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Zipes Speed Pipes are plastic racetracks for kids of all ages that come with a race car and a wireless remote control to operate it with. Each track can be built horizontally, vertically, in a full circle or in a combination of these three styles. The race car will never fall out as it zips along at a rate of 50, 000 wheel revolutions per minute, as it'll be contained within your track's cylinder-shaped pipes. It'll be fun to use the car in the dark since it'll also light up.
The cost of Zipes Speed Pipes is $29.99 plus $8.99 shipping, for a total price of $38.98.
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Before you can launch your green race car down your Zipes Speed Pipes track, you'll need to build a full track. To do so, attach the 12 included pipes together with the 12 connectors, making sure you include the vehicle entrance pipe at one end. You can build your track around, over and under furniture, and you may even want to build it over water if you've got a pool or kiddie pool in your backyard. Building your track anywhere outdoors is fine, as long as you're not disturbing other members of your household or your neighbors.
Next, if your race car has not been charged, attach one end of the included USB cable to the car and the other end to a computer or tablet. If you charge the car for 20 minutes, you'll get 40 minutes of movement out of it, but if you want it to keep moving for longer, just charge it for longer.
When your race car is as charged as you want it to be, place it in the track's vehicle entrance pipe and use the wireless remote control to launch the car down the track. While using the remote, be sure to sit right next to the vehicle entrance pipe, so the remote can communicate with the car as effectively as possible.
Depending on your preference, when you're done playing with your race car and track, you can leave the pieces hooked together or take them all apart and put them away somewhere safe. If you think you might play with the track again in the near future, leaving it together will certainly save you building time the next time you play.
The race car that comes with each Zipes Speed Pipes track will move at an incredibly fast speed of 50, 000 RPM, which means that within one second, each wheel will turn approximately 833 times. It's so fast that an open racetrack might not contain it without it flying off either side, but luckily, this particular type of track is closed.
Although your track will be closed (aside from each end) after you've built it, you'll always be able to see your race car sail down it since all the pipes and connectors are transparent. Some pieces are blue and some are clear, so you may be able to see your car a bit more clearly as it moves through the clear pipes.
The wireless remote control that you'll use to operate your race car is green like the car, and each one is compact, so almost all children will be able to hold it in one hand. If you want to carry yours somewhere with you, it'll fit into one of the hip pockets of most pairs of pants.
Your Zipes Speed Pipes race car will have stabilizer wheels on each side, which will help it stay upright as it moves through the track at almost lightning speed. What's more, each car also has a spring-loaded tension arm which will make sure that the driving wheel is always in contact with one side of one of your pipes, even while the car's upside-down. As a result, your car will never stop rolling along and get stuck in the middle of the track.
When it's dark out, for some extra glow-in-the-dark fun, you'll have the option of turning on your race car's LED light, which will make it look like a beam of light zipping through your track. Plus, each track comes with a cosmic light-up strobe ball that you can launch along the track with your car. It'll move along quickly, too!
One of these racetracks will appeal to kids of all ages and various genders, despite the fact that the youngest kids may need help charging their car and operating their remote control. Even the smallest connector pieces appear to be too big for a toddler to pop into their mouth, although young children should always be supervised while using one of these sets. If you're an adult who decides to supervise, playing with the track may look so fun, you just might decide to join in.
Aside from children, one of these tracks may entertain pets such as cats and dogs, who may enjoy the movement of the race car through the track. Your pet won't be able to grab your car away from you, though, unless they snag it when it flies out either end, due to the track's closed nature. Once you add the LED light to the car, your dog or cat may get really excited, especially if they typically enjoy chasing a laser pointer.
If you're looking for something to give a child for their birthday, or as a gift on some other special occasion, a Zipes Speed Pipes track will be a great choice for almost any child. If they're having a birthday party with their friends or siblings, all the kids may want to start designing a track together right after they open up the package.
Those users who are lucky enough to have more than one track set, or who have friends or relatives who do, will be able to build an extra-long track by connecting two or more sets. After you've done so, you'll be able to launch all the race cars down your massive track. If competition's more your thing, you might also want to build identical tracks side-by-side with your friends and then race your cars down them to see whose is faster.
In order to charge your race car so it can travel down your track, you'll need to use the included USB cable, which means you'll also need a computer or tablet. If you don't have one on hand at a particular time, or it isn't working, you won't be able to charge your car any other way. It would be helpful if, aside from being able to charge each car with a USB cable, one could have the option of putting new batteries in it.
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