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Meccano Build & Play

Submitted by on April 24, 2010 – 12:11 pmNo Comment

“The Meccano Build & Play Tipper truck takes quite some building but it’s a lovely end result.”

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Meccano Tipper TruckInitial thoughts: The picture on the front of the Meccano Build and Play box looks brilliant. It’s like a regular Meccano building set, except many of the parts are flexible – how cool is that? There are a number of different sets available, and we were sent the Tippet Truck – a brightly coloured orange and yellow truck that comes in different parts, with tools to help children put it together. Meccano says this toy is suitable for children aged 5 and up. The children literally rip open the packaging to get inside.

We liked: One of the neat features of this toy is that you can actually use the included Meccano parts to make five different vehicles – helicopter, aeroplane, two sorts of racing car, and tipper truck (you have to take it apart to build the next model). The end product is a nice, chunky, decent-sized toy. It’s bright and easy to play with and went down equally well with my 7 year old son and my 4 year old daughter.

We weren’t so keen: Oh my goodness it was tough to build! Daniel gave up after 5 minutes and granddad ended up taking over. But it took him nearly 2 hours! It’s aimed at ages 5 to 8 but there is no way they would be able to build it on their own. The parts are easy enough to manipulate but the instructions take a bit of getting used to. there are 120 different pieces in the set, so it’s definitely not something kids can do themselves in a few minutes!

Overall: We really enjoyed playing with the Meccano Build and Play set, but the playing was perhaps more fun than the building! The end product is great, but it is suited most to children who enjoy construction projects, because it takes a lot of building to get there. We found that when the children have spent that long making it they’re a little reluctant to take it all apart to make one of the other 5 models! Really nice end product though.

Tara, Sticky Fingers

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