Cars in this set are each fitted with a microprocessor, which allows the racer to run multiple cars on the same track, just like the real thing, with more bumper-to-bumper thrills and lane change capabilities. The set includes a digital power control unit and track sections within the layout. — Mary M. Tague, owner of Toy Town Inc. in Key Biscayne, Fla., suggested these sets for those coming to her store this Christmas. — Steve Valentine, owner of Faster, Faster, Race, Race in San Diego thinks these are “the big-ticket item this Christmas. You wanna impress a kid? This is the thing to do it with.” — Wally Wombat, icon for Wally’s ToyWorld in Boise, Idaho, got a set for his own kids. “My two sons are gonna love it.”
This set features hot superhero action. This 1:43 scale set is a perfect way to introduce kids to the hobby. The basic set includes 18.7 feet of track and has two lane change sections and double looping. It also includes a turbo speed controller that provides a race boost.
Easy-to fit scale system allows the track to be taken up and down easily.
A turbo hand controller is part of all basic packs. It includes a race boost.
It comes with two Mini Coopers and 12.46 feet of track.
Carrera will offer a set in the 1:43 GO!!! line featuring two cars from the movie, "Fast and Furious 3": a Nissan 350Z and a 1967 Ford Mustang GT350 (also known as the Bullitt car). Each car is available separately. Each car can also be purchased separately to run on any Carrera 1:43 track for $14.99. Launch date: 2006.
The Carrera Custom Rods is a realistic street-racing set built on a 1:24 scale. As Lou Metri, owner of Joggin’ Your Noggin’ in Monroe, Conn., told TDmonthly, “Carrera is a German company that rates very well. Their slot-cars sets and models are very realistic.” The dimensions when assembled are 8.37' x 10.14', while the track length is 30.51' total.
The cars are based on the most popular models from 1934 and 1941. Each model will be available in 1:24 and 1:32 scale, as well as 1:32 digital – Carrera is the only slot car manufacturer to have them in 1:32 and 1:24 scale. And each model will feature one of three designs, ranging from aggressive paint jobs to exposed chrome engine blocks, headers, and exhaust. These distinctively styled cars feature in-demand colors and are the coolest models in the market. Launch Date: Spring 2006 — This set is popular with adults at Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont. “One guy bought a set the other day ostensibly for his 6-year-old daughter, but you know he was going to play with it,” said Owner David Campbell.
Mario Kart is the newest addition to the GO!!! product line from Carrera of America, the world leader in slot cars. The Mario Kart set includes two 1:43 scale cars — Mario and his nemesis, Wario — and over 20 feet of track. Mario and Wario race through a 90-degree banked turn, flyovers, chicanes, and a thrilling 360-degree corkscrew. Mario Kart from Carrera delivers exciting racing action for the entire family. Launch Date: July 2007
Featuring genuine NASCAR racers, this Carrera Go!!! set is sure to please fans of the racing series. A breathtaking loop, tight-banked corners and steep inclines and declines make this track almost as exciting as the real thing. The set comes with track parts, a lap counter and a speed controller. All that's missing is the firing of the starter's pistol. — "The Carrera Go!!! sets seem to sell the best for [the 8 to 12] age group. ... We're going to redo our test track here in the store. We expect that to be a big dollar deal," said David Campbell, owner of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont. — "For 8 to 12, it's going to be road racing — Carrera Go!!! electric road racing sets," added Diane Gervais for Amato's in Middletown, Conn., regarding projected sales for the holidays 2007. — Two of 54 retailers specifically cited Carrera Go!!! car racing sets when predicting Christmas 2007 hot sellers for tween boys.
This 1:43 slot car set gives children the chance to race the Mario “B-Dasher” and the Wario “Brute” cars through straights, curves and flyover as they chase each other. It comes with two cars, a transformer, straights, curves, a narrowing set, two hand controllers, guardrails and spare contact brushes and guide keels, plus a track link of more than 20’ with a footprint of 6.56’ x 3.67’. Launch date: October 15, 2007.
The supercharged Mach 5 goes head to head with Racer X’s infamous #9 – Shooting Star – on a 1:43 scale. Cars can fly down the track and careen around, over and through the competition in this high-octane race set that includes almost 21’ of track, a double loop, a junction, a flyover, a lap counter, two turbo speed controllers and the Mach 5 and Shooting Star cars. “From the ‘60s generation, who grew up idolizing Speed and Trixie … to today's youth … tapped into the pop-culture release of this summer's blockbuster, to the ‘console’ generation, which can especially appreciate video-game action brought to life, Carrera Toys' slot car systems are some of the few specialty toys in the market that bring them all together around one track,” Keith Strickland, account manager at Starmark International, told TDmonthly. MSRP ranges from $69 to $89.99. Launch date: April 2008.
