Carrera Go Mario Kart Slot Car Race Set 1:43 Scale
- Complete race track set based on the Nintendo Mario license
- Intricate track layout includes fly-over, spiral, curves and more
- Vehicles include one Mario "B Dasher" and one Mario "Brute"
- Track layout size is 6.56 x 3.67 '
- Turbo booster controller
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The Carrera ""GO!!!"" is now available as a new starter set from Carrera in a scale of 1:43. "GO!!!" also sets new standards with regard to the speed. The turbo hand regulators included in all basic packages, all have an extra turbo key with enough power to enable you to manage 4 loops straight from the start! The track also underscores the fact that ""GO!!!"" is a perfect starter model: The completely new easy-to-fit system allows the track to be put up or taken down very easily. Thanks to the new type of locking and support systems, the track can be constructed very quickly. Carrera fun with turbo power The new turbo hand controller is part of all basic packs and guarantees real fun. All sets come with ""Turbo speed controller"" with race boost. All sets include numerous action features like lap counter or loops. Set Contents: 1 MarioKart - Mario B-Dasher and 1 MarioKart - Wario Brute, 5 Straights 13.46 in., 2 Straights 4.48 in., 3 Straights 3.94 in., 4 Fly Over sections with supports, 1 Narrow section, 9 Curves 1/90, 1 Curve 1/45, 3 Curves 2/45, 1 Connecting track section, 2 Speed controllers, 1 Transformer, Support set, Incl. accessories Ages 8+
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This Go series by Carrera is an ideal starter system into the world of racing. It's the ultimate in racing in scale 1:43. It includes two cars, transformer, connection section, two speed controllers, straights, curves, fly-over, spiral, narrow section, guardrails, and supports.
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I picked this set up a while back when it had just come out, so it's possible that Carrera made adjustments afterwards. If not, stay away and go for another set. The combination of the cheap controllers and the bulky karts cause way too much frustration.
I did discover that the key to making this track work well is how you adjust the metal brushes under the car. If they're too "fat" then the wheels don't have enough friction to keep the car on the track. But if they're too flat, the metal brushes don't keep enough electrical contact when going around the curves. It wouldn't have been difficult to include a couple "ideal" pictures in the instructions, while meanwhile it was tough to fiddle with it (and keep fiddling with it) until I randomly found a good configuration. That's my main complaint. Well that, and that we'd like to be able to get other Mario Karts (not just Peach) to race with also. Note that Wario only fits under the bridge in this track in the outside lane!
But overall, once the brushes are set, it's really fun and challenging to race with some skill to keep things on track!
other one is a waste of time. falls off the track everytime, is too tall to make the underpass sometimes even. So you will definitely need
to buy extra cars, but I guess that is the fun of slot car racing.
I expect by the end of the summer, we will have bought several track
expansion sets and several additional cars. Its a ton of
fun and seems like a really nice quality slot car set.
Educational -- ? Well yes, like legos, needed a lot of patience, dexterity, and hard work interpreting the layout diagrams
on my 8 year olds part to put together.
The Wario car is slightly too wide because its front corner enters the space of the other car on some turns, so it works better if Wario is on the outer track. The cars are fairly tall because Wario and Luigi have cartoony proportions. This makes the cars a little top heavy so you should slow down on corners.
The car build itself is sturdy and looks fine. Their motors are very powerful. The track looks like normal Carerra track, so nothing unusual there.
The layout works better if you skip installing the fly over. The guard rails don't prevent the cars from jumping out of their slot so installing those are optional. The cars fit nicely under the bridge if you set the adjustable posts to maximum height. Smart positioning of the posts is necessary.
As for the controllers, they would work better if they applied the power more smoothly. It's variable control but the controller quality essentially boils down to having about 3 speeds: slow, normal, and light speed.
Overall I think it's a decent set worth about $60-75. The cars can get stuck if you stop. If you compare this one with other sets, this one is much cheaper, assuming you're paying retail and not a trumped up collector's price. The parts in this set are good quality although the cartoony dimension of the cars is part of the problem.
Points are taken off due to the car dimensions, weight, and general finickiness of the set.
I don't think you'll find anything better in this price range however very young children will have difficulty racing on this set. It takes skill.
My son bought Go Mario Kart for his birthday and it was so frustrating for him, he played with it for all of five minutes. I thought he just didn't know how to do it. Well, I was wrong. I tried it and was equally frustrated. The cars did not stay on the track. Speed was difficult to control. If I lay up on the speed, it slows to a stop and won't restart. Yes, all the tracks are connected, but some sections don't work as well as others. I suppose if I had extreme patience, I might eventually get this, but it's for an 8 year-old; and after experiencing the "thrill" of this track, I don't blame him for throwing in the towel. I've had slot cars. They're not all like this. We are returning this tomorrow.