GoldieBlox and The Spinning Machine
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- GoldieBlox: Construction toy + storybook set featuring the world's first girl engineer character, Goldie Blox! In this kit, Goldie builds a spinning machine to help her dog, Nacho, chase his tail. Soon all her friends want in on the action. Help Goldie build a belt drive machine to spin everybody at once! Introduces the real-life STEM concept of a belt drive.
- Winner of: Educational Toy of the Year, People's Choice Toy of the Year, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy – Platinum, Parent’s Choice – Gold
- Ages 4+. Comes with 34 pieces, including 49-page storybook, 9 additional build ideas, and 5 animal figurines
- Hundreds of how-to building videos online to help spark creativity in young engineers
- Designed for tinkering and creative exploration, GoldieBlox toys build spatial skills and confidence in problem-solving. All GoldieBlox toys are intercompatible.
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GoldieBlox: Construction toy + storybook set featuring the world's first girl engineer character, Goldie Blox! In this kit, Goldie builds a spinning machine to help her dog, Nacho, chase his tail. Soon all her friends want in on the action. Help Goldie build a belt drive machine to spin everybody at once! Introduces the real-life STEM concept of a belt drive. Winner of: Educational Toy of the Year, People's Choice Toy of the Year, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy – Platinum, Parent’s Choice – Gold. Ages 4+. Comes with 34 pieces, including 49-page storybook, 9 additional build ideas, and 5 animal figurines. Hundreds of how-to building videos online to help spark creativity in young engineers. Designed for tinkering and creative exploration, GoldieBlox toys build spatial skills and confidence in problem-solving. All GoldieBlox toys are intercompatible.
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 12 x 3 in||11.1 x 11.1 x 4.2 in||1.15 x 12 x 12 in||12 x 10 x 4 in||2 x 9 x 9 in||1.25 x 9 x 10.25 in|
|Item Weight||1.81 lbs||1.5 lbs||1.15 lbs||3.35 lbs||7.2 ounces||0.9 lb|
|Number of Pieces||34||275||35||58||140||105|
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1) Great idea/concept of matching story with the toy
2) Manual toy - no electricity or batteries involved. Forces kids to be proactive
1) Poorly made - I don't know if this is a Q.C. problem (it's made in China) or just a bad design. The figures that you put on top of the yellow wheels do not fit snugly, so with the force of turning the wheels, they always fall off unless you pull the ribbon very carefully and slowly
2) Same problem with the handle - it does not fit snugly so cranking the wheels to wind up the ribbon is very frustrating process. The handle keeps coming off.
3) The story in the accompanying book is poorly written, contrived and frankly embarrassing to read out aloud. eg. The dog named "Nacho" who is not looking quite so "macho" squeals"Chorizo". Or when Goldie runs into a problem, she tries to solve the problem by thinking outside the box - "she even tries doing hula dances in hopes it will improve her chances" (direct quote from the book) This is no "Goodnight Moon" - Couldn't they have come up with better rhyme and stories...? I can't imagine anybody wanting to read this book more than once.
4) The actual toy is very limited in how to play. It is basically turning a wheel with a ribbon that is attached by a velcro. You get to choose the figures you want to put on the top of the wheel and the pattern you want to make by strategically placing the wheels on the board. In theory, you are suppose to be able to make various shapes such as crown, gingerbread man, lightning bolt,sand castle, happy face, mushroom, letter "L" and "G" etc. etc, but the board is about 10"x10" and the actual "play" area is even smaller than that (about 7.5"x7.5") There are only 5 wheels so most of the complicated shapes end up looking the same or indistinguishable. Also the more elaborate the shape, the more you end up using the ribbon (because of winding it through each wheels) and shorter the spinning time.
5) The spinning time is over in 3-5 seconds. (Yes it is that short!)
6) At over $30 (including tax) this item is way over priced for what it is. You are paying more for the novelty and the idea.
So with all the Cons outweighing the Pros, I'm still giving this three stars because I think the idea is good and promising. I think if they were to continue this series going vertical and horizontal (making Ferris Wheel for example with interchangeable parts and figures), it could become more interesting and maybe worth the price.
Finally, this is entertaining for my two year old daughter but I find it hard to believe that anyone over 6 years old can be entertained by this for more than 15 minutes, and come back to play this over and over again. Much as this has been compared to Lego, this is no Lego alternative.
I want to be fair so I give what I thought was positive first. The game pieces are solid, the book is entertaining and the book and game work well together, making a story out of the instructions. On our first attempt, my 6 yr old had this sorted out on her own pretty much immediately. We had one piece that didn't spin and she diagnosed the reason right away, rebuilt it and was in action. So we didn't need about half the book. I am not sure she really learned anything, as it was very simple, though she really does like the pieces. Many of the other constructions described in the book are static and not very interesting. We also recently bought a "crazy action contraptions" lego book (with parts) by Doug Stillinger and I thought it was much better than this kit (and $10 less expensive). Much better kinematics, some projects using stored energy, I would recommend that book over this kit anyday.
Second, my 6yo daughter was so excited to get this for her birthday last night. We played with it. It took maybe 15 minutes to get through the book, which is to set up the wheels to spin all the animals and then that's it. Yes, you can go back and put them rollers in different shapes (crown, star, etc.) but after 15 minutes of fun - a little trial & error, which made the success all the more fun - my kid said she hated it, it was boring.
I had to agree. There are too few parts to do much with it and it's way over-priced for 15 minutes of fun.
My kid LOVES building. She LOVES the book "Rosie Revere Engineer" and has her own engineering stash of paper towel tubes, pony tail holders, legos, tinker toys, pipe cleaners, various bits and bobs. Yet this game left her totally cold.
I really really wanted to love this game. I loved it from when it was a kickstarter. I'm so disappointed it was a dud. I find it hard to believe they played this with actual kids and didn't realize there wasn't much to do with it once you got it.
-1 star for the idea of creating something that was meant to inspire girls to ponder the STEM career fields and having some great viral marketing videos
-Poor quality for price
-Save some dusty shelf space: it really just does one thing and after one use (maybe two) nobody wants to play with it any more
-Really doesn't inspire creativity or "engineering" skills, no room for thinking outside the box
-If we are trying to empower girls, why does it have to be pink and purple?
-A thin Caucasian blonde wearing short shorts and a PINK toolbelt? Really?
If you want something to inspire your kids to actually learn something, and be creative "engineers" try these much better options:
Gears %C2%AE Beginners Building Set
Snap Circuits Jr SC 100 Kit
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