Quercetti Marble Run Vortis 80 Pieces
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- Create a maze of tubular fun
- Watch your marbles go down the structure!
- 80 pieces
- 80 piece marble run set features a vortex chamber
- Features exclusive double entrance large funnel and two exclusive spiral tracks
- Base pieces for sturdy construction
- Extra long bridges for building larger structures
- Made in Italy - Ages 8+
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Create a maze of tubular fun and watch your marbles go down the structure! This basic set includes spirals and funnels.
From the Manufacturer
With 60 years of experience creating educational toys, Quercetti has contributed to generations of children engaging in beneficial play that encourages creativity and stimulates intuitive reasoning. The 80 piece Marble Run Vortis Set features a vortex chamber. Watch as the marbles spin and wind through the vortex. Features exclusive double entrance large funnel and two exclusive spiral tracks. Has base pieces for sturdy construction. Extra long bridges for building larger structures. Includes real glass marbles. Made in Italy. Ages 4+
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 3.5 x 11.38 in||3.5 x 17.5 x 14.75 in||12.2 x 11.42 x 3.54 in||14.96 x 17.7 x 3.54 in||3.25 x 13.5 x 11.5 in||16 x 10 x 3 in|
|Number of Pieces||80||150||45||123||132||60|
Top Customer Reviews
Here are the reasons he dislikes it: Difficult to put together, doesn't stay together if he actually can get it together (very unstable), the pieces don't fit with any other marble set he owns, and it requires smaller marbles (only the ones it comes with will work).
I would NOT recommend this marble run. But we do love the marble runs by MindWare. I would definitely recommend any of those instead of this one.
That being said, there are some definite faults to this set. It's not as sturdy as it should be (it is rated for a 4 year old), both of my kids have knocked it over a number of times...the 1.5 year old is much worse about this. Neither of my kids can assemble a marble run/ Although, I wasn't really expecting either of them to be able to accomplish this since they're young; my son however, is starting to want to build with the pieces.
A couple of words of wisdom, there is a bit of a learning curve to building the marble runs. I had to build 4 or 5 before I really got the hang of it. Also the design pictured on the front of the box seems the most least sturdy marble runs I've built, the one on the back of the box with just three of the black supports is one of the more sturdy designs.
While I was very frustrated the first couple of days we had this I would definitely buy it again and I'm considering buy a second set to have a "super" marble run.
Unfortunately, we are not at all happy with the set, once we learned of other products out here (e.g., Lakeshore). While the Quercetti structure pieces look flawless in manufacturing, the weight and used plastic actually feel quite flimsy. The assembled set feels like it'll topple with the lightest push. A couple times, the entire assembly did tumble. We'd have returned it, except that the return shipping cost made it pointless.
You definitely want to stick to the age recommendation! It was very wobbly and unstable and kept falling over and apart everytime one of the boys tried to put a marble in. Given they are still very young and still learning how to be gentle and careful, it should not just fall apart like that. I had to sit there and constantly put it back together until I had had enough and pulled out a different toy to distract the boys while putting the marble run away, not to come out again for at least a year.
Considering the price which I thought was rather high, I expected a better product. I read the reviews before buying it and should have listened to all the people that said that it is very unstable. I almost want to say that the age recommendation might be a little low since 4 year-olds aren't all that gentle either.
I would not recommend this marble run. Try a different company. Since I spent so much money on this, I can't afford to buy another one so my guys will just have to wait and in the meantime, we might just have to make our own out of toilet paper rolls. :)