Marble Run Toys can be a great toy to that will provide hours of entertainment for you and your children; however, a number of very cheap and poorly designed Marble Runs have emerged on the market that will lead to nothing but headaches. To an untrained eye, all Marble Run pictures on the internet might look the same leading you to by the cheapest priced Marble Run. However, this is definitely not the case so this article is designed to highlight what to look for when buying a Marble Run.
1.) What does the Marble Run look like up close?
Marble Run Products that have few pictures and no close-up pictures are ones to stay away from. 9 times out of 10, the companies selling these products are trying to hide something. If you can’t see the Marble Run pieces up close than keep looking! Here is an up-close image. If you look close, you can see the plastic is thick and strong and there aren't any tiny parts that can easily break. You can also tell that all the pieces fit together very nicely.
2.) What are the Marble Run bases like?
The base of the Marble Run is the equivalent of a strong foundation of a home. If you have a bunch of weak bases like the green one below, the Marble Run will be weak and wobbly. However, if you have at least 1 or more large bases like the blue one on the right, this will go a long way to help ensure the Marble Run will be stable and strong.
3.) How thick/strong is the plastic of the Marble Run pieces?
To the untrained eye, it might appear that the 2 pieces below are the same. However, the Marble Run piece on the left is significantly thicker and stronger than the Marble Run piece on the right. This leads to a strong Marble Run and also the design of the piece on the left allows the pieces to stick together better.
4.) How well do the Marble Run pieces stick together?
Most Marble Run sets won't show this to you because they don't have Marble Run pieces that stick together well. Below is a picture of the Marble Genius Marble Run pieces that stick together extremely well. If you buy a set with pieces that don't stick together well you will know it instantly because your set will keep falling down as you try to build it. If you are luck enough to get your Marble Run set assembled you won't be able to move it anywhere because it will quickly fall a part.
5.) Are there a bunch of small Marble Run pieces?
The orange pieces below are a great example of tiny parts that will break in no time once your child starts playing with it. These can also become a choking hazard for small kids. Stay away from Marble Run sets that have a bunch of small pieces like the orange pieces below.
6.) Which Marble Run looks stronger?
When you put the Marble Run Toys side-by-side, you can easily tell which one is more sturdy. The Marble Run on the right as stronger bases and the quality of materials is not even close between the two. When you are shopping for a Marble Run you might not have the luxury of putting two pictures side-by-side, but hopefully this gives you an idea of characteristics to look for.
If you use the 6 points above as a guide to look for when you buy your next Marble Run, it will go a long way to save you time and frustration! Definitely read the product reviews and try to watch any videos that the manufacturer has so you know what you are buying. If you want to save yourself a lot of time and hassle, rest assured that if you buy a Marble Genius Marble Run set we have thought of all these things, which is why our Marble Run Toys are the best on the market!