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If racing cars around a track trying to drive them to destruction sounds like fun, that's because with this toy, quite simply, it is. This is a 1:32 scale Scalextric set with a twist; you build and then destroy the cars, which takes racing to a whole new dimension.

In the (satisfyingly large) box you get a fair amount of track, two cars, as well as two hand power throttles and a power supply. Set up is fairly simple, each car, which is can be customised by the addition of stickers that are also provided, can be built in different ways, with a choice of bonnets and backs - bits can be left on or off and each driver can choose the configuration of their car. The pieces attach by a familiar looking stud system that has more than a nod to Lego, and is indeed compatible with said bricks. This, it turns out, makes for hours of fun as well as lots of interesting experimentation - I can report that a very tall tower car is not going to make it from concept car to the road any time soon, and a Santa lego minifigure has had the ride of his life! The supplied little articulated driver that comes with each car has more than a passing resemblance to a well known car show white helmeted driver: all adding to the fun.

Since we got this toy we've spent hours playing with it and testing it, literally, to destruction and a quick rebuild beyond. Everything is still working really well, and I'm sure we will have many more hours fun with it. The track is a little hard to put together, and requires adult input, and doesn't seem to be quite as well made as the track of my youth, however you can buy extra pieces and the a satisfying crossover and some straights with a wiggle which allow cars to come into close contact, are included which makes for lots of fun. I think there are a fair amount of track for the price.

It's a shame there is no counter in this set, but as a starter set it really is plug in and go, and I think that most children are going to love it - my kids aged 7 and 10 certainly do! The throttles are relatively easy to use, and I think a 4 year old would manage it, as suggested by the manufacturer, although play is likely to need some supervision. It's more tricky to add the parts to the car, they come off very easy - deliberately so I would imagine, but they can be quite frustrating and our red car seems to have roof fitting issues. The cars are easy to maintain with a quick change system for those iconic scaletrix braids, this is twenty-first century racing with all the attraction of the original.

Minor niggles aside I would totally recommend this toy, and indeed have done to several of my friends. It's pure unadulterated fun in a box!
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on 28 November 2013
This is my favourite Scalextric - the fun of smashing the cars against each other is just awesome.
For anyone who has more Lego, they can build more complex cars than those present in this set.

Would highly recommend anyone else who wants to smash some cars and put them back together
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on 26 January 2014
Having not played with scalextric for 20yrs and having read the reviews I was delighted to get this in Black Friday for £49! By NYE i wasn't so smug. Cars don't stay fixed long enough to wait until they crash to fall apart. Really fiddly to build, tended to use them unbuilt or partially built as was just easier. Kids found this quite frustrating. After 2 x of building and packing away the track the track sections warped thus creating a bumpy track - this led to cars falling off more and contacts wearing out faster. When it came out the box the first time it was awesome, but very quickly the above made it an unplayable large white elephant. Sigh. Returned.
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I had Scalextric when I was small (I'm to near to 50 now) and purchased the Micro Scalextric G1075 My First Scalextric Set 1 1:64 Scale Race Set for my lad a few years ago when he was probably 4 or 5, he could't work out how to control the car and it ended up not being used. He is now 10 and I wanted him to have another scalextric so we could both enjoy it together, the Demolition Derby ticked all the boxes, he likes building things, and like most lads he loves destroying things, especially cars.

First impression are very positive, the cars are really well detailed and easy to pop together, there a good size rather than being ting parts to pop together.

There isn't loads of track which for me is a good thing as I'm normally left to put things away and to much track would take a while.

The noise my lad made when they first smashed in to each over was obviously his approval, I thought he was going to wet himself, the windows rattled he was so loud, he loves the fact that there is some real damage.

Controlling the cars is better than the first Scalextric we had, maybe because he is older but we really had fun racing with me trying to avoid being annihilated by my lad each time.

The thing me and my lad like about the cars is you can use lego bits to create your own daft car or what ever you want, we had a Lone ranger game where we put the little Lego figures on the base and tried to see how many we could knock off, I've also used the Mega Bloks Need for Speed Porsche Buildable Turbo Wheel Launchercars to create a car which looked pretty good.

I'm really pleased with this, I so wanted him to enjoy what I so enjoyed as a lad, I'm not sure If there will be other cars that you can add to this series but it would be good to see a truck or bus something along those lines.

