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Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Box Review – December 2017

Lacey Volk
ByLacey VolkDec 22, 2017 | 5 comments

Pley Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Subscription Box for Kids - December 2017

Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Pley Box
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This is the latest subscription box for kids from Pley: the Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Box!

First peek inside the Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Box

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

How Wheels Challenge Accepted Subscription Box Review & Unboxing

About This Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Box

The Cost: $24.99 + $5 Shipping (Box ships every other month)

The Products: “Early edition car and exclusive T-shirt in every box. The box itself transforms and offers exclusive track building options."

Ships To: US Only

December 2017 Hot Wheels Box Review

I've been so excited to check out this box! Even though my son is under the 5-11 years age range for this box, he is car-and-truck obsessed, so I was really interested in seeing what this box was all about.

My first impression was that there was more inside the box than I expected!

Activity Book Cover

We'll start with the included booklet/mini-magazine.

Directions to assemble your box

This includes instructions for converting your shipping box into a few different ramps for your cars! I love that this subscription (and the Disney Princess Box) include using the box for different activities.

More fun tips for using your tracks and cars with other items you have at home

They also include some inspiration for fun ways to use the items you're getting this month in all kinds of fun tricks and challenges.

Activities inside the booklet

There are also some activities to complete just in the booklet itself...

Hi-Beam Mini Poster

... and a little pull-out mini poster of Hi Beam, too!

Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted T-shirt

Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted T-Shirt – Estimated Value $10?

Like other boxes from Pley, this box also includes an exclusive t-shirt. This definitely helps with the overall value of the box from a parent's perspective. (I gave this one an estimated value of $10 which is somewhere between Hot Wheels shirts I've seen at Target and Gap.)

The shirt also features Hi Beam, which looks to be the featured new car this month.

Hot Wheels Hi Beam Car with Glow In The Dark Wheels

Hot Wheels Hi Beam Glow Wheels Car – Estimated Value $3.99

(I believe most of these single-packed cars retail for $3.99 in stores, from what I could find)

This is a brand new car for 2018, so it's not available online yet from what I could find! This box promises to send a new early edition car each month.

Hot Wheels Hi Beam Car, Front

It's a red rally car with glow-in-the-dark wheels (and a few glowing accents on the side, too).

Hot Wheels Hi Beam Car, Back

Very sporty and cool, so I'm sure most kids would be thrilled about this one.

Hot Wheels Hi-Beam Car, Package Info

My son's favorite color is red and he's super into glow-in-the-dark stuff lately, so I think this one is set to be his new favorite car.

Amazoom Hot Wheels Art Car

Hot Wheels Amazoom Art Car - Estimated Value $3.99 (Available here in a set of 2 for $9.99)

I love this one! A bit Mondrian, a bit 1980s. 🙂 This car has a 2013 date on the bottom.

Amazoom Angle ViewAmazoom Side View

This car is just totally fun. I didn't grow up with Hot Wheels so I'm super impressed by the amount of detail in these things despite how small they are!

Back of Amazoom Packaging

Custom '56 Ford Truck, Hot Wheels Hot Trucks

Hot Wheels Custom '56 Ford Truck – Estimated Value $3.99 (Available here for $6.98)

This car is the oldest in the batch, with a 2008 date on the bottom– but it's super cool.

Custom '56 Ford Truck Hot Wheels Angle View

This reminds me a bit of a non-cartoon version of Tow Mater from Cars. Check out the teeny tiny rust distressing on the wheel weeks and doors!

Custom '56 Ford Truck Hot Wheels Side View

I like that they've included a few different types of vehicles in the box; that makes it fun to explore and also gives kids a chance to see how the different vehicles work on the track.

Custom '56 Ford Truck Hot Wheels Package Back Track builder pack

Hot Wheels Track Builder, 3 ft Straight Track – Retail Value $3.99

These are new to me and honestly super cool: flexible track systems that connect with each other and that you can purchase in small packs.

4 track pieces with connectors Detail of track and connector

This pack comes with 4 segments and makes over 3 feet of straight track, which you can use on it's own or with...

Hot Wheels Track Builder Rapid Launcher

Hot Wheels Track Builder System Rapid Launcher – Retail Price $9.99 (found here for $7.49)

Once again, as a Hot Wheels Newbie, I found this to be totally cool!

Hot Wheels Track Builder Rapid Launcher Parts

With a bit of assembly, this turns into a tool to launch your cars rapid-fire style, one right after the other, and shoot them right out onto your track!

Multiple cars fit inside the launcher

You can load up to four cars at a time.

And you can fire the cars off one right after another!

It took a bit of oomph to really get them going. I'm sure I'll need to help my toddler with this, but an older kid in the 5-11 year age range should do just fine.

Back of the rapid launcher box

My guess is that future boxes will contain more tracks and items to add on to your existing set, so that you can create more advanced challenges as time goes on.

Speaking of challenges, remember our shipping box?

Pley box configured as a ramp with targets!

Here it is, ready to go with little side targets and the jump ramp in action!

Car and track piece for scale

There's also an option to configure this so the cars jump OVER the inside of the box, which is something I know my son is going to love. 🙂

Verdict: We really enjoyed the first Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Box, and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my son as a Christmas gift this year. It looks like we can expect to receive a mix of new and old cars and accessories in addition to the activities and t-shirt every other month. That is perfect for us since we're totally new to Hot Wheels and we can look forward to building our collection up slowly every couple of months– but I'm curious to learn what parents of kids who are already super into Hot Wheels think.

Pley also always tries to make things educational in some way, but I'm not really feeling that with this box yet. I really hope to see more specifically physics oriented challenges in future boxes, which would help make this feel more like something totally unique vs just buying these items from the toy store.

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of 12/22, it looks like this box is still available.

Value Breakdown: Pley did originally say each box would have a $45+ retail value for this box. My calculation was closer to $35, but we also have a new car (not available for sale yet) and two older cars (which might be worth more than the MSRP, since I could only find them online for higher prices), so my estimate may not be very precise.

I do feel that for $24.99 + $5 shipping, this is a decent start and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next! This box was a great deal if you took advantage of their holiday offers, and of course, Pley offers discounts if you sign up for semi-annual or annual subscriptions too.

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Each Hot Wheels Challenge Accepted Pley Box will include an early edition car and exclusive T-shirt. The box itself transforms and offers exclusive track building options. The retail value of the items in each box is $45+.
Lacey Volk
Lacey Volk
Lacey's introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she's looking forward to trying more.

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It was a cute box, a little disappointed with the shirt quality and that it just seems like an advertisement piece for the box.

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Single cars are typically $1 each at Target, Walmart, drug stores etc.

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This looks like an awesome box! My son would have loved this box at those ages. He’s 18 now and drives a real car so now, not so much. lol

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I got the $10 plus shipping deal for this and got this box, though I think my cars are a different mix (I just took a quick peek since we’re saving for Christmas.)

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Lacey Volk

Yeah – I think everyone got the Hi Beam car, but the others are probably a mix!

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