Got a car-crazed kiddo? Introducing Motorworks, Manhattan Toy’s new line of sleek, customize-able wooden toy vehicles, accessories and play sets.

Motorworks vehicles, playsets & accessories

The Specs

The Motorworks Collection includes three different trim levels: the Street Series, Speed Series and Extreme Series. Each vehicle features a smooth beech wood body and sturdy removable parts and trim. Vehicle parts are interchangeable across all three series and snap easily into place. Accessory packs, sold separately, provide endless customization possibilities such as decals, spoilers and ground effects. Best of all, the cars are easy enough for my preschooler to build and customize, yet have a cool factor that also appeals to older kids.


Patriot Dragster with custom wheels
Patriot Dragster with custom wheels

The Critics Weigh In

My kids road tested the Patriot Dragster and the Flareside Truck, along with the Racing Wheels accessory pack. “That’s some car,” my kindergartener said appreciatively of the Dragster. (We recently read Charlotte’s Web.) They immediately set about taking the cars apart, rebuilding them, and changing out the wheels. Kindergartener’s sage customization advice to Preschooler: “My car is going to look awesome with the green wheels. Your car will look awesomer if you put the blue wheels on.” My first grader got involved in true oldest child fashion. “I’m the mechanic and you boys are the customers.”

Happily building and customizing
Happily building and customizing

45 minutes later ...
45 minutes later…

To Buy or Not to Buy

To Buy … Forty five minutes later, they were still playing with the Motorworks. Any toy that captures my kids’ imaginations and keeps them involved and interested for forty five minutes in a row gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me!

Or Not to Buy … My only reservation is that they were smaller in person than I had envisioned. It might be difficult for little hands to use the decals to customize their vehicles.

Shop! Motorworks vehicles (from $14), two-pack vehicle sets (from $29.99), accessory packs (from $10), custom car decals (from $5), Tuner Lift Center playset ($35) and Tri-Level Super Garage playset ($100) are available online at Manhattan Toy and our affiliate Amazon, and in store at local toy retailers (search for locations here).

Win! Motorworks Vehicle and Accessory Pack!

One lucky reader chosen at random will win their choice of one vehicle package plus one accessory pack. To enter, please leave a comment describing what you think your kids will like about playing with Motorworks.

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Thanks to Manhattan Toy for providing samples.

  1. 1.

    they would like to build the cars

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    Janet W.

    I think my grandson would enjoy interchanging the parts between cars and making it customized.

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    Jane (EJ)

    My LO will love these cars, always tring to be mechanic, now they will really com apart & go back together

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    My son loves everything with wheels on it, and I know he would love these- they look tough!

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    We like their sturdy, customizable good looks!

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    My son loves anything that goes (cars, trucks, trains) so I think he would love everything about this set! He would totally want the garage, too…

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    Addison Kat

    My son loves anything to do with vehicles: cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, etc. He would absolutely love to play with them.

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    My boys love all toy cars!!

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    julie rmr

    my son loves crawling with cars under each of his hands. he’d love this!

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    I think our boys would LOVE them! It’s a cross between legos and good old-fashioned wooden toys- plenty of room for imagination 🙂 They would especially love getting to put their favorite colors on and then knowing which belongs to them.


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    Anitha S Raghavan

    My lil one love all toy cars!

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    Nancy B

    He would like building it and rebuilding it over and over again

  13. 13.

    This looks like so much fun! I know my kids would both be interested in the building aspect, and play with them would be a blast, too! 🙂

  14. 14.

    Putting on other accessories.

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    Jenny L

    I think the ability to customize Motorworks will really capture my son’s imagination!

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    Carrie Phelps

    My grandsons love to build so this would be a very big attraction for them.

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    Anne N.

    Building and taking apart the cars.

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    Jessica B.

    My son would like putting the decals on.

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    chana u

    changing them around

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    Bud L

    Making the car unique with his own touches

  21. 21.

    my daughter love building

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    amy williams

    My kids will love the fact that they get to build and put it together.

  23. 23.

    I think she would love building it and then “rrooming” it around the room.. as she says.

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    Jen L

    My son loves racing cars all over the house!

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