Hot Wheels Car Maker Review Part II: The boys try it out!

Readers: This is Part II of a two-part review of the Hot Wheels Car Maker. This part is the real test, as it's the part where my grandsons give the car maker a spin.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

After PawDad (aka my husband) had such a great time making mini vehicles with the Hot Wheels Car Maker, I packed up the toy and took it to the desert for my grandsons, ages 5 and 2, to make some wheels of their own.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

You'll find all the details on how the Hot Wheels Car Maker works in Part I of this review. The process was exactly the same with my grandsons, except that I found ways to keep them busy during the wait times — the heating time of six minutes or so and cooling time of about nine minutes.

They added stickers to the vehicles created by PawDad...

Hot Wheels Car Maker

Hot Wheels Car Maker

And they colored pages while they waited...

Hot Wheels Car Maker

Hot Wheels Car Maker

The Hot Wheels Car Maker left no doubt as to when the first car was ready to roll off the line, grabbing the boys' attention with the announcement from the maker.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

Once I pulled the car out and released it from the mold, my oldest grandson set right to work applying stickers to his creation.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

We immediately made a second and a third vehicle. Each time, the boys were delighted with the process, despite the wait — especially since they had wheels to roll and enjoy while waiting.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

Four things I learned from having my grandsons make and play with the vehicles from the Hot Wheels Car Maker even though they're not the recommended age of 8+:

1. The Hot Wheels Car Maker is perfectly fine for kids younger than the recommended age, as long as an adult does most of the work.

2. The stickers don't stay on the cars very well, at least not when little hands vroom and vroom the cars and trucks again and again.

3. The car bodies come off their chassis far too easily after a while. That may be, though, due to little hands handling them too much.

4. Being able to make a vehicle of one solid color would be cool, especially for little boys like my oldest grandson who really wanted one that was all green, the greatest color in the world. But as vehicles produced are at the mercy of how the chosen colored sticks make their way through the mold, colors blend. (My husband differed from my grandson on this point, thinking part of the magic was the unexpected inclusion and swirling of colors on the vehicles.)

Hot Wheels Car Maker 

Bottom line: My oldest grandson told me the Hot Wheels Car Maker was the "best toy ever!"

Hot Wheels Car Maker

Ya can't get a better review than that.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

The Hot Wheels Car Maker retails for $49.99. Find out more on HotWheels.com as well is in Part I of this review.

Disclosure: I received the product free for review. Opinions and anecdotes are mine — with input from my grandsons.