“ Brand: Mattel / Type: Race Car Tracks „
After my daughters nana went through a stage of collecting vintage (late 80s / early 90s) polly pocket castles and other items, we were eager to add to the collection as she really plays with them well. The original polly pockets are really hard to get hold of and require lots of patience around car boots to actually find. so when we saw that a new polly pocket range had been launched we were happy to pay £30 for this play wheels set, as we had seen and witnessed first hand the quality of the other polly pocket items we had. Unfortunately it seems things have changed since the items we have were manufactured as the quality is certainly not in this product.
The polly pocket race track play wheels set is a mini city where the polly's can race through. It has the feel of hot wheels but is obviously girly. The thing we liked about our polly pocket castles was all the little hidden parts and new things to discover all the time, but this isn't to be with this toy and what you see is what you get. The toy is very difficult to keep built and the slightest knock will send this toy crashing down or parts becoming unattached.
The toy is also quite difficult to build and took a good 20 minutes to get ready before it could be played with. As I mentioned earlier it's difficult to keep all the parts attached once it's being played with, but another thing we found was the it is stored right next to a wall in the bedroom and when she wants' to play with it, it's difficult to move away from the wall so it can be played with properly. It certainly doesn't like any movement and therefore makes it difficult to rate it very well as it's a toy aimed at 3-4 year old children - try telling them not to move it!
The basic concept of the toy is a quick release button which sends the cars racing around the track or the cars can simply be pushed along. The motorised lift will add to the fun of this track but I don't think there is enough going for this toy to keep children occupied for that long. Although my daughter was only three when she first got this, I found that she would only play for 5 or 10 minutes before she lost interest.
Extra cars and dolls can be bought for this but unless it's a favourite toy I really wouldn't bother.
My Daughter received the Polly pocket race to the mall for Christmas. It was one of a long line of presents she has chose in the Argos book and I liked the look of it.
First of all I found the play set quite hard to assemble due to there being quite a few fiddly parts. The entire track has be slid together and secured all the way round to create turning levels. The play set is very girly with the track and the escalator being pink and purple. Once the track was built I was quite surprised as to how big it was. This caused a problem in one way as I knew now it would have to stay assembled as taking it down and re building would be an absolute nightmare.
I'm not quite sure where the name race to the mall came from as there are 2 activating pieces at the start where you have to push the cars in to starting position, you are then supposed to push the button and the car shoots off. There is no way of setting both cars off together for a race as they both just crash before getting to the hoop. It is possible to set one off before the other so this makes a good set for either one or two players. The track contains 2 separate ways to travel, by simply moving the stopper you can travel round to the shopping part which contains a boutique, lounge and a food court, or you can travel the car around the whole track many of times without stopping.
The escalator on the play set is battery powered so 3 AA batteries will be needed in order for it to work. The escalator pulls the cars up, as a roller coaster would and once at the top they spiral down the track.
I think in my opinion the play set is a good idea. My daughter loves cars and garages and it is nice to see something she will be interested in coming in girly colours for once. I must say though that one bad point is, I feel the track could have been a bit stronger. It does hold together nicely while the cars are racing round but when it comes to moving it a touch it is very flimsy and falls apart. Just make sure that where ever you build the set should be the place it will stay.
The play set came with 2 cars and 2 tiny Polly pockets to go inside. There are a large range of cars available to buy separate although the box advises that they may not all be compatible with this particular set.
This play set cost about £22.00 and I do feel the size of the thing and the reel working escalator makes this value for money. I can't deny that it is a good toy but as far as playing with it goes, let's just say my daughter seems to be bored with it already. I suppose there are only so many times times you can press a button to send a car round a track before it gets a little bit boring.
My daughter had this bought for her as a gift last christmas from her grandad it costs £29.95 from argos but in my eyes its not great value and I would not recommend it to anyone.
It's called polly pocket race to the mall, there are quite a few parts to the game and takes quite a bit of time to set up. It is very girlie as it's full of bright pink and orange colours but I'm afraid thats the best thing I can say about it. Its suitable from children 3 years and over.
an elevator for the cars
battery pack for the elevator
two tiny cars with polly pocket inside them
9 pieces of track
starting block with two pressure buttons one pink and one blue
three sets of shop
finish line with flags
accessories for shop
You will need 3 AA batteries to work the elevator as they are not included in the box.
Once set up your ready to play, place the cars in the starting block by pushing them back into the slot and push the pressure button and the cars then zoom off, they go round a loop the loop then up the elevator, round the shops then the track leads back to the elevator. You can get the cars to take a detour to the finish line but basically thats all the cars do!!The track is a little flimsy too, it doesnt stay together very long.
I think the game is better played with two players my daughter seems to enjoy it more when I play with her then you can race each other round the track, and see who is the winner, its not the same doing that on your own.
There are the shops that can be played with but they have very limited accessories in fact they are just table and chairs and a shop counter.
I was very let down with this product as I think nearly £30 is a fair bit of money for something that's not brilliant, in fact my daughter has played with this only a handfull of times in the year and considering the set up process it's really not worth it.
I would not recommend this to anyone.
Race through the big city and win the flag at the finish line, or dine, shop and stop at the view at the observation desk! Load your car at the gate, push the button and race, or alternatively simply push on the car for continuous racing!