The bigger building sets intrigue me and I was a little surprised at what I found to be the biggest K’Nex set available. I expected it to be a roller coaster or perhaps the mini golf set. Instead I found a set for a fully functioning grandfather clock!
This set is definitely going onto my wishlist for a future purchase. It is a HUGE set so I will wait for my children to be a little older otherwise I might have to build most of it myself. It will make a great family project that we can work on together.
Let’s take a closer look
The K’Nex Grandfather Clock
Number of pieces: more than 9000
Finished size: completed model stands over 6 feet tall
Features: stylish working clock, swinging pendulum and chimes
Recommended age: 16+ (younger children will need help)
List price: $999 (almost half that price on Amazon)
Average Customer Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (based on Amazon reviews)
The image above shows just how much goes into this awesome building project.
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Is the K’Nex grandfather clock easy to build?
This is a huge project and you can expect that it will take at least a few weeks to build. A great idea for a holiday project! I would not class it as an easy build, it will take time and patience.
Most customers have been happy with the set and thoroughly enjoyed the build.
There were a few complaints, but they don’t seem to be serious.
One customer commented that the clock does not chime on time (haha, that rhymes), but another commented about inserting the clock mechanism the correct way for the clock to chime correctly. There seems to be a difference between the written instructions and the pictures. For the clock to chime correctly the mechanism needs to be inserted with the battery compartment at the bottom as per the written instructions and not the pictures.
The other complaint was about the pendulum being a bit noisy and a bit jerky. It is a plastic toy building set after all, I don’t think we can expect it to be perfect.
Who is it for?
This set is great for older teenagers and adults. It will take time and patience to build and will need a reasonable amount of space while the project in is progress. I have read about a 13-year old building the clock. You know your children best, so you can decide if they are ready for such a large project. The younger they are, the more likely it is that you will have to chip in and help them to build it. This will not be a problem if you intend buying it as a family project.
Overall this looks like a really good project for the family. Somehow I can’t image anyone breaking it apart to build again so it will most likely be a once-off build. At least it is functional and would be a great conversation piece in the home. I am already thinking about where it will stand when it has been built and I am not even planning on buying it in this year (but who knows, temptation might get the better of me).
As the biggest K’Nex set I think it is a worthwhile buy even though the price tag is a little hefty. Not only are you getting a working grandfather clock, but also many hours of entertainment.
Have you built this set or seen a completed build? Would you consider purchasing the set and who would build it?
Here is a short video showing the finished working model.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this model. Please share in the comments below.