Thursday, January 18, 2018

Toy Review: Mario Kart Building Set by K'Nex
Review by Cynthia M; Photos by Stephen M.

We are a bit behind on this review which we first saw at Toy Fair 2017.  Growing up, playing Mario Kart on the Game Cube, we were delighted to see K'Nex a leader in building sets add this license to their line up of building sets.  If your child has never tried a K'Nex set, they are well built and with differing levels of challenges.  This particular set is targeted for ages 6-9 which I feel is quite appropriate for this age group.  Some 6-7 year olds may need some assistance.  The detailed picture manual does a great job in explaining the building process for this set.  We are reviewing the set for Mario, but other characters are available including Yoshi, Princess Peach, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Wario, and Shy Guy!

This is the front and the back of the packaging.  It retails for $14.99 on K'Nex, which is probably the best price you can find.  On Amazon they're actually selling for $39.99 now!

So this is what you start off with when opening the package.  Instructions, a bag of building parts, Mario figure and as well two stickers that will go on the vehicle.  Simple enough, right?

As an adult it took approximately 5 minutes.  The most difficult part was probably getting the lower chasis to stick to the body frame of the vehicle as well as the tires.  Even then those two areas were not too hard.  Mario also took a little of coaxing to get his legs into the car, but that was about it.  There's two modes to build which is just swapping the tires for hover mode.  All together, the set was fun to build, and well made.  Reasonable pricing point of $8.99 - $14.99 a set.  I would definitely recommend this for fans of Mario in the age group of 6-9.

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