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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.