Kmart vs Big W vs Grace & Maggie Toy Cars

Choosing the perfect toy for a child is no small feat. Whether it's igniting imaginative play or fostering skill development, the right toys can shape a child's early years. For many, the allure of car toys is irresistible—be it zooming around a racetrack or embarking on epic pretend adventures.

With so many options flooding the market, finding the ideal car toy requires some consideration. In this article, we discuss some popular car toys on the market.  

Examining various aspects such as quality craftsmanship, suitability to a child's interests, ease of maintenance, and, above all, safety, is paramount in the quest for the perfect car toy.

Quality craftsmanship ensures durability and longevity, crucial factors considering the often less-than-gentle treatment toys receive at the hands of excited children. A well-made car toy not only withstands the rigours of play but also retains its appeal over time.

Ease of maintenance is another crucial consideration. Let's face it—children are not known for their tidiness, and toys are often subjected to spills, dirt, and general wear and tear.

Opting for a car toy that is easy to clean and maintain not only saves time and effort for caregivers but also ensures the toy remains in top condition for extended periods.

Above all, safety is non-negotiable. Caregivers and gift-givers must prioritise toys that meet stringent safety standards, minimising the risk of accidents or injuries during play. From sturdy construction to non-toxic materials, every aspect of a car toy's design should prioritise the well-being of the child.

By considering these factors, caregivers and gift-givers can confidently select toys that not only captivate but also enrich a child's development. 


5 Pack Friction Cars RRP $2.25

​​Introducing the Kmart 5-pack of Friction cars—a colourful, action-packed set designed to thrill young imaginations! With vibrant hues and easy-to-use pull-back action, these cars promise endless fun for kids.

Built to last and encourage motor skills development, they're perfect for high-speed races and imaginative adventures. 


  • Includes 5 cars in vibrant, eye-catching colours
  • Fast pull-back mechanism for exciting speed
  • Compact size perfectly suited to children's hands

Interesting features:

  • Basic design with identical appearance, differing only in colours
  • Lightweight construction for easy handling by children


Wooden Small Vehicle - Assorted RRP $1 


Introducing the Kmart Wooden Small Vehicles—a delightful collection of wooden toy cars, a helicopter, plane, firetruck and more. Each vehicle features cute colours and designs, perfect for sparking imaginative play in little ones. 


  • Small so well suited to children's hands 
  • Great for imaginative play 
  • Made with FSC certified wood 

Interesting features: 

  • Comes in a variety, but cannot guarantee which one you will receive 


Candylab Cars RRP $19.95 +

Introducing The Candylab Vintage Automotive Toy Collection—a whimsical world of retro-inspired cars and charming food trucks that sparks imagination and delights young hearts. From classic cars to unique vehicles like a plumbing van and a police car, there's a diverse array of options for every little adventurer.

Crafted with premium wood and showcasing exceptional craftsmanship, each toy in this collection is a testament to quality and durability.

Whether racing down imaginary streets or serving up fun-filled adventures, these toys offer endless possibilities for creative play.

With its nostalgic charm and superior quality, The Candylab Vintage Automotive Toy Collection makes the perfect gift for any occasion, promising to bring joy and wonder to children of all ages.


  • Built to be long-lasting for extended playtime enjoyment
  • Available in many varieties, including ambulances, food trucks, and campervans, catering to diverse interests
  • Encourages imaginative play and storytelling adventures
  • Crafted from premium wood for durability and aesthetic appeal
  • Conveniently wipe clean with just a wet cloth and soap for easy maintenance
  • Features smooth wheels for smooth rolling action and enhanced play experience

Interesting features: 

  • Crafted from natural materials for eco-friendly play
  • Each toy showcases unique craftsmanship for added charm and character
  • Rigorously safety tested to meet US, Australian, European, and New Zealand safety regulations


Do you have a question about our wooden cars? Feel free to email us.


We also have review comparisons on Kmart Vs Grace and Maggie Teethers, Playmats, Baby SwaddlesSensory Toys and Tummy Time Mirrors.


Written by Laura Agrimi, mother of 2 and owner of Grace & Maggie.

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