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Block Building Toys – ZOOB Galax-Z Lunar Pathfinder Review
ZOOB are fairly new on the market but are an interesting alternative to other brick building brands such as LEGO or Mega block. Rather than using blocks or bricks to piece the sets together they use a ball and socket joint configuration. Last year they introduced their new range of space sets, ZOOB Galax-Z and the Lunar Pathfinder is a new set for 2016 expanding this range.
This is a fairly small set but the instructions show various builds that you make with it. All together this is a 25 piece set including an astronaut figure.
What Ages is this Toy Recommended for?
ZOOB recommend the Lunar Pathfinder for kids aged between 6-15 years, we agree that six years old is a good age to get started with ZOOB sets but teenagers might find the sets a little young. If you have kids from 6-12 who enjoy constructing building sets like LEGO they are likely to be interested in ZOOB. If they already have ZOOB sets they will certainly be happy to add this one to their collection.
Toys with space themes seem to be universally popular with young children especially boys so this would make a great gift.
What I like about the Zoob
The advantage of ZOOB over their competitors is their use of ball and socket joints which increases the range of movements and articulation making for some more interesting and creative building ideas.
This is a nice addition to their existing range of Galax-Z building sets and there a number of different.
What I dodn’t Like About the Zoob Building Set
This is a fairly basic set for the price and you can pick up the much bigger ZOOB Galax-Z Astrotech Rover set for a cheaper price, so we would suggest if this is for a kid who doesn’t have any ZOOB sets other sets provide more value for money. It might take a while to get to grips with the instructions and the unique method of building with ZOOB but once you get an understanding of how they piece together it becomes pretty intuitive.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
If your kids like building block toys they will enjoy this one and it provides plenty of creative play. This set is compatible with all other ZOOB sets so if they already are acquainted with ZOOB they will love this one. The price is a little hefty for such a basic set and we would suggest maybe checking out some of the more value packed sets they offer and seeing if this one goes down in price once it has been on sale for a while.