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Lionel has long been the hot name when it came to trains, so leave it to Lionel to excite a new generation with their track toys. Except their newest toy rides on an entirely different kind of track. It’s taken over our living room, the play room, and can be built in any number of ways – this track is definitely a hot toy for the holiday season!
With the Mega Tracks TwisTrack™, you can easily create your own stunts. This is an entirely new kind of track system that is as much a building toy as it is a racing toy. From high speed straights to tight turns, you control the action with Mega Tracks. Start with easier builds and then work your way up to more extreme layouts.
The Mega Tracks™ building system allows you design and build your race courses virtually anywhere. On the floor, attached to furniture or even in your hands (or over your sister’s head, as we found out). Race your Mega Tracks™ vehicle through the twists and turns of the track for mega stunts, mega action and mega crashes!
The racing toy looks more like a spaceship and can manage high speed straights or tight turns without flying off the track. There are even stunt expansion tracks so your kids are only limited by their track-building imagination!
If you’re like me and need track building ideas, the Mega Tracks site also has ideas that show you what to build, how difficult the build is, and which sets you need.
Track building does require some patience, so this is definitely a toy for older kids, perhaps 8-15 years old. My 16-year-old had a lot of fun with it, but he seemed far more interested in finding ways to hang it from curtain rods, chairs, or my elliptical so that he could get it to fly off the track.
I’m pretty sure one of the clamps is still on our curtain rod.
We received from Lionel the Corkscrew Chaos set. This set comes with 65 pieces, which includes the racer, the controller, the page of stickers to customize your racer, the instruction manual, and the AC cord for keeping the car’s motor charged. We had about 15 minutes of play time on one charge.
The track only comes with one car, so if you have more than one child that will play with the track, two cars is optimal, but must be purchased separately. To be honest, because we didn’t have two cars to play with, I’m not certain that the track allows two-car play simultaneously, but we’ll update should we find out otherwise. We didn’t see that Lionel offers other cars as a stand alone purchase, either; only changeable shells and track expansion sets.
Overall, it’s a fun toy, but a little pricey at $99.99 on the Lionel site. We did find it on Amazon for sale at $49.99 for either the red or green shell option.
We were given this playset by Lionel to facilitate our review. All opinions are our own.