Have You Built a Lego Crazy Action Contraption?

By | January 28, 2015

With this great kit you can build 16 of these Lego Crazy Action Contraptions!

For the most part my kids’ Lego builds have been quite basic: a few houses and garages, cars and trucks, and sometimes the odd tower. My latest find is going straight onto my gift list. I know quite a number of children who will really enjoy the Crazy Action Contraptions.

While enjoyment is always a priority with toys, I also look for the educational value that the kids will get out of playing with the toys. This kit seems to get the right balance of interest, challenge and fun. There’s no point buying a great educational toy that just sits on the shelf most of the time. It must be something that will be interesting enough to be played with many times over otherwise it is a waste of money.

Let’s take a look at this kit in a bit more detail…

Lego Crazy Action Contraptions Book

16 moving Lego projects to build

Lego Crazy Action Contraptions Kit

  • Produced by: Klutz
  • Contains: 1 x spiral-bound book with instructions for 16 projects
  • Pieces: 105 custom-picked Lego pieces
  • Appropriate age: 4 to 8 years
  • Price: $12.07 to $21.95      (check amazon for price and availability)
  • Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5

The set is not made by Lego, but it is made to be used with Lego pieces and all the pieces you need for the projects are included in the kit.

The kit contains detailed, step by step instructions for 16 projects. They are all action projects that are great for teaching the kids how gears and such things work. Each model has movement and includes gears or rubber bands and wheels. Once they are done with these projects they will have lots of ideas for building their own “action contraptions”.

Who is it for?

One Lego Crazy Action Contraption example

An example of one of the projects

The kit is aimed at young builders, from age 4 to 8. As such, the projects are not very complicated and older children will probably work through them quite fast and want to build more complex models.

Older kids that have not had the opportunity to play with Lego sets that have gears and other moving parts would benefit from the set and learn how these work. I know my 10 year old will love it as much as his 8 year old brother. They enjoy anything that they can build that “works”. It is a good introduction to basic machines and a good bridging set between Lego sets and Mindstorms.

One great thing about the set is that it naturally encourages building and re-building different designs. Children can then also adapt these designs and come up with their own. This is not the typical Lego set that only has instructions for one model (and perhaps 2 more). Only 1 model can be built at a time, but there are instructions for 16 models.

A great addition to a Lego set

If your child already has Lego sets, this kit will make a great addition. They won’t be limited by the pieces included in the kit and could add their own. I can picture my oldest trying to build these designs into his own creations. This is something I have heard other parents wanting from building toys.

The biggest plus point of this set is that it will inspire a child to build their own moving creations. They will learn the concepts and discover how the parts work together and then they can move on from there. To allow them to do this and build bigger projects you will need to have a basic Lego set and you might even need to purchase some additional Lego pieces for these.

Get this Lego Crazy Action Contraptions set now

This one is most definitely on my gift list!

What about you? Do you already have this set? Would you add it on your gift list? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Looking for something similar to this but not a Lego set? Take a look at the Zoob challenge set.

23 thoughts on “Have You Built a Lego Crazy Action Contraption?

  1. Lureita Worth

    Wow, you are so right. What a wonderful learning set for any child. My granddaughter loves legos. She loves to build things and especially moving things. She is 4 and has a very imaginative mind. I think this will go on my wishlist also. Thank you so much for an excellent review.

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    1. Lesley Post author

      I really like the idea that children can play and develop their minds at the same time. they don’t even realize that they are learning. I can’t wait to see how my kids react to this set!

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  2. Daniella

    Hi
    How happy I am that I have found this helpful article, I was just looking for Legos to play with my children
    Thank you

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Come back and tell us if they enjoyed it, I am sure they will. Kids love building working models.

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  3. Julian

    Legos! Ahh, this brings back the memories. I haven’t used them in many, many years, and I’d definitely add this to my gift list.

    So you said this wasn’t made by Lego — does it have the same strength and quality as a Lego brick, would you say?

    Thanks a lot!

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    1. admin

      The set itself is not put together by Lego, but it uses all genuine Lego pieces so there will be no issue with the quality. the pieces are hand-picked for the specific projects in the book and can be used with any other regular Lego pieces. This is a great set to combine with an existing Lego collection to expand on the ideas and allow the kids to come up with their own inventions.

