Product Type: Flair Toy Car
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One of the worst toys we have ever purchased.
GX Racers Tightrope Terror Playset
Member Name: broxi3781
GX Racers Tightrope Terror Playset
Disadvantages: Doesn't work, disappointing to children, false advertising claims ... I could go on forever....
I found this toy in a box this evening, and was wondering if it was still made and if so if there were a review category for it. I found the toy at Amazon, now for £12.27 which is much better then the £22 I paid for it last year. Still I would not recommend this toy, even at .27 pence.
The idea is that you stretch a tightrope between two plastic towers and the car races across it. I suppose this must be theoretically possible, unless trick photography was used for the commercials. the set includes two towers, the tight rope string, a rip cord to make the car go, a gyroscope racer, and a couple of bits of track. In order to work the string must be completely tight, which is impossible to do using just the towers as if you tighten at all, they fall down. My husband spent about 3 hours trying to get this to work last Christmas. He spent a few hours more on boxing day, trying things like anchoring the towers to furniture, a crate filled with heavy books etc... After several hours of trying he gave up. I tried a few times over the next few days and this got tossed to the back of the toy box where it has spent the past 11 months. I find the toy too horrible to inflict on anyone else, so rather than giving to the thrift shop, or selling on ebay, this will make it's way into the bin tonight. I hate to bring it out in front of the child because he has seen it a few times and asked us to try again. If there was any chance at making it work I might.
The only advantage to this toy at all as it has made my son not want any other toy by the same manufacturer. When he saw other GX racers we said they were the same company that made this and he said he did not want them.
I tend to find alternative uses for most toys, but I can find none for this. I would mind using the tower to beat over the head of whoever designed and marketed these, but barring that, the whole lot is useless. The car did get tossed in the Hotwheels box and might have had some use on it's own - if it had not fallen apart. We had bought two extra cars ( at a cost of another £12 or so) and I believe one of these is still in the with the Hotwheels somewhere.
This gets one star because I can not give it nought. I am sorry if this review does not seem balanced, but I can honestly not find anything good about this, and I've noticed the other reviews, both here and on Amazon all give this 1 star as well. My main reason for writing this review is to advise anyone thinking of buying this for Christmas to buy anything else instead. The toy is pure rubbish!
Summary: A toy to leave the children in tears on Christmas morning.
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