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When my youngest daughter turned two last year we were really unsure of what to get her as a 'main' present, because with her older sister only being 21 months older than her, she already had a plethora of toys at her finger tips, and so it was difficult to buy something new and unique which we didn't already have.
Then upon browsing around in Boots one day I saw this Fisher Price Little People Rev 'n' Sounds Race Track for approximately £25 (but I was planning on buying more gifts on their 3 for 2 offers, so I would be able to get it cheaper). Now I know you might be thinking that a race track is not for girls, but I have a husband who likes to buy little cars and other motor related toys for the boys he has never had....so she already had an interest in cars and we decided this would make a great toy for her.
**So What Do You Get For Your Money?**
Apparently (according to the Fisher Price website) it is 'an action packed rolling race track spanning over 76cms with tonnes of action packed vehicle fun!' You also get 2 little race cars with the toy and the idea is you place these at the top of the track which can be lifted up to release them down the slope to race to the finish line. The finish line can also be elevated so the cars can 'jump' off the end of the track. When you lift the flap at the top the toy will also emit random race sounds, I think there is about 4 or 5 different sounds to be heard. These are not too annoying, but I would have preferred them not to exist...suppose I could just remove the batteries (2 x AA batteries).
There is also a little petrol pump built into the toy so your child can pretend to fill up the cars when the racing is done, and also a little garage door incorporated underneath the track so you can put your cars away for the night when you are done playing. So it is not 'just a race track', there is the opportunity for a little bit of extended play.
The thing I like the best about the toy is that it can be folded up into a neat box shape with a carry handle on the top, so once your children are done playing you can fold it up and put it away!
**Does My Daughter Play With It?**
Well...yes she does sometimes. On her birthday it was all that her and her sister played with, they would take it in turns to race their cars down the track, the track is wide enough to fit two average sized toy cars down at the same time, obviously the ones provided fit perfectly, but my daughters also have a few matchbox style cars which fit down the track just fine.
But I found that once the novelty had worn off and they had grown bored of throwing their cars down the track then there was not much else for them to do. The gas pump and little garage section provided an added extra to the toy but it's quite limited in its playability.
I have just got this out of the toy box to have a look at it and my daughter immediately ran off to get some toy cars and then sat and played with it, but within 10 minutes she had already folded it up herself and moved onto something else. I think there is only so much enjoyment a child can get out of putting cars down a slope.
It is not something she ever chooses to play with.
I actually think this is quite a good toy, but with the recommended age being 18 months I think I was being a bit optimistic thinking my 2 year old would get more out of it than she actually did. It is definitely more suited to a younger child who likes repetition, and they would probably love to see their cars going down the track over and over again. But my daughter seems to like more complicated intricate toys, and would prefer to push her cars around the house rather than be sat in one place doing the same thing repeatedly.
Despite my children (aged 3 & 2) not getting much enjoyment from this race track once the initial novelty had worn off, I would still recommend it to a younger child. And perhaps it is more intended for boys rather than girls, because I do have a nephew who would probably love to set up crash scenes at the bottom of the track...But the track itself I would not described as 'action packed' as on the Fisher Price website, so if you are looking for some proper action then look elsewhere.
**Price and Availability**
It is currently on Play.com for £15.99 which is a great price.
You can also get it from Woolworths.co.uk & Very.co.uk for £25.