Have you ever played with a remote control racetrack only to be bored after just a few laps because there was no element of change to it? Sure, at first it was exciting watching the car whip around the corners, but shortly after lap four or five the continuous movement of a car on a circular track lost nearly all excitement. There was no element of surprise or alteration you could make to change the layout of the racetrack…it started as a circle, and ended a circle.
For years remote racecar tracks have been designed adding versatility to the track layouts, but the ability to build a track anywhere and anyway didn’t really exist until Mega Tracks by Lionel came along.
Mega Tracks by Lionel revolutionize the racetracks of the past by introducing a flexible and completely customizable track setup. The tracks are so flexible that they can be bent and secured in uncountable ways. From the bedroom to the kitchen, inside or out, the racetrack of your dreams can come to life.
The Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos Starter Kit comes with 20 feet of TwisTrack™, 55 construction pieces to build customized track layouts, a Rail Racer vehicle and charger, handheld RC controller, and track clamps and connectors. It has everything you need for hours of fun and excitement.
When we first began setting up the racetrack, we wanted to become familiar with all the pieces and their purposes. To do this, we used the instructions provided in the box and built “Corkscrew Chaos”. The instructors were easy enough to follow that my 14 year old niece and nephew constructed it.
The first track was a lot of fun to play on, but the real fun began as we took turns challenging each other to see who could create the best track of all. Having the ability to build a racetrack virtually anywhere you could imagine really makes this toy exciting.
The first design attempt was done in the kitchen by my 14 year old nephew. Using the clamps provided and other pieces from the construction kit, the tracks were secured to the kitchen table and a chair. The design worked great, and setup was a breeze. The rail racer vehicle climbed the incline to the summit effortlessly, that is until the battery died.
The rail racer vehicle recharges quickly when plugged in and put on the “charge” setting.
While the rail racer was charging, the second design attempt began on the stairs. This time, I was the mastermind behind the design. Having 20 feet of track to work with really makes designing tracks a lot of fun. Using elements of engineering, the track was secured and adjustments were made to create an epic track.
Because of the size of the rail racer, when designing this track I had to make sure there was ample clearance around the railings, wall, stairs and support bars. The rail racer vehicle is very large and almost too heavy for the racetracks. This makes designing the racetrack a little challenging because curves and turns must be strongly fortified or the track will collapse.
It would be nice to see a new rail racer that is smaller in size so it can travel effortlessly around tight turns, loops and corkscrews. This simple change would really enhance the overall play experience of the Mega Tracks.
The third design attempt was in the living room and put together with the help of my 8 year old son. This track was the very first one that was designed, without the instructions, that did not need someone holding the support beams. We used heavy books as anchors, which allowed the rail racer to move forward and back at high speeds.
Where would you want to try to build your Mega Tracks? Have any ideas you would like us to try? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Lionel provided me with this item for review. The opinions expressed above are my own, based on the experiences I had observing and using the provided product. Enjoy.
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