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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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My kids (ages 5 and 3 1/5) just absolutely love these things. And to be honest, so does the kid in ME: they like to use their imagination to build whatever have you, and I build extremely intricate whatever-have-you's for them to destroy. A great time is had by all!

This is only the "essentials" pack, so there are no wheels or moving parts here... for the most fun I would recommend getting at least one Tinker toy package that has wheels or some kind of moving parts, then add a package like this so your kids can build bigger things upon that base package. These can fill up many, many playtimes, since they are really only limited by their imagination.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 13, 2013
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This toy proves that it's hard to beat the classics. I know that in the old days, these used to be made of wood but now they are plastic and many people lament that. But I don't really see it as a bad thing. For one thing, the classic wooden sets are still available for the die-hard fans. They're just more expensive. But the advantages of the plastic ones are the sticks - some of them are bendy and that opens up so many possibilities.

My son is 4 years old, almost 5, and he LOVES this. He has many other construction toys (Legos, K'Nex) but these so far are the best. He looks at the diagrams and builds these elaborate contraptions that spin and he's tickled pink by that. He proudly exclaims "I made that all by myself!"

Some of his creations are so-loved that he takes them to bed, just so he could have it with him.

Most of the time he likes to use the diagrams but he also makes up his own machines. He's made rollers and a "claw" so this toy definitely fosters creativity.

The only downside is I wish it came with more pieces! He usually has to dismantle his creation before creating a new one. I know it says 100 pieces, which seems like a lot but everything fits in a shoe box with plenty of room for more. Maybe I'll have to get a second set...That's definitely an indication that this is a hit.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 26, 2013
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I enjoyed playing with Tinker Toys when I was child. In fact, my kids still get to play with my old set from time to time at their grandparents' house. This is a basic set with plenty of pieces for getting creative. Here are my thoughts of the pros and cons of this set.

Pros : Plenty of pieces and colorful, good quality plastic;
13 project suggestions that the kids seemed excited to try (the windmill was fun);
Good for creativity (my younger child enjoyed putting lots of pieces together to make a big structure);
Sturdy constructions because the pieces snap together (as opposed to the problem with the old sets with the pieces sliding out of the wooden circles.

Cons: The box is deceptively large--all the pieces fit into a gallon-size Ziploc;
My 4 year old had some trouble pushing hard enough to snap some of the pieces together and pulling them apart;
While there are a lot of pieces, there are not enough for two kids to each make a project at the same time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
Pieces are way too hard to put together for a 3.5 year old, at least fresh out of the box.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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My girls have blocks, Legos, and a marble run--was looking for another building toy that is different and fun. Enter Tinkertoys. I'd rather they were still made from wood, but the kids like the colors and the feel. They enjoy building ferris wheels and other moving structures you can't make with blocks. Wish there were more blocks in the box.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
Huge box.. not too much in it. Not many sticks but tons of connectors. The picture is right in retrospect. Cant build a decent thing with this set... buyer beware.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
My kids are having fun with them and they seem very solid. Only complaint I have is they came in a box that was easily 3 times as big as it needed to be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
bought this for a birthday gift for our 6 year old grandson. he is making all types of objects and uses the informational sheet to see how to make the toys. great colors and materials!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
I had to purchase two sets to truly allow for creativity, which required me to spend twice as much as I was expecting to spend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2013
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When you think Tinker Toy, you think of that neat vintage wooden building set that many of us had as children. However, you must note, this is plastic. It is heavy duty and it does build in the same manner as the old set, just note that it is plastic. My only disappointment was "100 pieces" and the size of the box. When you look at the size of the box, you think that 100 pieces is a lot, but it's not really. It's plenty as a starter set, but you will love it enough to buy more! I am ALL FOR kids building sets!
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