Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set

Disclosure: At no cost to me/in exchange for a blog review, K’NEX sent me the Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set through their Toys “R” Us® Mom Blogger Promotion. All opinions are 100% my own.

When my dad was visiting schools for his Master’s Program, we visited Ohio one weekend. During that stay, our car caught fire (will definitely blog this someday) and we had to stay at a friend’s home for longer than expected. Frankly, I was happy because I’d be working on building a roller coaster with a set very much like the new Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set from K’NEX. 

You see, I don’t love to ride roller coasters at all because I try to stand up. BUT, I do love the physics of a coaster. *math and science nerd* So, this set is kinda sorta right up my alley. Not only does it remind me of a crazy time in my past, but it it super fun to build with the ‘lil ones in your life.

Bring a wave of fun from the ocean to your living room with the new Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set from K’NEX!  Build with over 640 K’NEX parts & pieces including, rods, connectors and track, and add motorized power to send the silver coaster car twisting and turning through over 19 feet of swirling, non-stop action!  Plus, download exclusive instructions to build an incredible second model, the Tsunami Surge™ Coaster!  All K’NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA!

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That’s just one way you can set it up. Make sure you have space and energy – the kids will likely have questions on it, but to me, that’s okay.

The Typhoon Frenzy™ Roller Coaster Building Set is recommended for ages 9+. Suggested retail price is $39.99.  Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=23263786

Super Mario 3D Land™ Bowser’s Castle Building Set

Disclosure: At no cost to me/in exchange for a blog review, K’NEX sent me the Super Mario 3D Land™ Bowser’s Castle Building Set through their Toys “R” Us® Mom Blogger Promotion. All opinions are 100% my own.

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This set, recommended for kids 8-12, is definitely going to make the Mario Bros. lover in your life extremely happy this holiday season. At a price tag of $99.99, it’s a big gift that can go a long way.

The Super Mario 3D Land™ Bowser’s Castle Building Set lets your builder:

Go on a brand new adventure with Mario™ – battle Bowser™, and save the princess in the FINAL course! Featuring K’NEX’s all new jump disk and launcher that allow Mario to run and jump, like he does in the game. Build Mario and make your way through the entrance gate to Bowser’s Castle!  Look out for Draglet – a battery-powered motor makes him a spinning danger at the entrance.  Use the track slider to cross the pit, and jump up to collect the coins!  Watch out for the Fireballs – you make them move by turning the white connector.  Hurry past the spinning Fire Bars, and hit the mystery box – what did you get?  Jump across the moving platforms, through the warp pipe and up the elevator platform to Bowser’s final hiding place!  Use the jump launcher to knock him down!  Save Princess Peach™, pop-up the goal flag and you’ve WON THE GAME!  Combine your Bowser’s Castle building set with the rest of the K’NEX Super Mario™ building set line to take Mario on an even BIGGER adventure!

I really had to contain myself when this box came my way. Although my brother was the builder, I definitely loved me some Mario. To be able to build and then engage in imaginative play of a beloved video game would be awesome. But when I saw the pricetag and the amazingness that could happen with this set, I opted to put it in our pile of items to make a kid in need’s Christmas super special. My kids are too young for the recommended age and would have turn this beauty apart. With that in mind, I can’t tell you anything about the ease to put this together, but I can tell you that others reviewed it and noted it met expectations of holding together and is a perfect set to pair with the set I reviewed last week (Super Mario Bros.™ 2 Thwomps™ Building Set).

If you’d like to get this set for your ‘lil ones, visit Toys “R” Us or online at http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=21399696.

For ages 8+.  Suggested retail price is $99.99.  Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

K’NEX Value Tub Building Set

Disclosure: At no cost to me/in exchange for a blog review, K’NEX sent me its 521 Amazing Value Tub Building Set  through its Toys “R” Us® Mom Blogger Promotion. All opinions are 100% my own.

The K’NEX 521 Amazing Value Tub Building Set provides your ‘lil builder with a box full of opportunities to build, build, build. As an exclusive Toys “R” Us product, the Value Tub Building Set contains 521 pieces (these are small pieces, I’d recommend sticking to the recommended ages of 7-10) and 35 ideas for building. But, if your ‘lil builder is anything like mine, they’ll find hundreds of other ways to build with it.

K'NEX Value Tub Building Set
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Included are the container for organization, K’NEX blocks, wheels, pivot pieces, and more. The pieces are bright and durable. Official product information from K’NEX follows:

Build anything you can imagine with the 521 Piece Value Tub!  Loaded with 521 parts for lots of building fun! Includes instructions/ideas for 35 unique models including, dragsters, Ferris wheels, dinosaurs, creatures and more!  Parts and built models can be stored in the convenient storage tub.  Made in the U.S.A.  Suggested retail price $24.99. Ages 7+.  Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us.

My take on the set is that for the price, options, and imaginative play building, this would be a great addition to your holiday list.

Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set

Disclosure: At no cost to me, K’NEX sent me its Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set through its Toys “R” Us® Mom Blogger Promotion, and they are hoping that I might like it and write about it. All opinions are 100% my own.

This holiday season, K’NEX brings us the Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set (which you can purchase at Toys “R” Us®). This set is great for the ‘lil builders in your life who appreciate music, too.

Beatles Yellow Submarine K'NEX
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Your kid will likely be whistling “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine” as they put together the 200+ piece set. They can imagine they are saving Pepperland from The Blue Meanies or having a Beatles concert right in your toy room. It includes two Blue Meanie figures, instruments, John, Paul, George and Ringo, and enough K’NEX pieces to make the yellow submarine.

I LOVE the bright colors of this set. The faces on John, Paul, George and Ringo aren’t as close to real life as I’d hoped, but they are realistic. My marching band played this song for one of our halftime shows, so I’d be recreating some of our fun moves with the instruments, making the Beatles march to the beat of the music (I love that they can move their feet).

And I’m sorry to do this to you all, but it’s really hard not to get an ear worm just looking at it, am I right? (And fyi, Beatles music isn’t the worst thing you be whistling all day!)

The set can be found exclusively at Toys “R” Us for $34.99. It is recommended for ages 7 and up, and I’d agree (although the pieces are just fine for my 5-year-old, I think it’s better fit for the older ‘lil ones). The Beatles Yellow Submarine™ Building Set is iconic and fun, and just might be the thing to get the Beatles fan in your life this holiday season.

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