Monday, August 23, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Marble Racers Light-Up Cars [CLOSED]

My children love anything that is on wheels! Throw in some flashing colorful lights and some cool decals and they could hardly wait to get their hands on these new toy cars from Skullduggery called Marble Racers. These cars have a very high coolness factor. If other children are like mine, then they may have a special affinity for toy cars that have bodies that are partially or fully transparent.

One of the features that may appeal the most to older children about the Marble Racers is that they come bare in the package along with a sheet of vinyl decals. As an adult, I found it a little nerve-wracking to apply these decals because I knew they were not removable. My 6 year old son felt the same way, but he actually did just fine. Also, parts of the decals are clear, so it is not very noticeable when one is slightly crooked.

What makes the car light up is the marble in the center. Your child can shake or tap the car on a hard surface and it will light up and flash. There is a circular opening at the top of each vehicle, where you can touch the marble. Well, the roof decal actually covers this opening and causes the marble to stick to it. At first, I was concerned about how this would affect how well the cars would roll, but it did not seem to have any negative impact on that at all.

These cars are unlike any my children have seen before, so they were extremely curious to figure out how they worked. They spent quite some time trying to look inside them and studying them.

Please watch this short video showing these Marble Racers in action . . .

There are currently six different Marble Racers offered, each retailing for $7.99 . My 6 year old's favorite is "Volcano", the car pictured below with the molten lava decals. I hope there will be a few more new designs coming in the future. These are definitely the type of car my oldest son would love to collect. To top it all off, Marble Racers are in a 1:64 scale and are compatible with Hot Wheels tracks!

The only improvement I can suggest is better quality control for the decals. For two of the cars, the decals were printed slightly off so that the windows and windshields would all be missing part of their black outline around the glass. You can see part of the sheet of decals through the packaging, so you can most likely avoid purchasing one with this flaw.

To view the full collection of Marble Racers KrazyKars or to find out where you can purchase them both online and locally, visit . These cars are now available at major retailers, such as CVS Pharmacy and A.C. Moore. You can also find Marble Racers on Facebook!

Thank you to Skullduggery for providing us with sample cars free of charge to base this review upon and for providing a second set of cars for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a set of 6 Marble Racers cars (ARV $48).

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Visit . Then leave a comment telling me the name of the Marble Racer car you think is the coolest. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.


For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

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(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!