Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Product: My First Scalextric
Price: £34.99 RRP
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: My First Scalextric is the ideal introductory set for children aged 3+. The colourful set features an easy-to-assemble figure-of-eight track, two rally cars and adjustable power hand-controllers that are colour coded in red and yellow to match chevrons on the circuit. The magnatraction technology helps to keep the cars on the track, and variable hand-controllers allow the speed of racing to be adjusted depending on skill level.
Review: The girls both really like cars and racing games, so when we were offered a My First Scalextric set to review I thought it would be an ideal starting set to introduce them to the world of Scalextric.
This set consists of a simple figure eight track of Micro Scalextric sized track. It comes with two cars in red and yellow, with matching controllers which plug into the control unit on one piece of the track.
It is really well packaged and easy enough to set up, especially after you’ve done it once or twice. It comes with clear instructions and a track “map”. The pieces of track slot together with a snug fit to create the 8, with two track supports lifting up the longest straight piece of track for a bridge.
The set is mains powered, with a decent length cable allowing you a bit of leeway in the distance it is set up to the socket. You also get spare pickups for the cars.
Adult supervision is required for set up at the girls’ age right now (they are 3 and 5), and also to teach them how to use it on the first go.
Both girls picked up the simple trigger controls quickly and soon learned to accelerate slowly to keep the car from flying off on the corners. Magnets in the cars help them to stay on the track, and they certainly seem to stay on more than the sets I had as a child!
Georgie was able to put the cars back on the track whenever they came off, but Lydia is still a little too young to manage it herself.
The continuing use of red & yellow throughout the set – cars, controllers and arrows all round the track all matching – made it easy for the girls to recognise which side of the track each car went, and which controller to use for each.
We have had it out a few times and the girls have really enjoyed it each time. I like that you can extend it further by purchasing sets from the Micro Scalextric range, giving it more play value – a perfect set to begin a collection.
I had one or problems with the cars not going once or twice but the old adage of “turn it off and on again” seemed to do the trick – I think we managed to short circuit the track.
Overall we’ve been really happy with the My First Scalextric track, and give it 4 stars!