- Well built and works with Hot Wheels orange track
- Very affordable, under $20 delivered
- Automatic reset with batteries included
- Paddles have some lag but nothing serious
Max Traxxx Electronic Finish Gate
After seeing the Max Traxxx Electronic Finish Gate in the Possum Hollar race track photos, I had to check it out. It looked like a stand-alone finish line that met all the requirements I wanted: mechanical, affordable and compatible with Hot Wheels track. Could this be the one?
As we've all probably experienced, the "off brand" non-Mattel accessories rarely work well with Hot Wheels toys without some alterations.
Well I'm happy to say that the Max Traxxx 2-lane finish line is everything you could want in a mechanical finish line. It meets all my criteria to the point where I'm probably going to buy a couple more. I was very surprised at the quality and compatibility.
The only real "feature" of this finish line is the LED indicators atop each of the two lanes. The LEDs are triggered by your usual flappy paddles...so this finish line really isn't "electronic" as you might think. There's an on/off switch on the back of the finish line to help save the batteries. However, the 3 watch batteries are included, and while that type of battery might be harder to replace, they should last much longer than normal AAA batteries. Another nice feature is the LEDs automatically reset after a few seconds, so you don't have to run to the end of the track after every race.
Of course, the best part about the Max Traxxx finish line is that it is compatible with Hot Wheels brand orange track. I expected one of two things to happen in regards to orange track. Either a) it wouldn't fit at all, or b) it would fit but would do so in a shabby manner that would prohibit quality racing. Thankfully, it's false on both accounts. Orange track slides on snug without any serious unevenness. And since this track is a pass-thru track, you can have an extra length of track on the back side leading into your catch box.
Another bonus about this finish line is the clearance height is about 2 ¼ inches so this gate is well suited for any tall stocks or modded cars. You'll definitely want this for your next Heavy Hauler tournament.
If there's anything to complain about with this finish line, it's that the flappy paddles require some distance before they trigger the light...let's call it trigger lag. Given this trigger lag, I'm sure there are some cars that will trigger the light sooner than others but I imagine it will be negligible (or unnoticeable) for most cars and races. There could possibly be some easy modification that would help reduce the lag but this review only covers the out-of-the-box toy.
Don't buy just one
So this finish line is sturdy, easy to use, compact and compatible with all the track you already own...but best of all, it's affordable. I ordered my Max Traxxx finish line from Fat Brain Toys for $13 and $4 delivery, so I was out the door for under $20. You can also buy it direct from the maker, Skullduggery Toys, and they're all right around that same price point.
You might say that for $20 you could buy a whole playset that comes with cars, loops and a bunch of other things. That might be true but it's hard to find good drag racing accessories and the Max Traxxx finish line is a true gem. Now excuse me while I go order a couple more...
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