As a 2014 K’NEX brand ambassador, products were received for review purposes, all opinions 100% my own. Post contains affiliate links.
Many children and adults enjoy playing video games. There are many genres of games including fantasy, action, sports, shooter, adventure, strategy and many more. My children have different likes but Zoe loves Just Dance games, Mario Brothers and Minecraft. Gavyn loves to play action type games, Plants vs. Zombies, Minecraft and racing games. And together, as a family, we enjoy playing many of these games together.
K’NEX knows exactly how to bring games to life with many of their building sets such as the Angry Birds toys, Super Mario toys and their newly released line of Titanfall building sets. These building sets are a lot of fun to build and then to play with. Children really enjoy building sets they have played on the big screen, whether building levels and collecting coins from the Mario sets or shooting out birds with the Angry Birds sets to knock down the evil pigs.
We recently received three K’NEX building sets that did just that, brought some of our favorite games to life!
K’NEX Titanfall Ultimate Angel City Campaign Building Set Item #69500
The Titanfall Ultimate Angel City Campaign K’NEX building set is not for any beginner at building with K’NEX. This set took a lot of patience and time. This Titanfall K’NEX set has over 1,400 pieces that includes six figures with weapons, stationary turrets and two buildable Titans that stand at 10.7” high!
We built this set over the course of two days with many breaks in-between. There are two buildings that will be built that includes exclusive decals to recreate Angel City right in the comfort of your home.
This took patience and sore fingers because most of this set is built using the tiny micro K’NEX connector pieces and putting many of the connectors together.
My 12 year old loves building with K’NEX but needed quite a bit of help with this set especially when it came to building the large titans. There were several steps that were a bit difficult but nothing too bad. Once he had them built and his entire city was created, he was ready to destroy the city!
The weapons really work and the figures can go from building to building, hide behind the structures or the cool trees that are built.
My son doesn’t play this game but once this was built he was in admiration at all the details this set has.
The instruction booklet was rather intimidating but gives clear step-by-step building instructions. Since there are so many pieces, I’d highly recommend storage containers to sort through the pieces to make it easier when building. The set is well made but we do not like the cardboard used for the buildings. Decals would have been much better and lasted longer than the cardboard.
Overall we enjoyed building this as a family and it definitely has the cool factor kids appreciate. K’NEX and Titanfall fans would really enjoy this set. It is rather pricey retailing for $119.99. Buy on Amazon for $68.99 (price subject to change).
Super Mario Layer Cake Desert Building Set Item #38636
Our entire family was most excited about the Super Mario Layer Cake Desert Building Set. Out of all the video game building sets we love building the Super Mario sets because you build platforms and the game truly does come to life trying to make it to the end of the course and make your way down the flagpole; just like on the game!
This set has only 330 pieces, making it manageable and less daunting to assemble. This set features the K’NEX jump disk and launcher which allows Mario to run and jump through the platforms once built.
There is a buildable fire Mario as well as several figures; Waddlewing, Spinning Pokey and a moving stone eye statue.
Just like the game this set features coins to collect, a fire flower, warp pipe and pop-up goal flag.
We had this set built in about 45 minutes and Zoe was playing with the set for a good half hour once it was fully assembled.
She enjoyed flipping Mario up to the platform and working her way to the end by collecting coins and going down the warp pipe to the back play area.
If you have more than one child, this is a fun set for teamwork and is an engaging set.
Again there are full color instructions (some confusing areas so parental help will be needed) however this set is full of detail Mario fans will adore! Retails for $64.99. Buy on Amazon for a more affordable price.
Plants V Zombies Plank Walk Set Item #53444
Unfortunately, we have not had too much luck with the K’NEX Plants V Zombies sets as I feel they are not made the best that they can be so I wasn’t expecting too much from the K’NEX Plants V Zombies Pirate Seas Plank Walk Set. This set brings the app to life to defeat zombies in the sea with the included six figures; coconut cannon, cabbage-pult, 2 pirate zombies, conehead pirate zombie and pirate captain zombie. This didn’t take long to build as there are only 319 pieces and basically you are going to build a moving grid that will rumble with 2 AA batteries (not included) in the motor.
We built this and couldn’t wait to play however the zombies do not swing on the blocks like stated. This happened with my last set as well. For the life of me, I cannot get the zombie figures to stand on the K’NEX bricks. It just doesn’t happen. So we tried to make them sit, again with failure.
Once the set is turned on, the board, which by the way is a platform with some cardboard that fits over it, shakes making the zombies move their way to the bottom.
Kids can try to defeat the zombies with the catapult and coconut cannon figures as they launch items (cabbage and coconuts).
We just were not impressed with this set. My kids lost interest almost immediately because nothing seemed to work as stated. They were also frustrated the zombie’s arms and hats would fall off constantly.
Great idea, especially for Plants V Zombies fans, but not too great on the design. Unfortunately this is not a set I’d recommend.