GraviTrax Starter Set

GraviTrax Starter Set

$59.95
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WARNING: Choking Hazard, Small Parts. Not for Children Under 3 Years Old

Overview

What is GraviTrax? With the GraviTrax interactive track system, you can design and build your own race tracks and experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel your ball to the finish. With a variety of tiles, levels, tracks and features, you can control the speed of each ball.

The open-ended building concept offers endless possibilities to design a different track every time you play. Add flair and speed to your tracks with expansion sets and action accessories. Experience the power of gravity with GraviTrax. With over 100 pieces and 18 different construction elements, the GraviTrax Starter Set offers everything you need to begin building your own action-packed track systems. Discover how the laws of physics affect the track your ball takes with curves, crosses, freefalls and even a cannon. Experiment using different heights and angles to control the speed of the ball. The included tasks and construction plans introduce you to the world of GraviTrax. Or let your creativity take over and begin constructing your own track designs from scratch.

For Ages: 8+

WARNING: Choking Hazard, Small Parts. Not for Children Under 3 Years Old

Product Details

UPC: 4005556275977
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Publication date: 03/25/2017
Age Range: 8 Years

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GraviTrax Starter Set 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Nic_Gordon More than 1 year ago
Gravitrax is so much fun, even when your balls go flying off the track! My 7 year old son and I love setting up dominoes and knocking them down so this type of toy is right up our alley. We got it today and were so excited. First we set up a few of the example tracks from the "Construction Plan Booklet" to get a feel for how to do things. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. After setting up the first few pre-planned tracks we decided to build our own. This is when it got really fun. Our first setup didn't exactly go as planned when after a drop we had the ball go into a sharp turn. Instead of turning it jumped out of the track. The instructions talk about being able to tie STEM concepts into this so I figured I'd explain inertia to my son and try to figure out how to fix our problem. He did that thing where he nodded like he understood, that may have been just to humor me. We then raised the curve tile up a little so that the ball wasn't going so fast when it got to the turn. That did the trick and the ball kept going until our finish line. We didn't go through any of the OTHER book it comes with, the "Task Booklet." This booklet has challenges inside that give you partial setups for tracks and you have to fill in the blanks. It's like a really cool puzzle. We were so busy building our own thing that we just never got to it. I will say that I looked through it and I think even my son could have fun trying to figure them out. Part of what makes this whole Gravitrax system so cool is that if you kinda mess something up in your build it is really easy to adjust things to fix them. As for the build quality of the individual parts, nothing feels like it will break under normal use. The only sort of negative thing I could say about this is the actual track pieces that move the ball from tile to tile are plastic and I could see those getting broken if you were unnecessarily rough with them. Under normal use I think they'll be ok but I've only had the game for a day so I can't tell you from experience. This product was received as part of a promotion.
JenK77 More than 1 year ago
A great new version of the classic marble run! My 8 year old loves STEM toys, so I figured this would be right up her alley. I was right, she LOVES it! Upon opening the box, we discovered that the boards need to be punched out, but this was quick and easy. The cardboard is extremely sturdy! The parts come in a few plastic bags. Some needed to be snipped open and we were glad to see that a few were reusable. We're using those to store all the parts when it's not being used. On our first try, my 8 year old daughter opted to build from the construction book, following the prescribed track plan. She had a bit of trouble getting the base plate boards lined up, but once she realized that orientation was important, she got the hang of it quickly. The "easier" courses were good for her to start with and she built them with ease. She commented that she liked how the base plate boards were green and gray because she was able to count and identify where the pieces needed to be placed to build the track. She was quick at assembling the easier tracks from the booklet and exclaimed her love of this set when launching the marbles. She quickly moved onto designing and engineering her own tracks. While not too challenging for her, this turned into a great lesson on inclines, ramps, gravity and slope when the marbles would not continue on her own track when forced uphill. While building, she frequently commented how much she loves engineering and building and that she wants the add on track pieces! I love that the booklets have many harder tracks and that there is a challenge booklet. This will sustain her interest for years to come. The pieces are very sturdy and the set is well made. Some pieces are tiny, so if you have little ones under the age of 6, supervision is a must. Bottom line, this toy is great and we highly recommend it.
