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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This feels like a well-made, quality traditional toy when you first take it out of the box. The packaging is quite luxurious and it definitely feels ‘premium’. It’s nicely made, from good quality wood with no defects or issues. I really, really wanted to like it.

However, once you start trying to play with it with your kids, the number of quibbles and grumbles about it start mounting up, so much so that I ended up writing a list.

It falls over far, far, far too easily. If you reach over to pick up a marble and brush your arm against it, it falls over. If it’s on a wooden floor and somebody jumps up and down too near to it, it falls over. Since we’ve had it, we’ve spent half the time playing with it, but the other half of the time rebuilding it because it fell over *again*.
It is not designed for anything other than *absolutely* flat surfaces. If you try to build it on a surface with even the tiniest slant or curvature, the marbles won’t roll properly, because the channels they’re meant to run down are flat and totally dependent on the marble’s momentum, rather than gravity, for the horizontal movement.
There is nothing to collect marbles at the bottom. Essentially you are building a very elaborate machine for spilling marbles on the ground- there’s no bucket or collector or anything that you can get the marbles to run into. We have a very young son who’s too young to be picking up marbles yet, and having marbles rolling all around the floor where he might get them is just not safe.
The colour-coding of the different cube(-ish) blocks is good, except that the aquamarine and the green ones look too similar in the manual
The curvature of the horizontal sections is a bit limiting design-wise, and there aren’t really all that many sections included in the box, so the number of possible design variations is actually quite limited. There’s not enough pieces in here to be able to build a marble run of any great height (which is probably just as well, because if you did, it would just fall over anyway.)
The red blocks which can send the ball in either of two different directions end up getting stuck too much, as the marbles manage to balance in the middle and you need to poke them to come out. (Don’t shake them though- the whole thing will fall over. AGAIN.)
The see-saw is too heavy, and won’t flop from one side to the other until it’s weighed down by three or four marbles as a result. If you just drop one marble down, it stops in the see-saw and just sits there doing nothing until you put more marbles down.

The plastic Galt marble run we already owned, which was much cheaper, has many advantages- it’s sturdier, there’s more versatility in the building, there’s a marble collector at the bottom and so on- and although I’m all for the idea of traditional wooden toys in principle, I can’t recommend this expensive flawed option over the cheaper, more child-friendly plastic option.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This marble run has a quality feel. It is a nice looking toy with a mixture of wooden track pieces and brightly coloured building blocks.

A seven year old friend really enjoyed building the run. Although, having said that, once built, it is fairly rickety and needs some adjustment to get the marbles to roll down it correctly. Because of this, whilst she did have fun playing with the marbles for a while, it lacked enough “wow factor” to really sustain her interest.

Overall, I would say that if your child is a tenacious sort, who likes tinkering about and figuring out how things work, then this may just be their cup of ribena. On the other hand if your child wants instant gratification from a product and tends to lose interest quickly, then this may not be the toy for them.
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on 1 January 2014
The only criticism we have is the marble run can be knocked over very easily. It would be useful if the parts clicked together more firmly so if it did fall down, the whole structure would not collapse. My poor husband has already rebuilt it 3 times today as my son has accidentally knocked it over. The novelty of rebuilding the run quickly fades. Apart from that, it is very durable and something we hope we can keep for our grandchildren.
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VINE VOICEon 14 April 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Oh how I wish children's toys were this good when I was one (many years ago)! Intended for a very young member of the family (and his father no doubt) every piece is well made and finished and the complete assembly is quite impressive. The product description is quite adequate and my only hope now is that I may be permitted to play with this Loop de Loop marble run too.
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VINE VOICEon 27 April 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is good fun, easy to put together, and can be reconfigured in all sorts of imaginative ways. Plenty of pieces and marbles will allow several children to enjoy playing together at the same time. Good quality materials, which seem durable. It's quite easy to knock it over accidentally, but as building is straightforward, it's also easy to reconstruct.
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VINE VOICEon 23 April 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
It's great to find toy that's so well made, long lasting, and open to creative possibilities. Younger children might need some adult help to put the run together. Also, it's easily knocked over so less good in a group / party situation. It's best suited to patient children, junior engineers, and marble enthusiasts.
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on 24 April 2016
A toy for the hole family , we grownups instrukt the 3 and 5 yer old how to build and then they play until it craches . A toy that has good qality that will be playd whit for many years. And à favorite wen the childrens friends visits.
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