We are huge fans of Blaze and the Machines in our house. Bear loves all things trucks and I’m a huge fan of the way the show incorporates math, science and engineering into it. So I was very excited to be asked by Fisher Price to review the new Light and Launch Hyper Loop Playset.
The Light and Launch Hyper Loop Playset does require adult assembly as there are a few parts to slot together, as well as three screws which need to be screwed into the place. It is really easy to put together and the instructions are very straightforward, I managed to do it in about ten minutes with two toddlers running around under my feet eager to play with it.
The toy works by putting Blaze into the Hyper Loop and pulling down the lever to ‘charge’ it. When the Hyper Loop is fully charged, the lights on the Hyper Loop turn on and flash. Once the Hyper Loop is fully charged, you can then push the button to at the front of the Hyper Loop to activate it. This then swings the loop a full 360 degrees, launching Blaze down the track. There are two towers that attach to three different parts of the track and there is an attachment to these towers that can be placed into three different positions. The attachment gives the option of having a ramp at two different levels or a flap for Blaze to go through, which means the toy can be built into nine different configurations.
Despite the Hyper Loop playset being relatively simple, Bear interacted with it for a long time and then when he did lose interest in the hyper loop, he took Blaze with him to play with his matchbox cars. Since the Light and Launch Hyper Loop playset has arrived, it has been played with every day and the simplicity of the toy has actually helped Bear with his creativity, as he has been creating little scenarios and reacting scenes from the TV show.
The Light up feature on the toy is a little disappointing if I’m honest. The lights on the Hyper Loop are hidden when the toy isn’t moving and the Hyper Loop moves so quickly when it is activated that you don’t really see them. If you were playing with the toy in the dark they may be a little more impressive, but I’m not sure how many children will want to play with it in the dark. This didn’t really affect the use of the Hyper Loop playset though, but then Bear wasn’t really aware that there were lights on the toy in the first place. It may be a bit anticlimactic for older children, who perhaps took note of all of the features on the box.
Overall I really like this toy, it really encourages creativity and imaginative play. The playset is really easy to move around, Bear really enjoys playing with it and I really like how the toy can be changed into different configurations. Bear loves building and working out how things go together, so this was a great feature for him. There are also additional ‘Light Riders’ available to buy, which can be added onto the Hyper Loop.
The Blaze Light and Launch Hyper Loop Playset is suitable for children aged 3+ and is retailed at £29.99.
*Note: The Blaze Light and Launch Hyper Loop Playset was sent to us in return for an honest review.