Friday, May 31, 2013

MOTORWORKS Customizable Vehicles and Tri-Level Garage {Review & Giveaway}

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One would think that, by this point, I would be able to design or describe my girls' ideal toy. The one that would combine the quality and educational aspects that I look for with the entertainment and imaginative properties that they love.

But, I can't.

There are times that I think that we've come close... but then I'll find that particular item discarded and ignored a few weeks later, same as all the rest because, as with everything else, it remained static. The same. Fixed. Unchanging. My girls' creativity kept on going, but the toy remained... stagnant.

And then a set of MOTORWORKS customizable vehicles and the Tri-Level Super Garage arrived and we discovered the difference when playing with toys where the fun never stops.

MOTORWORKS

Designed for ages 3 and up (due to the removable small pieces), Manhattan Toy's new MOTORWORKS line of vehicles, accessories and play sets take traditional "playing with cars" and gives it a modern, interactive twist.

Each of the three different trim levels of MOTORWORKS vehicles — Street Series, Speed Series and Extreme Series — starts with a sleek, modern, detailed European beech wood body. But then, instead of adding flashing lights, beeping sounds or batteries of any kind, the wide assortment of interchangeable pieces turn regular cars into custom rides limited only by imagination.

With everything from car decals to monster wheels to spoilers, young builders simply snap their own selection of colorful parts and pieces into place (either those that come with the vehicle or from a separate accessory kit or different vehicle), and they are able to make them their own.

Interested to see how much my girls would enjoy being able to create and re-create their own cars time and time again, when the STS Stealth Police Cruiser, FSX Monster Truck, Police Pursuit 1.0 Accessory Kit and Tri-Level Super Garage arrived, we were all clamoring to get started building.

MOTORWORKS review

As the girls began to eagerly examine the vehicles, I was pleased to see that Manhattan Toy had made the Tri-Level Super Garage very intuitive and easy to put together.

With the help of the well-labeled parts and pieces and the clear, step-by-step instructions...

Motorworks Tri-Level Garage

...it didn't take more than around 15 or 20 minutes before I had the entire thing complete and ready for play.

With three different levels, a working elevator and more than 30 repositionable decals, this solidly constructed, nearly-all wood ramp was instantly the site of all future MOTORWORKS tales, stories and pretend play.

Motorworks Tri-Level Super Garage

While both girls expressed their awe over the colors and quality of the Tri-Level Super Garage, they really couldn't get enough of all of the possibilities that came along with the MOTORWORKS vehicles.

You can just pull them apart? And replace this piece with any other piece that I want? It's all up to me?

In stark contrast to the majority of kids' toys that have set directions and instructions, the open-ended, innovative aspects of these vehicles truly stimulate their minds to come up with new ways to redesign them over and over!

MOTORWORKS customization

I love watching Big Sister E and Little Sister B play together with these MOTORWORKS toys and hear the ideas and interpretations that they come up with one minute after the next.

They'll be right in the middle of a make-believe episode about the cars living on the different levels of the Super Garage when Little Sister B will stop, pull the wheels off of her STS Stealth Police Cruiser, and replace them with others.  

Because they needed to be changed, she'll tell me confidently, as Big Sister E nods in agreement.

MOTORWORKS cars

Then, in the course of the story continuing, I'll shake my head in amazement as Big Sister E manages to turn her FSX Monster Truck from monster truck form...

MOTORWORKS Monster Truck

...into some sort of hybrid police drag racer...

MOTORWORKS drag racer

...and then into a regular pickup truck, all in about five minutes.

MOTORWORKS Truck

No, really. Can these vehicles get any cooler?

Not once during the hours of playtime and numerous times that my girls have returned to play with their MOTORWORKS vehicles and Super Garage have they even remotely seemed to notice that these toys aren't sparkly or that they don't play music and that they don't move on their own. Because who needs that when your imagination is the driving force for an extremely good time?

For a short demonstration of the continuing fun that MOTORWORKS has provided more times than I can count, take a peek at this unique collection in action:


No matter what style, design or form of car or truck your child prefers, it exists in the Manhattan Toy MOTORWORKS line-up... not to mention that it can then be customized and personalized to create even more of a perfect fit.

