It is always a fun time in my house when the new toy catalogs come out from Target and Toys R Us – it gives me an opportunity to see what toys my young sons are going to be obsessed with during the holiday season and beyond.
One of the big winners in this year’s toy obsession is the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage Playset. Our son already has a very small Hot Wheels track that he plays with, to go with about 35 Hot Wheel cars. However, when he saw the pictures of this Super Ultimate Garage – he wanted to take his Hot Wheel collection to the next level (the TV commercials for this track also helped drive a burning need for this toy).
Below is a quick overview of this toy – which is pretty awesome.
QUICK TOY OVERVIEW
If you couldn’t guess by the name, the Super Ultimate Garage is big and wonderful. It is a fantastic Hot Wheels track that stands a little over 3 feet tall! That makes it the biggest Hot Wheels track yet!
Since it is a garage, it has storage for about 140+ cars – which is way more than our Hot Wheels collection – but probably isn’t as big as many of yours.
There are so many bells and whistles that make this track enjoyable as well. There is a motorized elevator that will transport up to 23 cars at a time. My son’s favorite feature is the giant gorilla that is hanging off the elevator that tries to swipe cars in the elevator. The motor for this motorized elevator is relatively loud, which is slightly annoying as a parent.
There is a side by side race track so you can race your Hot Wheels collection. It also comes with a large jet – which every garage racing track needs right? There are some other fun features as well, but we want to save a few surprises for you!
Believe it or not, it even has places where you can connect other Hot Wheels racing sets to it if you want to make it even bigger! Due to small parts, this toy is recommended for children ages 5 and up.
I guess the best way to sum up this track is the name Super Ultimate Garage really fits well!
THE DANGER SCALE
This toy is very safe. There is a lot of small pieces which is why the age recommendation is for children ages 5+. So it can be slightly dangerous for really young children.
Of course you have toys that can be thrown, and like all Hot Wheels toys – you know your child is going to forget to pick up at least one car that you care going to step on – but those are minor concerns.
I’m going to give it a 3 out of 10.
PARENTS ANNOYANCE SCALE
Parents – this toy is over 3 feet tall, so as you can imagine that is going to take some assembly time, and it does require 4 batteries.
There are some features that are a little noisy like the motorized elevator, but if the toy is in your child’s bedroom, it shouldn’t bother you at all!
It does take up a lot of space. Some of the other Hot Wheel tracks are much smaller and much easier to store than this option.
The other downside is that some cars can get stuck in the elevator/tracks and that can frustrate your children a little bit, but they should be able to fix that themselves.
The biggest downside as a parent is the $200ish price tag. $200 for a toy…..did toys cost that much for my parents? No wonder I played with sticks when I was a kid.
If you paid $200 for this, I imagine it scores an 8 on the annoyance scale. If it was a gift to your child from a rich friend or relative – it scores a 2. I’ll just basically split the difference and give it a 4 – but personal experience is going to dictate that one.
This toy is great for children that love cars, Hot Wheels, racing, and things of that nature. It is also well built, so it should last you a very long time.
It is also huge. Those small Hot Wheel tracks are fun, but this just takes the cake. It has so many different features to it that your child should have a lot of fun, and most importantly, they shouldn’t get bored with it.
The garage feature is also nice for storage, you can easily store all of your Hot Wheels cars on the track instead of a little box like we use to.
It is a Gold Star addition to our toy collection…and we are happy we paid the $200 for it!