UPDATE: See the thread below, but in short, I canceled my order for this box of track. I did some more review digging on Amazon and the blue button connectors are riveted to these segments and look to cause all sorts of problems for cars. Bummer.
The alternate headline could also read, "I just bought a shit ton of track and I'm not really sure why."
Okay, so I know kinda why...first off, that's a lot of track for the price. It breaks down to about 60 cents per segment, not bad. Second off, I'll never have to worry about orange track again. If my math skills are still close, 172-feet of track would let me build a 4-lane track at 43-feet for each lane (which is ridiculous).
This box-o-track is an Amazon exclusive (for now) that comes with 100 pieces of track, which means each track is about a foot-and-a-half long...basically the same length as the track segments Toys R Us used to sell individually for a $1 each.
It's nice to see Hot Wheels putting the basic Track Builder stuff back out there. I know playsets and trick tracks are fun for everyone but sometimes you just want a nice, big track to watch your cars go.
The other thing that helped me pull the trigger (if the photo isn't lying) is that the segments appear to be the older style "high wall" track, not the thinner low-wall track you'll find in the $4 packs on the pegs. Yet this track does have the blue button connectors which I'm not a big fan of but I've accepted it.
I was thinking about rebuilding my track this summer in an effort to not only make it run better and more fair, but also get all 4 lanes up and running, and this treasure chest will help make that happen. I have seamless orange track right now but only on 2 lanes. I don't have enough seamless to get the other 2 lanes up and running. I could mix-n-match but I don't like how that feels...I'd be happier knowing all lanes are the same.
I'm also thinking about building a travelling track that I could setup at local events, which might be happening later this year. The 172-feet of track is plenty to build two, 4-lane tracks so I could have one that's permanent and one that moves around. Oh the possibilities!
We'll see...or maybe I'll just have a box of track that sits around and does nothing. Or I'll try to make a track and it'll suck. Hopefully neither will happen.
Nonetheless, if you're in the market for some orange track, this box seems like a good deal. You'll never have to look at another track pack again. Keep the laned track dream alive!
Expect a follow-up once the box arrives.