Best of all, the whole collection is extremely affordable, as the initial vehicles are priced from $13.99 to $29.99 (two-pack vehicle sets). Accessories start at $4.99 and the Tri-Level Super Garage, the largest item in the collection, sells for $100 (and is sure to be an investment that will last for years and years to come).

To find out much more about all of the entertainment and infinite possibilities that MOTORWORKS can provide, visit DrivenByFun.com and connect with Manhattan Toy on Facebook and Twitter.

Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon get to see just how many ways that the child in their life can turn a single vehicle into the coolest rides around, because...

One lucky person will win their choice of MOTORWORKS 
vehicle AND accessory pack (ARV $31.98)!

MOTORWORKS giveaway


A big thank you to Manhattan Toy for providing the above products for me to review as well as the vehicle and accessory kit of choice for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

106 comments:

Kelly Rae said...

I love that the kids actually put the cars together too.

mecarolks said...

I like the open-ended, innovative aspects of the vehicles that can be redesigned over & over.

Faride said...

I like that the pieces are interchangeable

Chris Taube said...

I LOVE that it's made out of wood instead of cheap plastic! Much more durable and nice to look at!

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aperry said...

I love that they are wooden and safer for kids and babies.

Dorothy Teel said...

I love that these cars are wooden therefore will last longer and that they can be changed and redone as often as a child imagines the vehicle to be, from getting various accessory packs to change the car to the differnt tyes of cars...

wigget said...

i like the quality construction

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

I like the different wheel sizes and that they are made of wood

Darlene said...

I like that it is good for 3 years old and older and are wooden cars.

~ Noelle said...

i love that they can use their creativity to put different cars together. This looks awesome

Ken Ohl said...

like the quality construction. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

nicolesender said...

I like the fact that the child can be creative. The cars are sturdy and well constructed; made to last.
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Paol Trenny said...

I like that there are classic monster trucks

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s said...

I like that there is a collection of them.

Colleen M said...

I like that these have so many interchangeable pieces to allow children to use their imagination.

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DEBIJOT said...

I love that they are made of wood instead of plastic.

Laurie J. said...

I love that all the pieces are interchangeable!

BrunoDogg2 said...

I love that they don't require any batteries and they are mostly made of wood!

91ec68e2-fc4c-11e1-9556-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I love that they can be customized and personalized my soon to be 4 yr old would LOVE these!

JJ Caraway said...

I love that the vehicles can be taken apart and customized to what the child wants it to look like. This is great for children and my grandchildren would love this.

Sharon Kaminski said...

they look like they would be very fun for a child and that they would hold up

Growl Tiger said...

I love the sts police cruiser as my son's uncle is a detective.

mommy2luke2008 said...

I love that you can put the cars together!

hjurgelis said...

I love the high quality and that they are wooden

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Annemarie Martinez said...

I love the classic wood look& the ability to change pieces to make a new toy!

My Flower said...

that it is rugged and made to last

Robin Wilson said...

I love that it can then be customized and personalized to create even more of a perfect fit.

amanda whitley said...

i like that the kids can be creative and customize the cars

brich2222 said...

like the durability of it

Tamara said...

Love that it's wood! Both my daughter and son would love to play with this!

Tamar said...

I like that it's versatile and you can do your own customizations.

Stephanie Larison said...

I like that you can customize them.

Renee Walters said...

I love that they are wooden! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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brnmanis said...

pieces are interchangeable

Jonathan Baker said...

I really like how easy it is for kids to customize it themselves.

Kayla said...

I love that they are wooden. :)

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I love that they can customize them!

Maryea said...

This toy inspires creativity and imagination!
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Klydra Pugh said...

I like that they are wooden.
Thanks for the chance.

Robert said...

I like how they are able to change, stimulating the imagination.

tina reynolds said...

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adinatm said...

i like that they are wooden
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Katie Ashley-Bascombe said...

I like that they are made of wood

Dave said...

that the pieces can be customized and are interchangeable

SueZH said...

I like the accessory kits. My godson would love these.

mogrill said...

