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    Aporia Dysphoria Dirac's Avatar
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    I played with Knex the whole time as a kid. Lego seemed boring and so like, square. Always felt like I was supposed to build houses and shit. Knex could make swords or guns or cars or whatever. One year we built a rollercoaster:



    I was literally a member of the Knex fan club.

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    I had tinker toys and legos. I used both but preferred the legos. Still, tinker toys and string allowed me to turn my room into a complex playset for action figures.

    The big advantage of Knex is they are less likely to stab your bare foot staggering to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Might be trading it for a slip and fall hazard though.
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    I remember trying to take apart some legos for like 30 min. Good times. Hard to do when you have small weak hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirac View Post
    I played with Knex the whole time as a kid. Lego seemed boring and so like, square. Always felt like I was supposed to build houses and shit. Knex could make swords or guns or cars or whatever. One year we built a rollercoaster:



    I was literally a member of the Knex fan club.
    They have an updated rollercoaster that is flippin HUGE, with a little functioning motor and car. A friend of mine had it, definitely looks badass.

    Re: the OP .I never played with knex. It seems like the building system is a bit more complex than legos. This can be a pro or con, depending on the perspective. You may appreciate the heightened intellectual challenge for him. However, since the building system is a little more complicated, you may need to play it with him more for him to understand. I haven't looked at the knex sets too extensively, but they seem to have a higher recommended start age for them if I remember correctly.

    At home, we have a marble run with assorted pieces and different ways to assemble. Oldest played with it about a year ago--he would have been frustrated trying to build anything on his own, but loved building togehter. Conversely Legos have less diversity in pieces but even the 18 month old has figured out how to snap them together and build little walls and plays with it independently.

    We do lego duplo sets exclusively....waiting on the day when the youngest doesn't want to try to eat everything.

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    Update : Dilemma Resolved

    My nephew is really into Legos. He brought his Legos into our house.

    Now we have tiny little pieces all over the f'ing place.

    Never again.

    K'Nex wins by elimination.

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    tiny little pieces = great fine motor skills...just sayin'.
    My kids recently inherited my old legos, which had been passed down to a few rounds of my cousins before coming back to us. I've been able to find old instructions online, and I've built some of the models that I had as a kid. Legos are timeless.
    ...not many adults living in their parents' basements who still collect K'Nex sets.
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    I almost never had a Lego mess after using my Legos. The key is to keep them sequestered. I had a big playmat that I folded out when I was using them, and they only ever got used on the mat. When I was done for the day, after putting away all the big pieces into my storage container, I use the mat like a net to deal with the tiny pieces and poured them into the storage box too. It also helps to keep it always in the same room.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robcore View Post
    ...not many adults living in their parents' basements who still collect K'Nex sets.
    This is one of the most interesting metrics of value I have ever come across.
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    I also hate Lego marketing. Everything ties into some sort of franchise.

    ....No. No, I want machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeresaJ View Post
    I also hate Lego marketing. Everything ties into some sort of franchise.

    ....No. No, I want machines.
    Yeah--I definitely agree there. There are some Lego machines of note, but the lack of machineness to what you make with them is a letdown.

    K'Nex still falls short of what I would want--but they come closer because they have sets with gears and pulleys.

    I recommend the playmat approach for K'Nex too though. It's just a good habit to develop for when he gets into building computers and starts dropping tiny fasteners.
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    If you want machines pick up a basic Brixo set, and focus on collecting the Lego Technic series:
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/b...city-and-iot#/
    We have a lot of Technic...pulleys, tank tracks, gears, axles, lights, etc.


    We have a basic Brixo set...pretty easy for my 6 year old to craft a simple circuit and make lights flash, or gears/propellers turn, or whatever. There's a proximity-activated brick in our set, too...so you could theoretically set up motion-activated traps with it, as well.
    Add a roll of Mayka block tape to your collection, too...then you can build on all kinds of surfaces...sideways; inverted...whatever you need.

    I do sympathize with the distaste for the lego franchise stuff these days...but that is very easy to steer clear of. Lego has a bunch of different series/themes...Technic, Creator, City, and Friends are all very common, and they're not tied to any franchises. They have the best sets, too. The Lego Friends series was created to try to get more girls into Lego, I think...and the sets they have for it are actually pretty awesome. My son and daughter both have a few sets from the Friends series that they play with most out of all the sets that we have...with the exception of the Jurassic World ones, maybe...but I approve of Dinosaur themed franchises for kids.
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