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Monday, November 7, 2011

K'NEXosaurus Rex, a review

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And he will stalk…

…your brother and sisters, lol!

At just over $25, K’NEXosaurus Rex will make a cool gift under the tree for the builder (age 7 or up) in your life.

What comes in the box:

  • 255 brightly colored classic K’NEX pieces, including
  • a wired motor (requires 2 AA batteries which are not included)
  • a full-color instruction booklet

The K’NEXosaurus Rex is labeled for ages 7 and up.  It does contain small pieces that can easily come off after assembly, so keep out of reach of wee ones. 

My 11-year-old (David), an experience builder (oh, you would not believe his collection of bricks, folks) assembled this guy.  I suggest a large bowl or tray for the pieces to keep them contained while building. 

While the instructions are fairly clear, there were a couple of steps that David found confusing.  Each step involves adding multiple pieces, sometimes in areas that are difficult to see in the diagram (you might have a piece that needs to be added underneath, for instance, while the other pieces in that step are added from above, but there’s only one view shown).  I would like to see more views given in the instructions, or fewer pieces added in each step, especially as this model is intended for kids as young as 7.

David didn’t need any help assembling K’NEXosaurus, but I suspect that a 7-year-old would.

The motor controls the legs.  The head and tail will both swing from side-to-side due to the way they are attached.  The controls are simple:  off, forward, or backward.  You just flip a little switch.  Movement is not at all precise, it kind of lumbers around aimlessly.

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No sound, except for the noise the motor makes, which is actually pretty loud.  You can hear it in the video.

The fact that it’s a wired control has negatives and positives:  it tends to get hung up on things and you have to be right there to control it.  On the other hand, it can’t get away from you and you’ll be there to catch it if it falls off a table.

Movement and control are limited (you can’t really get it to go where you want it to), but you can modify it in any way you want by rebuilding it or using it with your other K’NEX pieces.   That creates all kind of imaginative possibilities and opens the way for outside of the box creating.

Overall, the kiddos like the K’NEXosaurus.  I think they like to “attack” each other with a mechanical dino,lol.

Mama would like to see a quieter motor, more movement possibilities, and more suggestions for modifications in the instruction manual (just to get them started).  But maybe that’s too much to expect at the $25 price point.

Look for the K’NEXosaurus Rex on toy store shelves this holiday season, or shop direct from K’NEX online.

Disclosure:  As a member of the K’NEX blogger review program, I received this toy for free to try out with my kids and review.  The views expressed here are 100% my own.

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