Thursday, September 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: K'NEX Toy Review and Giveaway! #knexbrands #knex #giveaway

You would have thought it was Christmas day when a huge box from K'NEX arrived on my door step.  I was THRILLED to find out that I was selected to be a K'NEX Mom Blogger and the kids were SUPER THRILLED when they saw what was inside the box!  I opened the box and the kids were jumping up and down screaming!  I really wish I would have recorded them because it was a totally epic reaction.
You'd scream too if you were a kid!

My kids love building toys and the creativity and freedom that they allow.  I love building toys for the same reasons, but also because these toys help to develop fine motor skills and coordination.  Which to me, is essential when buying toys, especially if you have a child that needs additional help in that area, like I do.  They also help to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills by giving kids the opportunity to build structures and even motorized vehicles and other contraptions that move. I also like the way they directly affect the way kids learn cause, effect, problem solving and logic to make the structures in their minds come to life.  Building toys can even help to develop essential life skills like team work and collaboration, when the kids work together to build larger creations.


I'm a real sucker for educational toys. Especially ones that are fun, and the K'NEX line of products definitely fit the bill, and they are also MADE IN THE USA!!  So here is a review of some of the latest products available in stores now!  Just in time for Christmas, my minions have already put K'NEX on their letters to Santa!




K'NEX 35 Model Ultimate Building Set item #12418
This fun set got two thumbs up from the minions. It includes 480 pieces of K'NEX rods and connectors and a building/idea guide. You can use your own creativity to build anything you can imagine. Once you build the models you can store them and any spare pieces in the treasure chest shaped box. Recommended for builders ages 7+.  Made in the U.S.A. Suggested Retail Price is $24.99. Available at amazon.com, walmart.com and knex.com. http://www.knex.com/shop/17783/35-model-ultimate-building-set/
Sonshine building an excavator with the K'NEX 35 Model Ultimate Building Set


Titanfall Militia Pilot Attack Building Set item #69497
If you are a gamer, then you probably already know about the hit game Titanfall! With this K'NEX has recently teamed up with this awesome game to make some super cool building sets.  The K'NEX Titanfall Militia Pilot Attack Building Set you can build, then act out some of your favorite scenes from this action packed game.  Use the Militia Pilot included to battle the Spectre in one-on-one combat. This set includes 80+ pieces including a wrecked wall and two action figures.  Combine with other  Titanfall building sets, such as the IMC Pilot Strike Building Set to grow your K'NEX Titanfall collection.  For builders ages 8+. Suggested Retail Price is $12.99. Available at walmart.com and knex.com. http://www.knex.com/shop/17797/militia-pilot-attack-building-set/
Sonshine loved this K'NEX Titanfall Militia Pilot Attack Building Set because it came with two cool characters!

K'NEX Plants vs. Zombies ConeMech Building Set item #53487
Yet another treat for the gamers! The ConeMech Building Set from the Far Future level, has everything you need to build these motorized vehicle! This set includes 1 zombie figure and a ConeMech vehicle to build, that actually walks when you attach the included motor!  Just add a couple of batteries and your ConeMech is good to go!  Recommended for ages 7+. Batteries not included. Suggested Retail Price is $16.99. Available at amazon.com, toysrus.com and knex.com. http://www.knex.com/shop/17825/cone-mech-building-set/
Teenie was really excited to build this motorized K'NEX Plants vs. Zombies ConeMech Building Set. This kit actually had the wrong instructions, so she used the handy dandy online instructions to complete her build.

K'NEX Cat Mario Building Set item #38635
Here is the set my minions went absolutely nuts for!  Build your way to an epic adventure with Cat Mario and defeat the Mouse!  The Cat Mario Building set featuring K'NEX's all new jump disk and launcher so you can make Mario jump to new heights! Bring everyone's favorite game to life by building the action packed set which includes the movable jump launcher,  spinning coins to collect, a clear warp pipe and the pop-up the goal flag!   The Cat Mario building set can be combined with other K'NEX Super Mario building sets, to make all new worlds!   For ages 8+. Suggested Retail Price is $34.99. Available at walmart.com and knex.com.
This was a big hit in my house!  Teenie was more than happy to put together this K'NEX Cat Mario Building set!


While building we did encounter an issue, as the Plants vs. Zombies kit had the wrong set of instructions. However, this was an easy fix because the knex.com website has building instructions for all of their products! Instructions are super easy to find too, just find your product in the store and select building instructions on the product page. Or you can also click on "Building Help" and search by model number.  While on the site I also found that they offer "Bonus Builds," which equals more bang for your buck! The geniuses at K'NEX share building guides for tons of other projects that you can make with the building sets you already own!   
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I received all of these items for free from K'NEX, in exchange for my honest review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255