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Darda Upside Down Overpass

by Darda

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  • Go totally upside down
  • Awesome 5-Loop corkscrew
  • No batteries or electricity needed
  • Incredible loops
  • Super fast car
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20 x 3 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00004WEXC
  • Item model number: 921-11123
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,109 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

The DARDA system incorporates construction, creativity, action and fun. Powered by the precision engineered Mega Motorƒ?›, speeds of 500-600 scale mph can be achieved with just one small wind - no batteries, keys, or electricity needed! The more complex track layout of Upside Down Overpass means more loops, more thrills and even more possibilities! Power up you car to go totally upside down five times in a row. Watch the car speed through an awesome five-loop corkscrew or create your own gravity-defying layout. Set includes illustrated instructions for 3 layouts. Set includes: 2 Molded Curve 2 Base Plates 3 straight track 8 bendable track to complete 4 loops.

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This racetrack has loop-the-loops just like a real roller coaster, but instead of roller coaster cars full of screaming people, this track carries just one sleek miniature car. The black plastic Porsche convertible is self-powered (by running it back and forth on the floor a few times), and zips along at a racing pace, cruising upside down around the racetrack loops. The flexible plastic track includes base plates, curved pieces, straight track, joiner pieces, and two longer pieces of flexible track (16.5 and 41 inches) for the crossover effect on the assembled track. The track design for this set features an oval at ground level with two pairs of double loops and a crossover. Clear instructions and diagrams explain the assembly, and two alternate track layouts are also included. All Darda sets have compatible track and cars, and replacement parts and additional cars can be ordered from the manufacturer. --Marcie Bovetz, mother and former children's librarian

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It is fairly easy to put together.
A. Patton
The track is so light weight that it does not sit flatly on the ground as shown in the photo.
K. Davis
They like designing their own tracks and having races with the cars.
Robert Daley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Hallberg on January 22, 2002
Format: Toy
Darda is a huge hit with my four year old daughter! She loves her track, even though she has little to no interest in assembling it. Once assembled, though, the track is fairly sturdy and easy to keep set up for several days. We put it in our dining room and a few times each day would sit down and run our cars on it for awhile.
A month after Christmas, it's been moved to a bedroom where visiting children flock to play with it. We have three cars total so there are enough for a few to play at a time.
Some 3 year olds don't have enough manual dexterity to move the cars fast and long enough to wind them. They also seem to not understand that starting the car on the straight, level part is most effective. I've had to demonstrate that to a few little boys, but my daughter caught on right away. I'd probably not suggest this toy for someone under age 4.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By H. Skodis on December 26, 2008
Format: Toy
Our daughters loved playing with the display at our neighborhood store, but once we got it home, we quickly realized that in order to use the track in any of the suggested configurations, one would need to screw the green baseplates to a table or board (like they have it at the store).

However, there is no indication of this on the box or in the instructions. In fact, the instructions say you can use it on the carpet.

The problem is the big, twisted "overpass" piece of track. When you bend it to make the giant loop, it naturally pulls the two green baseplates up off the floor! So you cannot run the cars on the track without holding down each baseplate with your hands.

That's just plain ol' bad engineering.

Darda: Either clearly tell customers they'll need to screw it to a table like a train set, or re-engineer the set to not pull up like this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Daley on July 20, 2006
Format: Toy
My sons are into race cars and tracks since seeing the movie CARS. They are to little for the electrics race tracks so I bought them a set of Darda tracks and they are so thrilled. They like designing their own tracks and having races with the cars. Tracks are very reliable and are plastic to have some give. Very impressed with Darda Tracks! Wish they sold them in regular stores. They have the hardest time waiting for a package to arrive!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on January 6, 2007
Format: Toy
We got this for our sons for Christmas based on the great reveiws that others had given it and were disappointed. The car jumps the track frequently before completing one go-round. Some of the track pieces do not fit together well, which effects how smoothly the car can go. The track is so light weight that it does not sit flatly on the ground as shown in the photo. Both our 5 and 9 year olds have set it aside.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aileen on January 4, 2003
Format: Toy
My daughters 3 & 5 and my nephew, 4 love this toy! It is durable and easy to use. We knew that we would need more cars so we ordered additional ones...and they all arrived on time for Christmas. It does require assembly which will take about 10 minutes. I enjoy playing with it myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M.E. on October 24, 2009
Format: Toy Verified Purchase
My boys, 3 and almost 6, really love this track. We have owned the track for two years, and it is still in excellent condition. They do need help to assemble the different configurations, but my six year old will learn to do it himself soon. The cars, when revved, will make one loop around the track, and then they stop - but you can use the bump-and-go cars and have a second car go around without stopping to rev it up.

A couple tips: Do not run the cars on carpet. Dust the track before running the cars on it if it has been sitting for a while on a shelf. Also, if the track does not sit flat on the ground, or rocks too much, try weighting it down with some big toy blocks...the cars cannot maintain their momentum if the track sways too much - sometimes when the loops are bent into a new configuration, the track doesn't at first lie flat, and I think that is where the complaints come from, that the cars won't complete a loop or will jump the tracks.

One con: new motors for the cars aren't that cheap - but the motors last longer if you don't let kids use them on the carpet! And it's not much different than buying replacement batteries for other toys.

Overall, very fun - the cars move so fast! I like to play with it myself. Am considering another set for this Christmas, to add on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dogdoc97 on December 27, 2011
Format: Toy
We purchased the Darda track to replace a "wall track" that was purchased for our 3 and 4 year olds for Christmas. The wall track got terrible reviews and apparently rips paint and sheetrock off of the walls. We have been very happy with the Darda track and the kids love it. Like some of the other reviewers noted, when assembled, the base plates lift off of the ground and need to be weighed down. We figured out a good way around that problem. I cut a piece of 1/8" peg board to 24"W X 38"L, then placed the track on the peg board and anchored the base plates with cable ties looped through the holes in the board and through/around the holes in the track base plates. This system stabilized the track nicely and also allows the whole track to be picked up and moved as needed. With all of the peg board holes, any of the track configurations can be accomodated. Now that it is stable I am confident that this track will bring our kiddos many hours of fun.
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