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PinBox 3000 Build Your Own Cardboard Pinball Game Kit | Customizable DIY STEM Toy for Boys and Girls
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- Make your own cardboard pinball machine with easy step by step instructions, no extra tools required
- Design and customize your game using craft supplies for nearly infinite pinball projects; extra graphics are printed on the negative space of the box and shapes are included to create the "Classic" pinball layout
- Flip out with your pinball machine; your game, your rules, your creation; two games can be linked back to back for two player Battlemode
- Educational STEM learning toy for boys, girls, and kids of all ages; engage problem solving, creativity, and design planning through hands on play
- Made in the USA from high quality, durable, die cut cardboard; assembled dimensions are 24 inches by 14 inches by 12 inches
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Tilt the future with PinBox 3000, a DIY kit that allows you to build, design, and play your own cardboard pinball game! Assembly is a snap with easy to follow instructions, and no extra tools are required. Each of the 39 die-cut cardboard pieces punches out and folds/slots into place. Flippers and marble launcher are powered by rubber bands, providing classic pinball action! Design and customize your game anyway you want using a variety of crafts supplies and other materials to make bumps, jumps, ramps, and rails. Engage in pinball fun once your game is finished. Each kit comes with two interchangeable playboards allowing you to design two separate pinball fields. Two games can be linked back to back for Battlemode! providing two-player pinball madness! PLEASE NOTE: Kit does not include graphics, stickers, or paint. The designs featured in the images were made to show the awesome potential of the PinBox 3000! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Toy contains marbles. Not for children under 3 years.
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Some things that may not be immediately apparent:
1) the assembly is FUN. There are only a few minor tricky parts but it's really satisfying to see things coming together. The double-side instruction sheet has both clear instructions and good diagrams (in color) and the cardboard cuts are also all numbered in sequence. That said, I do recommend watching the video as you assemble it -- you can do it pretty much in real time, the video gives you some tips and a few warnings at the 2 or 3 "be careful" moments, and the company founders who do the video are hilarious. It's part of the entertainment value.
My guess is your average 10 year old could do this on their own (mine cannot) but with an adult's help it's a piece of cake, and smaller kids down to 6 or so will find the assembly process interesting. Below that, pre-assemble yourself.
2) This thing is...really sturdy. As with a lot of construction projects, it becomes more apparent as you get further into assembly, but the basic quality of the cardboard, the cuts, the machining (is that the right word to use?) is excellent, and you can tell the design was iteratively tested. I can't say yet how long it will last under play but it's already taken a few knocks without being any worse for the wear.
3) The magic of the whole thing is the design-yourself playfield. You can assemble a starter "classic" design and then decorate it (or not) as you wish, for a really good basic game. The playfields are swappable on the basic chasis, and there's a second playfield included (plus it turns out you can buy playfield 'packs' fairly cheaply). After checking out the company's website, we found their YouTube channel, which includes all sorts of cool playfield gadgets and tricks (like making a spinner out of a binder clip and a paper clip!), and they also have lots of design templates on their website. The whole thing is an invitation to go wild with design.
Note on the size: this really is a table top, and the engineering is such that the pressure on the flippers will propel a marble to the top in such a way as to make skill shots possible. The basic proportions are excellent for a version of pinball. It's not a full-sized "machine" by any means, and any modifications you make to the playfield are going to have to be playtested one at a time as the playfield can get super busy very fast if you add a lot of stuff to it all at once.
But the bottom line is the general design is an invitation to experiment. For kids who like saying "hey, what if I put a fidget spinner and a plastic Pokemon ball on a pinball" it's nirvana.
I was a tad skeptical at seeing this at first, but it's super cool and a lot of fun.