Monday, February 15, 2010

K'NEX - Micro-Bot Series Review & Giveaway



Every kid dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. My son, Adam, wants to be a police officer or a construction worker. Oh, and an artist on the side!

K'NEX helps pique his curiosity in construction with their building sets. K'NEX is a construction toy company with products distributed in over 30 countries.

I received some of the building sets from K'NEX for review. I will be highlighting each one in different posts with reviews and giveaways. This post is to highlight the Micro-Bots Series.



The Micro-Bot Series is comprised of four motorized robots: Scooter, Hopper, Speedy, and Crawler. Each set is sold separately and contains approximately 120 K'NEX parts. The motor requires two AA batteries, not included. Once built, you can turn on the robot for motorized action in forward or reverse motion. Scooter and Hopper can be combined for a bigger robot, and Speedy and Crawler can do the same combined together. These sets are recommended for ages 7 and up.


Crawler, on the left, creeps along on four legs and Speedy, on the right, moves fast on wheels.

Hopper, on the left, jumps and Scooter, on the right, scoots along.





The boys sat at the table together and constructed their sets. I highly recommend that each child do one set at a time and do it on a hard surface where the pieces won't roll or get lost. The pieces are tiny and can easily get lost. Adam required very little supervision and was able to follow the illustrated instructions quite easily. Logan needed my help throughout most of the process. I looked at the illustrations and verbally told him which piece needed to go where. The pieces were easy to snap together. Unlike some other construction sets we've put together, these did not come apart while constructing them. Once the pieces were snapped in place, they stayed put. It does take patience and a little time to construct the sets, but the boys were happy with the end result.


This is Logan with Scooter.


This is Adam with Hopper.

Once finished, the boys placed all of their Micro-Bots on the kitchen floor and watched them as they moved. They even had battles to see which ones went faster and which ones could knock the others over. They had lots of fun building them and playing with them.

As I watched and helped the boys put their Micro-Bot Series together, I noticed how they were putting their eye/hand coordination to use. They were building something with little pieces and making it into their own finished piece that could be played with time and time again. I feel that the age recommendations are suitable. This series is not for those younger than seven because there are lots of little pieces involved. I like that they are not only able to move their Micro-Bots in a forward motion, but could push the switch and allow them to move in reverse.


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One person will win Scooter and Hopper. Another person will win Speedy and Crawler.

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Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in the comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the US. Giveaway ends 3/1/10 at 8 pm CST. Winners will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner(s) will be drawn.

I received products for review from K'NEX. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products as your opinion may differ.

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