Remember when the children were babies and well meaning relatives would buy them interactive toys. That your child couldn't possibly be parted from BUT it's probably the most annoying toy in the world and you pray you can remove the batteries, it gets left on a bus or falls in a puddle. Just as you nod off each night the bloody thing talks to you and you curse your well meaning relative and wistfully dream about more grown up toys. Then they grow up and you're like …. er all is forgiven come back annoying interactive teddy!
What they don't tell you about older toys is they come with teeny tiny pieces and instruction manuals bigger than an encyclopedia. And although the instructions say age 9+ the 9 year old would give up part way through and even though you're 36 you will struggle to complete it. Welcome to the world of Meccano.
After a month of titivating a super awesome Meccano 25 Model Set 4x4 Off Road Truck he was sent to review Charlie admitted defeat and my world fell apart (OK that is a little dramatic ;) ). Firstly I had to go back through the instructions quickly realising that he wasn't on step 15 as he'd skipped 7,8 and 9 and 2 really wasn't even in the right place! So after taking it apart again with my giant fingers *sigh* I started again. 2 days later I was still only part way through.
Last night I couldn't sleep so I got up, made a cup of tea and battled with the last 5 steps. There were tears, there were words I couldn't possibly repeat but at 1am I finally completed the 4x4 *insert cheering* Not only that it worked! I turned the motor on and away it whizzed! It was the most amazing feeling like winning the 100m against Usain Bolt or beating Adam Rickman in a food eating contest. Feeling like order had been re-instated in the world I went to bed. Happy.
I woke up to find that the 5 year old had a little play with the 4x4 and now it doesn't work. GOD DAMN YOU MECCANO!!!
Good Points :
You can make more than one thing. So when your child is fed up with the 4x4 take it apart and build something else.
All the screws are alan key making it easy for the kids.
The instructions have 1:1 ratios so you know which screws to use etc … (yes Charlie that's what those pictures are for!)
Bad Points :
It made me sulky
If you are looking for a gift for your child this Christmas Meccano should be top of the “leave at Nanny's house” list! In all fairness this is a great toy we are just not construction based people, Charlie and I. We shall stick to climbing trees and riding bikes!