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Laser Pegs 3-in-1 Build Kit

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  • Worlds Only Lighted Construction Set
  • Build Up to 5 Models
  • Includes 72 Pieces
  • Imagine and Create
  • Batteries Included
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

ALL NEW - The 3-in-1 Kit comes with 72 pieces, one power unit, three AA batteries, an instruction booklet, a plastic tray to store the Laser PegsTM. We feature plans for the following Laser PegTM models in this creative toy kit: the Mini Monster Bug, the Tractor, and the Dune Buggy. You can also create some of the other models shown on the models page in the instruction booklet. Or you can use your own design to create any abstract model you can imagine. We will continually update our web site with more models to build. You can also combine kits and power units to build a gigantic model. This is a great construction set with many toy model building options and can be enjoyed by kids or adults for many hours at a time! It is designed for children aged 7 and older. CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12 x 2.5 x 7.5 inches
Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds
ASIN B003B6JW4U
Item model number 130
Manufacturer recommended age 7 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #453,739 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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These kits are great; they're fun, educational, and challenging.

There are only a couple of annoyances with this product:

Battery life with large assemblies is short, and most standard power adapters won't work with these kits. The red and yellow LEDs are overdriven when using a 4.5V power supply, and a 2A unit will drive only 60-100 LEDs. I substituted a 3.5V power supply, which allows for bigger assemblies (120-180 LEDs) and makes the LEDs last longer too. The LEDs are a little dimmer, but still plenty bright.

The manufacturing quality is the weakest part of this product. This causes connection problems due to misalignment and electrical problems due to poor solder joint quality. About 1 in 25 parts has some sort of failure, but a bad part can often be used anyway. Some of the parts are sealed (glued?) together pretty well, while others fall apart (they can be fixed with a little plastic cement, however).

Because these are being hand assembled the quality can vary significantly depending on the skill of the person that actually built the parts in your kit. My kit contained [at least] 2 bad parts (I just did a quick test, so not all of the connectors were tested), both failures are due to poor solder connections; one LED didn't light, and 1 part didn't pass power through to all the connectors.

Interestingly, the manufacturing of the parts in this kit differs from the LaserPegs "4 in 1 Power Kit" that I got yesterday. I would guess that the 3-in-1 kit is using the newer version of the part. The new parts utilize little circuit boards with SMT resistors, where the 4-in-1 kit is all discrete parts using point-to-point construction. Neither method has solved the connector and soldering quality issues, however.
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My son received several sets of Laser Pegs from relatives on Christmas, including the AC module and sound modules, and out-of-the-box there were a number of non-functioning parts. I had him set the whole set aside and finally went through the kit today, and this is a list of parts that do not function:
1x 90 degree peg, 2x Y shaped peg, 2x Square laser peg, 1x Wheel laser peg, 1x Cord. Please note that my testing methodology included reconnecting suspect parts to known good parts (parts which conducted to downstream components and lit properly). I used the AC power module with fewer than 10 parts connected in series to test each part.

Beyond the 7 out of 80 components that were bad out of the box, another 25% of the pieces make poor connection and have to be adjusted and readjusted to stay lit. The construction quality is poor, definitely not a toy that will last very long. Battery life is poor, requiring the device be tethered to a wall outlet to use for any length of time. If you're a parent, you know that children like to turn on lit toys and leave them on; this device is not suited for extended use (longer than 10 minutes at a time) unless you're comfortable with your child plugging toys into the wall and extending cords across the floor.

DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE NAME OF THE KITS: The parts have a very fragile feel to them, and while none have physically broken yet, it's clear that they won't last long with even moderate use. You might be able to make a dune-buggy shaped toy, but don't try rolling it; the "wheels" should have been called "balls" becuse they are NOT meant to roll.
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I bought this for my husband who does research on LEDs and lasers because he loves LEDs. I correctly predicted that my 5-year-old would also love it. I agree with other reviewers that the power supply isn't appropriate for the draw of the LEDs shortening battery life. Also the connections aren't good so you have to do a lot of wiggling to keep all the LEDs lit. It seems like they could use a little more product development before this is a good construction toy, but if you know what you are getting it is actually a lot of fun.
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My son loves lights. This is great for kids who like to build things. Get the adapter, so you don't use lots of batteries.
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By riverlady on December 24, 2011
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I ordered this set of lazer pegs for my six year old grandson for Christmas. He loves building things so I thought he would really love these because they light up. He was thrilled with this gift. The item was shipped promptly. I will be ordering more lazer pegs for his birthday.
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