CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset
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- Turn a stick of wax into a fully functioning Hot Wheels car in a matter of minutes
- Machine features lights and sounds to walk kids through the process
- Heat up the unit, insert the mold and then the wax color of your choice to make your very own customized vehicle
- Includes car maker, 2 molds, 10 Protoshotz wax sticks, 3 chassis and sticker sheets
- Award winner of The TimetoPlayMag.com People's Play Awards and America's Wishlist
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Kids can make their very own vehicles in a matter of minutes. The Hot Wheels Car Maker turns a stick of wax into a fully functioning Hot Wheels car that kids can customize with decals. This innovative machine features cool lights, music, and voice prompts that lead kids through the entire car-making process — from revving up to cooling down. It’s creative play for every Hot Wheels fan. Simply heat up the unit by plugging it in and turning it on. Then select a mold and wax color for your vehicle. The set comes with two molds and 10 Protoshotz wax sticks in a variety of sleek and sporty colors. Insert the mold into the machine and add your favorite wax color. In eight minutes, the Car Maker melts the wax into the mold and cools off — and you have a custom Hot Wheels vehicle body!
Attach the molded vehicle body to one of the three included chassis. Then get really detailed! Decorate the car with cool decals from the sticker pack. Go for speedy flames or stylish graphics — or both. Now your brand-new car is ready for racing action. For additional vehicle and design options, check out the Car Maker Mold Packs and Car Design Refill Packs (each sold separately). The Car Maker is easy to use and “talks” young car-designers through each phase of the process. Kids receive voice prompts about when to insert the materials, press the button, and pull down the handle. They’re instructed to remove the mold only after the wax has safely cooled. Plus, the machine’s music and flashing lights during car building add to the interactive excitement.
- Choose a mold and colored wax stick for your vehicle
- In about eight minutes, the Car Maker melts the wax into the car mold and cools off
- Voice prompts will guide kids through the process
- Attach molded vehicle body to one of the three included chassis
- Decorate the car with decals in the sticker pack and race it on track (not included)
- Lots of creative, imaginative play for your Hot Wheels fan
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Top Customer Reviews
It's cool! he says.
Yes, it is.
It reminds me of many similar type of toys when I was a kid: Wood burning kit, bug makers, edible creature makers - all of which required electricity and the possibility of being burned or electrocuted....hey I'm still here to talk about it. No harm, no foul.
The kids will not likely get burned by the wax it they follow the lights that instruct them what steps they must take to produce a car from a stick of wax. That said, kids are not the most patient (I'm not either), so the wax can get used up pretty quickly as errors occur. (Plan to buy more wax sticks).
Even the not so hot looking cars are kind of cool though according to the kids.
Yes, the machine works and it does so well, especially if supervised for initial productions...
Do the cars compete with the individually purchased Hot Wheels? Well, uh, no! But they're not supposed to. This is supposed to be an activity toy that allows a kid to make something himself and then have the fun of seeing it work.
This is a really cool toy and one that you son will enjoy. (You might just like it too).
That having been said, I found it a really enjoyable parent-child project and he had a very good time creating cars and wanted to keep going until we ran out of wax sticks. The toy isn't at all dangerous--though I wouldn't have sent my little one to off alone to do it--and, once you get the hang of it, the wax car bodies come out pretty cleanly and the wheel chassis attach well enough to make them work, though I don't think it's a long-term toy prospect. (Several of ours were already badly broken/damaged a few hours later, but I admit he's a bit of a rough player.)
The fun of this toy is making your own cars. I don't really think they're designed to cherish forever, unless your kid is more of the display mode and elects not to play at all with their creations. Also, you only get three wheel bases, so if you want to continue playing/making, you'll have to take apart earlier builds. The stickers were a less successful element, at least for us. I'm not sure if we were doing anything wrong, but they didn't stay on AT ALL, and I found them basically useless.
Our other issue was that our first car, for whatever reason, didn't turn out. The wax didn't inject properly into the mold so we just ended up with a blob on the outside. We never had the issue again and the mold was clean and brand new, so who knows what went wrong.
Basically the procedure is you insert a mold, insert a wax stick, close and lock the door by pushing the button, and then and wait for the unit to heat.Read more ›
I thus went into this product review with pessimistic preconceptions. I was also initially swayed by the packaging. As with the Disney/Pixar Cars Stunt Racers Double Decker Speedway that I reviewed several months ago, we are once again the victim of photoshopped packaging from Mattel. Watch out, too for the fine print: "Track set is not included."* So why show it?! Ugh.
Moving on to the actual product, the biggest surprise was the sound and voice prompts, neither of which were advertised on the box or in the instructions. Sort of cheesy but cool for kids. We timed the heating/cooling stages: 7 minutes to heat, 8 minutes to cool. Plus the prep and assembly time, so not a good toy for the hyper impatient child. Age recommendation is 8+. No burning smell to report.
The sixty-four thousand dollar question--or in this case, fifty dollar question--is whether the toy works or not. It does. Surprisingly well. For the first car, at least. The first wax stick was pre-loaded purple metallic. We made the pickup truck. It looks brilliant, even better without stickers. We inserted an orange wax stick next, assuming the second car would be orange, however the second car is mainly purple with an orange sunburst on the roof. It's very attractive, actually: almost an airbrush-look effect. Not sure if we got lucky. We inserted a red wax stick next, assuming the third car would be 10% purple/85% orange/5% red. It came out almost entirely orange with a faint dusting of purple.Read more ›
But this one hits the mark! There is a real heating element in these insulated by the case so you feel no real heat. (AKA- no chance to get burnt) The wax sticks are not really wax as I was dreading but some kind of low heat soluble polymer. Yet no real smell when cooking them up. When the do come out you really have to stick your nose up to the cars to smell them - and they smell good ! I mean these things look like something you would buy in a store, not make at home! Really professional!
The first car came out a solid color but addition cars have a tie dye look at the very end, so if you do it right you can pick a complimentary color for next in line. As far as breaking and sticking I had none of those problems, but I did supervise as my daughter jammed a stick in the wrong way and trying to force the molds in the wrong way. As long as you take your time and do it correctly it works perfectly!
We spent some time figuring out why the door wouldn't close. It says "close door" and "push strait button". But it doesn't tell u you need to hold the door closed while you push the start button to lock it. After that we just went to town. Really cool and fun! I had to kind of bring it out and say let's try this to get my daughter interested as she hasn't opened it from Christmas. But once she saw it working she couldn't get enough. Now I guess I'm on the hook for refills and additional molds. Lol. But I love I it as much as my 10 year old.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really fun. can jam. easy troubleshoot. remember, you have to keep buying the cars. after 3 cars per set your done and need a new set.Published 26 days ago by melanie czekaj
The price for this playset is a bit steep, but my nephews absolutely loved it! Well, they loved it until we ran out of wax refills and had to stop building cars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Silmarwen
my sons love it and use it all in one day. haha
You'd better buy more sticks.
Only 1 star because there's nothing lower. Complete junk and waste of money. Molds don't fill and no cars get made. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bobx
First one didnt work right out of the box. Returned it to Amazon. New one worked perfect and my son loves it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katie's Mom