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  4. sarah@lavieinspiree.com

    Great article! Lego has long been a favourite for my boys, and I love the fact that this one allows so many different things to be made. It used to be that Lego was all imagination, but somewhere along the line it turned into limiting kits. This one allows the kids to use their imagination a little bit and go beyond the box.
    This one will be a great Lego gift for kids Christmas list for sure!

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    1. admin

      I agree that many of the modern kits are very limiting and leave little room for imagination. Fortunately, a set like this paired with some basic Lego sets can go a long way to encouraging kids to come up with their own ideas.

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  5. Tar

    It’s true. I mean, when getting something for kids, it has to be something meaningful. Something that can develop their character and knowledge personally. I guess it’s something which can stimulate your mind. For Lego, I think that’s the reason why they decide to have Lego films. For those who have childhood memories playing Lego when they were young.

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    1. admin

      There popularity of educational toys is definitely growing with more parents looking for them for their kids. The Lego movies help to inspire kids to build their own creations as well.

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  6. robert Lawrence

    Hi,

    This seems like a great little kit. As you say, it would be a great gift idea. I like that there are 16 different projects you can do.

    The biggest problem with most lego kits is that once you build it, it’s done. You don’t want to take it apart and build it again, so what the heck do you do with it?

    This one would stand the test of time I believe. By the time the 16th project is complete I’m sure the very first project would seem fun again.

    Not only that but these projects seem like they are fun toys to play with once the project is complete so double the fun.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Robert

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    1. admin

      I agree with you Robert. I bought my kids some Lego sets that have only been built once. I think this kit will not only keep them working on the different projects, but will inspire them to combine this with other Lego sets and build their own “action contraptions”.

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  7. Sam

    What a wonderful post! Playing and learning at the same time. This type of toy will develop children’s reasoning and technical capabilities instead of playing with toys that add no value to their lives. I am very sure that every child will attempt to complete the 16 projects, thereby making them to think deeply. It is a good toy and learning tool for kids. Thanks for the post

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    1. admin

      Thanks Sam. I am always on the lookout for toys that are both fun and educational. Children learn so much more when they are having fun.

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  8. Ana

    Hi Lesley,
    As I said in a previous comment here, my son loves Lego and has quite a few sets. This Crazy Action Contraption set looks perfect for him. I specially like that he can build 16 different projects, and it’s within his age range. So this is perfect for him. I also think the price is good for the amount of fun kids will have building it. Does Lego have bigger/more difficult projects? For what price?

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    1. Lesley Post author

      I am currently researching some Lego sets that help teach concepts taught in science and technology classes. Perhaps one of those will fit the bill. I will add a link to the article from this one when I am done

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  9. Merceadez

    I never thought to buy my kids building toys before. My son is 4 and he loves to build things with blocks and stuff. Do you think a lego toy like this will be a good choice for a kid his age. He loves cars and toys with moving parts. If this isn’t a good fit do you know of a lego set that might be good for someone his age. He recently asked me for some legos because they have some at his school.

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Your son might still be a little young for this set, but it could work out if you build with him and help him with the models. I think he will enjoy sets from the Lego City collection, but might still need some help with the instructions. I am sure that you will enjoy building Lego’s with your son.

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  10. Ilyssa

    I love this! I need the more complicated version if there is one for my 11 year old. He will build the item one time and then the pieces get mixed with the other pieces. This would allow him to build and build. Like 16 toys for the price of one. My son gets really engaged when working with Legos and I hope he does not get tired of them anytime soon.

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    1. Lesley Post author

      This is always the start of something more and I am sure he will soon be building his own contraptions once he sees the possibilities. There is only 1 other similar set that I know of called Klutz Lego Chain Reactions. I don’t think it is more complicated, but will give him a lot more ideas for his own projects.

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  11. Omer

    This thing looks great! When I was a kid, my brother and I had Lego and I recall spending hours and hours playing that thing. We didn’t have anything like this Lego Crazy Action Contraption though LOL

    As a parent myself, I just LOVE toys that are fun as well as educational. Wish I could get this thing as a present to my son but he is still young. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to wait..

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Unfortunately there are small pieces in the kit and it is definitely not suitable for children younger than 3 years. You will have to look at the Lego Duplo sets for now, while he is still very young. They are suitable for little children.

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  12. Omer

    This thing looks great! When I was a kid, my brother and I had Lego and I recall spending hours and hours playing that thing. We didn’t have anything like this Lego Crazy Action Contraption though LOL

    As a parent myself, I just LOVE toys that are fun as well as educational. Wish I could get this thing as a present to y son but he is still young. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to wait..

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