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Jayden really enjoys playing with his toy cars and other vehicles, one present he got bought for Christmas was the Happyland Retro Racers, whilst there is nothing complicated about this toy Jayden seems to enjoy playing with them and whilst the concept of them is simple they are good at developing various skills.
The Happyland Retro Racers consist of 2 retro racing cars and 2 drivers, in this set you get one bright yellow car and one bright red car with silver stripes, there are also 2 drivers one wearing a yellow racing outfit, the other a brown one. The cars are open top cars so that the drivers can simply be sat in them; you can swap the drivers around the each fit comfortably in both cars. As the name suggests the styles of the cars are old fashioned rather than modern designed cars, as are the drivers racing outfits. The cars and the drivers are made from a tough durable plastic meaning they can withstand the rough time they may have with young children, also all of the edges are rounded and smooth, and there are no small pieces that can easily snap off so you do not have to worry about your child hurting themselves on this toy.
As I have mentioned the concept of these cars is simple, there is nothing fancy about them, you simply place a driver in each car and then they can be pushed and raced along the floor, there are no batteries required at all. Playing with these cars is ideal for imaginative play helping to develop your child's imagination; they will also help with co-ordination. The Happyland Retro Racers can be used to play both alone and with others helping to develop social skills and learning to share whilst playing.
The Happyland Retro Racers can be purchased from places such as Mothercare/ Early Learning Centre and I have also seen them available online from Amazon, they are sold for just over £10.00. Personally I would say this is a fair price for this toy and it is worth the money.
Since Jayden received this present he has played with it a lot and really seems to enjoy them, he pushes them around the floor driving them around the lounge and swaps the drivers around in the cars, despite the simple design of this toy he really seems to have fun playing with them. The cars are well made, strong and durable, they have had a bit of rough treatment when Jayden has crashed them into walls and there is not a mark on them, they are still in perfect condition, in my opinion the cars are worth the money and they also help to develop various skills as previously mentioned. I would definitely recommend the Happyland Retro Racers to anyone, they are a nice simple toy that will get your child moving around and using their imagination.
I bought these Happyland Retro Racers for my son a couple of months ago as they combined his love of all things Happyland with his newly acquired passion for vehicles (particularly ones he can push along the floor). The Happyland range is suitable from 18 months of age and is from the ELC.
The set contains two 'retro' racing cars - one in yellow and one in red (although some sites online seem to show a green car too, this is all we received). Each car comes with a driver too, wearing the red/yellow colours. They are also 'retro' as they wear old fashioned racing gear - complete with scarves and goggles and hats rather than helmets. The set costs £10 but, as with all Happyland stuff (and ELC in general), it is worth waiting for a sale event when these can be picked up cheaper. I think we paid around £6.40 for these - a much better price as I think £10 is somewhat overpriced for two cars.
My son loves Happyland stuff as the people in the sets are chunky enough to fit neatly in his grasp and he loves to move these about the room. The car drivers here are no exception to this. They fit neatly into the holes in the cars and stay in well even when the cars are pushed across the floor at speed. He also uses the drivers alongside his other Happyland characters so we have the car drivers in the bus and the prehistoric figures driving the cars etc (some fit better than others but most are a good fit). The cars are a nice size for a toddler too - not too small but not too chunky that they look like a baby toy either. They are lightweight too and my son loves pushing these along the floor - either still in his hand or gliding over the floor. The wheels turn well too and do not stick and the cars are easily controlled. The cars are plastic but feel very sturdy and not like they could break at any point (no matter how many times my son crashes these!).
This is a nice set but, at full price, too expensive for what it is. It is worth purchasing if you can get it on offer though as it is well made and my son loves these. He is 20 months and I can see him playing with them for a good while yet. I do feel that the lower age limit on these of 18 months (the lower age limit for all Happyland toys) is a little high as I feel that my son would have loved these at 12 months. There are no real small parts and the wheels are well secured so I cannot see any issues with a 12 month old playing with these. A nice addition to the Happyland collection for us.
At a Glance Pick a car and driver, then race your car across the floor, or try pushing all the cars at once. Features and benefits for HappyLand Retro Racers Pick a car and driver, then race your car across the floor, or try pushing all the cars at once. Fun for sharing with friends or family too. What's in the box: 3 x Race cars 3 x Characters