Review: Marble Mania

July 15, 2014

Why hello there… It has been a while since I have been here and I am sorry for that. It is really hard to get back into a routine, I honestly didn’t think it would be this hard for me.

But I am here and my blog is still here and we have no intention of going anywhere! Hehe

Today I come to you with another amazing review.
Marble Mania Galaxy!!

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This is actually my second Marble Mania. The first one I had been called Orbiter. My son and his friend had a blast with it. Well I was lucky enough to work with The Learning Journey International again and my son was THRILLED when he found out we were receiving another marble mania!

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This time Jaiden had the pleasure of sharing his Marble Mania with his cousin Larry. The boys were thrilled and excited to the max. Now as I mentioned in my last review, this is mainly a parent project to put together. However, this time the boys helped me by handing my the pieces I needed to put it all together. It took me some time to get it together, a few hours actually. But it was so worth it!

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I love the instructions! I know this is weird but they are so easy to follow! In the front the list all the parts and how many you should have of each. And each part has the part number on it which really makes it helpful because some small parts look a like but are different. Everything has pictures and tells you if you need to rotate the marble mania to see where the correct spots are (however I find that I never really have to rotate it)

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This is your base for marble mania. The sections that have the red paint are the spot you will be putting the first few pieces.  This is important as it is designed to make sure everything is spaced correctly. So when setting everything up you want to make sure these are correct. You can kind of see the blue parts in the back. They are only on the base half way. Once you get the bottom done, building up isn’t that bad! Just time-consuming! hehe

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Finally coming together! =) I’m not going to lie… It is time-consuming to put it all together but at the end it’s worth it. The kids have so much fun playing with it. They love how it all works and want to see everything happen. They follow the marbles to see which what they are going to go! So when putting it together I may have been tired and annoyed but it was so worth it when they got to play with it!!!

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Marble Mania Galaxy has these awesome light up pieces that turn on with a button. It’s pretty cool! My other marble mania didn’t have these so my son was loving them! He just wanted to keep turning them on!! hehe

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There are two piece like this on the marble mania which will change direction of the marble, it can go either right or left at the top and then closer to the bottom there is another piece like this. Now I forgot to take a picture but if you look in the first photo right near where is says ‘8+’ in the bottom right corner there is a gray motor attached to a long orange pipe. When the marble goes in a certain direction it goes through the motor and shoots up through the orange tube. Be on the look out on Instagram as I will make sure I post a video of it for you all to see!!

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This isn’t a perfect shot but the boys kept moving and I couldn’t focus the shot like I wanted to. Haha. But here they are playing and having a blast and playing together. It was fun to build for them and they loved watching everything come together!

Now this one glows in the dark and I didn’t get a photo of it but again be sure to check me out on Instagram for follow-up photos! If there is anything you ever want to see on instagram just shoot me a message and I will do my best to get it out there!!

I love The Learning Journey International. Marble Mania is such a fun project for kids. They learn how to build everything and see how it all works. My son and nephew love this and had a blast playing with it.

Now we did come across the issues of where in the world are we putting this bad boy!!! I was NOT taking it apart to put it back together again, hahaha!! So we did have to move somethings around in the boy’s room so it had a home.

When I put together my other Marble Mania I did super glue some of the parts. It made it easier to move around and this way when little ones wanted to play I didn’t have to worry about them pulling parts off or anything falling off. Little ones don’t know to turn the handle gentle and what not so it made it easier by being glued together. =)

I hate to say this… but Christmas is NOT that far away and I hate that i am even saying that but this is a great gift for kids! They love it and it is so much fun. My nephew, my son and I had a blast with this and they continue to have a blast. Don’t worry, when they are sleeping my sister-in-law and I like to play with it to… SHHHH It’s a secret!!!

So be sure to check them out! They have other items besides Marble Mania. I am a huge fan of The Learning Journey International, they really do have some great items for our children!!

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44 Comments

  • Charlene marinuk

    This is an amazing concept for kids, and adults too! Strengthens the mind and lots of fun. Even the dogs were watching the marbles !!!!

    July 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      It sure does! It makes you think about how everything works which is something I love!! The dogs were so confused!!

      July 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Amanda @ Growing Up Madison

    I definitely remember when we put ours together last year. It took FOREVER! Hubby did it and it did take a few hours. It’s best to put it together when the kids are sleeping because they’re constantly on your case when they’re up. Once it’s up it’s super fun though. Great review!

    July 15, 2014 at 8:48 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Haha, Yes, When I made my first one Jaiden and his friend were up my butt about it. Haha. But it is so much fun! The kids love it!!!!

      July 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • kungphoo

    My son and my nephew used to make some crazy things out of this.. I remember going down to see their creations!

    July 16, 2014 at 9:52 am Reply
    • AKee88

      That is awesome! It is great when you can creative and use your mind to make something new!

