Product Type: Quercetti Construction Toy
Newest Review: ... of small tubes to make the towers or 'legs' as my son calls them. You also get about ten longer runs, four 'feet', little windmill, a... more
You have lost your marbles, if you don't like this !!!
Quercetti Super Marble Run Vortex
Member Name: jazzypinkpuppet
Quercetti Super Marble Run Vortex
Advantages: fun, educational, fair price
Disadvantages: Quite tricky, can't be played alone, no instructions.
My son received this marble run as a 6th birthday present. Here is how he got on with it ......
The box is brightly coloured, with a huge picture of the marble run on the front. It appealed to my son straight away and he was looking forward to playing with it.
The box is made of a strong cardboard, it opens at the top rather than having a lift off lid which isn't a major problem, it just means packing away takes a bit longer, and that you need to tip the entire contents out to find a piece you are looking for.
In the box you get 80 pieces of kit to enable you to make a marble run, the pieces mainly consist of small tubes to make the towers or 'legs' as my son calls them. You also get about ten longer runs, four 'feet', little windmill, a big red vortex bowl and three toppers.
I found it quite daunting at first as there are no instructions included, there is a little sheet with some pictures on and there is the big picture on the box but that is all the help you get. It is far too tricky for my son to do alone, he can fix the pieces together easily enough but to get them in the right order for the marble to flow down is just too hard.
You can change the way the run is set up by either trying to copy the pictures on the guide or making up your own designs. This is quite a challenge and can be frustrating for my son at times, but we have lots of fun choosing the pieces and trying to figure out how the marble will flow. It encourages him to forward think and understand the concept of how one wrong piece can make the whole tower stop working.
Once the tower is set up, it is great fun. We can spend ages just watching the marbles run through the course. It is quite relaxing. We also choose different coloured marbles and race them down the run, or we try to put as many marbles as we can in the top and he loves just watching them whizz around the Vortex.
The marble run is pretty sturdy, the feet are not as solid as some other runs we have played with and although it is OK when it is being played with, I think if it was knocked in anyway it could come tumbling down.
It is a lovely game to play with my son, as it involves lots of interaction. imagination and fun.
My little boy really enjoys playing it at the moment and I think as he gets older he will be able to design more elaborate runs or introduce additional parts.
You can buy this marble run from Amazon for about £15, my friend said she bought it in a small independent toy shop in London so you may find it in your local stores.
I think £15 is a fair price for this set, it has provided us with precious time together and is an educational and fun game to play.
Summary: A nice little game for hours of educational fun
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