Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
My 7-year-old twins love construction toys, particularly ones which have construction blocks. They also love building and playing with marble runs. Being offered the Hubelino Baukasten Maxi marble run to review was therefore a dream come true for my little boys. Recently they have been watching various videos online about huge marble runs.
The product arrived quickly in perfect condition. The contents were easy to unpack and it was not long before we could get started trying out the Baukasten Maxi. The product itself is made in Germany. It looks high quality and something that should be able to be played with for years to come and probably passed on for another child to enjoy once my twins have outgrown it. I say outgrown, but when do you ever outgrow a marble run? They are so much fun. I have been known to build my sons’ marble runs myself.
The construction kit has 213 pieces and is suitable for ages 4+. It’s perfect for my little boy’s age of 7 years old. The variety of construction track and bricks within the box is phenomenal. Hubelino seem to have got the balance between track and brick pieces right. You can create something amazing with the contents. One of the huge pluses of this product is that it is 100% compatible with the standard bricks from other manufacturers. The box also contains a useful instruction booklet and further information can be found on www.hubelino.com.
The marble run itself comes with a handy base which the pieces attach onto. We had hours of fun trying this out and building various differently styled marble runs. The building part was just as much fun as watching the marbles en route. I love the fact that expansion packs are available so that you can then build something even more amazing. You are only limited by your imagination. I think that this product also encourages problem solving.
What I love most about the Hubelino Baukasten Maxi is that myself and my sons could all engage in a family activity together. I think it teaches children about teamwork and helps develop their motor skills by handling the construction bricks and track. The colours are so vibrant and work well together too. I don’t think I ever had a marble run as a child, so I am like a big kid trying out all the ones which my little boys have. Who needs an excuse huh?
I decided to have a look at the Hubelino website to see the other products which are available. I found out that Hubelino have been offering products since 2008. Next on our wish list is the 55 piece run elements set.
This construction toy would make a fantastic gift for a child in your life and if you are anything like myself you will have just as much fun playing with it as the children in your life.
I rate the item 5/5 and it was so easy to come to that decision.