*This post is in association with Scalextric
I’m going to level with you here, when I got sent a Scalextric set for Joshua, I would be lying if I said I didn’t fully intend on stealing it for myself. I had Scalextric as a kid (what ’90’s kid didn’t?) and it is a flashback to my childhood – laying on the sitting room floor, building my track and racing for hours.
When our parcel arrived, I decided to keep it boxed up to surprise our little one. The next morning, I took Joshua to preschool and I built the track before I picked him up.
The Scalextric set was far stronger than I remember them being. I’m pretty sure I broke my set when I was kid but this thing seems sturdy as hell! The connector on the bottom of the cars keep them on the track well, even at high speeds and around corners. I also remember my old one kept flying the cars off! It seems they have improved somewhat. The whole set was so simple to set up, with easy instructions to follow.
The set comes with a power adaptor so that it can work off the mains, which is a parents dream. Honestly, one of the worst things about buying for kids is that I have to spend most days hunting in the drawers for batteries that work! I have lost count of how often we buy a toy and it gets chucked into the back of the cupboard because we forgot to buy the blooming batteries first!
Along the walk back home with Joshua, I told him that I had a big surprise waiting for him at home. Somehow he guessed it would be car-related and ran into the sitting room, screaming “WOOOOOW!!!”. I think his face says it all!
We ended up playing for 6 hours that day. Joshua had to spend some time learning how hard to press the button on the trigger, so that he didn’t make the cars fly off the track too much but he soon got the hang of it.
What we liked about the set was that you can adjust the speed on the controllers, which is perfect for kids. There is also an automatic lap counter, so you can keep an eye on who’s winning if you are the competitive type.
You can also build 4 different circuits from the one set, using different pieces of track, which is great for children and breaking boredom of the same thing. However, we decided to not follow the instructions and built a completely different circuit – so it is clearly flexible and you can do what you want with it.
The one issue we found with one of the circuits was that if you use the stands to make a bridge for the cars to race up, they have a little issue getting up the hill on their own. Not a major problem, but it does pause the excitement when you have to help the car up.
Joshua enjoyed spending family time with us, which gave us some great quality time together – 6 hours of it! The box says that it is recommended for ages 5+, and while I agree, Joshua is just 3-years-old and is getting on perfectly well with it. So don’t be put off by the age recommendation, if you think that your little ones would enjoy it.
It would honestly make the best Christmas present for both children and adults alike. It’s been on my list for a while now and I’m over the moon with it. My partner has even suggested we have a battle tonight – bring it on!
*Disclaimer: I was kindly sent this set in return for an honest review.