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Cubro: stackable marble-run blocks

02:40 AM ET (US)
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Lorin RiversPerson was signed in when posted
01:03 AM ET (US)
I got some Duplo compatible marble run toys "for my kids" for Christmas this year, that do, verily, rock.

Block-N-Roll by Taurus Toy
PatrickTPerson was signed in when posted
03:13 PM ET (US)
wow!! these are still around>? - I used to play with these in my 'youf' - they're so much fun!! I bet I could dig them out from some random attic corner. Watching the marbles run around the corners and drop down layer upon layer is the ultimate satisfaction. But they HAVE made it easier - they now have those solid blocks for base building. We used to have to perch them on couches and stuff. MUCH more difficult, more challenge, more fun!!!
Werner HeisenbergPerson was signed in when posted
01:25 PM ET (US)
They also sell a miniature set that produces quantum effects.
I can’t decide whether to buy it or not.
SongdogPerson was signed in when posted
10:23 AM ET (US)
I had these too and loved them!
mike hartleyPerson was signed in when posted
07:22 AM ET (US)
Not really suitable for my 13 week old son, so difficult to justify a purchase yet.
Laurence AurbachPerson was signed in when posted
07:09 PM ET (US)
Even better is a twenty-foot sand dune and a golf ball.
Stefan JonesPerson was signed in when posted
06:43 PM ET (US)
The real fun comes when you put together a big enough set of blocks so that they start to exhibit fractal geometry, and the marbles actually roll through fractional dimensions and may come out inside-out, or disappear entirely, or have something subtly *wrong* with them that causes the family dog to growl and bark and try to shove the kids out of the room.
Edited 01-13-2003 06:45 PM
Wiley WigginsPerson was signed in when posted
06:16 PM ET (US)
Aieee!!!!!! The people who used to study my brain and suggest regular intakes of mind-numbing chemicals used to let me play with these and I loved them.... have been searching for them ever since!

Bless you, bOINGbOING!
ritceyPerson was signed in when posted
05:58 PM ET (US)
I, too, had these as a child, but don't remember getting hours-and-hours of excitement out of them... Maybe if I had had dozens-and-dozens of blocks it might have been more interesting.
Nelson MinarPerson was signed in when posted
05:49 PM ET (US)
BTW, it's Cuboro - the quicktopic title is wrong.

And the best thing? They're real wood. I resolved never to buy a child a junky plastic toy again. (Me, I love my Microsizer mini-RF car. But not for a child.)
Gabe HollombePerson was signed in when posted
05:45 PM ET (US)
I played with a set of these with a three year old. It kept both of us busy for at least an hour (I'm twenty one). Mostly, they work very well, though I remember having to fold up some paper to help prop up some of the pieces in order to ensure a smooth track for the marble. But, overall, they're pretty fun.
Nelson MinarPerson was signed in when posted
05:32 PM ET (US)
I bought some of these. They are really fun. The challenge I liked was "longest invisible marble run". I ended up giving them to my 5 year old nephew; he likes them, too. You can order them online - http://www.constructiontoys.com/zicuboro.html has them.
BryantPerson was signed in when posted
05:17 PM ET (US)
I had those as a kid! Or something uncannily similar. They were pretty cool.
kisraelPerson was signed in when posted
05:06 PM ET (US)
eh, so so.

Marbles can lose a lot of kinetic energy as the bump from one block to another, and the channels aren't as creatively placed as I would've liked...

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