Friday, 1 November 2019

Christmas Giveaway: Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing (Age 6+) Sent by Tobar

Maisto are a very well-known manufacturer of all kinds of small scale wheeled toys and collectibles. Die cast models, remote control vehicles and fantastic car tracks are just some of the Maisto items we've owned over the years and last month Tobar sent us their Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing Set to review...

Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing pack shot

Everything arrives in a sturdy box and there is very little plastic packaging - nice one. You will need a whopping 8 x AA batteries to power your track, plus a small Phillips screwdriver, but it is Christmas morning-friendly otherwise and you can be playing in 5 minutes.

Angry Birds Island Challenge slot car racing what's in the box contents

Inside the box you have 2.27m of track as 1 straight, 6 small curves, 4 large curves and battery section, plus 2 controllers, 2 vehicles, 6 adjustable track supports and 2 pieces of guard rail plus fastenings. There are also spare Guide Keel's for the underside of the cars (the bit that drops into the slot and keeps them on the track).

Angry Birds Island Challenge box contents parts what's inside

On the back of the box is a press-out (or cut out if you are a neat person) Eagle Mountain from the Angry Birds Movie. Removing it destroys the box, whereas usually I'd keep it for storage, however it is a nice addition to the set.

Back of Angry Birds slot car racing Eagle Mountain press out.

The cars are really nicely made and attractive, but top heavy, which will make them difficult to take around bends at speed. Included are Red and Leonard, with respective model vehicles. Familiar to anyone who has had slot car tracks in the past, 2 brushes underneath pick up the electricity and power the car.

Angry Birds Island Challenge Red slot car close up

Angry Birds Island Challenge slot car Leonard piggy green

The controllers are familiar slot car style, and feel good in your hand. They aren't heavy and are easily attached/detached from the track by plug in connections. There is a big range of power available at your fingertips, from 0-70% and 100% full power if you squeeze the trigger completely. This makes it instant and easier to drop the speed for bends and increase strength for hills.

Building the track is really easy. It's incredibly user-friendly with slot together tracks and really clever infinitely adjustable height supports.

Angry Birds Slot Car Racing fully adjustable height supports for track and barriers

Like most slot car tracks, there are 2 lanes and you can race 2 cars at a time. The track layout is a really quite tight figure of eight, with a steep rise and fall to get past. It's not an easy layout to get around, and the 'barriers' will not hold you on or bounce you back onto the track.

Angry Birds Island Challenge Red slot car on track with barrier beside

I think the Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing Set is not ideal for an absolute beginner, because if a child opens it and attempts to use it with no experience, they may find it very frustrating and turn away.

father and son playing Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing  Review

This is an ideal set for an adult and child to use together, as they can troubleshoot and improve the track as a pair, and the adult can explain how to apply gentle pressure to the controller in order to complete curves and bends. I recommend this for age 8-9+.

The Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing Set is available now priced £29.99 rrp. It's a nice gift for someone who likes Angry Birds, but not for anyone serious about slot car racing, hence the fair price tag. Amazon affiliate link below:


I'm pleased to be able to offer one of my readers their own Angry Birds Island Challenge set as a Christmas Present Giveaway prize. Entry to the giveaway is by Gleam form below. For a link to help with Gleam, or to see my other Christmas toy, book, gift and game giveaways, see my Giveaways Page.

The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and will close at midnight Sunday December 1st. Full terms and conditions are at the bottom of the Gleam form.

Christmas Giveaway: Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing (Sent by Tobar)



We were sent our Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Racing Set for review. Amazon links are affiliate, which means I earn a few pence as a thank you if you order through my link, but you don't pay any more.

44 comments:

  1. I'd challenge my youngest daughter and let her win!

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  2. I would like to challenge my son to a slot car race. He would probably win without me letting him.

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  3. i would try and win against my son but i dont think i would have a chance!

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  4. I'd race my son and wouldn't let him win! haha. Probably wouldn't have too, he'd most likely beat me anyway!

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  5. My partner, because we're both fiercely competitive against each other, so no, I wouldn't let him win!

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  6. I would challenge my husband and definitely not let him win because women are surely better drivers than men

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  7. My nephews would love to play this and i am sure they would beat me without even trying!!

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  8. My son, he'd probably beat me with no issues. I wouldn't need to let him win.

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  9. Robert Mark Ward2 November 2019 at 12:17

    Number 2 grandson loves Angry Birds & cars so I'd challenge him & of course let him win.

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  10. id challenge my daughter and id definately let her win

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  11. Margaret Clarkson
    I would challenge my Godson and let him win.

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  12. I would challenge my nephew charlie to a race. I don't know if I would be letting him win though he would probably beat me anyway

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  13. my sons and yeah i would prob let them win lol x

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  14. I would challenge my daughter and no not a chance would I let her win lol

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  15. My boyfriend, we're very competitive!

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  16. I would challenge my nephew but i think i would let him win

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  17. I'd challenge my nephew. I think he'd win, whether I let him or not x

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  18. I'd challenge my granddaughter but know I'll lose whether I'm trying or not.

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  19. My youngest nephew - hes such a sweetie - yes ! I'll let him win

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  20. I think I'd let the kids have a few goes first to get the feel of it and level up the playing field, and then I'd play them properly but fairly

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  21. I would challenge my god-daughter Sophie & no doubt she would win anyway even if I tried not to let her win!

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  22. I would let my nefew win otherwise it would end in tears

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  23. I'd challenge my son, and yea, I'd probably let him win, tho give him a good challenge first! x

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  24. My grandson would love this , yes i would let him win

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  25. my son and yes i have to let him win ;)

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  26. I would play this with my son, and of course I'd let him win :)

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  27. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity.

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  28. my son and we would battle to the end

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  29. I’d race my daughter and I’d probably let her win even though I’d want to be the winner

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  30. If I played with my grandson I would have to let him win as he is such a sore loser

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  31. Id challenge my little girl and id definitely let her win! Xx

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  32. Lewis Hamilton, and no I'd win! Whoop!

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  33. Would love to have a race with my kids :)

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  34. I'd challenge my son and I might let him win lol

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  35. Our boys, prob would let them win

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  36. My son, and I probably have no choice in letting him win anyway :D

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  37. I would challenge my 5 year old daughter, and no, i wouldn't let her win!! :)

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  38. I'd challenge my husband but no way would I let him win.

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  39. i would challenge my son or partner

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  40. I'd challenge my grandson Charlie and no I wouldn't let him win mainly because I doubt that I would

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  41. my son first time i would let him win after that no he has to learn we dont always get what we want or win everything

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