Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Colossal Set Review (MindWare)

Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Colossal Set
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What It Is

The Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Colossal Set is a marble run like you've never seen it. It's got six types of cubes for creating different pathways, seven kinds of stunts, 18 rails, and 40 marbles. Kids can use the set's more than 270 pieces for building a colossal tower as shown in the instructions or assembling their own marble run design. 

There are 194 of the colorful translucent cubes, including eight cubes that light up when a marble hits the center of it. To build with the cubes, you can connect them on the side to make steps or stack them. 

If you've assembled the marble run as shown in the instructions, drop the marbles into the top and watch them scatter down different paths, activating different stunts along the way to the marble catchers at the bottom. They might go through the marble vortex, bounce off the pivot trampoline, clatter down the cascade stilts, take a ride through a coaster tube, circle around the spiral sphere, spin through the roto catcher, or race through the speed sprocket. 

Once you understand the basics of building with the pieces, you can reassemble the marble run to create one of your own design. 

Is It Fun?

Marble runs are always so fun to watch, and the inclusion of all the different stunts makes this set even more exciting. Constructing this set gets kids thinking creatively and using problem-solving skills so they create the pathways they want and, ultimately, end up with the marbles making it all the way down. If you're building from your own imagination, the process will involve trial and error, but kids who like that kind of play will find it fun. We do think, though, that younger kids may need adult assistance, especially when constructing the suggested marble run, because the instructions are not always easy to follow and the pieces are not very sturdy. 

Who It’s For

The Colossal Set is for ages 6 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

This includes eight coin cell batteries.

The instructions are sometimes tricky to follow. We think that younger kids will need adult assistance. We recommend organizing the pieces into groups to make it easier to find what you need. And make sure you remember that the dark blue and light blue pieces are actually blue and turquoise, and the turquoise pieces are different from the teal pieces.

The marble run is not very sturdy, so be careful if you accidentally knock it and be really careful if you have to move it. The slightest movement can cause pieces to come apart.

The marbles are nickel-plated steel balls. They are not magnets.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Medium Difficulty


    8 cell batteries required