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Erector Super Construction Set - 25 Models - 640+ Parts

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  • Comes with a 6V battery-operated motor
  • A special edition designed for real constructors
  • Comes with 643 parts
  • Instructions for 25 Fully Detailed Models
  • Interchangeable with all Erector sets
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 16.7 x 14 inches ; 7.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GOF5S2
  • Item model number: 830570E
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 14 years
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,409 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
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Choking Hazard-Small parts.

Product Description

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The Erector Set has been a favorite toy since the early part of the 20th century. Designed for ages ten and older, the ingenious system of small parts combine in numerous ways to create an infinite number of models. As kids enjoy building with the Erector Metal Construction Set, they're learning important skills like patience, organization, coordination, and how to read directions. The Erector Metal Construction Set features a six-volt, battery-powered motor so that children can see their creations move.

Super Construction Set
    Ages: 8+

    Number of models: 25

    Number of parts: 643

    Requires:
  • 4 "AA" batteries (not included)
What We Think

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The Good: Instructions for building 25 increasingly complex models; pieces interchangeable with other Erector sets.

The Challenging: With 643 parts to keep track of, pieces might get lost; directions have illustrations but no text.

In a Nutshell: A classic toy that will entertain kids for hours while encouraging creativity and honing motor and analytical skills.


You can create a variety of devices, ranging from a catapult... View larger.


...to a working, motorized car! View larger.
Build, Learn, Play
The Erector Set comes with a handy carrying case. Not only does it help your child organize the many small pieces of their set, it allows them to take the set with them on the go. The instructions are helpful and clear, showing in detail how to build the models, and stating clearly what pieces are needed before your child gets started. Please note, however, that there are no text directions, only illustrations. The plastic pieces can feel flimsy at times, but children testing the toy didn't seem to mind and played for hours.

A Classic Toy Lives On
Kids can build up to 25 different models using the illustrated instructions, or they branch out with their own creations. From planes to cranes to helicopters, there is so much that can be built with the 643 nuts, bolts, wheels, screws, and metal pieces that come with this set. A six-volt battery-powered motor makes the models come alive.

The sheer number of parts may seem overwhelming, but the compartmentalized case will help kids stay organized. Teenagers should have no problem building on their own, but younger kids might need some supervision and help, especially since the directions include no explanatory text -- just illustrations.

What's in the Box
Erector set with 643 parts, six-volt battery-operated motor (batteries not included), illustrated directions, and storage case.





From the Manufacturer

Erector Super Construction set builds 25 models and comes with a 6v battery operated motor, the batteries not included. This is a special edition item specially designed for real constructors and collectors and coming in an attractive storage case.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Easy to follow instructions.
C. Pesarchick
My grandson loves to build things and this set gives him many options.
Marcia
Highly recommend this for a child with a creative mind.
Roger Rabon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Robert LaGrasse on July 12, 2005
If you're reading this, odds are you grew up playing with an Erector set and you're now considering one for your child. The good news is they're still just as cool as they were when you had one. The materials have actually been improved. The straight peices are now completely flat, rather than the beveled sides they used to ship in the old sets. They're made of a more rigid metal as well. This allows for a little more flexability in what your kids can design and build. At first I thought the price was a little steep, but my 8 year old has easily gotten $100 worth of enjoyment out of this set. I actually ended up buying another set to ship to a relative for his upcoming birthday, so yes, you're getting what you pay for.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By JD on August 15, 2007
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My son loves to build things. He has a huge Lego collection but I thought it was time to take it up a notch to a more intricate construction set. After researching a number of construction sets, I decided on the good 'ol Erector set. I had one as a boy and my dad had one when he was little. I'm glad I went with the Special Edition because it comes with detailed instructions to build about 15 or 17 different structures. Many other Erector set kits only have one design, such as a race car or train. I'm not saying they wouldn't add educational value but once it's built, it's built. The whole point is to find a toy which can be used over and over again. The Special Edition does just that. My 9-year old son loves it. In fact, my 7-year old daughter plays with it too and I'm happy about that. I think the eye-hand coordination, thought process to intrepret instructions, and the spatial thinking needed to understand how the parts go together benefits all who play with it. I'd like to see additional instructions offered so the fun can continue. Not sure what will happen after the last of the 17 kits is put together. Highly recommended.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Krause on December 10, 2009
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First...the "Motorized Racing Car & More" set is exactly the same as the "Special Edition" set. The simply changed the name, its the same 643 piece set.

Second, their is a problem with the motorized unit. The switch design on the battery pack is extremely poor. If the switch is not fully thrown to the left or right or fully in the center off, it will melt and be rendered useless. My son and I built the airplane model first(he's 6, took us a few hours together), and after 10 minutes of play the motor quit working(no, not 10 minutes of continuous running). Well, he hadn't quite thrown the switch fully, and after taking it apart the flaw was apparent. Its a proprietary double pole, double throw switch built on a PCB board. There isn't enough space between the board contacts. If the switch is in between positions, the contactor is shorting the positive and negative leads of the battery pack together on the board. This causes lots of heat, quickly heats the thin metal contactor, and in the process melts the switch handle. In my opinion it should recalled, I don't know if its possible to melt or rupture 4 AA batteries by shorting them, but they got really warm. I had to rig up a new submini DPDT switch as a replacement on the outside of the unit.

Otherwise....it's a great erector set. We built the crane after I fixed the battery pack. It's pretty awesome. It uses a 48:1 gear reduction(more like pulley reduction), on the motor and it can lift quite a bit of weight for a toy. Both the boom and the cable of the crane run off the motor, it's a pretty ingenious model I think. Crane also rotates on the base via a manually controlled wheel. Took him, with my help, most of a Saturday plus a couple hours of the following Sunday.
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100 of 110 people found the following review helpful By S. VALLURI on February 6, 2011
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Amazon:

As usual, Amazon did a great job of processing and shipping the order. No complaints at all on that front other than they seem to intentionally delay the ship date on free shipping because actual transit times for most kinds of shipping across the US is 3 days or less.

The Product:

I played with Meccano/Erector sets as a kid over 40 years ago and not much has changed. However what has changed has changed for the worse. First, keep in mind that '643' pieces is highly misleading. There are only about 100-120 actual pieces. The rest of that 643 number consists of 125 screws, 125 nuts, 30 washers, and a bunch of similar tiny plastic spacers and collars. i.e. not what you would normally count as 'parts'. I am guessing that the 2 piece case and instruction booklet count as "parts" because the listed parts total to 641.

The instruction booklet isn't bad, but so much can be done to improve it. For a start each model could have a name. There are no names in the booklet, just images. There are almost no words and all instructions are pictographic which makes them a bit tough for younger kids to follow as they require some logic and 3D perspective to figure out. In some areas the instructions are pretty unclear.

There are a couple of areas where the design of this product is really poor/annoying. For example when assembling components on shafts (such as wheel axles), the components are just held in place by a friction collar which is nothing more than a tiny rubber band. The grip of this band is so light that they keep falling off with the slightest pressure, especially when in a vertical orientation where they can pop off under their own weight. In the old days, they had threaded ends that were held in place with a nut of some sort.
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