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The king is an important character in the Pixar film Cars. He is the reigning champion for the piston cup, and so of course my children love him. We have these mega blocks build a car in different variations. All of the main characters are available including Lightning, Sally, Mack and many more so there is plenty of choice. It is very well detailed, and looks exactly as the character in the film does, bright blue in colour with the Dinoco advertising all over the car.
As the car comes in six pieces it is a substantial size. Each one is a great size for little one to hold, and move around easily. The pieces all connect together effortlessly; my two year old son can do this no problem. They can also be pulled apart very easily too so if your child wants to take it to pieces they can without any help from mummy or daddy. The car is also a reasonable size once it is built, so my children were very happy with the end result.
I did think that it would maybe become boring for a child to take it to pieces and build it over again, but my children seem to love it. I find it spends more time being taken apart, and rebuilt than it does actually being used as a car. What my son loves about these cars is they can all be mixed together. So he could have sally's wheels, with king's body and Remone's top half. He likes to mix them up making variations which he seems to enjoy a lot.
It is a fully useable car so once built up it can be used in the same way your child would use any other car. For my boys this seems to be trying to crash into each other. When the car is built the only way to take it to pieces is by pulling each one separately. My sons have tried to crash it that hard it falls to pieces, but it is nice and sturdy in its built form. The wheels roll freely meaning when it is pushed it travels a fair distance across the floor on both carpeted, and wooden flooring.
This car also works well with the larger items in the mega Bloks range. We own the Dinoco stage which is particular perfect to use with this car, as that is who sponsors him in the movie. There are a number of other sets available, but they are not a necessity to enjoy this car. It is perfect as a standalone toy too as it is fully functional.
The age recommendation for this toy is three years plus but my son who is two can use it without any problems. The pieces are not too small posing a threat to little one, although I do make sure I am with him while he uses it just in case. Unlike the larger items in this range, as this is just four simple pieces it is easy to put together with no real thought needing to go into it. Concentration is needed to connect the car together properly, but as the child will already know the appearance of the character they can remember what piece goes where.
My eldest son who is five enjoys playing with this car, but he tends to build it up to use the car a lot more. My youngest son is a two year old who absolutely loves building blocks. He had become a little bored of our ELC building blocks, so when this car came along it was a new challenge for him. He loved that it was a different way to build things so he spends most of the time breaking it a part just to rebuild it. The parts are easily recognisable the wheels are on piece with the body coming in to two pieces. It has eyes of the front section so little one can find how to put it together by matching the pieces up correctly.
My children really enjoyed this toy it still receives a lot of use even though we have owned it for a long time now. It is something that tends to be forgotten for weeks, and then someone will pull it out the toy box again. I would recommend this car along with any other one in the range. They promote fine motor skills, and once built up they can be used over again. It is very durable and interchangeable with other cars from this range so it stays interesting. We paid around £5 for ours from toys R us but they are widely available at toy stores. I think it is great value for money we have owned ours for over a year and they are still proving popular with my children.