Some collectors strictly collect a certain brand, scale, or even make/model, but I like to collect every thing 1/64th scale — including carrying cases, accessories, retail displays, tracks and playsets. I don’t know how many of you collect or even buy playsets, but it’s hard to have thousands of cars sitting around without proper playsets to race and chase on!
To me, Hot Wheels is really the standard for fun and easy playsets. They are fun on their own or connected to 50 feet of track down your driveway. Hot Wheels are always coming out with some new and unique track or playset accessories, and their new Daredevil Derby is no different!
This set is “new” in terms that it is one of their more recent releases, but has been out for a few weeks or even months now.....but how can you pass up something named DAREDEVIL DERBY?!
I picked up the set at a local Wal-Mart for $14.99. It cost less than the Batcave set in my last post, and has more features, but hey, licensing will do that to a product (that Batcave is still hella cool BTW).
Most Hot Wheels sets come with a few basic features: a launcher, obstacles, and some track. This set’s launcher is a cool USA themed big rig with a big red launch button on the roof. This piece is also unique as it has what looks like a real person driving! I have a bunch of playsets but don’t remember seeing too many “real” people on the decals.
The obstacles in this set are a mix of Evel Knievel and Roadrunner vs. Coyote. Including a swinging axe!
There’s also punching boxing gloves.....
A wrecking ball.......
and an exploding flag jump at the end.
One complaint I have about this playset is not even about the actual playset, rather than about the box. There was virtually no way of opening the box without destroying it. So basically, this set opened with a mint box will be very hard to find in the future! So collectors take note!
Also something I’ve noticed with the easy-open boxes is that there are often parts you cannot get out of the box due to size, so you have to rip the box anyways. Like this length of track was about four total inches wider than the box opening.
Box complaints out of the way, I love this set. It screams Freedom. It screams the Fourth of July. I was waiting for a Bald Eagle to land on my shoulder while I was playing with it, but it never happened......but I blame the rain we’re having here in Ohio haha.
The set comes with one car, a very race-y looking Torque Twister.
The set was very easy to assemble as were the sticker applications, so we’ll cut to the finished product. USA! USA! USA!
The obstacles look even better set-up and in action.
The boxing gloves:
The wrecking ball:
and finally the flag explosion and jump!
So on a scale to one to awesome, I’d say this set is pretty awesome. Battle axe? Exploding jump at the end? Yeah, awesome confirmed.
What’s the verdict? Are you a track collector or do you pass them up? Or did this totally boss Daredevil playset convert you? Let’s chat in the comments below!