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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2007
after reading the reviews i decided not to buy this track but as it turned out a friend bought it for my son for his 3rd birthday. so glad she did! i had a hard time putting the track together mostly b/c i didn't realize it needed screws. once i put them in, the track never fell apart. it works great and my husband and i have a fun time racing with our son. the cars have an on/off swith to help save the battery. as long as the battery is good, the cars race around a few laps at a time (unless they crash first!).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2007
A heads up for Christmas morning: put it together ahead of time! It took me over a half hour to assemble with three frustrated, trying to be "helpful" boys looking on. I'm not sure the excitement will be long-lived, but it's what my 4 year-old really wanted for his birthday. His 7 & 9 year-old brothers are having fun with it too.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2008
This is a well made race track. The cars are sturdy and run well (off the track) although they do seem to get stuck in areas where the track snaps together (on the track). If I had enough room to set it up and leave it up, my son would probably still play with it. He has had it for a year, and is 3 1/2 now. I might pull it out again now that he is getting older and bigger. He likes to be able to hold his cars in one hand, but these cars are much bigger than the hotwheels cars he almost always carrys around. A miniature version of this toy might have been a huge hit for us.

The only real cons for me is that it takes up too much room, and is sort of a hassle to set up. When it is set up, he only plays with it for short periods at a time, and then moves on to something else. Keeping it set up all the time is not worth using the space.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2008
Sorry Fisher Price, you really messed up on this toy! My boys (5 & 3 1/2) got this toy from Santa for Christmas... The garbage man got it this week. I could have donated it, but why pass on the frustration! Like many reviews before, the tracks will not stay together for any length of time. I was constantly putting the tracks back together. The amount of fun they had those first few days was not worth the meltdowns every time the track split apart... and it didn't even have to come completely apart... a gap between pieces would cause the cars not to race.

I thought maybe we got a bad track, but after reading the reviews seems like there are a lot of bad tracks out there... Too bad we didn't get one that worked like some of you who are having hours of fun... I seriously can't believe there are any good reviews for this race track. If you still buy this track, save the box and your receipt! If you get a bad track, take it back fast... it won't get any better!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2007
I bought the fisher price shake and crash after the shake and go cars were such a big hit. I have to say that when I first took the pieces out if the box I thought I would have to be a scientist to put them together. The shake and go track was so easy to put together. It took to of us to figure it out. After screwing up the last of the track we were ready for some fun. It has been nothing but fun every since- even if sometimes the track will still fall apart easily.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2008
My son got this for Christmas last year. It was a pain to put together - the pieces didn't lock together right, then it kept coming apart. My son liked to play with it, which meant we kept having to put it back together for him so he could play. The cars didn't last long either - within a few months they were both dead, and new batteries didn't help them. This toy is definetly not worth the $[...] that was spent on it. After a few months, this toy "disappeared" into our storage building, because we were tired of putting it back together - and once the cars stopped working, there wasn't much point to keeping it in the house.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2008
My boys (3 and 4 years old) love this race track. The cars are very sturdy, and easy to shake, even my cousins 18 month old could do it. The track does come apart sometimes, and it isn't the easiest to put together, but overall it is worth it. My boys have played with this toy a lot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2008
This item was unfortunately a disappointment. I think the idea itself is great, but the end product is not. As others have noted, the ramp does not fit and was useless. As every review does not mention this, I assume it may be manufacturing lot related. However, on the one I purchased the ramp is 1/2 inch narrower that the space its intended to snap into per the poorly written directions.
The parts do not snap together firmly, and continued to come apart each time a car ran the course. In reading past reviews, others have apparently had to resort to tape and super glue to hold this thing together.
I've never written an Amazon review before, but the dismal quality of this product and excessive price for what you get made me want to hopefully keep others from wasting their money. Buyer beware.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2008
I purchased this for my 3-year old nephew and he just loves it. I have found that even the girls that come to visit enjoy playing with this set. The track was designed for two cars to race side-by-side with a starting point that allows for the cars to begin to race at the same time with the press of a lever. The starting point is a section of the track that contains a plastic pop-up piece that when the pop-up is up, it keeps the cars in place until the release button is pushed. It is so simple to use, just shake the cars for about 5 seconds, put them on top of the pop-up and press the button. The cars go racing off, going up ramps and jumping off ramps, racing around the track until there is either a crash or the cars stop. When the cars do crash, the hood and doors of the car open and they make a loud crashing sound. I have found myself enjoying this toy set too!

This product has to be fully assembled and the assembly can be frustrating and time consuming. The upper and lower track pieces all need to be screwed together so that the tracks can fit together in the end just by snapping each track piece in place. The assembly took me about an hour. I would strongly suggest to everyone to the directions thoroughly once before beginning the assembly, just to familiarize your self with what is ahead. Try to organize the pieces in order of assembly so you are not scrambling to find the pieces during the process. Each piece is numbered underneath to help you identify and pair up matching pieces as well as the order the track pieces need to be snapped together once assembly is completed. If in the end, your track set does not securely stay together or the pieces of track won't snap together correctly, you can be sure that you assembled it incorrectly and that it is not a defective or dysfunctional product. Just go back over the instructions to evaluate where it is you went wrong and correct it. I think this toy was well worth the effort I put into to the assembly process and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2007
After a full day of playing hard with this race track, my kids (8, 6 and 4 years old) all love it and keep coming back to it. It does take a while to set up, but I followed the instructions without a problem, put the screws in, snapped it together, and it only came unsnapped once - when my son tripped over it. Otherwise, it's worked great. And, the 'crash' version of the cars takes me back to the good old days of Smash-em Up Derby - so I like this toy as well. Race night, here we come!
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