      July 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Jessica P

    I don’t think I would have the patience to put this together, LOL. However, it looks really awesome once it is set up! I used to have tiny versions of this as a kid.

    July 16, 2014 at 11:13 am Reply
    • AKee88

      It’s funny because I don’t have the patience to deal with a lot of things but I can work on this. I was getting frustrated because I was hot and it was late so I wanted to go to bed. But the kids had a blast once it was done!!

      July 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Michelle F.

    That looks like a really fun game. I think my nephew would love it.

    July 16, 2014 at 11:20 am Reply
    • AKee88

      Michelle, It really is a blast!! The kids have so much fun!!! I need to post a video one of these days!

      July 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • Ronda

    I could see myself pushing the kids aside and playing this for hours! After my husband puts it together of course…I haven’t the patience! Haha

    July 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Haha, That’s how I was! It was like okay, good bye, my turn!!!! Hahaha

      July 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • lena_ski

    wow that is bound to keep them busy for some time. great gift idea!

    July 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Lena, It is! They have so much fun! Espc when they can play in the dark! Haha

      July 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm Reply
  • Paula Parker

    Looks like a lot of fun. With 400 pieces, you can keep the kids and me busy for hours!!!

    July 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Haha Paula, that is true! You would be busy for hours!! hahaha

      July 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Chrissy

    That looks like so much fun! I bet my boys would love this :)

    July 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Chrissy, I think they would. My niece loved my other one, she was two and was in love with it!

      July 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • TheMommyAvenger

    My boys would love this. Thanks for showing it, I will check it out!

    July 16, 2014 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      You are welcome! =)

      July 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Dawn

    This looks neat! I love how it looks somewhat challenging! I would play it!

    July 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Dawn, It can be if you don’t have some good idea how to follow the instructions. Haha. But it is so much fun!!

      July 19, 2014 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Ok, I’m not a kid and I want to play with it!! That looks like so much fun!

    July 16, 2014 at 11:16 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      Haha Heather, it is so much fun!!!

      July 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm Reply
  • Liz Mays

    I’m with you about it being a perfect holiday gift. I can see why you’re such a fan of this.

    July 16, 2014 at 11:17 pm Reply
    • AKee88

      It really is! It is a great gift for any holiday or birthday! The kids really love it!!

      July 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • Roch

    Wow! Even as a young adult now, I would want to play that! It looks so cool but difficult to put together.

    July 17, 2014 at 12:45 am Reply
  • Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz

    This is the first time I have been to your blog I think. And your blog name is soooo cute. This looks like a fun way to play with marbles. Thanks for sharing.

    July 17, 2014 at 1:53 am Reply
  • Emilee

    Awww they look like they were having a blast! Looks fun!

    July 17, 2014 at 3:51 am Reply
  • Rosey

    I never thought to use super glue. Marble runs are fun at any age!

    July 17, 2014 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Rebecca Swenor

    This looks like hours of fun for the kids and maybe adults too. My niece and nephews would love this. Thanks for sharing.

    July 17, 2014 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Michelle Knopp (@failingperfect)

    Mom son has this kit. It is so much fun and kept my boys entertained for hours and hours. They are 12 and 5.

    July 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • taylorgilmore

    I think I would enjoy this game waaay too much. I really don’t mind putting together intricate, time consuming projects. But then, I wouldn’t want anyone to touch it. I have a tendency to bond with the stuff I build. :)

    July 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • Kira T

    This is very cool. I bet my nephews would love this!

    July 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm Reply
  • Ann B (@AnnBac9)

    That looks like a really fun toy and I know a couple boys that would to play with it.

    July 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Cynthia Wright

    This looks like soo much fun! My kids would love it.

    July 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Michael

    Do they have a video game version of this game??

    July 18, 2014 at 2:03 am Reply
  • kitchengirl

    My kids would love this one. Very neat!

    July 18, 2014 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Nicole Manaloto

    How I wish I am still a kid , oh my – I love this toy.

    July 18, 2014 at 6:06 am Reply
  • ladymarielle

    I can see this being fun for the first few days (till it is build and tested) then I would be dreading having to pick up all the 400 pieces lol

    July 18, 2014 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Sharon (@crazykids6)

    That is so rad!!!! I want one for my youngest kids! And truthfully, I’d probably play with it myself ;)

    July 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • April Smith Decheine

    Aah looks like a great game for the kids to get in there and have hands on fun. This looks like a game my boys would of loved.

    July 21, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply
  • paulabuenosaires

    We have a couple of local, simpler ball mazes which are still a great favourite. Your pieces look awesome, so many possibilities!

    July 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Ivory Glass

    im not a kid but i know my friends and i would still play with this!

    July 23, 2014 at 7:31 am Reply
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