Manhattan Toy MOTORWORKS Line ~ Review & Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Tuesday, May 28, 2013


From a very young age, my son Kaden has had an interest in cars. There's just something about the design and ability to "make it go fast" that he loves!  That's why I knew he'd be thrilled with the new MOTORWORKS line by Manhattan Toy

For ages 3 and up, Manhattan Toy has created a new line of wooden toy vehicles with a twist to make them interactive. They don't have lights, sounds, or batteries, but interchangeable parts to really get creativity flowing! Recently introduced at Toy Fair, MOTORWORKS is predicted to be a huge hit this year with both girls and boys who will love these customizable cars! 

Upon being introduced to the MOTORWORKS line, I was impressed with the variety offered right away! The MOTORWORKS Collection includes three different trim levels; the Street Series, Speed Series and Extreme Series. So no matter the style and preference of your child...Manhattan Toy has you covered!

With a little boy who LOVES cars, I was excited to find out we were going to have the opportunity to review a couple of cars and an accessory kit! I went with the STS Stealth Police Cruiser 1.0™ and GT Road Racer 1.0™ as well as the Police Pursuit wheels and trim accessory kit.

When our cars arrived, I was impressed with how they came packaged. I always appreciate a company who takes time in the way they present their products, and this time was no different! The MOTORWORKS vehicles came displayed very nicely, making them great for gift giving too! 

Out of the packaging, I continued to be impressed! These vehicles are beautifully detailed with a European beech wood body. I could tell right away that the quality was top-notch, which is something I appreciate as a parent knowing my kids will be playing with these a lot!
The accessory kit is sold separately and is a great way for kids to customize their vehicles even more! They allow them the possibilities of car decals, side pipes, and spoilers. How fun! Even as adults, my husband and I thought this was great!

Kaden was in awe of these cars from the beginning (so were my other two kids). There's something about their sleek design and cool look that made them his new favorite and something he didn't want to put down (he has even slept with them by his bed many nights!).

He really loved both cars, but I think the Stealth Police Cruiser caught his eye first. His Grandpa is a police officer, so he's very much into anything police related. That's why he got excited when I showed him the Police Pursuit wheels and trim accessory kit. He thought about putting it on his Police Cruiser, but instead decided to use it on the GT Road Racer so he could have TWO police cars! :)
I was amazed just how easily the interchangeable pieces snap into place. And the great thing is...they work across all three series. So the more cars we get in the future...the better! He'll just be able to customize them any way he wants! 

He and Kaelyn have had so much fun with both vehicles, racing them around the house and playing with his brother and sister. I absolutely love the quality and sleek look, as well as the unique customization options that really set them apart! It's been fun to see how far toy cars have come thanks to Manhattan Toy and their MOTORWORKS line! And with the initial vehicles priced from $13.99 to $29.99 (two-pack vehicle sets) and Accessories from custom car decals to monster wheels at just $4.99...the prices are very appealing to parents as well!
I also appreciate that there aren't sounds, batteries, etc. It's fun to see him use his imagination with the customization kits. There's something about simple that really attracts a child's attention and keeps them engaged in open-ended play for hours on end.

We were also sent the Tri-Level Super Garage with working elevator to review along with our cars as well!

  • Real working elevator that moves between floors by turning crank
  • Includes 30 repositionable decals to add realistic parking ramp features
  • 3 Levels with wooden ramps
When the Tri-Level Super Garage arrived, the kids had already had the opportunity to play with their cars for a few weeks. They were super surprised to see the garage and to find out that they could use it with their cars!

Out of the box I found that there was assembly required. In about 20-30 minutes I had it assembled thanks to the user-friendly instructions.
Once together, it was quite impressive to us all! It's large and offers many features that make it a child's dream for toy vehicles! My first impression was the quality. Just like the cars, this super garage is extremely durable and top-notch quality. It is something that will last many years, and for that I am thankful!

I also liked that it came with 30 repositionable decals that the kids and I could put on where we wanted to. It really brought the garage to life and makes it that much more fun to play with!
The kids absolutely love driving their cars up and down the ramps, parking in the parking spaces and of course, using the elevator/crank to take their cars to the different levels.

The following is a short video showing the Tri-Level Super Garage in action!

As you can probably tell, my kids have a blast with the super garage and their MOTORWORKS vehicles!! They could play with them hours on end and never get bored. It's fun to see their imaginations at work and all the ways they play with the vehicles both alone and with the Tri-Level Super Garage. Even my 1 year old enjoys playing with it when I'm around.

Overall, we've been thrilled with the MOTORWORKS Tri-Level Super Garage as well. The quality can't be beat, and the open-ended play and fun it provides is well worth the investment (retailing for $100)! I'm so happy to have this for the kids to play with, I know it will get a lot of use for many years to come!

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  1. aperry May 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM  

    I like that they are made from wood and not plastic.

  2. Rebecca O May 29, 2013 at 6:18 AM  

    I love the versatility and the craftsmanship. Wood lasts so much longer than plastic. These are toys that are made to last.

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  4. wigget May 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM  

    i like the quality construction

  5. Abbey May 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM  

    My boys would love this!

  6. Kim May 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM  

    love the crank elevator!!

  7. Nicole M. May 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM  

    I like that they are made from wood and have interchangeable parts.

  8. bunnyswagg May 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM  

    I love that the cars are kid-powered and no batteries are required.

  9. Linda Kish May 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM  

    I like that they are made primarily of wood.

  10. Kathy May 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM  

    I like the snap-on pieces that can be used to customize the cars.

  11. mrsshukra May 30, 2013 at 1:01 AM  

    I like the Extreme Series! Can't beat wooden toys!

  12. Shan May 30, 2013 at 8:57 AM  

    I like the idea of my kids being able to build their own.

  13. Jessica B. May 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM  

    I like how kids can customize them.

  14. lisamercy May 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM  

    i love these! love that they are made out of mostly wood!
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  15. Natalie May 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM  

    Really love the quality! My boys would LOVE this!

  16. Laurie J. June 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM  

    I love that no batteries are required!

  17. Michelle Koerner June 2, 2013 at 2:09 AM  

    I like that there are no batteries and interchangeable piecies. My kids would have a blast with these!

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  22. Sarah June 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM  

    I love that these cars remind me of the little wooden cars my brothers made when we were young!

  23. lana June 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM  

    the different size of wheels

  24. Kerry June 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM  

    I love that they are wood, my son would love that they are customizable.

  25. Tylerpants June 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM  

    I love that my son can customize them & use his imagination. tylerpants(at)

  26. trixx June 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM  

    I like that it's made from wood so it's durable!

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