When I was in the 2nd grade (back in the 70′s), my Dad would race miniature slot cars at a local hobby shop. I remember wanting to play with these cars and not being allowed to do so. My Dad kept his collection of track and cars in a spare bedroom in the house and of course I went in there whenever they weren’t home played with the cars Ah, but that isn’t the worst of it. I actually swiped a few of them, took them to school and traded them with the boys for other toys. A teacher saw a boy with one of the cars and was sure it wasn’t something he shouldn’t have at school. The kid ratted me out and I got called to the principals office. The principal did not threaten to call my parents, but I was terrified for weeks after that whenever the phone would ring in the evenings. These memories all came flooding back as I was testing out the Micro Slot Car Basic Set that was sent to me by Brando.
The set is made by Takara Tomy and comes with almost everything you need for some desktop racing adventures.
Micro Slot Car TOYOTA 2000GT with collection case
Micro Slot Car FAIRLADY Z (Z33) (Limited Edition)
Tracks: straight-5, small corners-6, large corners-2
The only things not included are 6 AA batteries. I tested this set using rechargeables.
The tracks are hard plastic pieces that can fit together in a variety of ways.
Each end of has two slots and two posts that allow you to snap the pieces together to form a race track.
Each section of track has two slots with a metal wire on each side. This is where the name slot car comes from.
The set comes with two cars and two controllers, so that you can either race by yourself or with a friend.
On the bottom of the car is a plastic post, with metal contacts on either side. The post rests in the slot in the track, while the metal contacts touch the metal wires on either side of the slot. When power is applied to the track, juice flows through the wires in the track and cause the tiny motor in the car to spin the tires.
After you setup the track, you plug the battery box into the track using the USB cable. Yes, I said USB. I was surprised too. The battery box holds 6 AA batteries and has two separate switches on the front.
One for each wired controller.
Racing the cars is simple and fun. Just place the cars in the slots, flip the switches on the battery box, squeeze the trigger on the controller and away you go! Sometimes you have to adjust the position of the car on the track, so that the metal contacts on the bottom are resting on the metal wires next to the slot.
The little cars can really fly around the track… sometimes they even fly off or jump tracks. I had more trouble keeping the smaller / lighter White car on the track. The Grey car worked a lot better.
Let’s see it in action!
The video isn’t very good (I was holding the camera in one hand and racing with the other), but I think that you get the idea…
The Takara Tomy Micro Slot Car Basic Set is kind of expensive at $80, but it’s a lot of fun to play with. I know if I would take it up my my day job, that the guys would probably go crazy over it. But I think I’m going to box it up and give it to my Dad and finally come clean about swiping a few of his cars all those years ago. They say that confession is good for the soul.