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GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine

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Product Description

CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

GoldieBlox is a toy company out to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Construction toys help kids develop spatial skills and get them interested in math and science. For decades its been a boy's club until now. GoldieBlox is an interactive book + construction toy starring Goldie, a kid inventor who solves problems by building simple machines.
It's time to build a new story so our girls can help build our future.

The GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine features:
  • Book series + construction set starring Goldie, the kid inventor.
  • Builds spatial skills, basic engineering principles, confidence in problem solving.
  • Created by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University.
  • Inspiring the next generation of female engineers, to help build and design our world; from the products we use, to the way we communicate, to the cities we inhabit.
  • GoldieBlox founder, Debbie Sterling, spent a year researching gender differences, talking with Harvard neuroscientists, and observing children's play patterns.
  • Includes 1 storybook, 5 character figurines, 1 pegboard, 5 wheels, 10 axles, 5 blocks, 5 washers, 1 crank, 1 ribbon, 14 design templates
  • Piece count: 34
  • Dimensions: 11" x 11" x 2.2"
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs
  • Materials: plastic (PP, ABS, TPR), foam (EVA), hook-and-loop fastener, paper
  • Target age 4 and up.

Additional Info

784209

FC20B247

029882883143

BT001

1.9 pounds

11.0 x 11.0 x 2.4

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Average Customer Rating:

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GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine
 
4.1

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (29)
  • Creative (26)
  • Fun (26)
  • Colorful (22)
  • Easy to assemble (16)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)
  • Not entertaining (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Imaginative play (27)
  • Motor skills development (22)
  • Older children (12)
  • Young children (8)
  • Special needs (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Education oriented (14), Parent of two or more children (9), Grandparent (7), First time parent (6), Stay at home parent (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (16)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Finally! A toy for smart girls!!

This toy encourages little girls (or boys if they want to play too) to explore principles of engineering in the clever disguise of adorable colors and animal characters. They actually create the experience...Read complete review

This toy encourages little girls (or boys if they want to play too) to explore principles of engineering in the clever disguise of adorable colors and animal characters. They actually create the experience as they play, by threading a long ribbon in and out of moving pieces to design various resulting machines. Ingenious!! I want to get one for every girl I know. :) If you have a smart, strong little girl in your life, BUY HER THIS TOY. You may find yourself up playing with it, long after she's gone to bed....

VS

Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Picture legos that don't stick together

This game or toy attempts to sell itself as different way for "Girls Blox" to be built. It talks about engineering in the description. Unfortunately, this game HAS THE WORST...Read complete review

This game or toy attempts to sell itself as different way for "Girls Blox" to be built. It talks about engineering in the description. Unfortunately, this game HAS THE WORST 'ENGINEERING' DESIGN of any toy I've dealt with. Once you use the blox more than once (literally) they slip off off the blocks and make this a mess to even try to put the simplest of cars or other designs together.

This game is fun for the first two builds and then it becomes the bottom of the toy box as it just doesn't work. It's built on putting axles, or basically plastic sticks, into wheels, which are cheap plastic thread wraps. The problem is that they are meant to stick into the wheels, but they don't. So you then have four wheels attached to axles that are too short.

You can't play with this toy when it's built and it makes kids frustrated trying to get the next piece in without the others falling out.

It is good in concept, but fails miserably in execution. This was a gift that will be attempted to be returned anywhere I can find. I won't even donate this game as it is that bad.

Picture legos that don't stick together and BAM, you've got Goldie Blox.

Reviewed by 35 customers

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5.0

4 year old loves it

By We love it

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Parent

Pros

  • Fun
  • Interactive
  • Promotes Learning

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Home

    Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

    My four year old loves stories and lego/blocks. Having a fun story to follow and build with has been perfect for her. The more she does it, the easier it becomes for her to follow the pictures and do it herself. She likes that at the end of the story there is more "machines" to build. Maybe older kids are bored easily but my daughter will be 4 in 2 months and it holds her attention daily.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Comment on this review

     
    2.0

    I purchased many on clearance

    By Mom to a 5 year old girl

    from 78130

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Girl Focused
    • Promotes Learning

    Cons

    • Does Not Work Well
    • Poor Demonstration

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

    My daughter wasn't able to do this without help and all the kits falls apart easily and you really can't play with it much. She was done with it after the first time and hasn't shown interest in it anymore. I think if it didn't fall apart after she picked it up she might want to continue playing with it...maybe. Im not impressed with it either so I can't blame her for being bored with it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    1.0

    Just OK. 1 hr of fun

    By John L

    from seattle, wa

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Interactive

    Cons

    • Does Not Work Well
    • Flimsy
    • Inaccurate

    Best Uses

      Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

      Bought one because one of the email alias in office was talking about this for "engineering for girls" Daughter was 5. She followed the book, did the thing once, see how to make things spinned, and that is it. We have some difficulty in making things stayed on and I have to help her a few times.

