Product Type: Mobilo Construction Toy
Newest Review: ... trying to put some of the wheels on upside down, but it was not immediately obvious or mentioned in the instructions! The pieces are all ... more
A different type of construction toy
Member Name: firasha
Advantages: Very durable and hardwearing, lots of good ideas you can make
Disadvantages: A bit frustrating or tricky for those in the younger half of the age range
This is a large bag of different shapes, connectors and wheels which can be fixed together to make a variety of different models. There are also some heads which can be used as drivers if you make vehicle models.
It comes with about 20 different instruction cards to show you how to make them, or of course children can make up their own.
My 3 year old was quite keen to try the train model but he was not able to follow the instructions and put it together by himself, so he found that a bit frustrating. Sometimes it takes a bit of practice to get the knack of joining the pieces together, even I was a bit confused with some of it at first - I had been trying to put some of the wheels on upside down, but it was not immediately obvious or mentioned in the instructions!
The pieces are all quite chunky and seem to be well made, not brittle or easily breakable. There are plenty provided of each shape so it does not matter too much if a few go astray, as they tend to do sometimes. However there is only one of the square with the bell in it, which was my children's favourite piece.
I found my 2 boys (2 and 3 years) had more fun with this when they just made up their own creations, rather than trying to copy the instruction cards. My 2 year old was totally unable to copy the instructions as it's too complex (as expected, the toy is recommended for 3+ anyway) but the 3 year old even found the instructions a bit tricky. They did really enjoy playing with models I made for them though.
I expected it to be more something they could play with by themselves but they do need quite a bit of help and direction with it, otherwise they have trouble joining the pieces properly. So compared to something like megabloks it is not as good for independent play but I still found it quite good as they do enjoy it and it is a different type of construction toy to add variety if you already have megabloks or lego type things at home.
It is quite expensive but you do get a lot of pieces and it comes with a storage drawstring bag which is very handy to keep it all in. It is extremely durable. I would say its may be good for a child minder or playgroup as it can survive a lot of wear and tear.
I would recommend it if you are looking for something new and different to branch out into for construction toys, and have already got the easier things such as megablocks or wooden building blocks. If not I would say start with megabloks first. This is a fun toy but more something to do together with your child if they are in the younger half of the age range, not so much for independent play.
The recommended age is 3-6 and possibly a 5 or 6 year old would enjoy it more than my 3 year old as they would be able to play with it a bit more independently and be that bit more capable, so not find it frustrating.
I have also done a video review of this which can be seen on izziwizzikids.co.uk.
Summary: Good if you want a new different type of construction toy
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