Letting Life Lead
We were watching various review videos one day and our five year old daughter decided that this toy (Rokenbox ROK Works Construction and Action Set) was the one she would ask Santa for. At first we balked at the price, and if we did invest it would need to be a joint gift for both of our children! We decided that this starter set had the most bang for buck with the structure, controller, and vehicle (and ours came with a holiday discount, free shipping, and an additional block building set as part of a bonus holiday special Rokenbok Maker Gadgets).
Our daughter is too young yet to put the structure together herself, but was excited to help sort and hand-off pieces to her dad as he built. It was she who learned how to work the controller before anyone else, and she taught her two and a half year old brother how to use it. The controller’s red light makes aiming very easy for both of them. Though it is hard to hear, especially on carpet, the vehicle beeps when it backs up! Her brother tends to over work the vehicle so we steer him to keeping the conveyor full (there are other sets available that has a simpler truck that pushes which would be easier for a toddler to use).
The ROKs (rocks) are pretty tough as I’ve sucked up a few in the vacuum and retrieved them unscathed. Though our children are not mouthers, it is reassuring that the rocks have an open design for airflow. I find this design feature really clever since it makes them lighter, uses less material, and makes them safer if swallowed accidentally.
Except for the vehicle, this set can be played with without batteries. We built a few awesome things with the bonus blocks we got which has no electronic components. It has been so popular with us big kids too, that we decided to invest in another set for a future gift when fund are available. Because of the younger one’s age, we are going to focus on the vehicle that pushes rather than has a lift or dumping action to keep it simple for him (and to curb the arguments over the one controller).
Be advised that though the set is not hard to put together, it is more complex than Leggo blocks and will take time. However, it is well designed and we love that there are no on off switches since it powers down on its own, and the conveyor stops when empty. This really saves on batteries, but we strongly suggest investing in rechargeable batteries. They will more than pay for themselves.
Really our only minor complaint (or a wish) is that the vehicle had free-wheeling mode so it could be pushed along manually. Other than that we are pleased that this toy is designed to grow with the kids and they will have it for years, which makes the investment well worth it.
Tip: Laminate the instructions so they’ll last. We go economical and use clear contact paper.
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