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Motor Works Vehicles and Accessories

Motor Works Vehicles and Accessories

Spring 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Manhattan Toy
Price: $12.00

Our reviewer has two boys and a house full of toy cars: Small cars, cars on tracks, remote control cars, cars that you can draw on, even cars that change color in light. Even so, the solid, wooden Motorworks cars were played with more than any other cars in their collection.

The cars, priced from $17 to $20, are constructed out of solid wood, and they are a perfect size for a young hand to grab. Each car has different plastic wheels, fenders, windshields and other components which are easily removed and placed on other cars. Just one car is a nice, solid play toy. With two cars, and a vehicle accessory kit ($12), children spent hours swapping parts, building their own car, experimenting with wheel size and part combinations. The cars move easily and slid beautifully down the wooden ramps our reviewers made with their wood blocks. The interchangeable parts are the perfect size, and easy for young hands to grab, pinch, pull off of one car and snap onto another. Our reviewers found that a pair of two cars provided plenty of options for removing and rearranging parts. The toys seem to have the perfect amount of interchangeability: children play with them consistently, but there aren't so many parts that they are scattered around the house.

The package recommends the cars for ages 3 and up, which we found accurate. Some of the smaller parts could be choking hazards for children younger than three, though none are so small as to be easily lost in the carpet.

Motorworks will surely become a favorite amongst toy car enthusiasts. They are built to be kept and played with for many years.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

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