Our trusty squad of experienced toy testers love putting new toys, games and playthings through their paces. And with little ones and their families eager to find new ways to spend their time in lockdown, we reached out to Spin Master for something to keep little hands busy and developing brains engaged.
“With our kids set to be homebound for a few weeks more, parents will be looking for ways to keep them entertained and happy. Meccano offers the perfect opportunity to ensure they stay busy with the added bonus of engaging them in STEM subjects,” said Ella Newman, senior brand manager for Meccano, Spin Master Toys UK.
“Our classic toy line offers a range of sets with various degrees of complexity, that not only challenge and drive concentration skills, but also offer a sense of achievement upon completion. Add to that the discovery of cogs, wheels and motors, you can be sure that they won’t be missing out on all their studies – plus it’s a great activity for the whole family to engage in together.”
Spin Master was keen to get the TNP Ambassadors’ stamp of approval for its Meccano Ducati Desmosedici GP model motorcycle kit. Eight-year-old toy tester Zac was recruited for the job; well-versed in the art of building Meccano models, he was ecstatic for the opportunity to construct this iconic motorbike model.
Suitable for children aged ten years and over, Zac – who is almost nine – was under the recommended minimum age for the product. But, as a seasoned model maker, Zac was keen to prove his skills and dad Richard was on standby to lend a hand if he required a bit of help.
The Meccano Ducati model motorcycle kit lets young builders get hands on as they use real tools to create an authentic Ducati Desmosedici GP – complete with coil-spring suspension and multi-piece wheels! The ideal challenge for the experienced builder, this STEAM kit encourages curious young minds to explore concepts from science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, while piecing together metal parts.
Dad Richard has bought a few Meccano sets for his sons over the years and he was impressed when the Ducati model arrived.
He said: “I’m more of a petrol-head myself, but if it goes fast, sounds noisy, and my wife says I can’t have it, generally I’m sold. I think the Ducati Desmosedici GP falls into this category!
“Zac was so excited to find out what he would be road testing (pun intended!). And I was pretty excited too. When the kids were younger they needed my help to construct their Meccano models. But as they’ve got older, they've needed me far less! So, with an age stamp of 10-plus, I was looking forward to being needed again!
“How wrong I was… I suppose stubbornness and determination run in the family!
“Zac had to wait until the weekend to construct his model – he had a lot schoolwork that week – so when the weekend rolled around, it wasn’t long until the box was opened, and small parts and instructions were laid out across our kitchen table.
“In spite of a few tricky bits, Zac refused to let me help him with the model. He was desperate to complete it on his own. I think the 10-years-plus suggestion only served to encourage this resolve. Kids so often want to play with things and do the things that are meant for older children – or adults! My eldest son wanted an Eminem album at Zac’s age, and given that had an 18-year-plus stamp on the cover, a fun but educational Meccano set, designed for kids aged 10-plus, is a far more appropriate option!
“The thing that really impresses me about Meccano is that the sets are not only great fun, providing hours upon hours of entertainment, but they’re also a great learning tool. Plus, the sets are always of a high quality and really realistic. The wheels and tyres on the set had so much detail and the steering and suspension elements lent enjoyable action to the build!”
Speaking of the experience, eight-year-old Zac, said: “There were lots of fiddly bits, and I had to go back on myself a lot and redo bits, but it was really fun, and I enjoyed it! It was a very good toy!
“The completed model is now on display in my bedroom. I’m really proud of myself for doing it all by myself.”
For more information about Spin Master Meccano range, and other brands in the company's portfolio, contact UK_sales@spinmaster.com