We received some Tagamoto sets to try out for this review. We weren’t compensated monetarily, and all opinions are honest and our own.
It’s never too early to start thinking about what to get your friends & family for Christmas; I personally like to spread shopping out over several months so it’s not a huge hit to our December budget! So, yes, it’s September (October’s just around the corner, though, folks!) but here’s the first of my Hoilday Gift Guide items for 2015 – a fun toy for the kids in your life.
Our boys love playing with cars. I think it’s a pretty timeless favorite for kids everywhere – I can remember my little brother lining cars up for hours and imagining all sorts of scenarios for their various races and situations.
When I first saw Tagamoto road sets at our local Target I thought immediately it was something the boys would have a blast with. Tagamoto is made by the same company who created HexBugs, and those electronic critters were quite popular around our house for a while!
I love that the Tagamoto tracks are very customizable. You get a set of tracks that comes in various types of segments – straight paths, U-turns, curves, etc. and you’re able to assemble it exactly how you like. There are even little dead-end blocks you can put up.
The boys spent a good amount of time figuring out the configuration they wanted for the track. It was fun watching them problem-solve as they figured out the best way to use the most amount of pieces. And we had several sets, so they were able to put together a pretty massive track that spanned most of the length of our dining table.
After the track was assembled, there was still more customization to be done – one of the coolest parts about Tagamoto is the stickers that come with it. These are no run-of-the-mill stickers (although the set does come with some decorative stickers for road signs, etc.). They are codes that you place down, and as the Tagamoto vehicles cross over the codes the cars perfom various actions based on the code (for example, the radio turning on, lights turning on or off, the car “crashing” to a halt). Then you just push a button on the bottom of the car, set it on the track, and let them go!
The cars are good quality and navigate the tracks pretty well. They’re equipped with little headlights and make noises, and the lights on top of the police car spin as it drives.
Our sets came with toll booths, which was a fun added feature. When you have the toll booth open, the cars go right through. But when you close it, a code pops up on the track and the car comes to a stop as it approaches.
This is a really fun toy perfect for kids ages 5+. Boys and girls alike would have fun with it, and it’d make a great gift for the holidays. If you have multiple children, it’s great because you can get them each a track and then they can put them all together for some co-op fun. You can find Tagamoto at retail stores like Target, or on Amazon.com.