New Super Mario Bros.â„¢ 2 Thwompsâ„¢ Building Set 1

Seven Toys ‘R’ Us Exclusive K’NEX Product Reviews Just In Time For Christmas

K’NEX kindly sent my family some of their Toys “R” Us exclusive toys to review. I’m listing them from the most popular in our home to the least so you can do some Christmas shopping if you have kids between the ages of 5 and 12 or so.

My 7 year old son LOVED the Super Mario Brother sets, New Super Mario Bros. Thwomp Building Set and Super Mario 3D Land Bowser’s Castle Building Set. He put together immediately and brought one in for show and tell. Even the older kids followed us out asking him where he got them. “Oh, mom got them from her work.”

New Super Mario Bros.â„¢ 2 Thwompsâ„¢ Building Set
Getting ready to build!
New Super Mario Bros.â„¢ 2 Thwompsâ„¢ Building Set 1
Let’s play.
Super Mario 3D Landâ„¢ Bowser’s Castle Building Set
So proud!
New Super Mario Bros.â„¢ 2 Thwompsâ„¢ Building Set 1
The non-played with version.
Super Mario 3D Landâ„¢ Bowser’s Castle Building Set
The non-show-and-tell-ed version.

Next up, we loved Beatles Yellow Submarine Building Set because my kids knew the song. They were not into the KISS® Rock Stage Big Rig Building Set, not because there was anything wrong with it, but because we’ve never introduced them to KISS. These are better if they are a part of your family’s music repertoire or if you have a friend who loves The Beatles.

Beatles Yellow Submarineâ„¢ Building Set
The Beatles!
Beatles Yellow Submarineâ„¢ Building Set
Sorry so blurry.
Beatles Yellow Submarineâ„¢ Building Set
This is what it will look like as the non-blurry version.
KISS® Rock Stage Big Rig Building Set
I can think of a family who needs this. Can’t you?
KISS® Rock Stage Big Rig Building Set
What KISS® looks like built.

Next we loved the box of 521 Amazing Value Tub Building Set because so many things come with directions these days, but my kids like to free build. This also allowed my youngest to participate more as K’NEX build schematics are not easy for little hands. It does comes with building ideas as well.

521 Amazing Value Tub Building Set

521 Amazing Value Tub Building Set

We are in the middle of building Typhoon Frenzyâ„¢ Roller Coaster Building Set. It’s for ages 9 and up so it’s definitely a family project. That doesn’t change how excited everyone is for it, but the K’NEX age ranges are true. My son is a strong builder and can easily build by himself beyond his age range in other brands, but he barely could in the 8+ Super Mario sets.

Typhoon Frenzyâ„¢ Roller Coaster Building Set
Such a fun project!
Typhoon Frenzyâ„¢ Roller Coaster Building Set
This is one of the possible finished tracks.

Lastly, the Lincoln Logs® Redfield Ranch were not a big hit, which is sad for our nostalgic selves. My husband and I played with them as kids, but our kids just want to build with everything but them. That’s obviously a personal preference so know the kids you’re buying for. Meanwhile, Scott and I will still have fun build our zombie-proof log cabin schematic.

Lincoln Logs® Redfield Ranch
Lincoln Logs® will save us all.
Lincoln Logs® Redfield Ranch
This would work against the apocalypse. Wait, is the horse bait?

I hope this helps as you’re scouring the shelves at Toys “R” Us.

Disclaimer: I was given these seven toys for free to review and link to this review enters me into a drawing for $100 Toys “R” Us gift card. I agreed to the review because I knew my son would like at least 4 of the toys, and maybe more, and I like doing things for him. If I win the gift card, I will probably give it away since I couldn’t give away any of the toys to y’all.

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N and Lars

Take A Tour and Help Us Decorate The Backyard Fort

Yesterday, we had half-a-wall to go on the backyard fort.

Backyard fort
Can you even see what’s missing?

With a few cuts and bolts and N complaining about how loud Dada was…

Too Loud Saw
TOO LOUD! (Scott couldn’t actually hear her at all, which was awkward.)

By early afternoon, we had the upper wall in place (I didn’t notice it was missing either so don’t feel bad) and voila!

Backyard Fort  Done
Done!

Take a little tour with us and enjoy the hammock, slide (which now even grown-ups can go down) and everything in between.

Hammock
Chillaxin’ (I will never stop using that word so don’t even ask)
Ladder
Climb on up, people.
Ladder on 2nd Floor
There’s plenty of room but only two chairs.
Backyard Fort 2
Safety rails in place so I stop having heart attacks when my kids are up there.
N and Lars
Hello down there!
Slide and Fort
And I’m out!
Enjoy the fort
Someone is very proud of his work. And should be.

Now we just have to decorate although E already started with his drawing of our family.

Decorating the fort
E kicks off the decorating
A drawing of the family
He drew our family with hearts.

You can help us decorate by shouting out ideas. I want it to retain some ruggedness so don’t go too twee on me. I also don’t want it to become a plastic toy bonanza either. Let’s all remember that it’s a fort built by hand to withstand zombies.

Here are our color options for the wood. E wants New York Giant’s colors. I like the red, too, but we do have a green roof so probably not. Scott wants to do dark brown and paint white lines so it looks like Lincoln Logs. At least it fits the green roof motif.

Stain colors

We, also known as Scott, wants weather-proof curtains in front, but it turns out those are called shower curtains. (Scott insists this isn’t true.)

Other points? The inside stays dry unless it’s raining sideways through the windows (although we could put shower curtains there, too). We are thinking a large rug and some containers for the kids’ stuff (and our survival supplies). I also envision books, but I can’t think of how to keep them safe.

Here are some pictures of the walls, too, so you realize that it’s not dry wall.

Note in the lower right (my right?) picture, the missing upper wall was still missing when I took it.
Note in the lower right (my right?) picture, the missing upper wall was still missing when I took it.

Any ideas? I really want the inside to live up to the outside.

Or feel free to just ooh and ah. I’m so very impressed with what we’ve accomplished, and I finally get to be more involved now (and by “more involved” I mean “could have always been very involved all along but chose not to be until now because hammers, nails and wood don’t appeal to me at all.”)

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