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Monster Jam Downhill Thrill

Monster Jam Downhill Thrill

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: KNEX Brands
Price: $30.00

Our testers had a great time putting the K'NEX Monster Jam Downhill Thrill together and playing with it as well. Although the K'NEX pieces and designs are not as sturdy as the very similar LEGOs, the long Tinker-Toy like pieces allow for much farther-ranging structures, making enormous ramps like this possible. The truck, assembled from smaller pieces, did not hold together well, but this added to its appeal; each time the truck successfully traversed the ramp and jumped off the end (one run in ten, if we were lucky; the flimsy construction means the course is not smooth enough to allow a clean run most of the time), it exploded into several pieces, leading to cheers all around. All of our testers enjoyed playing with the set, and for some it became a daily play favorite. Parents may find the set disappointing, because it seems as though it ought to be sturdier and more reliable, but children will not mind and will have loads of fun trying to race the truck off the ramp and over the obstacles time and time again.

Emily Crawford   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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