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While shopping in the world of Disney store in Paris we stumbled across these Toy Story racing cars. As far as I know they are a Disneyland Paris exclusive, but they can be found on eBay. We purchased the set of three cars for around 15 euro's, which is expensive for three small cars, but as they were unusual and something my son would really enjoy we decided to treat him. The Disney cars are average in size, they are larger than the die cast cars you can purchase, but around the same size as those you get from ELC, Fisher price and alike. In each pack you receive three cars representing three different characters.
You have the Woody style car which is a little square compared to the other two and has stickers with a picture of woody on. There is also a Buzz Lightyear version, which is a little more rounded, and again has pictures of Buzz all over it to show it is the Buzz Lightyear car, and finally a Zurg car, who of course is Buzzlightyear's Arch enemy. He again is a different shape, and has pictures down the side and around the front. I did think Zurg was an odd choice of character but has proven to be a hit. As all of the cars have stickers on it is easy to recognise who is who, but they also are made up of the same colours as their characters clothing just in case there was any doubt.
The cars are really well made and feel robust, however we have owned the cars since March and the stickers are already starting to curl at the corners. They actually make the car look a little rubbish which is a shame as other than that the build quality is perfect. They have been crashed into walls, each other and generally had a lot of rough play from my crazy three year old without any problems at all. They are the perfect size for small hands to hold and move around, as they are light but have plenty of room for a good grip. Age recommendation is three years plus which I think is fair. My son was close to becoming three when we bought them for him, however I can see no reason why younger children could not use them. There is nothing that could break off or cause any harm at all.
By pushing any of the cars forward they will race along on their own. I can see why they are called turbo cars, as even with the slightest push they really fly off across the room. If you rev the car up a little by pushing it along the floor, lifting it off the ground, and pushing again it begins to make a revving noise until you release. The more you pull it back before placing it on the floor, the quicker it rolls along the floor, and of course it travels a lot further too. With a few pull backs this easily travels across the length of our front room which is carpeted, and on our wooden floor in the play room it travels straight into the wall. They really do shoot off quickly and the speed is one of the main things my little boy loves about them. This process can also be repeated backwards, and the cars will go spinning off in reverse which my son thought was brilliant.
I had thought that Zurg was an odd choice as there are other much loved characters from the Toy Story series that would be relatable to a lot more children, but it has proved to be popular with my son. At first he didn't care too much for it favouring Woody and Buzz, but it is perfect for making up stories. Now Zurg is a regular character in my sons made up stories as Buzz and Woody fight against the bad car. He also loves that they are different shapes. This makes the cars a little different and variation is always a good thing for young children.
The cars do receive a lot of use, maybe not every single day, but a lot more than other cars we own. Once he picks up these cars they do keep him occupied for a long time. He loves the way they race across the room, so often sets them up for a huge toy story race. He manages to find different ways to use them all the time and they are in his top ten of toys. My older son who is six also enjoys playing with the cars, but they only hold his attention for very short periods of time.
I would highly recommend these cars if you come across them. They are available in different character options, but unfortunately we did not come across them. They have a Disney Princess version which I would have purchased for my daughter as few cars are aimed at girls, and my little girl would have loved them. At 15 Euros they are expensive for a set of three cars; however they have received a large amount of use. They work really well and even at two years old my son was able to use them without any problems. They are well made and robust, but I do think the stickers let it down a little, otherwise I think they would last years to come.