“ Brand: Mattel / Type: Trucks „
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Introduction ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Oscar was 2 in November and is obsessed with Disney Cars, We have to watch the film daily, while Mcqueen is most child's favourite character, Oscar is obsessed with Mack, maybe because of his impressive size?! In October we were having a stay at the hospital for Oscars asthma and on the child's ward they were having a raffle, as soon as we saw this we headed over to buy some tickets, we brought 5 for £5 with the hope of winning him, sadly not, with all the items being brand new and Christmas round the corner the tickets were selling fast and the pile of items were going down, later that afternoon we were still there so we asked the lady if we could buy Mack for £10, to which she agreed so Mack cost us £15 in total which i was more than happy with as the cars alone are around £5 each.
At home I had already stashed away one of his Santa presents which was the Mack truck with play mat from the Disney Store, but figured this could keep him busy for his night in hospital so didn't mind paying the £15, plus I know its no longer available in stores (except stupid money at Amazon) so was more than happy with my purchase.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What's In The Box? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I was very pleased to see Mack came with not 1 but 2 die-cast cars, meaning I didn't have to add more things to the set to keep it from getting boring, It came with:
*Doc Hudson die-cast car
*Sally die-cast car
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ The Play set ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
This play set is based on Disney Cars film, featuring Mack who is Mcqueen's transporter and 2 die-cast cars, Doc Hudson and Sally, the cars are the standard 1.48 die-cast cars which is more common so they will fit within the play sets. It took no assembly time at all as the set is ready to go as soon as it is taken out of the box. It is recommended for ages 4 + so Oscar is 2 years under the age recommendation. The set comes in an open style box so you can see all of the vehicles included, having to only remove the cable ties to release the toys.
Mack is a completely plastic transporter and from the front looks exactly the same as he does in the film (right down to the removable cabin like he has in the film), the body of Mack is different, it is open style so you can see the inside, the front is read with his usual 95 and rust-eze stickers, he is finished off with his usual silver detailing including exhausts etc. He has 5 movable wheels either side and has an opening at the back to use for transporting the die-cast cars about, Mack is also fitted with a flip down ramp which allows for cars to travel on both the top and bottom, at the very back is a shutter that encloses the cars in, it has a picture if Lightning Mcqueen. Mack is a great size for little ones at L12 x H4 x D 3.5 inches.
Doc Hudson is a solid metal die-cast car and looks exactly the same as in the film, he is blue with his usual 'Fabulous Hudson Hornet' label. Doc is also fitted with his earphones as shown in the scene towards the end of the film, this particular die-cast is a little more rare than the standard Doc die-cast car. He is great for little hands at just under 4 inches in length.
sally is also a metal die-cast car and looks exactly like in the film, she is a lovely baby blue and is just a tiny bit smaller than Doc.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Oscar In Play ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
Oscar adores this set, its very simple just being a truck and 2 cars, but its Disney cars, and contains Oscars favourite character (Mack) so immediately had the wow factor. The set looked simple and safe enough for Oscar to use, even tho he was 2 years under the age recommendation. Oscar was still attached to the nebuliser when i surprised him with it so I couldn't wait to see his face, as expected his little face lit up as he shouted 'Ma Ma' which means Mack, within seconds it was out of the box and he was pushing it around the bed, as he made daddy follow Mack with Doc and Sally, on a normal day it would have been played with for ages, but Oscar being very ill soon fell asleep cuddling Mack. The next day we were home so Oscar could play properly, he continued with pushing mack around while watching the movie and chopped and changed between pushing the cars around.
Oscar soon became intrigued in the trailer part of Mack, it looks very different from the movie so Oscar wasn't sure what to do with at first, so i flipped the back open for him so that he could drive Doc and Sally into the bottom of the truck, he did this easy as he's used to handling the die-cast cars, i then showed Oscar the flip down ramp, he gently pressed down on the ramp which lowers it, simply push it back up and it clips back into place. Oscar has small chunky hands so clipping the ramp back into place took some practice, a child of 4 (the age recommendation) could do it with ease. Oscar has various die-cast cars from the Disney Cars range so soon had all his cars lined up to take turns into driving into the back of Mack.