      I think the problem of this toy is this is not versatile as LEGO. With LEGO Friends, I can still see her play her bricks once a while. She can build cars, anythings. This toy she is limited to pulling ribbons.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Disappointed

      By Kentat

      from Comox, British Columbia

      About Me Parent

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

            I was so excited about purchasing what I thought would be the perfect gift for my 5 year old daughter's birthday. After she unwrapped this gift, it sat in the corner for the next week. Later the next week she decided to open the gift, played with it for 1-2 hrs and never opened the box again. I've kept it on the coffee table for many weeks since hoping she would show interest in playing with it again ... But still no interest. I had intentions of returning this $45 gift, but my other daughter decided to write on the box so I wasn't able to.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unique and fun

            By Katie, mom of 6-yr-old by

            from Elk Grove, CA

            About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Working Parent

            Pros

            • Colorful
            • Creative
            • Durable
            • Easy To Assemble
            • Fun
            • Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Imaginative Play
              • Motor Skills Development

              Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

              My son can't get enough of the Goldiblox toys. They inspire creativity and design and teach basic building skills. Even after finishing the basic story and design, he spends hours creating his own designs and uses the characters to create his own stories. Such a unique and fun toy! Very sturdy manufacturing as well.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Love it!

              By 35-year-old kid

              from Pasadena, CA

              About Me Never Did Grow Up -

              Pros

              • Colorful
              • Creative
              • Easy To Assemble
              • Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Creativity
                • Imaginative Play
                • Motor Skills Development
                • Older Children
                • Uses Your Brain
                • Young Children

                Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

                Lots of fun, and I love the concept! I love playing around with it and trying new things, veering off of the suggested projects in the book. It's the toy I wish I had when I was a kid. I plan to buy all the GoldieBlox sets so I can build my Goldie empire! :-) I just wish the ribbon were a bit longer! (But that's okay... I just bought another ribbon and added some velcro to it!)

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Love this!

                By mom of 2 girls

                from Ohio

                About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Special education teacher, Working Parent

                Pros

                • Colorful
                • Creative
                • Creative Thinking Skills
                • Durable
                • Easy To Assemble
                • Fun
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                • Animals Fall Off Easily

                Best Uses

                • Fine Motor
                • Following directions
                • Imaginative Play
                • Motor Skills Development
                • Older Children
                • Special Needs

                Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

                This toy actually requires THINKING if you want to get the most out of it! My three year old loves it. We play together and I love watching her eyes when she figures out a new way to do something. The animals and crank don't always stay put, but that is my only complaint. My three year old loves interacting through the animal characters too. You can follow the book, and you can build on your own and discover how things work. I have learned a thing or two myself! I fully support this product and everything it stands for! Thank you GoldieBlox!! PS Nacho, her dog was even rescued from the pound. Gotta love that!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Picture legos that don't stick together

                By Insulted engineer

                from California

                Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

                This game or toy attempts to sell itself as different way for "Girls Blox" to be built. It talks about engineering in the description. Unfortunately, this game HAS THE WORST 'ENGINEERING' DESIGN of any toy I've dealt with. Once you use the blox more than once (literally) they slip off off the blocks and make this a mess to even try to put the simplest of cars or other designs together.

                This game is fun for the first two builds and then it becomes the bottom of the toy box as it just doesn't work. It's built on putting axles, or basically plastic sticks, into wheels, which are cheap plastic thread wraps. The problem is that they are meant to stick into the wheels, but they don't. So you then have four wheels attached to axles that are too short.

                You can't play with this toy when it's built and it makes kids frustrated trying to get the next piece in without the others falling out.

                It is good in concept, but fails miserably in execution. This was a gift that will be attempted to be returned anywhere I can find. I won't even donate this game as it is that bad.

                Picture legos that don't stick together and BAM, you've got Goldie Blox.

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Jill

                from DeRidder, LA

                About Me Grandparent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Creative

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Imaginative Play

                  Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

                  My Granddaughter will love this toy

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                  (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Very limited

                  By engineer dad

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

                  Pros

                  • Girlish Packaging

                  Cons

                  • Boring
                  • Flimsy
                  • Not Entertaining
                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine:

                    There is very little you can do with this toy. Assemble it and spin it once - that's it; rearranging the pins is all you can do after that and it's boring. It claims to teach thinking out of the box, but in reality it is a one-trick pony. Very disappointing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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