Happy birthday Scalextric: Still going strong after 50 years, still more exciting than the real thing!

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While I was generally into GI Joe and Transformers as a kid, Scalextric will always have a special place in my heart. Granted, I only ever had the classic figure-eight kit, which was second hand and gave you some stinging electric shocks, but nonetheless, the Christmas morning I opened that slightly battered box to be faced with a couple of rather scratched F1 racers, was still one of the happiest moments in my life. You can start playing that violin now, sob, sob.

Scalextric has been exciting kids in the same way for decades and 2007 sees the world-famous miniature racing toy celebrate its 50th birthday, having survived the video game boom of the past three decades that has seen other "real" toys fall to the wayside.

To celebrate its continued popularity over the past half-century, the company behind Scalextric is releasing a special edition racing pack, consisting of a Ferrari 375 with a tinplate body (one of the first Scalextric cars to be made) plus Michael Schumacher’s 2006 F1 Ferrari, all squished into a lovely presentation pack.

For more information on how you can get your twitching mitts on the 50th Anniversary Edition pack, check out the Scalextric website. Looking at some of the kits made me feel ten years old again…