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Magic Tracks Turbo RC are plastic racetracks that are like the original Magic Tracks for kids, except with these turbo-charged ones, you can do more with your remote-controlled car. As with the original version, you'll be able to create racetracks that bend and curve in virtually any direction. However, now you won't be limited to driving forward at the same speed throughout the length of your track. Instead, you'll be able to go backward, flash your lights, peep your horn, increase your speed and more.
The cost of Magic Tracks Turbo RC is $9.99 plus $5.99 shipping. The special TV offer allows you to receive a second Magic Tracks Turbo RC at the discounted price of only $5.99 for a total price of $21.97. Price is from As Seen on TV Commercial page: buyturborc.com
To build a track, simply snap any of the 160 plastic pieces included with your set together. The pieces come in pink, yellow, green and blue, so you can alternate colors or create color blocks. You'll be able to build a straight track, one that curves to either side or even one that loops in a circle overtop of itself. A track can also be built overtop of pieces of furniture or other household objects.
Once you're done building your track, get out the car included with your set and place it on the track with its wheels planted on the plastic. To start up your car, press the green "Go" button on the right-hand side of the included remote control. Following that, your race car will proceed down your track at a normal speed.
After your car is moving, you'll be able to control it with your remote control as you choose. If you want it to keep going at its standard speed, that's fine, but you'll also be able to stop it, reverse it, or speed it up by using the other buttons on your remote. If it's not immediately clear, you must press the yellow button to increase its speed to turbo-speed. The three buttons in the middle of your remote will enable you to control the car's lights (flashing or solid) and horn.
Within each set of Magic Tracks pieces, you'll get pieces in four different shades (pink, blue, yellow and green), so regardless of how you decide to configure your track, it'll be multicolored.
Each race car has lights that'll enable it to glow in the dark, which means that as the car speeds down your track, it'll appear as if the track is glowing, too. While each car's lights will show up during the day, they'll shine brightest at night after you've turned the lights out.
Every Magic Tracks Turbo RC set contains 160 track pieces, which will allow you to create a track that extends up to eight feet in length. The exact length will depend on how you design your track—if it curves over a lot of objects, it'll naturally appear shorter than it would if it were mainly straight. You will have the option of obtaining two sets at once, which will give you 320 colored track pieces and two race cars.
These racetracks will roll up after you're done using them, so you won't have to spend time taking apart each and every piece if you don't want to. Once rolled up, an individual track can be stored almost anywhere, such as in a drawer, cupboard or backpack.
Aside from the track pieces and the glow-in-the-dark car, each Magic Tracks Turbo RC set will include decals that you can decorate the car with and a Fun Guide. The Fun Guide will help you design an interesting track and come up with exciting games and activities that'll make use of the track.
Boys and girls alike will have fun constructing tracks with one or more of these sets, and adults or teens may even find them fun to play with along with the children in their lives. Even if a young girl is normally more interested in dolls and other frilly things than she is in cars or racetracks, the inclusion of pink pieces may just attract her attention.
Besides the decals that come with each set, none of the Magic Tracks Turbo RC sets include tiny pieces that a very young child could pop into their mouth and swallow. Therefore, it's safe to leave track pieces out if toddlers or babies are around—just make sure the decals are put somewhere out of their reach.
There's no limit as to how many of these tracks you can set up at once, so if you've got more than one, you may want to set them all up. Then you'll be able to race all the included cars down them with your family or friends and see whose car can travel faster. If you do this, though, it's best to make sure the tracks are roughly the same length and shape, or the loser of the race might complain that they had a more difficult track.
While the Magic Tracks Turbo RC tracks are fairly safe to use indoors, as there's little chance that a car will accidentally fly off its track and hit something, they can be used outdoors. If you've got limited space in your home and want to set up a long track or multiple tracks, you may choose to go with this option. However, you should always bring your race cars inside after you're done playing, even if you leave your track outdoors. Otherwise, their lights and decals could end up getting damaged by rain or other weather conditions.
Although you'll be able to do more with your race car and remote control with this new version of Magic Tracks, you won't be able to make a track that extends up to 12 feet. That was the maximum length of track you could create with an original set since these contained 240 pieces instead of 160.
You'll need batteries to operate the car that comes with each racetrack set, but it doesn't appear that batteries are included with each one, so you'll have to obtain your own. You'll also need to obtain replacement batteries if you want to keep controlling your car with your remote and having it light up. Without batteries, the car will need to be pushed down the track, which will make it travel at a slow speed, and its lights won't work.
If you were a huge fan of the orange pieces in each original Magic Tracks set, you may be disappointed, as all the orange pieces have been replaced by pink ones in these new sets.
The race cars included with each Magic Tracks Turbo RC set can crash into each other on a track without incurring damage. Nonetheless, if you don't want to crash into another car, you can act quickly to prevent this by using your reverse button or stop button on your remote control. You may also be able to alert a person whose car is going to crash into yours by flashing your car's lights or peeping its horn.
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