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Our son Xander is definitely a builder. Even at our recent parent/ teacher conferences, the teacher commented that he has a strong affinity toward building toys and is convinced he will be an engineer or in construction when he grows up. That would certainly make my dad, an engineer with dreams of architecture, very happy! I was looking for a unique new format to challenge our little builder, so I reached out to Magformers. They sent us their R/C Cruiser 52pc Set in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
For those unfamiliar with Magformers, they are a collection of plastic building pieces in a variety of shapes. Each shape has small magnets worked into parts of the edge. The design of the pieces allows for a variety of different applications and shapes. I do find the construction is not as solid as other building-type products. We’ve had a few creations fall apart when we tried to move them. The trade-off is that they are much easier for smaller or weaker hands to take apart and put back together. This is a big plus for Xander.
The Magformers kits contain a variety of different types of pieces and can be used with each to expand your creations. They have sets for basic building plus sets with moveable pieces like gears. There are solid pieces and openwork pieces. You can get sets in primary and pastel shades, as well. Overall, there is a lot of variety and expand-ability in this line of toys.
The best thing of all with this particular set? Dude! You’re building your own RC cars! How cool is that‽ For the price of a good quality remote controlled car, you get a kit that allows you to build just about any vehicle you can dream up. The kit contains a motored rear wheel arrangement, a front wheel set, single wheels, a remote control, and even little people that “ride” in the vehicles. The remote control is very easy to use. It has two switches that control all the steering… push both forward to move ahead, push both backward to back up, push either up or down to turn.
These kits appeal to all ages. Our son is having as much fun playing with it as my husband and I do! Other family have come to visit and it literally became a family affair of design and play. It’s rare for me to see Xander take to a toy like this. He will literally get out of bed and head directly to his Magformers to start playing. He has as much fun with building stationary buildings as he does building the RC vehicles.
Pros: Promotes creativity. Easy to use. Expandable. Fun for all ages.
Cons: Constructions may not be very stable. Expensive.
Magformers® is the industry leader in magnetic building toys for children. They believe it is vital for children to develop through creativity and their patented, ‘always attracting’ magnetic technology delivers a unique constructional play experience. It is Magformers® commitment to providing a high quality, reliable product that inspires the creators of the future.
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