Although we’ve been seeing an abundance of retro toys making comebacks like Teddy Ruxpin, Power Rangers and Cabbage Patch Kids. Miniature cars have been a consistent kid favorite for decades. Whether it be lines from Hot Wheels, Matchbox or any of the many other brands, there’s something to say about a cool car in its tiny form that screams awesome.
Race tracks, car washes and garages have been commonplace for decades but PlayTape from InRoad Toys is one of those products that makes you kick yourself in the rear for not coming up with it yourself.
Liam and I got a few sample rolls for review and decided to take them for a spin. Using a cardboard box lid, we put together a track that Liam could play with indoors and out.
One of the first things I thought about was how cool it would be to use PlayTape for box mailings and judging by the thickness of the tape, it’s possible but only with some plastic packing tape over it. For one, PlayTape is really thin so it will rip easily. Also, it’s not the stickiest tape you’ll come across. In its intended use that’s great as it won’t ruin the finish of floors, tables, etc.
Now let’s talk play time with PlayTape.
There’s not much to explain as far as how to use it. You just pull of the desired length and place it on a smooth, hard surface. If you want curves, PlayTape provides a separate pack for track curves. How clean and exact you want the pieces of tape to connect to each other depends entirely on how much time you want to spend cutting and matching each of them. We weren’t trying to recreate the Indy 500 so we just tore off what we wanted to use with our hands. Even doing that, our track came together nicely bar the few jagged rips and wrinkles here and there.
PlayTape is easy enough for a young kid to handle. In the event a piece gets twisted coming off the roll, pulling it apart doesn’t do much damage at all. That makes for minimal kiddie meltdowns during building.
Reuse is possible but I’d only recommend it if you’ve only used it on a clean lint-free surface. Our demonstration was on cardboard—which I don’t recommend if you want to pull the tape off and use it somewhere else. Even when only stuck to the cardboard for a few seconds, pulling it off removed a great deal of the stickiness. Chances are though, your kid will most likely get bored of an old track and want to build a new one anyway.
That brings us to overall value. For a little under ten bucks you get 30 feet of two-lane tape. A pack of 16 curves will be another $12-$13 which seems steep for decorated pieces of masking tape. If you consider how many tracks you can create against buying 30 feet worth of plastic track in a traditional set. In my opinion, PlayTape is the better buy since it pushes your kids to use their imagination and you don’t have to worry about stepping or tripping over more toys.