My son loves cars. Totally LOVES them. For four years now we’ve been building up a collection of all sorts of cars, and he doesn’t show any signs of having enough yet. Last Christmas he got his first Hot Wheels track, just a very simple ramp, which was perfect for him at that age, and he has spent many happy hours rolling most of his collection down that ramp. Another couple of small tracks arrived for his birthday earlier this year, and again hours of play followed. So when Mattel got in touch and asked if I’d like to review the Hot Wheels Total Turbo Takeover track set, I knew I would have a happy boy on my hands if I said yes.
The Hot Wheels Total Turbo Takeover track set contains a selection of standard Hot Wheels track pieces and a number of stunt pieces, including two complete loops, a battery operated speed booster and a couple of obstacles for the car to knock over on its way around the track. It arrives in pieces, so there is a certain amount of assembly required before you can actually play.
I found some parts of the assembly a little confusing – the instructions weren’t always completely clear, so I called in the expert, who had it set up in no time:
The speed booster requires two large “D” sized batteries which are not included in the pack. Luckily I managed to dig some out of our kitchen drawer, but if you’re buying this set for your child it would be a good idea to get some batteries to go with it to avoid any disappointment.
The box proclaims that the Total Turbo Takeover track set uses the new “improved track connectors”. This means that the little piece of plastic that joins each piece together now clicks into place, holding the whole thing together much more firmly. This track has certainly stayed together better than the geekson’s other tracks which use the older connectors. I don’t know if these connectors are “officially” supposed to be compatible with the old system or not, but we’ve managed to join some of our old pieces into the new system without any problems.
Both kids have really enjoyed playing with the Total Turbo Takeover set. We particularly like the way the set pieces are designed to keep the car moving around the track. Obviously the speed booster has a couple of spinning rollers which force the car forwards (there is a switch to choose between two different speeds), but we also liked the way the loop-the-loops have a mechanism inside them which the car triggers on entry for a little extra boost. Certainly no danger of the car not getting up enough speed to make it all the way around the loop. There’s also a launcher piece that you place at the start of the track to give the car the initial speed that it needs.
The Total Turbo Takeover track set is recommended for ages 4 and up, and my car-loving four year old has had great fun playing with it. He sometimes needs a little help with the assembly, and I have to keep an eye on him because he has managed to get a few non-Hot Wheels cars stuck in the speed booster so far. The track set comes with one car, and is compatible with all other Hot Wheels cars, but we’ve found several of the geekson’s other cars, which look similar in size, don’t work well with the track, and can get stuck.
The Recommended Retail Price (RRP) for the Total Turbo Takeover track set is £39.99, although you can find it cheaper than that if you shop around (for example it is currently on sale at Amazon (affiliate link) for just £29.99). It’s a great starter set, and comes with enough pieces for your child to build a variety of different layouts. It also gives a great foundation to which you can add additional track and stunt pieces. I can see that this is a toy that is going to be taking over our living room floor time and again for a number of years!
This short video shows the Total Turbo Takeover track in action:
Disclosure: We were sent a Hot Wheels Total Turbo Takeover track set by Mattel for review purposes. The Amazon link within this post contains my affiliate information – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment at no extra cost to you.