new K’nex toys nurture a growing boy’s need for productive expression with gadgets that require concentration, skill, and a great deal of time. These aren’t toys that can be thrown together in the span of an hour; in fact, some of their larger 2012 knick-knacks could take over a week to build (bathroom breaks, school, and food accounted for).
One of their most popular toys right now is the K'Nex Atomic Coaster; a fully functional roller-coaster that stands over 4 feet tall with dozens of structural possibilities. An instruction manual can be used for the first round of building with a prototypical picture of what the coaster would look like when completed. However, afterwards, children are encouraged to admire their efforts for a few days before knocking it down and building something entirely different, direct from their imaginations. This kit is expansive with over 1200 pieces to keep track of, providing a substantial challenge to even the most seasoned and determined builder. Although, with time and effort, the colorful rods and stray parts transform into a towering thrill ride for mini-figurines.
With some adult help, little boys younger than 9 can also try their hand at building the coaster. Think of a bonding tool between father and son. Or cool off that sibling rivalry and get younger and older brothers together for team-work. Either way, when completed, the K’nex coaster’s 2 mini-cars will zoom across chain lifts and rails in the same fashion a real roller-coaster’s cars would.
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