When I think back to my childhood, I have several fond memories of my brother and I playing with certain toys together. I had my fair share of girly toys, but I always seemed to like my brother's toys better than mine. They were just cooler, like the Hot Wheels cars and tracks we had several races with. These great die cast cars have been around since 1968, and it's pretty awesome that I can still buy them today for my kids!
Bryce loves toy cars and has several Hot Wheels already. He races them around the house and on the various tracks he has. We were recently asked to try out the newest Hot Wheels track called Double Dare Snare, and as soon as I saw this double loop race track, I knew it would be a hit! We received the Double Dare Snare track, along with three additional Hot Wheels cars so Bryce's friends could come over and play. After all, a race isn't a race with only one race car driver.
Our playdate was scheduled for earlier this afternoon, so just before his friend was supposed to be here, I set out to assemble the track. When I first saw how many pieces were in the box, I was a little concerned that I wouldn't have it set up in time.
The track snapped together very easily, and in just a few minutes, the Double Dare Snare track was ready for racing!
This track is so cool! The new Double Dare Snare allows boys to race 1:64 scale Hot Wheels vehicles side by side down a parallel track, through a hair-raising loop and over a jump at the edge of a steep canyon. Only one care can make it to safety into the snare, while the other has nowhere to go but down.
Bryce's friend Cole came over to try out the new track with him. Once they divided up the 4 new Hot Wheels cars, they were ready to race!
I wanted to take a video of the boys playing with the track so you could see how it works, but with all of the excitement and them jumping up to grab the winning car from the snare, I couldn't get a clear shot at the track. So check out my quick demonstration so you can see how it works...
I think the "fair start" ejection ramps are a great feature to this track. They prevent the racers from jumping the gun and launching their cars too quickly. If they do, they fly off the track.
Bryce and Cole had a great time launching their cars up to the loop to see which car would make it to safety in the snare first. They were both surprisingly patient and we didn't end up with many false starts.
Bryce's favorite part of the race was when he got to pull the winning car from the snare. He got so excited every time!
The recommended age for the Double Dare Snare track set is 4 and up, so I was originally concerned that Bryce wouldn't be able to operate it properly since he is not yet 3. You have to apply a fair amount of pressure to the launch button, and at first his little fingers didn't seem to be able to do it, but after the first few tries, he was launching those cars with ease. He has a little trouble re-setting the rescue pod after each race, but his 5 year old friend was able to do it for them. I think the 4+ age range is perfect for this track, but younger boys can definitely have fun with it with a little assistance.
The little guys aren't the only ones who had fun with this track. My husband also thought it was pretty cool and took part in several races with the boys.
Cole was exceptionally thrilled when he won against Brian...fair and square!
I was very impressed with how well this track set performed. I have seen other track sets that look cool, but the cars don't do what they are supposed to. It works with most of the Hot Wheels cars we own, although not all of them made it through the loop. We found that the smaller, heavier cars worked better than the larger trucks or the lighter cars. Once we found the right cars to use on the track, the races were flawless and the cars made it through the loops and into the snare like they were supposed to.
If you have Hot Wheels fans in your house, I highly recommend this track! The Hot Wheels Double Dare Snare is now available online at the Mattel Shop, and at several major retailers for the suggested retail price of $24.99. (At the time of this review, the price listed online at Mattel was $21.99.) Hot Wheels products purchased on Mattel Shop between June 25 through July 1 will receive a special free gift!
This track is pretty exciting as a toy, but could you imagine a track like this in real life? Well, guess what? You don't have to imagine it, because there is one!
Hot Wheels is bringing the Double Dare Snare track set to life at this year’s X Games Los Angeles on June 30th. The anticipated Double Loop Dare is a six-story tall, dual vertical loop that will pair two Team Hot Wheels drivers together, placing them into a never-before-seen upside down challenge. The stunt is set to be the biggest thrill of the summer!
How cool is that? While I tend to be a thrill-seeker, the real life track based off of the Double Dare Snare looks a little too thrilling for me!
In the U.S., fans can tune-in to watch the jaw-dropping Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare challenge on June 30th on ABC at 11:20 AM PT. Additionally, the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare attempt will be webcast on www.HotWheels.com. I know that we will be checking this out for sure! Check out Hot Wheels on YouTube for some previews of this awesome stunt!
~*~Hot Wheels Double Dare Snare Track~*~
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Hot Wheels products and additional incentives were provided to me. However, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.