Friday, March 16th, 2007
Take Along Fire Station Playset
The Take Along Fire Station Playset by MotorMax Toy Factory is a Hotwheels-style city playset that folds into a compact carrying case. The product photos say it all. I’m cool! Buy me! Play with me now before your child is old enough to feel jealous.
The case looks like a fire truck and its dimensions are 19″L x 6″W x 7″H. Open up the truck to find car tracks winding around a miniature city. Major components you attach to the landscape include a burning building, collapsing bridge, construction crane, car elevator and a launcher that shoots cars onto the track.
Officially, we’re not talking Hotwheels. There are five diecast “mini vehicles, and in the product photos they appear to be smaller than Hotwheels cars.
The company also makes a Take Along London Bus Playset.
As someone who blindly shopped for a birthday gift for a six-year-old this week, I wondered if the fire station playset would be appropriate. It is rated for ages 3-and-up. On the plus side, this toy looks really cool. On the downside, it is a permanent arrangement. When I was a kid, we played with flexible plastic strips of race track that we connected together and lay over couches and piles of books and other objects to watch our Hotwheels cars navigate bumps and jumps with the help of gravity. Does an all-in-one always-the-same playset contain the same play value? And at what age do kids grow tired of playing with cars?