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has been reviewed 157 times with an average rating of 4.75

Not as much fun as I expected
Posted 1/9/2009 by P White
Rating: 3

My 7 year old son has not played with this as much as I thought he would. My 27 year old daughter enjoyed it quite a bit! The seven year old loves building with stuff, especially Lego type stuff. I'm not totally giving up on the idea that he'll play with this more. It is excellent quality. I'm sure it will last forever. That's more than I can say for most toys.

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Interesting and Complex, with a few bugs
Posted 9/5/2006 by Carrie Grimes - OTHER
Rating: 3

First of all, though the box says ages 4-99, this is not a toy for the under 13 crowd. As a friend of mine pointed out, his 4 year old would be very interested in it, but probably not able to build much. There are lots of pieces with different functions. The directions for the example runs are difficult to follow-the colors in the pictures are hard to distinguish. It makes a tricky perspective exercise to figure out how to orient the blocks correctly. Not too bad for teens & adults. However, there are a couple of bugs: there is a see-saw piece meant to send marbles in two directions which clearly didn't (and couldn't) function because of the location of the marble drop in the example pictures, and the weight distribution of the see-saw. Marbles drop in too close to the fulcrum and don't roll far enough out to unbalance, then they get trapped. The engineers in my office promptly started making improvised weights and ramps to rebuild the thing. Overall, we like the toy. However, the complexity and the trickiness of some of the extra pieces, even those that work well, means that you have to invest a fair bit of work in creating your own constructions. It's pretty neat, though.

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