Hot Wheels Terrordactyl Track Set
Hot Wheels Terrordactyl Track Set
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Kids must race to blast a flying pterodactyl out of the sky while avoiding an erupting volcano.
|Product Length:||4.72 inches|
|Product Width:||24.02 inches|
|Product Height:||14.96 inches|
|Product Weight:||2.2 pounds|
|Package Length:||24.0 inches|
|Package Width:||15.1 inches|
|Package Height:||4.9 inches|
|Package Weight:||6.6 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 26 reviews|
Kids race to blast a flying pterodactyl out of the sky and avoid erupting volcanoes in this new high-speed Hot Wheels track set
Kid-powered super boosters send cars racing around the track, avoiding the pterodactyl that captures wayward Hot Wheels cars in its teeth
Win the race to launch the pterodactyl high into the air
Easy to assemble and folds for easy storage under a bed
|Average Customer Review: ( 26 customer reviews )
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58 of 62 found the following review helpful:
Worst toy ever Sep 20, 2006
By Lori Anderson
"I devour books."
First, it took over an hour to put together, including when we realized two pieces of track were mis-labled, AND when we had to take apart a "hard-wired" piece with a screwdriver to fix a flaw. At one point we told my little boy we thought it was broken and we'd have to get another toy -- he put his little hands over his face and burst out in tears, and that broke my heart in a million pieces so we kept at it. We finally got it put together and quickly realized, there is no way in the laws of either physics or engineering that it will ever, ever work the way it is supposed to.
It takes no batteries, which my husband thought would be a plus, and relies on the child pushing a lever to propel cars forward and around the track. The track has two options (theroretically) -- to go all around the loop-the-loop, or shoot at the dinosaur and set the dinosaur into flight.
If our son were older and knew how it was supposed to work, he would have been sorely disappointed. But as he's three and a half, he thought it was too cool that the cars just launch randomly into space, never once doing what they were supposed to do. If you push the lever too hard, they fly off and hit the cat. If you push more gently, they just whiz and fall off the track.
And the dinosaur? Total garbage. Try to hit it and it just falls off -- no majestic soaring whatsoever.
Total waste of money and time.
23 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Poorly Designed, but fun once you MacGuyver it Oct 10, 2006
By J. Birchett
My son absolutely loves this horribly designed thing. We bought it yesterday and spent the requisite hour setting it up only to find that we couldn't get the stupid "Fair start Lever" to work the way it seemed that it should. The instructions say to lower the lever and then the players can crank the levers to make the cars go around, but the lever does absolutely nothing. It seems designed to avoid touching the red stop-blocks that it should be holding down. We were able to span the inexplicable gap in this lever with scotch tape and then use a trash can twist wire to permanently affix the start lever to the red stop blocks. Now the cranks are able to fire the cars out all the time.
The toy is a bit complex for my three-year-old, but he loves it anyway. I have to constantly put the pteradactyl back into the "launch tube" because he isn't strong enough to get it seated. He doesn't understand the game aspect of the toy at all, which is why we disabled it, although it doesn't work anyway, but you have to disable it to get the toy to work at all. He also doesn't understand how to set up the volcano and switch the track diverter, but he's happy having the cars launch off of the ramp anyway, so it's just as well.
Some of the older boys in the neighborhood played with it after I rigged it up and they seemed to enjoy the competitive game aspect of it, but I could never give this toy a review above a three because it didn't work out of the box. Anything that has to be rigged with tape and wire to achieve the advertised functionality should get a one, but the kids loved it so much, I gave it a three.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
No problems here, just lots of fun. Dec 05, 2006
By Tamara Fuenzalida
I was really concerned after reading the poor reviews, but my son desparately wanted this toy for his 6th birthday, so we got it. As it turns out, this thing is a blast!!! The instructions were a bit vague, so setup took about 20 minutes (of course we didn't notice the reference to online, animated instructions until after we finished putting it together), then we spent another 10 minutes figuring out how to play with it. Me, my husband, our son, and both daughters spent a good hour crowded around it on the floor taking turns whipping the car around the track. Then we left the kids to it for another hour.
It's a great track, with a lot of neat features. The pterodactyl "flies" a little over a foot when it launches, the cars whiz by so fast you can barely see them, and the accelerator mechanism is easy for my 6 year old to use. Batteries would have been better, but the wind up mechanism works fine (and is much cheaper!). The switches that move to aim your car at the pterodactyl after 6 or 7 passes also work great. The only cons we noticed are the poor instruction manual and the piece that holds the pterodactyl up doesn't snap into place so it works itself loose pretty easily. We didn't experience any of the problems these other folks had. I highly recommend this toy. Just be careful to follow the directions exactly during setup.
18 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Overpriced, does not do what it "advertises" Nov 03, 2006
By K. Roth
I was really disappointed in this toy. I wish I had read the reviews before I bought it. I have a 5 year old who has a hard time "launching" the cars so that they keep going around the track. Honestly, I have a hard time keeping the car moving around the track. The pterodactyl is suppose to move from side to side so that either car going around the track can hit it and send it soaring, but the wind up mechanism wears down very quickly. Batteries would have been better than the wind up mechanism.
Save your money, there are better car sets out there. My son has hardly played with it since he got it three weeks ago.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Return it while you can Jan 01, 2007
By D. Dollahite
My 8-year-old son got this as a Christmas present from a relative. I wish I had read all the other reviews before opening it and convinced him to return it and get something else. He was all excited about the pterrodactyl (I think Matel pays their marketting people more than their engineers).
Yes, all 30 some-odd connections are labelled with a letter, but this thing is convoluted and confusing to set up. But you can set it up given about half an hour if you're not schematically challenged. Also, the trick to the lever isn't cutting it off... the cars have to be ON TOP of the red switch in the track, not in front of it, or the wind-up levers won't work. A bad design flaw because the car is difficult to put in that shallow spot, especially in the center of the loop where its difficult to reach and half of the time it just rolls out and then the levers get blocked. As an adult, after a while of working it I could get the car to go around the track and learn the timing of the levers. That's after going through the entire setup checklist, which includes:
1) pulling out two rings
2) pushing in all four volcanoes
3) turning the pterrodactyl off
4) winding it up
5) turning the pterrodactyl on
6) closing the two yellow gates
... then launching the car. I say "car" because although the set has two tracks it only comes with one car. Ironically, the car that is included isn't even on the list of "recommended" cars for the track that are displayed in the instructions. Also, whereas I could get the car to work on one track, I never could on the other. And most other Hot Wheels we tried just flew off either track.
This convoluted mess was too much for my 8-year-old son and he soon resorted to just rolling his cars manually on the track and playing with the pterrodactyl. The box says "5+" on the recommended age, but that's a joke. I could get it to work for me but my son never could get around the track more than twice which frustrated him. I never thought I'd say this... but I wish this toy came with batteries.
Again, I wish I had read the other reviews before opening the box and returned it. This thing is too big to just sit on his bedroom floor and collect dust. We'll probably throw it out in a week when he stops even looking at it. We have had some pretty bad toys before, but you'd think for $45 Matel's engineers could have come up with something better.
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