Letting Life Lead
I figured it was about time to share another product review for the parents and big kids out there.
I admit that I didn’t want to like this track (Hot Wheels Double Jump Showdown), and it was the third one my five year old daughter and 2.5 year old son had gotten for Christmas. At this point we have accumulated too much track and way too many cars I find in odd places like in my pillow case. However, despite myself, it is my favorite. Plus it needs no batteries!
For those having trouble, part of the appeal of the tracks you build yourself is adjusting for engineering and physics. Depending on the surface, how level it is, how you space the tracks, and the strength of the rubber bands you will get different results of speed and accuracy of the cars. Our set is the same quality as our other sets, it’s use is just different. Cars won’t always make the jump and you must tweak your launch accordingly so you don’t overshoot or undershoot. When both racers get it just right the then have to deal with a tower crash where the both fall into the pit! All part of the fun. My husband has had more experience with set construction so here are a few tips:
Tip #2: You don’t have to use the spiral tower. It is there for a race to ensure that the start between opponents is fair. It is a battery-less timer. We often just leave it down and play as normal.
Tip #3: Let the kids experiment! Play with the different settings on the launcher to see which click point works best with each car. Adjust the positioning of the track by moving it a bit left or right. Adjust the height or stability with blocks if the play surface is uneven. Cars that are unequally balanced may run better if launched backwards! This is not a toy that is designed to do all the work for you and we love that.
Tip #4: To extend the life of the rubber bands, make sure the launcher is not left fully loaded position when not in use.
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