There are many different types of building toys sets available and the Zoob building sets stand out as being quite different from the more traditional toys. They are relatively new on the market and are not as well known around the world as some of the older, traditional building toys like Lego and Meccano.
These toys are quite different so I thought it would be good to give you an explanation of what Zoob building toys are and how they work.
The design of the Zoob pieces is based on nature, more specifically on the structure of DNA components called nucleotides.
The pieces join together by a round end fitting into an open end with slots on the side, or the open ends fitting over the middle section of a piece. These joins are tight and will hold the shape of the model being built, but they can be moved into different positions. This is really what makes these toys different from the others.
Every piece can move to allow manipulation of the creation. Whatever they create can be moved into different positions thus giving many more play options.
Here are a few pictures that show the different pieces and the many ways that they can connect to each other.
2 Different Types of Zoob Building Toys
There are 2 ranges of Zoob toys that are different sizes and do not fit together.
The standard Zoob pieces (pictured above) are sometimes known as Zoob classic, but are just called Zoob on the packaging.
There is also a Zoob Jr (Junior) range that has pieces that are larger and softer then the Zoob classic pieces. These are intended for younger children from the age of 4 years to 6 years.
The standard Zoob sets are intended for children of 6 years and older and the pieces are made of a harder plastic material.
The Range of Sets Available
The Zoob Jr range does not have many sets, but this is perfect for the age group they are meant for. There are 3 basic sets with 15, 30 or 55 pieces. These include some building ideas but are meant for children to use their imaginations and build their own creations.
Then there are 4 specialised sets for building specific models: the Zipster Kit, the Scooter Kit, the Zoomer Racing Car and the Dump Truck.
The standard Zoob toys come in quite a large range of sets, from the basic starter sets to some specialized sets and a few add-on sets. The basic sets come with instructions to build different models. The specialized sets have instructions to build the specific featured model and a few others.
An exception to this rule is the Zoob Challenge Kit that comes with some instructions and a number of challenges. The challenges are designed to encourage creative thinking and imagination to solve them.
The smallest set has 15 pieces and the largest has 500 pieces. This gives quite a wide range of choices.
As with other building toys, the basic sets have different numbers of pieces. There are 3 sets that come in storage tubs and have 125, 250 or 500 pieces. The basic box sets start with a 15-piece set and the largest has 75 pieces.
There are a number of specialised sets that come with instructions to build the featured model and a few others. A few examples include the Zoob Mobile Dragster Kit, the Zoob Car Designer Kit and the ZoobDude Dude Maker.
Some of these include an engine and a remote control. The remote controls are available in 2 different frequencies to allow 2 remote controlled creations to be used at the same time without interfering with each other. The frequency will be indicated on the box.
There is also a Zoob Mover that can be purchased separately. This is a battery powered unit with wheels that the Zoob pieces can connect onto. With this unit the kids can make creations that can move.
These are all great sets to encourage creativity and building. I will be looking at the various options in more detail so that you can make informed choices if you are looking at buying any of these.
The cherry on the top
To top all of this, these toys have a lifetime warranty. If a piece breaks you can have it replaced by the company you bought it from, or from the supplier. They are obviously confident of the quality of the product. It’s no wonder I like these Zoob building sets!
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