Carrera Go Mario Kart Slot Car Race Set 1:43 Scale
|Price:||$206.11 + $8.49 shipping|
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
The Wario car, in particular, must have a weird center of gravity, because it hops off the tracks even on the slightest of curves. Mario is better, but still, this set will cause far more aggravation than delight. My suggestions to Carrera would be:
1) stronger magnets to keep the cars on track
2) lighter cars so the magnets can hold them down more easily
3) much more gradual change in speed with the analog controllers
4) entry-level sets need entry-level track layouts
I bought a competitor's 1:43 scale "kid's" set for about the same price, and it's a blast (SCX 1:43 "Tuner" set). The cars have lights for great fun in the dark, and even with reasonably steep curves, the cars can absolutely SCREAM around the track without coming out of the slot. You get less track than the Carrera set, but the SCX set more than makes up for the difference with simplicity of construction and PLAYABILITY. My three year-old had the hang of racing the SCX tuners in about 30 minutes.
I've been trying to manage the Mario set for a few hours now, and if I want to stay on the tracks, I have to creep around at a snail's pace. I'll try a simpler (FLAT) track layout next to see if we can salvage this Carrera set at all.
Overall I'm very impressed, I've been looking for a track like this for quite some time. Now I hope I can find some expansions, loops, and even other kinds of cars to add to the track.
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.Read more ›
1. Mario Kart :)
2. After you get it together it is very fun
3. The cars can crash and they do not break easy
1. Price is a little high
2. Takes a while to put together.
In the end this is a gift that my cousin has played with more then just about any other gift he got. I play with him and we have had some good races and I think this is a great item.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
since purchase trouble having the cars actually move on the track. Replaced remotes which was not the issue. Poor contact with the brushes on the track. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kenneth L. Johnson Jr.
Don't pay $100 for this. I bought it on Groupon for $25. It is not very good but for $25 it's acceptable. After a little practice I was able to keep the cars on the track. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Phil "ly"
I bought this set for my son on Christmas, Big mistake, the magnets in the cars are very weak so the cars frequently come off the track. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Sean Kendrick
My son loves this raceway. Do I think it could be made a little better? Sure. But that hasn't stopped my son from playing with it 2-3 days a week since Christmas.Published on September 16, 2011 by Rachel Goble
Once we got the item we found that in order to properly use it we would need to mount it to a piece of wood or some sort of permanent set-up. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Supermom
I've played with a lot of Carrera tracks as a kid -- but I don't remember any of them being this frustrating. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by P. Schneider
This toy is so hard to set up, the pieces are cheap and break so easy. It doesn't work properly, the cars don't stay on the track, the majority of the time it works for 1-2... Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by Mbrandt
This toy is a lot of fun for my 6 year-old son and I. It has more strategy than I expected in a circular track, mostly because you really can't go full-speed the whole time, and... Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by James M Ward
absolutely does not work. I am not an idiot, we used it properly. cars do not connect to track 4 more than a lap, constantly stop for absolutely no reason or just fall off, etc. Read morePublished on December 25, 2009 by JG Rain