|Submited By: Karen Baker on 01/22/2010|
Our set is 7 years old and on its 5th child. This toy has been a favorite of all my kids, boys and girls, as toddlers, preschoolers and older. It is absorbing and lends itself to group play even better than blocks, since there are problems relating to the gears to solve that seem to override "artistic differences" that cause so many fights with block building. My children were never so intent and cooperative playing together than with this toy. The bucket is huge and sturdy-- like a contractor might use, seriously. My only minor complaint is that the little pegs the gears snap on to have broken off on 4 of our pieces-- but 4 out of 150 after years of intense use is still not bad. My advice is to definitely avoid the motorized, lighted, and theme sets-- the mechanical challenges and possibilities of this set are interesting enough, and IMO kids should have time to focus on those things without the "entertainment" level getting involved.