It's the season for all things freaky, gross, and scary. Just in time for Halloween, Toys 'R Us has released Monster 500, a line of monster-themed racing characters, vehicles and play sets that pair up two of my boys' favorite things: racing cars and monsters. We had the opportunity to review some items in the collection, and they are just monstrously fun!
Kids can start their Monster 500 collection with the 3-inch diecast vehicles. There are 10 Monster 500 Small Vehicles: a clown, vampire, alien, zombie, crocodile, chainsaw madman, werewolf, Frankenstein, Bigfoot, and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. The characters and their vehicles are wonderfully detailed, and they're just funny enough to keep them from being truly scary. I love their funny racer names, like Dr. Jerkyll & Mr. Ride, Evil Clownevil, and Zoom Zombie! Vehicles are available individually at Toys ‘R’ Us for $4.99 or in the 3-pack for $14.99.
Every car comes with a trading card that unlocks a monster car in the FREE Monster 500™ Racing App.
The collection also includes racing playsets to keep the monster theme going. The Monster 500™ Toxic Terror Trap Playset (MSRP $34.99) lets kids send their monster racers up a battery powered elevator, then down a spiral racetrack and through a set of doors, in order to topple the toxic green monster -- but watch out for the mutant gator!
The playset includes the Evil Clownevil vehicle. My kids had so much fun with this playset! It's easy to set up and fun to watch. The toxic monster can be tricky to place in a vertical position, but once you get the hang of it, you won't have a problem.
The Graveyard Gauntlet Track Set (MSRP $19.99) is a two-lane race track that you can attach to a tabletop. Press down on the spooky skull to send your race cars down the tracks and see who finishes first! A checkered flag will rise to indicate which lane won. The playset includes the Drac Attack vehicle. Car race playsets are always exciting, and this one is extra-fast because the racetrack starts high and goes all the way down to the floor!
Disclosure: I received a sample for review. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.