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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Flexible parts. Includes a Battery operated motor. Requires 4 AA batteries, not included. 100+ pieces. Builds 10+ models. Great for ages 5 & up.

Product Details:
Product Length: 6.3 inches
Product Width: 11.82 inches
Product Height: 7.87 inches
Product Weight: 3.0 pounds
Package Length: 11.2 inches
Package Width: 7.8 inches
Package Height: 6.0 inches
Package Weight: 2.55 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 20 reviews
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 ( 20 customer reviews )
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49 of 50 found the following review helpful:

3Very difficult for little handsJan 19, 2009
By Monika Boston
I ordered this for my eight-year-old son. He loves, and is very proficient with, the more complicated Lego and KNex sets, so I thought this would be another building toy option. I have no idea why this is labeled for children as young as 5. It is very difficult to follow the schematic diagrams, even for a child experienced with these types of directions. I had to help him build the objects, partly because when you got one set of nuts and bolts tightened, ones on the other side were becoming loose. The motor is a cool idea, but it really exacerbates the problem of loosening connections. Our robot literally ran itself apart within five minutes. I can tell this won't be a toy he returns to again and again. It's just too frustrating.

19 of 19 found the following review helpful:

3Difficult for young childrenSep 28, 2009
By P. Parks
As an adult I found this to be frustrating no wonder my child was having problems with it. As you work on your masterpiece it becomes master pieces. Nothing stays together for long if you don't continue to check everything you have just accomplished. I don't know if it is the type of plastic or what but nothing stays where you put it. And each step has several things you have to do which makes it complicated for young children to follow directions. I would say this is at least for ages 8 and up. I want to buy the metal erector sets for my child and see if they are any better.

8 of 8 found the following review helpful:

4Good first erector setDec 19, 2009
By Amazon Customer
My 5 year old son received this as a gift. He's pretty dexterous and likes other building toys, such as lego, tinkertoys, etc.

PROS: Comes with two instruction books: an easier one that doesn't use the motor, and a harder one that does use the motor. From the easier book, my five year old could perform many of the steps without assistance, and was proud of his creation. The harder book required active parental participation, but has cooler projects.

Plastic hardware is reasonably easy for small fingers to handle.

The carrying case with a few (albeit flimsy) internal dividers is so much better than just a plain old box and keeps the parts a little more organized.

CONS: As others have pointed out, wheels don't stay on well, screws need to be tightened and re-tightened. On the whole, the car we made was more fun to build than to play with.

Might be too easy for a child over age 7 or 8, or a kid who is especially good at building stuff.

We noticed no problem with chemical odor.

15 of 20 found the following review helpful:

2Great toy, but questionable materialsOct 04, 2009
By Jeo
I bought this set for my 8 year old daughter and she loves it. When we first opened everything I noticed a very strong smell coming from the plastic parts. It seemed that the parts needed to out gas, so I put most of them off to the side while we were building with the other parts. After a while both my daughter and myself started getting a headache and I needed to open all the windows to clear out the smell. We were in the kitchen, so it was not due to being in a confined space. A few weeks later my daughter was taking apart the two robots she had built that first day and was going to make something different. After about an hour she again complained of having a headache. This set is made in China and I am worried about the chemicals used. I have returned this set and purchased a different Erector set made mainly of metal that hopefully will not have the same issue.

2 of 2 found the following review helpful:

5Fab productMay 03, 2011
By Quentin Miller
My youngest daughter (8 years) recently discovered her older brothers Meccano (Erector in the US) sets. After spending the evening building with his sets she disappeared to the computer to look for more Meccano. She used her pocket money to buy this set because it has a motor and instructions to build many models. She has now spent many happy hours both by herself and with dad building various models. Playing with her has taken me back to my own childhood and my treasured Mecanno set. It has definitely unearthed her engineering prowess. Well worth the money. Next up some metal Meccano.

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