Forget everything you think you know about Lionel trains. Its new Mega Tracks is a rail system that lets kids use their imaginations to build a train set just about anywhere: on the floor or attached to furniture. Kids can also create their own stunts by twisting the TwisTrack, a flexible new track. And once kids have completed their twisting and turning railways, they can send the rail racer vehicles zooming around the track using a handheld remote control to adjust the speed of the vehicle and keep it on the track.
The Corkscrew Chaos set includes 20 feet of TwisTrack and 58 construction pieces that kids can configure however they want to design their own race courses. The instructions do include one way to build the track, and once kids master that, they're encouraged to move on and make up their own track configurations. Plus, kids can attach a smartphone to the remote control if they want to take videos of their rail racer going around the track.
The remote control requires one 9V battery, which is not included. The rail racer runs on a rechargeable battery.
It took us 30 minutes to put together the track set as shown in the instructions, and we thought the instructions were pretty easy to follow. All of the pieces easily went together.
The full Corkscrew Chaos set comes with a Mega Tracks-powered R/C chassis, a Mega Tracks changeable train body, a sticker sheet, a handheld R/C controller, an elastic phone attachment cord, an A/C charger, five pieces of TwisTrack that each measures four feet, five track connector clamps, five track clamps, six straight structure rods, four star structure rods, six screw clamps, six clamp screws, 10 flexible link tubes, two three-way connectors, three corkscrew supports, two four-way connectors, two five-way connectors, two six-way connectors, and instructions.
You can add more Mega Tracks sets, sold separately, to this one to create even bigger layouts.
1 9-volt battery required
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