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Elenco EDU-62221 Jr. Scientist Strandbeest Model Kit

4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Walk Majestically into the wind.
  • Minibeest is a minature size reproduction of the mega artificial life Strandbeest
  • by Dutch artist Theo Jansen
  • Ages 8+
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Build this Strandbeest kit yourself! It has a very interesting mechanism: blowing into the fan makes the animal start walking against the wind. The wind power is conveyed to the legs by 2 gears. The 28-page science guide gives you the history of the real Strandbeest that Theo Jansen started building in 1990. The guide also includes easy-to-follow assembly instructions.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11 x 8.7 x 2.1 inches
Item Weight 12.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00E9DILBE
Manufacturer recommended age 14 - 10 years
Best Sellers Rank #37,647 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#37 in Toys & Games > Hobbies > Models & Model Kits > Model Kits > Figure Kits
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4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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By gino on February 28, 2014
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I wanted to understand the mechanics behind Theo Jansen's creations, so I ordered this kit. I was surprised when it arrived attached to the box was a booklet with very thorough assembly instructions and a history of the Strandbeest. The kit was complete, no parts missing. It took me a little over an hour to complete at an easy pace. This was not a difficult kit to complete. The greatest thing is after completing the kit it worked flawlessly.
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This thing is awesome. Theo Jansen is a genius. I put this thing together without any issue from the parts. It has some great info and pics about the creator and no problem with instructions. Started blowing a bit on the fan and it started walking! Love it. Kind of reminds me of something coming straight out of a steampunk theme. I guess if I were to make any complaints is that the rubber band that is used to hold the two halves together is permanently stretched so it eventually disintegrated and needs to be replaced from sitting on my bookshelf for so long. It still works without it though. It also takes a bit of technique and proper airflow to maximize the walk just right.
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An easy but repetitive build. In motion it is mind blowing...I am amazed at how it moves! The booklet is great and fully illustrates the build as well as facts of the full scale sculpture. Take care to follow the instructions as I made a few assumptions the lead me down the wrong path. The best part is that any mistakes you make are quickly revealed and easily correctible. A great product delivered with care by Amazon!

Here is a video of the build: http://youtu.be/7y8N1ltSOp0
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I got this for my husband for his birthday and he really enjoyed putting it together. He took it out on a very windy day and the propeller blew off so be careful. It's not a design flaw, just something to watch out for.
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It's an excellent kit. First, I spent some time painting the various parts using several small spray cans of different colors. The paint helps you see how it works. I would suggest a slight change to the directions and here it is: Complete the assembly of all eight articulated legs and feet with all linkages (They are all the same). Then mount them to the frame one at a time.
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This really is a great kit and I agree with another comment posted earlier, it works beautifully. The included booklet provides interesting background on Theo Jansen, the artist/scientist who created the original standbeests. I think I may have to get some of these for my grand kids.
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This kit is sufficiently challenging but not so difficult as to be annoying. The final product--the walking "strandbeest"-- is really interesting to watch.
We place it in front of a fan and watch it go--it's wonderful!
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By LImom on December 19, 2013
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Was as stated. My 13 year old son built it immediately upon opening and loved it! Is for an older child or for a child of 9 with a lot of adult help.
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