A big five star recommendation from me and my lad
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on 11 February 2014
I initially though this was a quality product as the track was solid and easy to put together. The idea of crashing the cars and bits falling off sounds fun but rebuilding the third or fourth time is a bit less appealing. My 6 year old just left the pieces off after a few times. As the name and design implies, they are meant to have the occasional crash. But on the second time we had the set out one of the cars stopped working, not even after a crash. Amazon made the exchange easy. The second set had the same issue within minutes, again no big crash, just stops working. Checked the contacts, checked the controller, checked on the other track (the other car worked fine on both tracks/controllers) but no, the car just stopped. Full refund given by Amazon and an easy return. Disappointing product.
Will look for another race set to try.
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on 27 December 2013
I bought this for Christmas my 5.5 year old son and he is delighted (as am I as it was a great Black Friday deal!). It was easy to set up but my only complaint is that I found the cars quite fiddly to build as the pieces wouldn't stay stuck together, hence the overall 4 stars. Luckily, my son is quite happy to race the 2 cars without building them which is a relief as building them each time they crashed would be a headache for me :)

The track is just as it says in the product information. I'd recommend thinking about whether you have the space to leave it set up permanently as an adult does need to put it together each time. It is easy to carry the whole track from one room to the other if you need to move it, which is our case. The track is of great quality and extra pieces can be bought seperately so it can be expanded with time.

This toy doesn't need batteries and is connected to the mains. I would recommend having an extension lead handy as the wire is a little short for where the plugs are in our lounge. It is all connected up very easily and everything worked well first time. Much fun has been had over the past few days and a lot of shrieks of delight & laughter can be heard when the cars crash! They can get up to quite a speed but will come off the track if you press too hard for too long. My daughter has had fun too so it's not just for the boys ;-)

Highly recommended!
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on 25 December 2013
I was cautious about how long we would spend racing versus re-building with this kit but I'm happy to say there's as much of either as you want! The base of each car needs only the front wheels attached to be fully functioning with no further body kit at all. This makes for extremely low and fast cars that zip around the track - probably faster than most standard cars do. If you build the body kit on then yes the cars do get heavier and slower but there's bags of fun to be had with the crashes! We kept going until the last piece had come off to declare a winner :)

Very easy to assemble when you know where the bits go, no breakages yet and most crashes have been at very high speed directly into each other or off the track into a wall!

The track is much easier to put together than the old days as the sliding latches engage at standard horizontal position - none of the old twisting required, for those that remember. The controllers are nice and smooth and now plug into a 3.5mm jack socket which makes it much easier to pack down. The power supply lead is a little short considering; I do wonder why they couldn't have added just another 50cm on being that track is never conveniently right next to the socket. An extension lead will be needed for most users. Total floorspace needed is about 1 x 2m.

I'd give this 5/5 and am very happy to have gone with a Scalextric set with more than just standard cars.
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I received this free through the Amazon Vine review programme.

This had been one of my most highly prized review freebies - because it seemed so perfectly adapted to my young nephew. He loves building things. He loves Lego. He loves cars. He loves playing with his dad, who has been doing the midweek living in the City and commuting back home to the family at the weekend bit for the last several months after his job changed.

The principles involved in this set are great: the usual Scalextric set, combined with a race to destruction.

The practice is less so.

I query the 4+ age rating on this set. It doesn't seem to be purely a safety rating, but rather a recommendation in relation to the ideal user age.

In my view, 4 is too young. I've worked with children aged from 3 months to 11 years) part-time/holidays/volunteering for coming up for 20 years. In my view 6-7 is a more realistic age range as a start-age recommendation for this set. The pieces are fiddly and fall apart far too easily for younger users. My 4 year old nephew, who is quite dexterous, gentle and has been taught to treat his toys with respect found it really upsetting that 'his' car would just fall apart in his hands. He can build quite happily with Lego - which he loves - and didn't understand why this wasn't staying together for him.

My adult brothers, however, found playing with this highly amusing - and derived great satisfaction out of reducing one another's vehicles to pieces.
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on 23 July 2014
This is the best scalextric ever, my 6 and 47 year old love it to pieces and their faces when a crash is imminent is and should be a picture. Best birthday pressie ever (for the 6 year old) they build all sorts of crazy Lego vehicles to race around, it really is fun for the racers and the spectators
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on 29 January 2014
As scalextric sets go this is one of the best. You put the cars together and then aim to crash them in a demolition derby.
Had a lot of fun on Christmas day. Very nostalgic for me.
Ultimately though as its only a figure of 8 track and there are no other options it did not compete well with other toys.
If you paid full price for this you would feel ripped off. if you paid half price like me then its about right but scaletric is so expensive that I cant see us buying more track
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