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Quercetti Marble Run Roller Coaster
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2003
Wow! What a toy! Anything that can power three lads aged from 10 to 13 up a very long steep hill loaded with shopping in record time, with absolutely NO wingeing has to be a winner!
They played with the suspension version of this in the toy shop, then the Robert, aged ten decided to invest his birthday money in the ground based roller coaster version.
I was tripping over the track all weekend as they put together the most amazing layouts, improvising to get round awkward bits of house and furniture that got in the way.
It goes together easily - and stays together, but is sophisticated enough for older kids. They have to think about what they are doing, they experiment naturally to get it all to work properly. Highly satisfying both for them and for me watching the concentration and co-operation (for once!) as they built their roller coasters.
The instructions and explanation of the physics behind this is great too - if you can get them to read it of course. I will get them to read the instructions some time I am sure. :-)
The boys are back in a few hours, no doubt my house will once more be transformed into something out of Alton Towers.
My only complaint is there are no girls featured on the packaging. I have raised this with the manufacturer.
Worth its weight in gold.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2004
I didnt think this toy was going to be any good,and thought it quite expensive, however it is well worth it, for the amount of hours already it has been played with, my son wanted this after having played with one at a friends house, after my 12 yr old son had opened this on Xmas day, he played with it for 3 hours non stop, and has continued for the last few days with it. It is quite ingenius, though it looks quite flimsy plastic, it is very sturdy, clips and unclips very easily, yet is durable even with several marbles rolling down it at the same time. You can really make a tall tower, and my son has even used our staircase in the design, along with other pieces of furniture.It teaches alot about gravity and engineering, and ensures that they have to figure out the best way to increase and decrease the speed of the marbles, to ensure they do not get flung off the track.Having had a houseful of kids including several older kids, over the holidays, it has definately been the most popular toy, even beating the XBOX. My only complaint is that I am now tripping over it everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2014
Not surprisingly, perhaps, this is a little fiddly to set up - although I've seen worse (Scalextric, anyone?). Needs pretty gentle bends or the marbles will fly off, but this has kept the family amused for hours and I think there's plenty more play to be wrung out of it yet. A well made and well thought-out toy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2014
I bought this for my 11Yr old daughter, she loves building things and we have a new large kitchen so wanted something that could take advantage of that, this is brilliant, really easy to put together and easy to pack away (equally as important for a parent)
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on 4 February 2014
My son loves this. You need to think about and play with the designs a bit to get the runs working well. My son turns 7 in April and he couldn't set a decent run up by himself but once we've helped and put one together, it's kept him very well entertained
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on 18 April 2015
A birthday present for our 11 year old God son who was delighted with it. It has kept him occupied for hours!
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on 7 September 2014
Concept is great, shame it's far too complicated. Children get board (trying to build it)
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on 13 August 2014
You need a huge room to set this up in if you have the space then I am sure its fine.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
Bought this for my 5 year old (ok, I know it was for 7+) who liked the 'Marble Race' set we bought him last year. I like the idea of the freedom to explore physics and the endless possibilities, but my goodness, it's hard work.

So, a few days after Xmas, I set about helping my son to build what was to be an 'epic' construction of marble madness. And that's when the fun started...

Firstly, some of the pieces are very small and fiddly, and shall we say 'a tight fit'. By 'tight fit', I mean a 7lb lump hammer and a 15 stone dad getting medieval on it. But we persevered and finally made something, slightly less than magnificent. The first marble was placed on it's starting blocks, and away we go. 'Wheeeeeeeee...drop'. It managed a good 6" of the track. A little tweak here, a little tweak there, and off we go again. 'Wheeeeeee....drop'. An impressive 8" or 9" this time. Definite progress. Roll on to some time later (minus some hair and non-too amused child who'd now gone off to do something else), I finally managed to negotiate the first of 3 bends without the marble falling off. A good while later, I finally made it to the end of the approx 4m track. In excitement, I call my son back into his bedroom to marvel at my creation. Unfortunately, he very lightly knocked the run, which caused my previous 2 hours or so of fiddling, head scratching and general bemusement to be undone.

I packed it away then.

I'll be happy to give it another go once my hair has grown back and I wean myself back of the Valium.

However, I'll give it a good score because as I said, it's a great concept, and it taught me no end about basic physics, inertia, centrifugal and centripetal forces, kinetic energy and geometry. And a fair bit about how much a grown man can sweat when confronted with building such a structure.

Please...do buy this, and convince me that I'm not an inadequate father. Brilliant toy, just needs some manufacturer tweaking, maybe in the form of a slightly deeper track so the marble doesn't fall off every time a butterfly flaps it's wings at the bottom of the garden.
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