With the Quercetti Rollercoaster Mini Rail 150 pc Marble Run you can build the longest marble runs in the world, spanning up to 9 yards long, spectacular aerial pathways that will be the main attraction of your room. The mini tracks can be assembled in many different ways: some are illustrated in the enclosed in the enclosed manual, but you can invent many other ones freely expressing your creativity. With Quercetti Rollercoaster Mini Rail 150 pc Marble Run marbles don't travel only downward at constant speed like in old-fashioned marble runs, but can accelerate impressively down steep slopes then climb uphill until almost reaching a stop, roll quietly along flat plateaus, and then again deep down chilling plunges at full speed. The bestselling roller coaster mini rail set is redesigned in such a way that most types of marbles, in various sizes and materials, can run along its tracks (2 types included in this box). Each marble type will run at different speeds and will allow you to observe, experiment and discoverer the world of physics forces and to understand intuitively its fundamental principals. This is actually an exceptional educational value that makes the mini rail run unique and an irreplaceable learning instrument. Perfect for demonstrating gravity, speed, inertia, centrifugal force and other principles of mechanics and physics. This kids marble run set includes 150 pc. Parts colors and packaging design may vary.
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Total Reviews: 16
Positive Ratings: 4.65 of 5
Rating: 3Fun but a bit difficult by Grampa-Fix-It The product is interesting, everybody likes watching the marbles run around the tracks. However, be aware that the instructions are VERY inadequate unless you speak Italian and the pictures are too small and not much help. Check the number of your kit and match it to the right page in the instructions. The instructions cover a lot of kits, not just the one you have. At first we thought our kit had missing pieces until we figured this out. Because of the inadequate instructions the first time this is used the aggravation factor may be high (it was for me). However, once you figure out how everything works it is a fun toy. One other thing to be aware of is that this set up is very sensitive to the positioning of the support pylons. A small "jiggle" may get it out of whack. The support pylons are provided at the bare minimum amount needed. It is a good idea to have a few LEGO blocks (or something similar) on hand to provide extra support in places where a long span may be sagging too much. I think that part of the educational value of this is this "tuning" process but it does require some patience so consider the temperament of the child you are getting it for (and your own patience level too). Once you figure it out throw the instructions away and free-lance. Also, be aware that this toy requires a fair amount of floor or table space.
All that sounds like a lot of criticism but once all of this is figured out it is a fun and interesting toy that is fascinating to watch. It definitely encourages and rewards "engineering-type" thinking and activity. It is not a "wind-it-up-and-it-goes" type of toy. One has to fiddle with it a bit. I think that this is good practice for noticing detail and applying observation to problem solving. If that is what you want and/or expect then this is a good toy. If that is not what you expect or desire then it will be frustrating.
Rating: 5 by fran, IA
Rating: 5 by LLdM, NYC my 5 year old loves it. but it's a bit more complex than she can do on her own.
Rating: 4 by Margaret, MI
Rating: 5 by Paul, NY We bought this for our nephew and he took to it immediately. He has enjoyed hours of fun with it and won't put it away. It has quickly become his favorite toy.
Rating: 5 by Connie, NY Purchased this for my nephew age 5. He loves it! He hasn't stopped playing with it. The ability to make many different designs has been especially awesome. Great product.
Rating: 5 by Kjerstin, NY
Rating: 5 by Kim, TX Hours of fun for my 8 year old son, and his 12 year old sister. I was amazed how much she enjoyed it. I will make similiar purchases in the future.
Rating: 5 by Mary, NY
Rating: 5 by Elizabeth, NY My 10 year old nephew called me to tell me about the roller coaster he made. He has never expressly called me for anything and does not like to talk on the phone. Enough said. This was a huge hit and he's not sitting in front of a tv playing virtual games.
Rating: 4 by MJ WI It's really fun. The pieces are easy to put together. The cats love it too.
Rating: 4 by Marissa, NY The pieces all fit nicely together on this. We find it's a little tricky though to keep the marbles on the track. They jump off and there are not enough tower / holder pieces for all the spots where they might jump, so we have had to prop the track up with other things. I have trouble getting some of the pieces apart again, but my son seems to manage just fine. He likes it very much. It's a little more complicated to put together than your basic marble run, but a lot more interesting too. Probably good for a child who is at least five or maybe six.