Fun product overall. When they say it's good for ages 9+ I'd say 9-12 is the right age.
Corte Madera CA
Can't wait for Andrew to open this on his birthday!
Beth the Mom
Santa Fe, NM
This item was a gift for my nephew's 13th birthday. He is a really fun, smart, creative kid, so I thought he might enjoy a bit of challenge assembling this and playing with it, plus displaying in his room as a cool you.
Having recently become a wooden model enthusiast, I was excited to find this kit designed by someone from my home state of MA. I've previously built models/kinetic sculptures from other companies with similar laser-cut pieces. Two required no glue, one required glue and included it in the kit (along with a small emery board for sanding). I was disappointed to learn that thus kit required glue and did not include it. The only mention on the packaging to "BYOG" is on the back. I had glue, so I read through the instructions first and went to lay out all my pieces to ensure everything was in good shape...but the pieces weren't labeled. Instead, in every page of instructions, letters were repeated to indicate which pieces I was to add. Most pieces were unique, but especially in later pictures, it became difficult to view which piece to add where, and in what orientation to place them . The thin safety rails were particularly challenging, and there were no alignment marks on the pieces to which they had to be glued to ensure correct layout. Once I had evrything assembled properly, it worked very well. The model, once dry, was quite stable and the included marbles travelled well. Overall, this is a good build project, but could benefit from some more explicit instructions (and less comic book). I would highly recommend that you dry fit the model as entirely as possible before gluing. Make sure you have white glue and a small file.
I was impressed by the quality of this item. There were maybe one or two bits in the instructions that weren't immediately clear, but otherwise the project was fun to put together with my teenage son and the final project is something he enjoys. Most of the pieces need to be punched out of a single sheet of wood and I would recommend an X-acto blade to help separate some of the pieces (we only had one issue with a piece not coming cleanly from the sheet and we were able to glue it back together, but the whole process would have been easier with a knife). Overall I was very pleased with this product.
Santa Rosa, CA
It is compact to ship and leads to interesting conversations.