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Cars Micro Drifters™ Super Speedway

Cars Micro Drifters™ Super Speedway

Fall 2012 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: Mattel, Inc.
Price: $29.99

Fans of the Cars series will jump to play with the Cars Micro Drifter Speedway. Our testers liked that the track could be assembled in minutes, and that their children played with it for hours on end.

The track is one big wide loop with a roller at the starting line. The cars are lined up close to the roller in the 'pit' and a little release button is pressed to move the car in to the roller. The fast spinning roller then shoots the car out onto the speedway. The car travels around the track quickly and lands either back into the roller for another spin around or back into the pit area. It is not an educational game per say, but it does give children an opportunity to use problem solving skills and concentrate on cause and effect. In addition, assembling the track was a great skill building task in itself.

The Speedway and the cars seem to be very sturdy and able to withstand years of play. Parents thought the asking price was very fair considering the quality of the toy, though testers did wish that the track came with more than one car. Additional cars can be purchased in packs of three, though parents should note that some expansion packs include a Lightning McQueen car, which already comes with the track.

Cassandra Bishop   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Cassandra Bishop holds a BA in Psychology and has her Master's degree in Social Work well within her grasp. The mother of two young and very energetic boys is passionate about the environment, healthy living, and education.

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