We have tried MANY different car track type toys over the last 3 1/2 years and we wish we had found this product years ago! Our 6 1/2yr old, 4 1/2yr old, and 2 1/2yr old all play with this toy constantly. It is very sturdy and has stood up to the 2 1/2 yr old leaning on it occasionally. None of the other garage/track related car sets we've tried have withstood the slightest bit of use. The tracks always broke if you looked at them funny or the cars wouldn't run on the tracks at all. The tracks in this garage are made of very heavy and sturdy plastic and seem to be attached very well. This is not the cheap stiff plastic used by Fast Lane or the soft, flimsy, won't stay connected for 2 seconds plastic of Hot Wheels. The little flags come out of their sockets and get moved around, but that's kind of fun for the kids. The start gate concept is great (although it occasionally comes out with enthusiastic use, but it also pops back in easily) and the boys love racing the cars from the top all the way to the bottom. And yes, two cars actually run side by side in their separate tracks all the way down to the bottom! We have looked for years for a toy that provided the thrill of a long run and satisfaction of consistently working. If only we had found this toy sooner! The elevator also works quite nicely. It occasionally gets yanked out of its groove by our 2 1/2yr old and gets stuck, but a little nudge back into place and it's back in smoothly moving business! Very well made and well worth the price! One note, when assembling, plan on it taking around an hour and note that all of the decks are not the same. There are two basic types of deck that alternate. We didn't realize that on initial assembly and had to switch two of the decks around. Luckily, the decals are also really well made and are flexible, plastic-y, and sturdy (not papery) and easily peeled off and restuck without any peeling corners or tears. We highly recommend this product to anyone with car loving children!
I know the box says 8 years and up ... but I bought this for my 4 (almost 5 year old)... and he likes it. It's challenging. You have to go full speed to make the loop but need to slow down to make the turns. If you can't handle it, then the car flies off the track and across the room. But my husband assures me that's all part of the fun and that is why it is labeled for 8 and up. My son has had it a week now and he can go around the track about 4 times before he flies off. Took me about 20 mins to click all the track together. its about 3 ft long and 1.5 wide when its assembled. Sturdy pieces. I think its a great deal for the price. Everything I found in the toy stores like this was listed around $100. So I feel like its a good deal. I would recommend it.
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