“ Manufacturer: Mattel / Type: Garage „
Hot Wheels track for colour changing cars this "garage" has a waterfall under which the cars change colour, a spin dryer and a water pen to customise your cars.
Price - £39.99 from most toys stores, amazon, tesco etc
Age Range - 5-8 years
My son bought this with his birthday money having been seduced by the advert. I was very dubious and though I wish I had been proved wrong unfortunately that wasn't the case.
The waterfall is set off by "pressing" a button which also propels the car around the track. The waterfall empties on pressing this button once but unfortunately getting the car around the track is not that easy. You have to hit the button quite hard to get it to go round and my son (6 years old) can't do it hard enough but if you hit it too hard the car just flies of the track. Every time you try you have to refill the water tank just in case you happen to get it right! On the two times I managed to get it around the track the car didn't even change colour under the waterfall.
There is a jug you need to put under the waterfall to catch most of the water. Having to clear up the water after forgetting to put the jug underneath two times in a row seems to have put off my son from playing with this ever again.
The dryer part is quite good if you use it on its own. You press a button to spin it and then another to release the car. It is quite difficult to get the timing right but much more possible than getting the car around the track.
The customisation pen works ok while the cars are new (see below)
The colour changing cars work if you put them in pots of hot or cold water. The instructions warn that the cars should not be left in hot or sunny places or the colour changing will stop working more quickly. Given that this product is aimed at young boys, not known for putting things away, I think this is a little unreasonable. Also the only car that has any chance of getting around the track is the one which comes with the track. None of the cars that can be bought separately work with the track which seems strange since there are not many products in this range.
Overall I was very disappointed with this product. It would have been worth it if it had taught my son to be more cynical about adverts but alas that has not happened either!