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Techno Gears Marble Mania Extreme 3.0
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- More than 330 colorful construction pieces
- Power Lifter Automatic Ball Return
- Interlocking Plates Gears 3-D Connectors Shafts Channels Funnel And Pendulum
- Motorized Gear Unit
- Compatible with all Techno Gears Sets
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It comes with about 25 different types of "parts" that all friction fit together. The manual is okay, but could really use a bigger format to make reading / reference easier. It took me about 5 very frustrating hours to assemble this monster. Hint: group the similar parts together and make sure you have the right piece...because if you don't you will have to take it all apart and start over. Also, the manual only illustrates the "pictured" construct...some alternatives that require different levels of understanding and demonstration of gear ratios and other "capabilities" would really enhance the learning "possibilities / fun".
Anyway, the base does not completely interlock and will only stay together if mounted on a tabletop or hard surface. This makes moving the toy very problematic. Hint: get a piece of wood plank and cut to size to provide a permanent base for the toy. This is not something you assemble, take apart and put away...just too complicated and time consuming to re-assemble.
The friction fit allows for quite a bit of "play" in the alignment of the various gears and slides and must be constantly adjusted to keep the gears and marbles running as planned. The unit only comes with 3 marbles...for $50, they could provide a bag full.
Still, the motorized "power lifter" is cool (if very slow) and the marble runs are pretty interesting, once you get the alignment of the supporting framework perfect. It held the boys interest for about 20 minutes...pretty long for these two.Read more ›
It is great for kids mechanically inclined because the kids can now take it apart and contstruct very simply to quite complicated marble runs. Think of it as a big box of Lego. If you need to use every piece, it will take a while to construct and be complicated. However, you can construct smaller runs and have endless possibilities.
I plan on returning it and trying again with another product.
It is very time consuming to build the pictured set-up. The instructions for it (i.e. just the one creation) are 45 pages long! It is easy to go wrong due to some of the different building blocks looking so similar. Perhaps they should have been color coded. Once put together it falls apart easily. Admittedly my son is not the recommended 8 years.
The plastic pieces are of poor quality and do not fit together nicely like Lego does. Several of the little white pieces that attach the cog wheels snapped on Day 1. Later the spiral piece (marble lift) snapped which pretty much renders the toy useless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My nephew loved it. The marbles don't stay on the track too well.Published 4 months ago by Robbie M.
Don't waste your money or your time.....it is so frustrating! After spending approx. 3 hours to put it together my grandson was delighted! However.....parts constantly fall off! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dee
HORRIBLE PRODUCT! DO NOT BUY! My son received as a gift. Took 2 hours to put together. Parts broke right away. Directions are not clear with which ways to assemble. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Apparently, Techno Gears is run by Satan, Hitler, and Stalin!! I don't understand why people would buy this epic peice of crap. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dan
I don't understand the reviews on this toy. This toy takes time to put together, do not buy it as a last minute gift that needs to be put together RIGHT NOW. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Lisa Meyer
Kept my great grandson busy for hour. Kept his mom busy for several, too, as she had to put together.Published on November 28, 2013 by Natalie Bond
I got this for my grandkids. My 8-year old granddaughter pretty well put it together by herself (with some encouragement). Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Busy
Grandson loves it. Lot's of fun he says! although it did take him 4hrs. to put together.
But even that was fun too he dais.