Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live roars into Manchester Arena and leaves the ground shaking

Certain things in life are completely outside our control. Namely, the weather, the past, getting old, and my four year-old’s affinity with Hot Wheels Monster Trucks. Luckily, this year Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live has embarked on a new European tour which started here at the Manchester Arena on January 3 and finishes in Glasgow on February 8.

And its appeal goes much further than preschoolers…

What can you expect from the show?

Big Foot, Bone Shaker, Tiger Shark, basically all the big names in the world of Hot Wheels. These gigantic, revving trucks could definitely pulverize your entire neighbourhood. But more than just a show for pint-sized petrol heads, it’s entertainment for the entire family with jumps and spins from the trucks that will absolutely wow you (and also leave you wondering how many ‘crush cars’ they must go through in a year).

The show is hosted by the lively, Ken doll smiling Freddie Sheppard who makes his way around the entire arena, climbing over seats, zooming in on spectators with his cameraman, dishing out prizes (even if you get the answers to his questions wrong) and doing quick fire Hot Wheels trivia with awkward dads. As well as the trucks, each show also features specialty acts such as the superstars of freestyle motocross with their back flipping, gravity defying stunts and Megasaurus – the massive, car-eating, fire-breathing prehistoric robot. There’s a break straight after the Megasaurus has digested a car so if you want to avoid queues for the loos, nip out just before he’s finished snacking.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live

Do you need noise cancelling headphones?

Put it this way, I was worried about tinnitus before we’d even entered the arena as we were a bit late getting to our seats.

The roar and revving of engines made my little boy jump (mainly with excitement) as we were getting our tickets checked, so I sought out the headphones stand before entering. Headphones were sold inside the arena for GBP10 each (or GBP8 from independent sellers outside). My only regret is not also buying myself a pair.

For children under five, I’d say protecting their little ears is a must.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live roars into Manchester Arena and leaves the ground shakingHot Wheels Monster Trucks Live

Can you touch the cars?

That was of course my son’s first question when I told him we were going to the show. Special ‘Crash Zone’ tickets do allow you to meet the trucks and drivers on the competition floor two and a half hours before the show starts. A real treat for super fans but they’re very popular so you have to be quick.

There’s also a Hot Wheels play zone included with the Crash Zone tickets where kids can test their own racing and stunting skills with Hot Wheels Monster Trucks toys and tracks. You can stay in the crash zone for a fun packed hour and 15 minutes.

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Was it worth the money?

Shows don’t get much more exciting than this for youngsters, but more so it was pleasantly surprising to see so may adults having such a great time too. It’s an all American experience of course.

Loud, proud with lots of crowd participation and overuse of words such as “awesome” which, will definitely shake up your British sensibility.

The Hot Wheels team give you every penny’s worth.

Where can I find out more about the tour?

For more information about the rest of the tour, visit Ticketmaster here

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