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4 of 6 people found this helpful
on 6 January 2010
I bought this box of zoob at Christmas for my seven year old son. He did not request it but only wanted a £14 Pc game for Christmas and I felt I should get something more substantial as his sisters were all getting more things. My son already has lots of Lego, K'nex and Meccanno (he has 3 older siblings so we have built up collections of stuff) and really enjoys constructing things. I thought this would make a nice addition to his toys. Zoob makes really impressive models due to the size of the pieces which are about 8-10cm long - so connecting a few together makes quite large things. It is also really colourful, quite intuitive to use and robust. In the box you get 250 pieces of zoob - 50 pieces of each of the 5 shapes that connect together and allow the models to articulate. You also get the ideas leaflet from all the smaller boxes of Zoob. My son made a model of a phone from the smallest set leaflet to start him off and a lovely bicycle with his sister.
He seemed to enjoy it - but since boxing day he has not played with it - even when suggested. Perhaps he was too old to get it as a starter - I can imagine that younger children (5 and their toddler siblings?)would love it or that it would go down a storm in primary school when you can use it with other children.
It is a good toy , it just hasn't been that successful for us. I wish I had bought a smaller, cheaper set to see if my son liked it - although I thought the ideas for the first two sets were a bit babyish and my experience in the past is that with a lot of the construction style toys is that you need quite a lot to make multiple models or the more impressive and challenging models. Like all construction sets it seems a lot of money for what you actually get.
There is also a good zoob american web site where children can upload photos of their creations and features pictures of very big models that schools in the US have made at the annual Zoob challenge.