Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos Review (Lionel)

Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos
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What It Is

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.

Is It Fun?
This is a cool track set that gives the classic train set a new twist. Kids will like that they can build a track of their own creations and that the track can come off of the floor and be attached to a table, a bed, or a chair. It's going to be really fun for kids to experiment with different ways to build and make up all kinds of crazy stunts for the rail racer vehicle throughout the house.
Who It’s For
The Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos set is for ages 8 and up. It's sort of a merging of toy trains with toy cars that will appeal to kids who like the stunts of track sets and want to have the same type of play with their train sets. The box of the Corkscrew Chaos set actually says it's for ages 8 to adult, and we can see adult train fans being mesmerized by the cool twisting train track and the high-speed rail car.
What To Be Aware Of

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.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    1 9-volt battery required