Fun with bricks

The new Hot Wheels kit com­bines brick com­po­nents with tracks, writes Izwan Is­mail

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IF you or your kids are a fan of Hot Wheels cars and tracks, you should check out Mat­tel’s lat­est of­fer­ing, the Track Builder Con­struc­tion Crash Kit. The new pack­age not only of­fers play­ers cars and tracks, but also bricks to add on to the tracks.

So how does it look like when the

Hot Wheels tracks are com­bined with brick pieces?

IG­NIT­ING CRE­ATIV­ITY

Hot Wheels, a rac­ing car toy model and tracks by Mat­tel, has been pro­vid­ing fans with tracks to en­able them to play Hot Wheels cars like they are on a real race track. How­ever, some fans prob­a­bly want more than just sim­ple tracks that they can as­sem­ble in min­utes.

The Hot Wheels Track Builder is de­signed to give play­ers added ex­cite­ment and chal­lenge when put­ting to­gether the tracks. There are more than 40 pieces, in­clud­ing the blocks (Mega Blocks) to be as­sem­bled be­fore you can start play­ing.

What’s nice about this Hot Wheels kit is that it al­lows you to build not just one track de­sign, but four. They are the Loop ‘n Tower Smash, Tower Tar­get, Crash Zone and Laneway Smash.

I took close to an hour to com­plete the Loop ‘n Tower Smash tracks .

The mega blocks have an ad­van­tage as it al­lows flex­i­bil­ity in mak­ing the tracks. It also fos­ters cre­ativ­ity and ex­per­i­men­ta­tion among kids. They can re-con­fig­ure and cus­tomise the bricks and the pro­vided Track Pivot Points for end­less con­fig­u­ra­tions and crash­ing ac­tion.

BUILD­ING IT

With 40 plus pieces, the Hot Wheels Track Builder is not dif­fi­cult to as­sem­ble, but it can be chal­leng­ing at times.

This must be done care­fully. What I did was put the same parts to­gether first so that they can eas­ily be iden­ti­fied when as­sem­bling the track. The pro­vided Builder’s Guide is handy for the as­sem­bling process.

Dur­ing the track as­sem­bling process, one needs to en­sure that all the parts are snapped into the cor­re­spond­ing ar­eas or holes so that the track or the track struc­ture will not break apart.

If you’re cu­ri­ous why some of the Mega Blocks parts feel flimsy or not re­ally se­cure when placed to­gether, they are de­signed to be such as the Hot Wheels car should hit them and break apart, sim­i­lar to a stunt act.

The Hot Wheels Track Builder box is more that just a box. It comes with eight colour­ful Hot Wheels card­board pan­els which you can use to build more cool stunt struc­tures.

If you are short on ideas on what to build, check out www.hotwheels.com/ track­builder.

PLAY­ING IT

Once the track is ready, just place the pro­vided Hot Wheels car at the be­gin­ning of the track and “ham­mer” the lever with your hand. This is to make your car go as fast as pos­si­ble so that it can break the flimsy Mega Block bar­ri­ers, sim­i­lar to a stunt ac­tion in a movie.

The set is priced at RM149.90. The Hot Wheels Track Builder. Stunts you

can do with the Hot Wheels

Track Builder. The Loop ‘n Tower Smash track.

The parts.

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