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5.0 out of 5 stars Clackety Gravity!, 27 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Pintoy Tower Slope (Toy)
Superb design, extremely well made from solid wood. Comes in three sections ( main Tower Slope with tracks ready assembled and two base stands ), a bag of cars and pack of four screws. Obviously minimal assemble is required.

Tower Slope ~ all components beautifully smooth and rounded. Tracks have a quality paint finish, bold colours as per picture; Orange, Lime Green, Red, Yellow, Navy Blue and Light Blue. Both flat stands are Navy Blue. Clear varnish covers the main solid supporting double vertical struts and lower solid track/support; bringing out the natural beauty of the grain. Apart from the screws mentioned, this looks as though everything else is held together with wooden pegs giving superb rigidity. One of these Tower Slopes is used on an industrial level at a nursery we attend, it's surviving admirably! My daughter has been playing hard with hers now for nearly 2 years and it looks like new, no loose fixings whatsoever.

Tower Slope Approx Measurements:-

Height at tallest point ~ 30 ½ " 77.5 cm
Main vertical Strut Width including the protruding track ~ 16 " 40.5 cm
Main vertical Strut Depth ~ just under 3 ½ " 8.5 cm
Base stands total protruding Length ~ 12 ½ " 32 cm

Cars ~ the same high standard. Wooden wheels attached securely with sturdy metal pins. Each wheel has a painted spiral superb in motion. Car bodies plain solid colours no door/window detail; inappropriate as upside down half the time. They cannot be used as ordinary cars off track, they're designed specifically to work on this track as follows:-

Solo Red ~ approx length 2 " 4.5 cm
Solo Blue ~ approx length 2 " 4.5 cm
Wood through axle - linked pair Orange and Green ~ approx length 4 ½ " 11 cm
Wood through axle - linked Orange, Red and Blue ~ approx length 7 " 17.5 cm
All approx width including wheels over 1 ½ " 3.5 cm

Track edges run parallel with a gap spanning the entire length. They reach beyond the edges of the main vertical support struts going between each pair. The wheels run along these track edges with part of the car lower body passing through and along the space in-between. Gravity causes the cars to freely move along each sloping track, dropping down with a most satisfying `clack' onto the next slope to repeat the process gathering momentum. This clever design means each car travels along both it's `upper and lower' surfaces in turn, changing as it drops to the next level. As each car reaches the lower base track, it rolls along with the proceeding cars pushing the ones in front along. They all fit in line without rolling off the end.

We have manic sessions maintaining constant traffic flow; cars grabbed with gusto and slammed down hard onto any track. The clack, clacking is delicious with an almost train like rhythm. Squeals of delight become louder the faster the cars are slammed. The timing of one, two etc cars to reach the bottom is also used as a deadline for simple silly tasks. Watching the action is enjoyable both sides and ends on, with superb consequence of gravity.

Joy to be had from assisted babe in arms through to Adult. The big kid from within will be enticed out to play from even the most 'growed-uppy' of grown ups. Due to the height and stable base, this would be ideal for some wheelchair users. There is a calming influence both watching the cars and listening to the rhythmic clacking. This gives a superb cause and effect with a hugely satisfying outcome. Hand and eye co-ordination benefits too, also great incentive for maintaining eye contact on a moving object. Head movement can be encouraged, beneficial if there is a weak side/unawareness. The chunky cars are beautifully tactile and perfect for inexperienced hands. They are easy to engage with the track too... such possibilities.

The large size giving nine tracks including the base, provides enjoyment for longer compared to smaller versions. Storage is not awkward either due to the gap between the base stands. In use or repositioned it's very stable, though not exactly light. It's lovely to look at too, ours lives downstairs. I'm so pleased we waited and bought this one. It will remain a part of our family for generations, God willing.
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