Slot cars are arguably one gaming alternative parents may offer their children; an alternative to tv and computer based games. A brief look at the SCX website makes My First Driving School look very appealing as a first slot car toy for toddlers. The details provided by SCX and the amazon price sealed the deal for me. I have a near three year old nephew whom I adore and wish to experience more than electronic screen based toys as he grows up - much like his dad encourages his older brother.
The toy comes in a very nice package which will be ideal for keeping the toy neatly organized and stored when necessary. When set up it simply looks great! The apparent quality of the plastic materials feels and looks durable, is easy to assemble, and is overall top-notch. A colorful presentation draws in children and adults alike to want to get into the play. Adults will sit for at least one session to enjoy showing their children the controls and exclaim encouraging words. I found it quite entertaining to come to the youngster's level of joyful play. It's a safe bet your toddler will be hooked.
A couple issues were immediately apparent. At first, the accelerator button on one controller behaved erratically. I removed and reinstalled the batteries and had better luck afterwards but not 100%. Toddler toys require battery covers to be screwed on, so by default the necessity to remove the cover is somewhat cumbersome for the repairing adult and perhaps frustrating to the anticipating toddler. We're a family of fixers so didn't mind much but do appreciate things that work without tinkering.
Another hindrance has to do with the system which allows the cars to change direction. This often did not produce the desired result even when I carefully tried to make the car turn. I am familiar with the system used and understand its mechanics very well, it just did not work well, but wait: somehow that was only true when facing the cars in one direction. My older nephew, who's 10, discovered that when we face the cars the other way there no longer is an issue. Note that I have not seen any instruction regarding the direction the cars should be facing.
The above two issues are why I feel I must remove two stars. Because let's face it, great functionality is crucial to the engagement of the user. All else nags me to want to give five stars and I think SCX may change something or provide us with some tips to make the experience flawless. It's almost so.
Overall, I suspect this toy will at first produce a "WOW" response from parents and older children who then may question some things a bit until they sort out its nuances. However, most importantly, I suspect your toddler will be entertained for a good while.