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MindWare Q-Ba-Maze Big Box

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  • Working maze of marbles
  • Connect and form mazes
  • You never know which way the marble will go
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MindWare Q-Ba-Maze Big Box + Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Zoom Stunt Set by Mindware
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 20 x 12 inches ; 2.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B004PQZM3A
  • Item model number: 48168W
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 5 - 20 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 is a unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. The big difference? You can create marble maze sculptures in the form of animals, geometric shapes or any other design! Configurations are unlimited, allowing for unpredictable action when steel balls travel the various routes. It's a live demonstration of probability, physics and art, all in one! Big Box includes 72 cubes in five different colors and 20 steel balls. Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 cubes are not compatible with original Q-Ba-Maze cubes.

From the Manufacturer

Every dinosaur, robot, flower, fish, sun or tower is a working marble maze. Inspire creative play by building the amazing marble run sculptures in the idea book or make up your own. The Big Box set includes high-quality red, yellow, green, blue and clear blocks.

Customer Reviews

It is little bit hard even for adults.
Ivana Sidlo
As other have indicated this toy is worthless and frustrating as the pieces don't fit properly together, and come apart at the slightest touch.
rebecca doller
This is game is great for kids who like to build marble runs.
aaron czajka

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

96 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Shorty on December 23, 2011
This was a holiday gift for my 6 year old son who has been saying that he has wanted a marble run as a present for at least a year now. I hadn't gotten him any since he has a younger brother and I wanted to make sure he wasn't a threat to swallow the marbles or any small pieces. I saw this in a Mindware catalog and it piques my interest. The thing I liked the best was that it looked pretty, but you could make it ANY way you want. So, you can make as many different marble runs as you want and even add sets later if you want to make larger sructures. A lot of other products had few ways to assemble them and comments were that the parents had a hard time assembling them. My 6 year old caught on realy quick on how to assemble one. We made our first one in a few minutes and we then had discussions about center of gravity so our structure didn't tip over and having multiple entry points which was really interesting to him. As our creation had a somewhat narrow base and got pretty tall, it has fallen over a few times, but we were quickly able to reassemble it as it broke into large sections.

My son rarely issues thank you's on his own accord without being asked and he was thanking my husband and I within minutes of seeing this present. We are all quite pleased with this item and highly recommend it to anyone whose child wants a marble run.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Josie Christopherson on January 1, 2013
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I bought this set for my 5-year-old son for Christmas, and he loves it! The pieces are simple enough for him to figure out on his own, and he likes creating new configurations.

I have one suggestion that would bump this product up to 5 stars in my opinion, and that's to create bases to collect the marbles once they go through a maze. This set would benefit GREATLY if the marbles had somewhere to go once they're done with their runs. As it is, they just go through the run at lightening speed, and then they scatter. Part of the fun is to see which run collects the most marbles, but that's almost impossible. We tried rigging up little bowls under some of the endings but it's awkward.

The towers topple pretty easily, and are uneven if you're not symmetrical in your maze, so they often lean and then the marbles will only go one direction. This problem would also be solved with the addition of sturdy base pieces.

For these reasons, you'll want to make sure you assemble towers in a tray of some kind, or you'll be searching for the marbles in the rugs, vents, or under furniture constantly. They're the perfect size for swallowing or causing people to slip (or ruining vacuums) so we count the marbles after every playtime (there are 20 in this set) and the kids know they have to find them if they lose one. This is also a bit of a downer.

Nevertheless, my son likes it, so it was worth the purchase price!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Awghost5 on March 4, 2013
As a play therapist, I'm always on the look out for cool new games, toys, and activities to use with my clients. When I saw the Q ba maze, my mind started teeming, as it so often does, of all the different therapeutic applications of this kind of marble run: managing frustration, developing sequencing skills, teaching critical thinking skills, concocting elaborate metaphors for making choices and evaluating consequences, etc. No, I wasn't just coming up with justifications for buying a new shiny toy... at least, not entirely. I figured the 50 piece starter set would suit my purposes nicely.

I had read some reviews about the puzzle being difficult to put together, I thought it wise to test it out at home before using the run with clients. I enlisted my boyfriend to play test the starter set with me. That turned out to be a mistake.

My boyfriend, who is an upstanding citizen and an executive in the non-profit sector, spent the better part of a Sunday engrossed in this little run. He and I... Mostly he... build dozens of run permutations. He built them, tested them, rebuilt them, retested them... If we didn't have a dinner date, I don't know if he would ever have left our living room. Whenever I mentioned bringing the q ba maze to work, he looked at me like I'd just kicked a puppy. He said something about how he needed to do "extensive testing" for "at least a few months," so he could "make sure the toy was *completely* safe" for my clients. In other words; "why are you making me part with this cool new toy?"

We now have a big box and a mega stunt set on the way. He's already surveying the plans on the q ba maze website: [...]
To some up my meandering little story: this run is a hit with the kid at heart who lives with me. The pieces fit together very easily.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Carter on May 8, 2012
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I got this set for my 3 year old, and I have to say it is one of the coolest things ever. The day we received it, I built him a structure, and he literally played with it for a good 2 hours. He cannot build with the pieces yet, but I realize he is younger than the suggested age. We build the mazes on our light table, which is really cool. You can go to their website to get plans to build all kinds of structures. We built the fish that it shows on the box. It took a little while to figure out the plans, but, once we got the hang of it, it was pretty easy. I highly recommend this product. We plan on buying more sets; my husband even wants one for his office :)
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