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Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set

by Mattel

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  • Ultimate hit or miss action track set!
  • Take on 4 intersecting crash zones!
  • Never ending crashing and action
  • Watch as cars maneuver loops and the Criss Cross
  • Includes Criss Cross Track Set and one car
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.8 x 15 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
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  • ASIN: B00383PO48
  • Item model number: V2791
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,959 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

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With the Criss Cross Crash Track Set, your kids will have a chance to watch Hot Wheels cars speed around an elevated figure-eight track towards an accident that's bound to be exciting. Children five years and up will enjoy assembling the track and hearing the rush of the cars going around the loops, heading closer to that exhilarating collision with each trip around. Eventually the inevitable occurs--and when it does, you'll hear screeches of delight.

Hot Wheels logo
Criss Cross Crash Track

Ages: 5 years and up
Requires: 4 AA batteries
What We Think

Fun factor: 4 stars
Durability: 4 stars
Ease of assembly: 5 stars
Educational factor: 3 stars
Novelty factor: 4 stars

The Good: Fast-paced racetrack with crash-em-up fun

The Challenging: You'll need to purchase a second car to get the most out of the track

In a Nutshell: Racetrack excitement for the Hot Wheels enthusiast
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Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track

Brace yourself for dramatic high-speed crashes! View larger.
Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track

The turbo-boost mechanism in the central shoot launches cars around the course. View larger.
Turbo-Boost at Every Lap
The Criss Cross Track Set is designed to give cars a slingshot-like boost with every lap. As soon as a car makes the looped circuit--swoosh!--off it goes again with accelerated speed on another banked loop.

This turbo-boost effect is made possible by ingeniously simple mechanics. Once the car is inside the central chute, spinning rubber wheels grab the car by the sides and launch it around the course. After a car's momentum returns it after a trip around a loop, the car is propelled in another direction around yet another loop. When you have two or more cars on the track at once, they swirl wildly around the center platform.

Wait, Wait, Wait--Crash!
Add a second car to the track and it's just a matter of time before both cars cross paths in explosive fashion. When that happens, it's ka-boom time. The dramatic crash is a big part of the fun this track offers.

Easy-to-Read Instructions and Easy Set Up
Kids just learning to read can easily follow the directions that rely on detailed illustrations and arrows to convey the specifics of assembly. As long as kids follow the directions carefully, the track goes together easily. In a matter of minutes, your child will be off to the races.

What's in the Box
Criss Cross Crash Track Set central launch platform, four curved ramps, four straight ramps, four pre-bent loops of track with brackets, four support towers, one car, and instructions.


Product Description

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set is high-speed action on a near-vertical track. It has four tracks with motorized boosters. Cars go zooming forward and land in a total wipe-out or near-miss. The 16 feet of track has crazy turns and a huge crash zone at the end of each loop.


Why You'll Love It: Flame decals add to the action.

Age: 5 years and up

Features
  • Crash zones with curves that are near-vertical
  • Flame decals on lanes
  • Intersecting crash zones
  • Can be played with one or more cars
  • Motorized booster
  • Kids can race their cars toward crashes or near-misses
Includes
  • 16 feet of track
  • Hot Wheels car
Required batteries: 4 AA batteries


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's not that easy to get four cars going around the track.
Jeff Swartz
For as much fun as he and his friends continue to have with this, I know it was a great purchase at a great value.
Amelia Figueroa
Couldn't get more than one car going around the track at the same time without them falling off.
mknights

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Swartz on October 20, 2010
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It's not that easy to get four cars going around the track. The track is small and the cars go whipping by quickly. The motors launch the cars pretty fast so that they get around the steep banked curves (or they fall off). The four 'D' batteries must be in top notch condition as each car will decrease the motor speed slightly as the car travels through the launcher housing. The motors must recover their speed before the next car arrives or else it won't launch it fast enough and the car will fall off the curve. Given the variables at play: batteries, car quality, track placement wobbliness, user's ability to time it just right, I found this toy somewhat frustrating. When I tried only two or three cars, they'd traverse the track just fine, go for awhile, and eventually one or all would fall off the track, but seldom crash. The more cars, the higher the likelihood of a crash, but getting more cars on the track is a pain (maybe fun for some). Overall, I don't like this Hot Wheels set and wouldn't recommend it. If the product had only been $20, I'd have given this 3 stars, but at $40 it is not worth it. One last minor gripe is that the battery housing is too tight (it's harder than it needs to be to insert/remove the 'D' cells) and the cheap battery cover barely stays in it's hinges.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Figueroa on November 2, 2010
This is my sons favorite toy, and whenever his friends come over they always ask to play with it as well. Luckily, that is no problem as setting up this toy and putting it away are both very easy. My son can play with this for hours. The cars are able to fly around the track so fast, and the crashing is always very excititng to him. For as much fun as he and his friends continue to have with this, I know it was a great purchase at a great value.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pat Swanson on December 27, 2010
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DO NOT USE BLUE SUPPORT BEAMS!!!

