fans at Along Came Jay HQ were eager to review. Although the actual track and bridge sections are straightforward, this set has a number of bricks that look like lego pieces that does require a bit of concentration to put together. Luckily Jay had mummy to help and we went through the contents of the box and were soon set up and ready.
Unlike the Hot Wheels Roto Revolution which we recently reviewed this set does take up a lot of floor space when fully assembled with over 70 pieces it can be customised to be built in three different ways and we were able to change the configuration easily. It’s fully compatible with other Hot Wheels play sets so it has been great to add to the existing track and add another level of excitement.
Two ‘D’ size batteries and a cross-hair screwdriver is required for the motorised bridge to come alive. To launch the cars you have to hit the lever at the start of the track. I noticed that you do have to hit this lever quite hard for the cars to gain enough speed to crosse the bridge but this also brings in an element of competitive fun. I think this toy definitely gets you to focus on timing skills. Jay’s favourite part of the toy is the motorised bridge arm which forms part of the half bridge that rises up.
Construction is something he is really enjoying at the moment and the bricks that come with the set has been a welcome addition as he enjoys adding them to the bridge creating mini blockades and seeing whether he can successfully get the car across without crashing into them. There are additional cardboard cut out mini trolls for imaginative play which can be placed around the track. As I write this post Jay is lining up a number of cars to launch and I’m certain this set will keep him entertained for quite a while.
My only negative is that I feel this set should possible have two cars instead of the one. It wasn’t that much of a problem as we were able to use existing hot wheels cars from his growing collection! The Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit is newly launched and would make a great gift this Christmas. It’s suitable for ages 5 and over and priced at £49.99. It is available from all good toy shops. Another great play set for hot wheels fans young and old!
I am one of these mum’s who has been subjected to lots of children’s television programmes over the past two years. Perhaps ‘subjected’ is a bit harsh as I don’t mind watching them to some extent and I drift back to thoughts about the cartoons I used to watch. Remember Dungeons and Dragons and the Mysterious Cities Of Gold? those were the days!
Now back to present day The American-Canadian animated series Blaze and the Monster Machines which first hit our screens in 2014 for pre-schoolers and introduces many subjects such as technology, engineering and science. I’ve learnt a thing or two about mechanics also which is a bonus!
Firefighter Blaze is here to save the day! Now Blaze has double the rescue power with this 2-in-1 transforming vehicle in which Blaze goes from a Monster Machine to a fire rescue vehicle. Lift the back of Blaze’s body and he flips to transform into a heroic fire truck. Blaze’s ladder pivots back and forth so you can position him right under the fire. Aim his water cannon right at the flames and blast them away! The siren sounds and the light bar lights up, flashing automatically or activated when the button on the front of the cab is pressed. Flip his body again and Blaze transforms back into a monster truck. There are special phrases for each mode, totaling over 25 sounds and phrases. Blaze into action with this 2-in-1 Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Transforming Fire Truck vehicle!
2 vehicles in 1 Flip the chassis to transform Blaze Pivoting cannon & ladder
Special character phrases for each mode
Over 25 sounds and phrases from Blaze
Siren sounds & lights
Jay as mentioned loves vehicles and so this toy fit the bill for entertainment. I thought he wouldn’t play with it very long but he did and kept returning to it. He loves seeing how things work and has spent quite some time pushing the truck around all floors and in the garden. He genuinely likes it and the sounds and phrases are nice and clear so this keeps him interested and so far he’s not become bored with it.
Before transforming the original blaze does not have lights, but the fire truck blaze part does. You push the blue lights down on the fire truck and the lights light up and Blaze starts talking. Another aspect of this toy that I really like is that when you flip Blaze to the fire truck Blaze the car expands to look like a more realistic fire truck. Jay especially liked playing with the ladder with the small movable water cannon part especially as he has recently visited a fire station and got to hold a water cannon shown by his Uncle Ian a London firefighter.
Do you have and Blaze and Monster Machines fans in your household?