Oscar was surprised to see that the cabin un-clips at the front so can be used separately, again he struggles with this and needs help because you need to pull it out, and he isn't strong enough to do this, but once i unclipped it he was happy to continue play. Underneath mack he also has 2 little feet that so when unclipped from the cabin the transporter part can stand alone, the feet are located behind the 2 front wheels, just pull them forward.
We have laminate so Mack easily moved around the laminate but Mack has also been played with at nanny's on her carpet and moved just as easily. Oscar could move the set with ease, and also lifted and lowered the ramp by his self with no help needed.
We also own a few other Disney cars play sets from Imaginext cars play set, Grand Prix race track to the Disney Mack truck from the Disney store so Oscar and his nearly 5 year old brother Harvey will often have a Disney Cars day with all of the play sets and vehicles, the play can last for hours!...Not that I'm complaining!
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ What Did We think? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
We absolutely loved this set! Oscar loved the fact it was Disney Cars and im so pleased i was able to buy it for him, it really did cheer him up, he had been on steroids to open his lungs so he could breath but that didn't work so he went through the stressful time of being taken to hospital via ambulance so he could be put onto a nebliser to be monitored so we didn't think to take any toys with us, and the few toys that the nurses's gave to him didn't seem to phase him in the slightest so this Mack set really brightened up his bad day.
Prior to owning this set we didn't own a Mack transporter (i did have the Disney store one that comes with the play mat stashed away for Christmas) so Oscar was even more overjoyed to receive this, my mum has a transporter in her toy box for when my boys are there but that transporter only holds 1 large car on the back, and isn't a Disney cars one so doesn't have the wow factor that this one has.
Both Doc and Sally are great sizes so are great for little hands, while they are made of metal they don't feel heavy so it doesn't affect Oscar playing with them. mack is also a great size, the width means Oscar doesnt struggle with lifting him, and being lightweight he can be carried around with ease....word of warning, dropping Doc or Sally on your toe = agony!
As we own around 20 die-cast cars they have all had a journey in the back of mack, 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom, all of the cars vary in length so you do have a change cars around to fit in sometimes of the flap at the back wont close, the bottom will fit 3 cars but it tends to need to be 1 smaller car in with with 2 cars (i.e sally while the same die-cast scale as doc she is slightly shorter in length because of the style of her car, she is a porche). When the ramp is up it is secure and strong enough to hold 3 cars without it falling down.
Oscar can easily lower and lift the ramp and door at the back to load cars into Mack. To start with Oscar got a little stuck with lifting the flap back up, as you need to put your fingers into the little gaps in the transporter to lift the ramp up for it to click into place, and the gap in the middle of the truck is the largest gap so we showed Oscar to use this gap to lift the ramp.
I do feel the age recommendation of 4 years is correct, it has the normal small wing mirrors but they feel very secure, i think the recommendation is correct simply because removing the cabin and lifting the ramp can be tricky for my 2 year old.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Any Negatives ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
I dont really have any negatives for this toy at all, there are a few things that could make things a little easier, such as the flip down ramp, i appreciate this toy is 4 years plus but even for a 4 year old a little lever on the side of the top ramp would make things a lot easier, when the ramp is pushed down it obviously sits at slant, and doesn't quite each the back of the truck (which is fine) but when pushing the ramp back up, there is no where for your child to place their fingers to lift the ramp back up, except near the middle but this needs more strength to lift it from this part.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Final Thoughts? ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
We all love this set, i was very pleased to see it came with 2 die-cast cars, normally with Disney sets the main product either comes with 1 added plaything or nothing at all, meaning you have to buy more to get more play value, but this was perfect with the 2 cars, its strong and durable and is dragged around the floor on a daily basis and after 3 months use it still looks great, its stickers are starting to show wear but that doesn't affect the play.
Oscar does still need help with removing the cabin and lifting the ramp back up but I don't mind helping with that because of the amount of play he gets from the set. Its still fully intact and is fantastic quality.
I thoroughly recommend this set, if buying for someone younger than 4 i believe they will love it, but you may need to help with removing the cabin and lifting the ramp.
* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Price And Availability ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ *
While the shops no longer stock this, Amazon sell it for over £70.......outrageous!!! But it can be picked up second hand on Ebay for under £10, which i think is a great price.