Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines

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3 Responses to Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines

  • mother and teacher says:
    75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great educational fun!, January 3, 2011
    = Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines (Toy)
    My 10 year old son received this set for Christmas and built his first rc machine within the first 10 minutes. He did not even have to follow the the plan book that came with the set. The set comes with a variety of building parts, three motors and a touch pad remote. I would recommend this set to any parent who has a child interested in construction and science. This set will not only entertain your child, but foster their imagination and creativity as well.

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  • BV says:
    116 of 127 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the pleaser I was hoping for as a Christmas gift, January 2, 2013
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    My 8yr old loves LEGOS, robots, remote control items, and building things so I thought this would go over well. However, it only was played with for about an hour. He put together two of the templates rather quickly and moved on to other things and has not played with it since.

    I tinkered around with it myself and I think the issue is LEGO owners have different expectations. This kit is not intuitive as to how things attach and fit together. There are also limitations on how you can assemble your own creations since some pieces need secondary connectors and you are limited by both quantity of connectors and where they fit.

    If you kid is an advanced LEGO fan, use the money towards the motors and controlers that LEGO supplies and you will have much more possibilities.

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  • Drei Dreizehn says:
    47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Present for 10-year Old, July 19, 2011
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    = Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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    Our 10-year old grandson really enjoyed this birthday present. He built several models and played with it throughout our entire 1 1/2 day visit. He commented that he really liked the 3 motors and the remote control, a key reason why we picked this for him. He had no trouble following the pictorial building directions on his own, but hadn’t shown any particular interest in the explanatory learning material (like how gears work) while we were there.

    I was disappointed that the robotic arm was almost too heavy for the motor to lift. Several times the lift mechanism came apart when trying to lift the arm from a full-down position, and the motor really strained when lifting it. I think a counter-balance on the arm would solve this problem. It worked fine otherwise, but had limited function as a stationary unit (he didn’t notice). I think it could be significantly improved by adding drive and steering capabilities.

    Same for the crane. Drive and steering capabilities would be a major improvement here too. This limitation might reduce the long-term interest in some of the models.

    Otherwise, a good construction/learning toy we’d buy again!

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