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Flex K'Nex

Flex K'Nex

Fall 2005 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: K'NEX Brands
Price: $29.99
Flex K'NEX Construction Squad puts a twist in the familiar K'NEX building system. Standard pieces and connectors are used in conjunction with larger, flexible components to produce four models of construction vehicles and equipment.

Although there are no written instructions or descriptions, children can use their imagination or follow the excellent visual instructions provided for each model. The four-step instructions (layout, flex, final connections, and completed model) are provided on large (16" x 40"), rigid assembly mats. The true size and true color layout allows a child to place and assemble all pieces directly on the mat. Our testers worked quickly, confidently, and independently with these instructions. The flexible models, however, are not designed for repeated rigorous play.

Each of the models has a pull-cord motor that allows movement. The propeller on the helicopter spins, the crane lifts things, the blade on the bulldozer can be raised, and the key on the vehicle turns. And even though it only lasts for a few seconds, the added and varied movement adds much appeal.

The box is well-designed for storage and handling with compartments for wheels, specialized pieces, and connectors.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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