We got this set for Christmas this year. We set it up as instructed and found it very difficult to get more than one car around the track. The problem is in the design of the set. The blue beams raise the tracks up high but they decrease the stability of the tracks. One car will go around just fine but the force of the car causes the opposite loops of the track to jostle back and forth severely. If you have two cars going this jostling is strong enough to cause the cars to fall off the track. My kids decided to remove the support beams and guess what. The tracks are way more stable and we were able to get multiple cars going at once for many laps around the track. We even got five cars around a couple of times but this is very tricky. I can not understand why Hot Wheels put these support beams on the set. Once you take them off it will make this toy a million times more fun for everyone.

Also, the kids found a trick for getting mulitple cars going:

Place a car on one of the arrow stickers and let it sit.
Start a car on an opposite loop.
The moving car will come around with enough force to knock the sitting car into the spinning wheels and still have enough movement to go through the wheels itself.
We have tried placing three sitting cars on three arrows and we were able to send another car around and got all of the cars going around the track.
This is a great tip for little kids to not get frustrated trying to get multiple cars on the track.

In conclusion: DO NOT USE BLUE SUPPORT BEAMS!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By motherof 2 on November 9, 2010
I bought this for my nephew that just turned 5. He loved it. Me and my sister set it up on the table with no problems in setting it up. It was fast and easy. My two kids and her two kids played with it for hours. It only comes with one car but I had bought some extra ones for him. They each had a car and would see whose car stayed on the track the longest. Me and my sister even jumped in there and took a turn. We had a ball. I am planning on getting my son one for Christmas now.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Doug on November 16, 2010
As a child I had many hot wheel sets. Most of them were the first ones made. They were durable and lasted for years. They were interchangable and expandable. Now as a grandfather I bought my grandson the criss cross crash set. It set up easy and was a lot of fun, but after only one month the connector rails on the bottom of the track have split off. I have looked for replacement parts at Mattel and they have none. I have seen straight track in stores but none of the banked corners that are in this set. Not a good purchase.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Angela Torres on November 14, 2010
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This is the best set I've seen from Hot Wheels in awhile. I'm so glad I got this for my 6yo. It's been a blast...even for me! Certainly true that not all the cars work with it, but since we over 500 of them it wasn't a problem to find a bunch that zoomed through the track. The lighter, slimmer cars fling the best. If you're gonna buy any Hot Wheels package set, this is the one I would lay out some cash for!! It was easy to put together too...only took about 5 mins. The batteries were a bit pricey (four D cells), but they haven't run out yet and we run this thing all the time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Campbell on December 28, 2010
I got this for my 3 year old son for Christmas and the whole family is in love with it. I'll start with the things I don't like. The track is a bit flimsy, the battery compartment don't lock, and it is loud. The track seems like in the future it might break where it snaps together. It does take up a big area but it it easy to assemble and take apart. Also it could be stored under a bed fully assembled.

I have read that people are having problems with the cars staying on the track. For one don't use the blue beams. They raise the track up really high and it takes a lot more momentum for the cars to go around the track. Second you have to get all the cars you own together and find the best ones. My son has about 100 and about 75% go around the track. Out of the 100 there is about 10 that work awesome. Most of them are older muscle cars. Low and light is the answer. We had a ton of fun going through each of the cars and making a junk pile, a good pile, and the best pile. If you get the best cars going you can get 3 cars going no problem. My 3 year old son has no problem getting 3 cars on there. 4 is a bit more challenging but we have done it many times. We got 5 just a few times. You have to get the best cars because every time you add a car it slows down all the cars so if you start with a slow car when you put 3 on it will fall off. So far we have played with it for about 4 hours total and the batteries are still fine.

If you don't already have a lot of cars then try buying the set especially for criss cross crash or buy cars that look sporty. Low and light. Trucks or bigger vehicles don't work well with this. I would definitely buy this again. My son is actually asking me if we can go play with it right now. It is a ton of fun for kids and grown ups.
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