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The Start of Something Great for Hot Wheels
on April 6, 2014
Before I get into the particulars of this latest concept by Hot Wheels, I have to say I think this is a really great idea for the following reasons:
1) The Starter Set is affordable at $25, and is a great set to customize with future stunts and accessories.
2) There are plenty of add-on stunts and accessories at a variety of price points, starting as low as $5.
3) Everything is easy to put together (except maybe the stickers), and Hot Wheels has improved the way track fastens so that it stays together better.
The Starter Set includes the following items:
-8 x 1' straight track
-9 x 1.5' straight track
-8 x blue track connectors
-1 Hot Wheels car
-Ring of Fire track decoration
-Checkered Flag (drops the checkered flag on the winning car in side-by-side race)
-Plane launcher (as car passes underneath it will spring launch a small plane into the air)
Minor Add-on Packs: ($5 - $8 each)
-Workshop Straight Track Pack (4 x 1' pieces of track + 4 blue connectors)
-Hot Wheels Gift Pack (9 cars, start with this pack to increase your car count because you want at least 5 cars)
-Crossroad Crash (Provides a crossroad where traffic coming one way jumps over traffic coming the other way, connects to existing track in 4 places)
-Triple Blast Alley (straddles the track, 3 archways that launch signs about 6" into the air when a car passes under them)
-Rocket Launcher (cradles the track and launches a rocket about 1' in the air when a car passes through)
Major Add-on Packs: ($12 - $20 each)
-Daredevil Drop (Drops a car through a 3-way intersection, connects three ways to existing set, provides a 6th launch point)
-Quick Kick Loop (2 x 1' track, 2 blue connectors, rubber band powered kicker launches car through loop)
-Curve Pack (4 x 1' track, 2 x 9" track, 4 curve pieces, 8 blue connectors, 3-speed rubber band launcher)
-Digital Speedometer (3xAAA battery powered, attaches to track in two places and measures speed - Cool!)
-Launch Pack (4 x 1' track, 2 x 9" track, 6 blue connectors, 3-speed launcher, kicker launcher)
After working with the Starter Set and all of these add-on packs, I have the following bits of advice:
-Definitely buy the Hot Wheels Gift Pack (9 cars) -AND- at least 1 x Workshop Straight Track so you have more cars and more track
-The best add-on Stunts/Accessories are the Digital Speedometer, the Quick Kick Loop, the Rocket Launcher, the Crossroad Crash, and the Curve Pack.
-Definitely have someone who knows how to do a good job with stickers nearby, because every set/stunt/accessory has them
-You need an open space of 7' x 7' for the Starter Set alone, and it grows from there. If you live in a compact space, this set might not be for you. There are other Hot Wheels sets that are much more compact.
I highly recommend this Starter Set concept by Hot Wheels for the reasons I stated above. You can start small and grow the set into a really nice $150+ set that takes up an entire room and provides hours and hours of enjoyment.