Super Mario is participating in wild, incredible speed-duels on racetracks, battling to “crack lap records” against his archrival, Wario. “With top quality, durable tracks and cars and Carrera’s legendary Turbo speed controller, Carrera GO!!! is the ideal starter system for beginners, young racers and the young at heart,” Keith L. Strickland, a representative for Carrera Toys, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2007.
The supercharged Mach 5 goes head-to-head with Racer X’s infamous #9 – Shooting Star – on a 1:43 scale. Fly down the track, careen around, over and through the competition, in this high-octane race set that includes almost 21 feet of track, a double loop, junction, flyover, lap counter, two turbo-speed controllers and the Mach 5 and Shooting Star cars. “Multi-generational fun,” Keith L. Strickland, a representative for Carrera Toys, emphasized to TDmonthly. “No matter whether you're a beginner, young racer, or young at heart, Carrera Toys' entertainment-licensed 1:43 scale GO!!! MarioKart and Speed Racer slot-car race sets have mass appeal.” This product won a Dr. Toy Award for Best Products for Summer 2008. Launch date: April 2008. — "This toy was a huge hit in our household," said Sue Christensen, mother of four boys ages 6 to 14, all of whom participated in TDmonthly's Roundtable review of this product. "The kids were thrilled with Speed Racer from the moment they saw it in the box, through assembly and racing."
A complete slot-car racing set, Police Chase features two authentically detailed cars. One, a Crown Victoria police interceptor with working headlights, and the other, a Corvette with blue under-lighting, race along the tracks at the command of two turbo-speed controllers included in the set. The lap-counter keeps track of who is in the lead. — Five percent of 68 retailers said in October 2008 that slot cars are their top-selling hobby item.
Carrera of America is recreating the excitement, thrills and spills of real-life motorsport racing with its new Digital 132 GT Racer set, which combines superior model making and state-of-the-art technology to provide lightning-quick, brilliant tactical moves, precision drifts in search of the ideal line, pit stops and peak speed capacity, and is compatible with other manufactures’ analog racetrack and slot car systems. Carrera’s 1:32 scale Digital GT Racer set is outfitted with a Porsche GT3 RSR Felbermayr Proton Competition LMES 2007, a BMW Z4 M Coupé Schubert Motors, 11 standard straights, three 1/3 Straights, a connecting track with black box, two Digital 132 lane change sections (four track sections), 10 curves 1/60°, a wireless tower, two wireless speed controllers, a transformer, guardrails, replacement contacts, instructions, verge border sections and track section interlocks. Assembled dimensions are 350 x 179 cm/11.48 x 5.87 ft. Track length: 9,0 m/29.53 ft. Launch date: November 2008.
Themed after “The Dark Knight,” Carrera of America’s 1:43 scale GO!!! Batman slot car race track system is giving the young - and the young at heart- a chance to step into the cockpit of Batman’s “Hyperdrive” and take on the Joker in his “Joker Mobile” through the streets of Gotham City at scale speeds up to 450 miles per hour. Licensed through DC Comics and WarnerBros. (WB), the set brings the streets of Gotham City to life, featuring the following: two 1:43 scale slot cars: Batmobile “Hyperdrive” and “The Joker Mobile”, straights (114 mm and 342 mm), curves 1/90°, a junction, loop sections with supports, fly over sections with supports, a narrow section, a connecting track section, a straight with lap counter, two speed controllers, a transformer, and accessories: track section bolts, guardrails, replacement contact brushes, spare guide keels and instructions. Dimensions when assembled: 210 x 98 cm/6.89 x 3.21 ft. Track length: 6,2 m/20.34 ft. Launch date: July 2008.
Featuring the famed ’57 Chevrolet® Bel Air Coupe and legendary 1960 Plymouth® Fury in original form and detail on a 1:32 scale, Carrera’s Classic Memories Set captures the nostalgia of “the happy days” and transports drivers, race fans and collectors alike back to the time when both classics could be found dragging the strip and speeding to the local sock hop. “General Motors’ ’57 Chevy® and ’60 Plymouth® Fury were innovative in their day,” said Alan Hess, president of Carrera America. “Both models’ body styling, revolutionary suspensions and transmissions make them a natural addition to Carrera Evolution’s high performance, original-licensed offerings. With this new set, we’re reviving and refreshing timeless classics in a fun, exciting way.” Launch date: November 2008.
Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks are going head to head again, this time in Carrera’s high-octane racing adventure GO!!! “Cars,” where, like the movie, both the young and young at heart will learn that life isn’t always about the finish line, it’s about the journey. Carrera GO!!! lets slot car and film fans live life in the fast lane, putting the fate of hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen in their own hands during what could be the most important race of his life. Can the NASCAR-inspired Chick Hicks out-cheat the flashy and fast Lightning McQueen? Find out as the two fly down over and through the competition on almost 18 feet of track, featuring two cross over sections, spiral overpass and lap counter. In addition to Lightning McQueen (61147) and Chick Hicks (61149), Carrera is also bringing back #45 The King, Strip Weathers, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, licensed by Petty Racing. Launch date: February 2009.
Having taken care of Venom in Spiderman 3, Peter Parker is back to battle what could be his most evil super villan yet in Carrera’s GO!!! Spiderman, the 1:43-scale slot car and race track system themed after Marvel Comic’s fourth installment in the Spiderman series (anticipated for release in 2011 by Sony Pictures). As enthusiasts step into the cockpit of Spiderman’s “Webslinger” they’ll have to contend with Spiderman’s newest mortal foe, Carnage, who pilots the Parasite RS at scale speeds of up to 450 miles per hour. Twenty feet of web-slung track, featuring a double loop, four-way crossover, and wall-climbing flyover bring Spidey’s home town of New York to life in Carrera GO!!! 1:43 scale “Spiderman” set (62120). Launch date: February 2009.
From Carrera’s Evolution line of slot car racing sets, Night Racers is a two-car set blending 1:32 scale cars with innovative 1:24 scale track so that both 1:32 and 1:24 scale cars can be raced on this equipment. The Night Racers set includes two model cars, 18 track pieces, guardrails, two speed controllers, replacement contacts, instructions and other accessories. — One retailer out of 49 told TDmonthly in July 2009 that Carrera manufactures the store's top-selling die-cast toys.
Carrera's Digital 143 set can race up to 3 cars at once. You get realistic tactical racing in 1:43 scale with the ability to change lanes and pass. Full speed lane changing and passing at the push of a button. It is compatible with the Carrera Go series, making for expansive possibilities.
The wide tracks of this tactical slot race track provide optimal racing in bends with sensational drifts and power slide action—you can accelerate, brake, even pass and change lanes at full speed with the touch of a button. Maximize the action by racing up to six cars at once on a stable track system with perfect track contact every time. Both the track and cars are made to scale (1:24 and 1:32 respectively). Cars are individually codable with five speeds and are controlled digitally.
The Winner's Challenge Set features NASCAR authorized cars—Chevrolet Monte Carlo Car of Tomorrow J. Burton and Dodge Charger Car of Tomorrow K. Petty. The slot cars feature realistic acceleration and braking, and a polarity switch to change directions. Set includes 5 standard straights, 1 connecting section, 12 high banked curves, 2 controllers, transformer, guard rails, and instructions. 1:32 Scale. — In the autumn of 2010, 2 of 33 toy-store owners told TDmonthly that slot cars were their best RC/hobby line. — ''We carry the full line and have a Digital Set set up for customers to try out,'' said Dave Campbell, owner of Amazing Toys in Great Falls, Mont.
Kids race Mario B-Dasher and Peach Royale down straights, around curves, through loop and flyover as they chase each other. The race set comes with Mario B-Dasher and Peach Royale, transformer, connecting section, two speed controllers, straights, curves, flyover, looping section, guard rails and supports. Launch date: February 8, 2010.
This new product gives boys and girls the chance to race the Ford Crown Victoria “Police Interceptor” with flashing red and blue lights and a Ford Mustang ’67 “Custom” through roads that are straight and curved. The set comes with 2 cars, straight and curved track, 4 way junction, transformer, mechanical lap counter, 2 hand controllers, guardrails, and replacement guide keels and brushes. The race set includes a track length of 11.81 feet with a footprint of 4.66 x 2.30 feet. Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010 — In a November 2011 survey, Joe Berardoni, owner of Pun's Toys in Bryn Mawr, Pa., told TDmonthly that they don't sell many hobby items. However, they do sell Kid Galaxy products year round, while "Carrera radio controlled cars and trucks" sell well during the Holidays.