Comments about Hape Switchback Racetrack Kid's Wooden Car Racing Toy

Hape Switchback Racetrack Kid's Wooden Car Racing Toy

Ready, set, go! Racing down Hape's best-selling Switchback Racetrack is no normal ride. Tiny cars fly off each track segment only to land on another segment below and continue their journey to the bottom. Track includes two lanes so kids can time their cars individually setting and beating speed records, or pit two cars against each other to see which is faster. Each car is brightly painted with spiral detailing on each wheel, while the track itself is designed with cool, checkered graphics. Made from wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forests. Durable child-safe paint finish and solid wood construction are hallmarks of Hape toys. Hape's toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities. All Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all applicable safety standards. The Switchback Racetrack is a proud recipient of the 2009 Creative Child Preferred Choice Award and the 2009 Parents Choice Approved Award.


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I was looking at another racetrack type car and saw this one had better reviews so I thought I'd try it. I am very glad I did! We got this for my 2 year old who instantly fell in love. I will say that it is quite loud when he plays with it but that is the only issue (is that really an issue though? kids are loud regardless). The little cars slide down with ease and you can even slide down 2 at a time. It is sturdy and seems to be a safe toy as the cars are not too small and I haven't noticed any paint chipping off. My son loves it, it's safe and it entertains him so that is what is most important to me.

I did a lot of research and found that this one was the best one I could find on the market. When I got it I found it to be a very good toy.

It is a much larger size then other ones so your child can really get in to it.
It comes already assembled so you can have fun getting it out of the packaging with your child and create some excitement. Plus much less work for you.
It has two tracks instead of one so you can really encourage and engage your child to play by having races.
It is absolutely great quality, well built and will last.
The tracks are lined up and on the right angle so you don't have to worry about to much flipping off track and traffic jams.
It comes with 4 cars instead of just two. The cars are made specifically for the track and to flip over on it. They are also a decent size not to small or to big.

However it is expensive, and is a toy your child will really want to play with someone, not alone. So these things could be a draw back for some.

Also I looked on line elsewhere, as well as, in some catalogs that I get, and found Amazon to have the best price. Plus if you use standard shipping most retailers will ship it for free on Amazon.

I have a 2 and 3 yr old that took interest in the smaller version, but when I read that this one had room for 2 tracks so they could play at the same time. It's bigger and already put together so the extra money was worth it rather than wasting my money on a small one, with one track to fight over. We use various balls to roll down and put rubber bands on the edges so they balls will less likely roll off the edge. We also used a wood block so you can release the cars at the same time. It was a blast...I had to put it away so I can renew their interest in a few weeks. If you need the perfect gift for a 1,2 or 3 year old...this is it.

the toy came assembled in the box & all i had to do was pull it out of the box to get it ready for Christmas. my 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter love it. It's just fun to watch the cars flip over and continue on the track. they also like to "race" the cars. I won't lie, it doesn't keep their attention for hours, but it's not a concept they bore of easily either. It's very durable, I thought it was a great value for the price, and I definitely don't find it too small. It's a perfect size because it tucks away next to his bed when not in use. the cars are chunky and easy to handle for them. Overall, a great gift for a two year old.

What a great, fun educational toy. I purchased this toy for my, now 16 month old son. Not a cheap toy by any means, but well worth it. Prior to making my final decision, I researched similar toys in its class. What sold me, by far was the double track layout and the overall size(height). I felt I was getting more bang for my buck by purchasing the EDUCO product. The product comes in a very durable, colorful and descriptive box. The box even has a handle for easy transport. The item comes completely assembled! Just line the cars up on the track and let go. It's as simple as that. From first sight my son has really enjoyed racing the cars "down" the track.
The item is very sturdy and well built. My only complaint or surprise was the fact that the cars tend to and do "run off" the track occasionally. At first, it may seem like an annoyance, but after awhile, it makes the toy more fun and competitive. I have as much fun OR more vs my son playing with the toy. Highly recommended.

My son enjoyed playing with this toy so much at a play place I took him to that I decided to order it for him. Initially I'd ordered a similar one of a different brand trying to save money. But the one I ordered was much smaller and the quality wasn't a good as this one, so I returned it and ordered this one. It's good quality and he enjoys playing with it. I bought it when he was 2. He just turned 3 and still plays with it sometimes. Because it's so sturdy, his baby brother will inherit it.

This toy was an instant hit with my 3yo and his 10mo brother! They love to watch the race cars go down the track and I enjoy playing with them. Other reviewers complain about the cars getting off the tracks etc, which of course happens (not all the time though) but i think that is fine, if anything, it teaches them some troubleshooting skills. The toy is really cute with beautiful colors and it is great that 2 kids can play together. The fact that is already assembled is a huge plus too because no kid wants to wait till daddy puts something together to play.. The only slightly negative thing is that the cars are a bit loud going down but as long as no one is napping while the other one is playing, it is not an issue. We are very happy with this toy.

This toy is awesome!
My 15 month old is not that into it yet but my husband and I really enjoy playing with it haha. I think my son will like it when he gets a little older.
The cars flip and roll all the way down about 85% of the time. Sometimes they fall off the track but it is not a big deal. Love the large size and the fact that we didn't have to put it together.

Two of our grandchildren have this toy, and they both love it. In fact, their older siblings also love playing with it. If you're looking for an educational toy, this isn't necessarily it. However, this toy is just fun, fun, fun. It is well built and sturdy.

I ordered this wooden switchback racetrack from Amazon when my granddaughter suggested it as a birthday present for her two year old son. It was the one toy at his day care that the children had a hard time sharing. There were a few little voices saying "mine" so it was a good time to teach them to share. Now he has his very own racetrack at home and I'm sure he will spend a lot of his play time with his track learning all about "wheels" without interuption. I would recommend this toy for any new parents who live in an apartment of have a small play area. It is a small-size toy that gives big-time fun, and is one of the ideal toys to pass down to future sibblings, or even maybe share with his best friend. It is definitely a keeper and will give many children of varying ages a lot of safe, fun, playtime.

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