If you have ever had any interest in model trains you will have likely have heard of Lionel, but this Lionel Mega Tracks - Corkscrew Chaos model is like no train set that you have seen before.
The Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos has been described as a crazy mix of slot Car, roller coaster and toy train set.
Just to be clear this isn't a racing set you just get the one remote control vehicle - I'm not sure if you could call it a train or a car, it looks a bit like a space ship but for this article we will describe it as a RC vehicle to save any confusion.
It comes with over 20 feet of track that is twistable so it can create all sorts of crazy layouts, you also get a charger, 1 vehicle and a remote control, as well as various clamps and accessories to build the track.
The remote also connects to your phone so you can make videos and photos and add a lap timer.
Lionel recommends 8 - 15 years old as the age group that this would be suitable for. This would make a good Father and son project.
While the set-up of other railway and car racing sets is a bit of a chore, setting this mega tracks set up is half the fun, designing crazy roller coaster style layouts that defy gravity. Certain kids will really enjoy the challenge as it needs patience, so younger kids might easily get bored setting it up.
The RC Vehicle is really fast and like a roller coaster, can climb vertically and go upside down if you get your track set up right. We liked that there are add on packs for larger set ups and that there are two sets: a green engine and red engine that run on different frequencies so can be used side by side.
The instructions are very small and fairly complicated but there are plenty of videos online which should help in building your track. Once you get to grips with how to assemble it, you can start making lots of different designs.
Some reviewers mentioned the RC vehicle didn't always stay on the track, but with trial and error you will find what set ups work - it's all about physics!
The battery is not included - You'll need a 9V battery to get this to work.
There is plenty of value in this railway set as there are so many variations of the track you can build. It will need a child with patience to make the most of this but if your child enjoys railways or roller coasters and is interested in experimenting, and to a degree engineering, then this would be a toy that they will use a great deal. Some dads would love this set as well!
Currently the price is around $99 but you are best to check online to see if this has changed. Amazon stock both the red and green engine versions.
A challenging but fun toy, this will appeal to the older end of the spectrum and some Dads will appreciate this as a gift as well.