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Unfortunately the supplied hex tool WAS TOO LARGE. It didnt fit the bolts. So my granddaughter was very frustrated (as was I). Consequently she lost interest. I had to file down the hex tool so it would fit the bolts. NOT HAPPY.
Not great, has a tendency for the fastenings to come loose very quickly during play. Very frustrating for the kids, the wrench tool inexplicably has no use and some of the screw fastenings will just spin with the nut having nothing to bite into whereas some parts have a texture that the nut locks onto so that you can really tighten it. Wouldn't recommend anyway, way too fragile to actually play with as a wind back sand buggy once built.
Box says 5+ and there is no way this is for a 5 year old to assemble, especially with a Alan key screw driver which didn't fit the screws, parts weren't secure (wheel falls off) Pull back mechanism didn't work either!
Unfortunately the idea is great but there were several issues with the one I received. Whether this means I received a especially faulty product or if this is common I am not sure as I am not willing to try another due to the amount of issues I experienced!
The driver to tighten the bolts does not fit into the head of the bolt without an adult to apply significant force, visibly damaging the bolt head.
The nuts come loose very easily, resulting in many setbacks for a frustrated 6 year old (and Dad!) Used to building some of the more advanced Lego sets so it isn’t an issue relating to ability.
The pullback motor seemed to work when disassembled but overall the vehicle did not seem sturdy enough to actually use.
I was wary of how good the plastic meccano would be as the metal version is great but unfortunately the one I received confirmed my suspicions.
Agree with other reviews this is too difficult for children under the age of 7 or 8 . Tools are useless. Only comes with plans for 2 of the models it can make, you would have to print third plan off the Internet !!????. on the positive side it did pass away a wet morning.
This was bought for a 7 year old boy as a birthday gift. To his disappointment, it was far too difficult for him to put together, the included tools did not fit the parts and the instructions were poor. It eventually took 2 adults several hours to put it together using other tools to do so - no fun for them or the birthday boy. Definitely not recommended for children particularly as the included tools were of no use!
Being as i can remember when meccano was a quality toy we bought this for my son who is getting into building cars/toys like this and lego technic. Firstly the allen key screwdriver doesn’t fit the bolts so i had to use a metal one. Secondly no matter how hard you try using the spanner and allen key the bolts will not stay tight. When your kid pics it up and it starts falling apart minutes after making it theres a problem. Quite honestly this toy doesn’t deserve the meccano name. Avoid it its garbage.
This was far too difficult for my 7 year old who is good at Lego sets - her Grandad spent several hours over two days building it and even then we had parts missing and wobbly bits despite tightening the bolts several times. Poor quality fixings, parts missing - I wouldn’t recommend. Disappointed for a first Meccano junior set.
The instructions are fairly straight forward, although I bought for my 4 year old, thinking he would breeze through it as he completes 7yr olds Lego very easily... not quite the case with this. He has needed a lot of help. We used to have giant meccano when he was little and we had the same problem with that as with this- with it being plastic, the pieces when bolted together don’t get tight enough to stay together- so whilst you’re trying to screw your next piece in, the last pieces you put together are trying to unscrew themselves! So you spend a lot of time retightening the whole structure as you go along. I hadn’t read the reviews before I bought it as meccano is such a huge name I just assumed it could be great- and it mostly is! But it is fiddly for little hands. I’d definitely wait until your child is at least 5. I thought maybe we were doing it wrong so my husband had a go with my son and he didn’t get on much better (he’s a mechanic so pretty used to using tools and kit!!)