Scalextric is something that I remember from my childhood, my Dad and Brother had a large collection together, a shared hobby I guess. I remember going to the model shop with them to buy replacement parts for their cars (metal connector things for the bottom of the car – yes I’m sure there’s a correct name for them but I’ve never known it).
Paul also had Scalextric growing up, infact while moving around the spare room recently I found a big box of different tracks and cars etc. which he’s kept hold of.
Another thing I remember is it being fiddly to put together, well the more elaborate tracks anyway. Clicking the track together, adding barriers etc and making sure all the connections were pushed together properly or it wouldn’t work.
Recently Hornby got intouch to see if Harry would like to try out their My First Scalextric set and I was intrigued to see if it was simple enough for younger children (a reason we’ve not had Paul’s set out yet as I thought Harry was too young at 3).
Setting it up was simple. There are instructions but I actually just followed the picture on the box and it was set up in less than 5 minutes.
The set is a basic elevated figure of 8 setup, there are two little bridge like pieces which you slide under the track to elevate a section.
You then plug the controllers into the slots on the track and the power supply too, pop the cars onto the track and you are ready to race.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the cars gripped really well to the track and even when you pushed the trigger right back so the cars were at maximum speed they held firm to the track (I remember playing with the sets when I was younger and you would have to decrease power on the bends or the cars would fly off the track as you went round the corner -always a hard thing to remember to control as a child).
Harry was able to control his car alone without help. Shouting “I win Mummy, I win” even when he clearly didn’t.
At 3 he can’t set this up himself but once done he can play happily with this on his own, with us or with Emmy.
This is a really lovely beginners set, an introduction to the world of Scalextric and would make a great gift for both boys and girls this Christmas.
Priced at £34.99 and available from www.scalextric.com