Track Building and BuyingWhat do you race?

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I noticed some race Johnny Lightning, and the vast majority assume race Hot Wheels. Has anyone ever raced the Disney Racers you can get only online or in the theme park? I know $6 a car may be a little expensive, but I think we may try them. I mean I can't stand just looking at a car in the package. I've already opened them, and if it weren't for people having birthdays or graduating, I'd be in the middle of making a track this weekend.

Has anyone ever raced the Disney Racers you can get only online or in the theme park?

I race them all for myself but most people don't like to mix brands.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

With just the kids and I, I think I'll mix them up. I enjoyed looking into the hot Wheels Johnny Lightning Showdown. That is an interesting twist. You guys have me so excited. I'd be hitting the garage sales early if it wasn't for 3 inches of rain it is suppose to drop on me tonight.

I like all brands of diecast especially those with plastic wheels. I really like
my toy cars to roll!

On that note, I'm glad that the Transformers models are down to about $2 each.
The $8 for the 2-packs and the $4 for the singles was a bit more that I was willing
to pay since I know that they will probably be overproduced and clearanced eventually.

The 2-packs are $4 at TRU and WM and the singles are $2 at WM. I will be buying
multiples of each model for some future downhill races.

And if you're buying them for the kids, the main character, the Yellow model, works
well in the Hot Wheels Boosters too!

If it will fit on the track and roll well I'll race it. Even if it doesn't and it's a car I like I'll swap the wheels out, add a little weight, etc. to get it up to race speed. Hot Wheels for me are the best to race but many Johnny Lightnings run well and Matchbox makes some fast racers. Many of the older Matchbox Superfast are good and especially the Datsun 280 Z with the laser wheels. There is a long thread on the Hot Wheels message board about it. I have one and it is indeed a fast car. Tiger Wheels also makes some nice downhill racers.

My thought was I might have a champion of each group. It would be like boxing. Each group would have their own champion, and maybe once a season have a free-for-all. I was also thinking of mixing the races up some. You know add to the length of the track or maybe drop the angle a bit. I even thought about maybe adding a level drag race just using launchers. I guess technically that doesn't make it redline though, does it?

The above pic is from a tray of models that I use for downhill racing parties. It makes it
special for the events to use racers that they not be aware of. I have pics of other
trays below.

I still buy models and unique models. Currently, I am looking to complete the Hasbro
Transformer models since they are half their original retail price.

I am selective about which HW, MB, JL and Maisto products that I buy since most
of them are just recolors. I do make sure to pick up new castings but I don't have
to have every color variation. If I don't like the first color, I know that it will be
recolored in no time. I'm in no hurry since I will be around for many more years to come.

HW has a new Toy Story 3 series of 8 models. They will be overproduced and they will
undoubtably be available at a nicer price. I can wait to complete that series but I did
buy the Wheelin' Woody model for now for some satisfaction (grin). I'm in So Cal so
I would expect the series to be clearance at their Mattel Toy Store locations in a
year or so.

Here are some pics of my other trays.

Fury World

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox


HW Faster Than Ever (First Releases)

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox


JL Marvel Super Heroes

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox


HW Thunder Cycles. By the way, the current Hot Wheels Motorcycles are downhill racing
compatible. I haven't made a tray because I have more than enough Thunder Cycles. When
and if they show up at Mattel's Toy Store then I may buy a bunch.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox


HW World Race Highway 35

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox


Here's a mix of my standard racers. It's an old pic but it shows that I buy several brands.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

I have wanted to do an online Virtual Racing event for years but my vision is pretty grand so it
won't happen until all the parts are in place. Well, there's also the part about having other
responsibilities...

In the meantime, I am appreciating and enjoying Redline Derby because it is cool!

How well do the Thunder Cycles do? My son has one and I've tried to run it but it never stays right side up.


HW Thunder Cycles. By the way, the current Hot Wheels Motorcycles are downhill racing
compatible. I haven't made a tray because I have more than enough Thunder Cycles. When
and if they show up at Mattel's Toy Store then I may buy a bunch.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox


How well do the Thunder Cycles do? My son has one and I've tried to
run it but it never stays right side up.

They work very well on my track but my Race Grooves track has higher sidewalls. Hot
Wheels has short and tall wall track. Which are you using?

They work very well on my track but my Race Grooves track has higher sidewalls. Hot
Wheels has short and tall wall track. Which are you using?

Mostly with his I'm using a little "Thomas the Tank Engine" track, no more than 2.5 feet long with very short walls. I've tried it on my BluTrack a couple of times with varying degrees of success.

I suspect that the short sidewalls of the Blu Track contribute
to the problem but the main culprit is probably that the
lane widths on Blu Track are rather wide. This allows your
Thunder Cycles to bounce around too much in the lane and
topple.

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