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275 of 275 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2013
Our now 4-year old has spent more time with her Magna-Tiles than any other toy we own. When we wanted to get her a larger set so she can build more things I had a problem finding the ones I wanted. I ran across these Metro Mags and was put off initially by the top reviews that claimed the magnets were not good. There was something that felt fishy about those reviews, especially in light of the other good ones so I bought this set. As it turns out, the magnets are just fine!

The day the product arrived, I did some experimenting with the original Magna-Tiles and these pieces. After putting two squares of each type together and pulling them apart, I felt like the magnets in the Metro Mags felt slightly less strongly attracted. This was further supported by building a small cube that felt slightly less sturdy than the originals.

As I was now officially on a quest, I decided I wanted something a little more quantitative so I devised The M&M Test. I clamped a small square to the edge of a table with half of it hanging over the end of the table, I then suspended an equilateral triangle piece above the ground by attaching it to the end of the square (held on the same plane as the square and table top by only its two magnets). I then placed plain M&Ms (pastel ones, like for Easter) on the triangle one-by-one until its magnets gave way. I minimised the bounce effect by supporting the triangle from underneath as I added each chocolatey treat. The result of this experiment was that the original Magna-Tiles could suspend 11 M&Ms before failing while the Metro Mags could only support 9 candies.

So, I can attest that in both subjective and objective experiments, the original Magna-Tiles demonstrated superior magnetic attraction. At a cost difference of 25-35 cents per tile, I would say that you get your money's worth with the originals. However, after opening the Metro Tiles, my daughter immediately built a tower that I estimate to have been 6 or 7 stories high before collapsing from it's own weight and questionable design. In my judgement the Metro Tiles are a suitable substitute for someone looking to minimise their total investment in magnetic tile building bits.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
I'd been wanting to get additional magna-tiles for a while and had watched as the prices increased and never came down. Thought I'd try this new product, and they are great. Completely compatible with our magnatiles, so now I have a large collection for my kids to play with. I highly recommend them.
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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
I purchased this set thinking they might be similar to the original magnatiles (for a better price) but DO NOT BE FOOLED! They may look like them but the MAGNETS in this set ARE SO WEAK I couldn't even assemble a simple structure without them falling over! Such a disappointing purchase...buyer definitely beware of this cheap product! Amazon and their customer service are top notch as always.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
They are compatible with real magna tiles but not nearly as well made. They are definately overpriced for what they are. Still, they are functional and will work with the real magna tiles we already have.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
The low price reflects the low quality. Don't waste your money on these knockoffs, pay the extra $ and get the magna-tiles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
We got this set for our 5 year old daughter on Christmas 2012, since she loved playing with the magnetic tiles at the after school camp. She has played with it daily since then, and so has our 16 months-old son, who absolutely loves to build towers (with our help) and knock them down right after. At first I was very worried the tiles would break, but they have been holding up great. I try to build with him on top of a rug just in case, but the pieces usually end up on the wood floor. We had 1 piece that came unglued after he knocked a tall tower down on the floor from the top of the table, but that was it. No broken pieces so far after 2 months of daily abuse. The magnets are great, we build very large and tall structures with the kids all the time, no problem at all (I will try to add photos). It's definitely worth the money and I'm considering buying another set in the future so we can build bigger structures. My mother-in-law saw how much all the cousins loved the set (from ages 1-11) when we were at her house for Christmas, she asked us to leave the set we gave our daughter at her house and shipped another one to our house. I can't recommend it enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
The kids dove right in as soon as they saw the box. Kept them busy for a long time. I would buy another set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2013
Gift for a child with a learning disability and it will help with both hand-eye coordination and thought and spacial abilities.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2013
In my 18 years of owning and operating a licensed family daycare, I have never found a better toy for preschool children. Your children will be engrossed with these toys for HOURS day after day after day. Some of my kids have been playing with these toys for 3-4 years and they never seem to get tired of them. I have three sets now for 12 kids and I will be buying more. My kids love them and I love the relative peace when they play with them.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
These aren't QUITE as strongly magnetic as Magna-Tiles, but they work really well for building in 2-D and 3-D - and they are often on sale for half the price of Magna-Tiles. My children, playing with both, have never noticed the difference - they just like having lots and lots of tiles. One of my two girls uses them to build apartment buildings and houses for small characters (Calico Critters, Playmobil, etc.), and the other just likes to build and design. These Metro Mags work great for both purposes. This is one of those toys for which more is better - we had a small set of Magna-Tiles, but the girls build more interesting structures now that they have more tiles. Good for independent play, and really, really fun - even for parents.
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