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It’s 2021, and Hot Wheels are Still Great Gifts

Everyone loves Hot Wheels. How can you not? Not only are they excellently made, but building tracks and buying accessories and playsets for your tracks has been something boys and girls have been doing for well over a decade. Despite making my way through my 30s, I still love pulling out all our cars and tracks and playing with the boys. Our good friends at Mattel sent over two of their hottest sets right now, both of which will make great gifts this holiday season! Let’s take a look!

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HOT WHEELS® Monster Trucks T-Rex Volcano Arena

First off, Monster Trucks are just cool. Want to know what else is cool? Dinosaurs. So when you mix Hot Wheels, Monster Trucks, and Dinosaurs, you get the Hot Wheels Monster Truck T-Rex Volcano Arena. This fiery good time is fun for all ages, and comes with a ton of pieces and interactive opportunities. With one monster truck and one car included, it’s multiplayer friendly right out of the box!

This is a big set, and while it does take time to setup, the final result is pretty stunning…and tall! Whip around loops and attempt to avoid the mighty T-Rex as he emerges from his cave to wreak havoc on all. Use the various ‘pound activated launches’ – this is what I call them at least! – to send vehicles cruising through loops, heading off ramps, and more. Fun for all ages, this set is sure to be a big hit with Monster Truck loving, Dinosaur adoring kids! Let’s get wrecking!

Hot Wheels® Monster Trucks T-Rex Volcano Arena playset is the ultimate destination for monster truck fans! The awesome combination of fantasy and classic arena features a giant volcano, a T-Rex nemesis, two massive loops, launchers and multiple zones for crashing, stunting, smashing and backflips — all the competitive action kids love. Unleash the hero within when the angry T-Rex dinosaur breaks out of the volcano with awesome light and sound effects — kids must defeat the dinosaur and be sure to avoid the lava flow! The set comes with one 1:64 scale Hot Wheels® Race Ace™ monster truck and one 1:64 scale Hot Wheels® car for complete play right out of the box. Arena “seats” create storage for more. Age: 4-8Y Available at: Amazon, Loblaws, Toys R Us, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Indigo, Winners

Hot Wheels Massive Loop Mayhem Track Set

Although this track might lack monster trucks and dinosaurs, it’s got a massive 28 inch loop – that’s more than 2 feet people! – and an motorized launcher that will keep your cars moving and spinning continuously. If you haven’t tried to create your own massive loop-d-loop before, then you haven’t been using Hot Wheels tracks properly. Still, it seems that no matter how high your starting point is – we always used the top of the staircase – you never really were able to get the car to go around a really big loop.

With the motorized launcher that will propel the cars through the loop, that worry is gone. While you might miss out on some of the engineering of creating your own, gravity propelled cars and loops, there is still something REALLY satisfying about putting this set together and then launching cars through it.

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And the fun is accelerated when you add in other tracks from other sets. On it’s own, the Massive Loop Mayhem Track set will naturally keeps cars going as long as your batteries can last, but you can also work this massive set into your other, epic Hot Wheels creations. While fun by itself, this set is begging to be added to a larger collection of Hot Wheels tracks, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what people upload to YouTube. That being said, make sure this is the last stop for cars on your track because once they enter the Massive Loop Mayhem, they are stuck here until they crash!

The Hot Wheels® Massive Loop Mayhem™ track set will definitely make kids loopy from the thrilling excitement! This epic track includes a huge 28-inch wide loop that’s designed for multi-car play – vehicles whip around the loop and avoid nail-biting near-misses with each other! Kids send the first car into action using the slam launcher, then add more and more cars until there’s the inevitable crash (additional cars sold separately). The challenge lies in how many cars can run at once — it’s a trick of timing and skill. The track comes with one 1:64 scale Hot Wheels® vehicle to get the action started! Age: 5Y+ Available at: Amazon, Loblaws, Toys R Us, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Indigo, Winners, HBC

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