Hot WheelsTalk about a favorite in my house – Hot Wheels are one of my son’s daily choices to play with. I let him choose some toys to play with in bed before his nap, and almost every time, he piles in the Hot Wheels.
Hot Wheels originally exploded onto the toy scene in 1968 with the production of the die-cast cars for kids, but the vehicles were snapped up by adults who recognized the collectability value of the vehicles.
The vehicles were designed with meticulous attention to detail. The assorted playsets that are available to go with the vehicles make these toys continue to grow in popularity.
A popular choice among parents and grandparents is the Hot Wheels Basic 50 Car Pack (click here for in-depth review). The set is for ages 3 years and up, but adults also collect these. This set is great for someone just beginning to play with Hot Wheels or to add to someone who already has some of the vehicles.
The vehicles come with precision details and are 1:64 in scale. The vehicles that are included in the box will be determined at the manufacturer and the sets can vary.
Also popular in the Hot Wheels line is the Hot Wheels Monster Jam Tour Favorites. This set has four monster trucks made to scale. Each of the trucks has oversized tires and comes with the chrome rims.
The Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set can be set up in different ways depending on how your child customizes the layout.
I like this one because the pieces can be added on, so the set can continually grow as you add more of the interchangeable pieces. The set comes with the launcher, the track – which includes the curves, stunts, kicker loops and a booster. The downside is that the batteries you need don’t come with the set, but you do get one of the Hot Wheels vehicles included.
One of the long-lasting favorites is the Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race Trackset. This track can produce airborne vehicles thanks to the way that the vehicles launch. The loop stands at 3 feet in height and can handle a multitude of cars on the track at once. There are secure strips that can pin the track to a wall for additional sturdiness.
You can buy additional tracks with the Hot Wheels Track Builder Straight Track (see in-depth review here). It includes 15 feet of track and you’ll also get a car with this set. The pieces can connect with other compatible track sets and comes with 18 connectors and assorted lengths such as 9 and 12-inch track pieces. It’s for ages 4 to 10 years.
Or if you want to pretty much have it all, the Hot Wheels Track Builder System Mega Set has pretty much everything you’ll need for hours of Hot Wheels fun. This set allows kids to create their own track layout and have the stunts that they want to set up. It comes with a cargo container, assorted tracks and connectors, a barrel drop, four of the cars and more. (Click on the picture to check the price.)
I love the way Hot Wheels can be used for just about any type of play my son can imagine. The cars themselves are easily transportable, and the racing sets add a whole new element of fun and imagination. The best part is, these aren’t toys he’s likely to outgrow any time soon (if my husband is any indication). And since they’re built to last, I can see my son passing them on to his own kids someday.
If you’re looking for toys that will be a sure hit, Hot Wheels win the race every time.