I love the personalization aspect.
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ColleenMarie82 said...

i like that kids can use their imagination to create new cars.

Allison Downes said...

I like the fact that they can be customized and personalized!

Thank you for the great giveaway!

Victoria Nyquist said...

I love that they are made of wood, without all that plastic, making them safe and secure for kids of all ages!

janejett123 said...

fun toy

Schkinner said...

I love that they are customizable!
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Deb said...

I like that they are made of wood! durable! I LOVE the fact that the kids have to put them together and they can change and customize them! Toys like this are WAY better for them than other things.

Mary said...

I like that they are durable and for all ages of kids.

Laura Aldridge said...

I love the classic, timeless feel of these toys. They actually require creativity! :)

Sandra Davis said...

i like that when kids are putting them together they can be creative

lana said...

the different wheel sizes

Birdson said...
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Birdson said...

I love that the chassis & wheels are interchangeable for hours of creative Customization !!!!!!!!Birdie Skolfield

ann said...

I like how good it is made -lots of wood. I also like that the kids can change the design of the cars.

golden storm said...

I like that you can change the look of the cars by buying part sets

cheryl lister said...

love toys that are made out of wood, and also that it is so big!

PAIGE said...

I love that kids must use their imagination
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Gianna said...

I like what they are made out of.

Tara Martin said...

I like that kids can be creative and be a part of the design and assembly.

Lindsie Meese said...

I love that they are basic so kids need to use their imagination!

elfqueen98 said...

I love the pricing and the fact that each time they play they can create something new

cmel said...

I like the look of the wooden cars and garage -- it really looks like good quality and a good ol fashioned toy with a modern twist.

sue said...

I like that the cars can be made.

Jennifer Q. said...

I know that my son would LOVE this and his favorite part would be building his own cars

Alex said...

Changing the tires. My son would love changing them.

Treesa said...

I really like that they can be taken apart and customized

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Tracie Brown said...

I like how quality the set seems to be and that the garage is big enough to share with several kids at a time!

Nancy said...

I like that the parts are interchangeable and snap into place.

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Cserafini said...

I like that my son could put everything together.

Jennifer said...

I love that its made of wood and not plastic.

Chad said...

I love that they are made of wood. They just look more durable and seem more eco-friendly!

angel d said...

you can make new ones and interchangeable

Sara Estep said...

This is neat - I really like how the pieces are interchangeable. It really lets the kids get creative.

sweetsue said...

I love the smooth edges. So Safe!
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Karen said...

LOVE that it's hands on and the kids can build it.

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Kerry said...

I like that they are wooden, my son will like that they are customizable

Laurie Nykaza said...

There are many interchangeable pieces to customize the cars and trucks for them to play with

Cheryl said...

I would have to say that they are wooden.

Tara said...

Love that they can be different vehicles.

Darlene Ysaguirre said...

I personally love wooden toys for children they are more durable and built to last.

Unknown said...

I like that the cars are so customizable
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I learned the tri-level garage is easy to put together.
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tavernie said...

I love that the parts are interchangeable!!!
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Kelly H. said...

I love that it's interchangeable.

Patty Schuler said...

Love the interchangeable parts

Becca Ann said...

I like that it is interchangable

Brandi Hawn said...

i really like that you can make different vehicles over and over :)

Heather Manu said...

I like that it is wooden

Weave said...

I love it that the cars are customizable and will spark imagination and ingenuity in the kids.

polly said...

I like they are wooden instead of all plastic.

Kari Flores said...

I like that they have interchangeable accessory packs.

Kelly Boudreaux said...

I love the quality! This would be great for my 4 year old grandson!

Mihaela Day said...

I like the different wheel sizes

Stephanie said...

I love that they are made of wood!

Susan Smoaks said...

i love that they are made out of wood and they inspire creativity
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Vikki Billings said...

I like the fact that they are wooden and really durable.
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blew415 said...

quality looks awesome

Tylerpants said...

I like that they are made of wood so it's durable! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Nadya said...

I love the wooden part because plastic toys are made of chemicals!

trixx said...

Love that they have no batteries to replace!