Katstram More than 1 year ago
GraviTrax is AMAZING! Our entire family has been enjoying this set. The first day it came, I didn’t hear from my daughter for 2 hours! She is 6 and was able to figure out how to work on it right away. She was trying and switching all of the different pieces. She sat quietly, using trial and error to figure out the best paths. Then she wanted me to make a video to explain how it all worked! GraviTrax is a great STEM activity with ENDLESS opportunity to learn! We love Legos, so our children are used to small pieces, following instructions, and building things. Our 8 year old was having a great time building some of the track ideas from the book. She was thrilled waching her marbles follow the track! The kids get so excited about it. GraviTrax has all the fun of a marble run toy without ANY frustration. We have had other kits like this and it always ends in tears because the run topples over. These GraviTrax pieces are so well designed- they fit together perfectly. The marbles are metal, like ball bearings, not cheap plastic balls. The whole set up is very user friendly. This product was recieved as part of a promotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
File this under "I wish I had this when I was a kid!" We unpacked this toy and left it on the dining room table for several days. Everyone took a turn free-building, building with instructions, and building the "puzzles." It takes up an entire table, there are a lot of pieces, I wish they were recycled/recyclable plastic... but as for the TOY, it's great! Other marble track toys we've had were set up once, then gathered dust. Because you can build and rebuild, Gravitrax is way above the rest. Notes from a fan in our house: I think Gravitrax is the perfect game for basically anyone who enjoys architecture, science, racing, and engineering. I love the fact that the game is good for any age range because of the different levels and complexity. I honestly think my mom enjoyed the game even more than I did and I am eager to introduce it to my 5 year old cousin who loves to construct and design many things. Another thing that distinguishes Gravitrax from other games/building kits is the fact that you don’t have to snap the pieces together and scrape your nail trying to get them apart like other games I’ve played with in the past. You can simply place the piece where it needs to go but don’t have to worry about the piece falling out.
Benerator More than 1 year ago
My 8-year old daughter enjoys building things (she’s a *huge* fan of Minecraft), so when she found out about Gravitrax, she was excited to try it out. My 4-year old son couldn’t contain himself when he saw it involved marbles. So we tackled the Starter-Set together, and picked one of the pre-planned layouts provided in the “Construction Plan Booklet”. (The set also comes with a “Task Booklet” that provides partial layouts that need to be solved like puzzles. We haven’t tried that yet, but it looks like it could be entertaining.) Opening the package up, we noticed that there were a ton of parts (“Over 100 Components” per the description on the box). Hexagons everywhere! Be advised, not all of the plastic bags the parts came in were resealable, so you might want to have some large size Ziploc bags handy when you store things away, if you prefer to keep things organized. We started off by getting the “base plates” prepared, which involved popping the holes out of them, leaving a large pile of heavy cardboard hexagons to dispose of (or possibly use for arts and crafts, if your child is so inclined). Then, we started placing the various tiles down onto the board according to the plan we chose, which took a bit of doing at first-- we hadn’t realized that the orientation of the base plates matters, so that’s definitely something to keep in mind. The kids had fun deciphering the plan and figuring out how to piece everything together, and were undeterred when accidentally knocking things out of place from time to time (parts don’t lock into place so much as sit into grooves). Once completed, they really enjoyed racing the marbles around the tracks. Overall, the kids had a lot of fun giving Gravitrax a go (it's recommended for ages 8 and up, but my son did fine with some supervision). With all sorts of different parts to put together and figure out how they work, I have no doubt they’ll enjoy digging into the Task Booklet, and most especially creating their own layouts. This product was received as part of a promotion.
Joe Perri More than 1 year ago
WOW! What else can I say about Gravitrax, besides that. My son is 6 so a little on the younger side, but he is an avid LEGO builder and board gamer so I figured we would give it a try. We worked together building the first two tracks in the Construction Plan booklet and that was all it took to get his imagination going. After that it was all about creating race tracks for three different marbles to compete against each other on. We have had the game for two days and he has already played with it for 4 to 5 hours after getting home from school. All of the building pieces are made of tough plastic that I see lasting for a long time and the marbles are good quality metal. The tracks look like they are metal on the box, but they are not. There are a ton of different pieces in the box (vortex, magnetic cannon, switches, etc) and a lot of different ways to use them. It was so awesome to watch my son begin to build his own tracks and have to critically think when something didn't work right. I would ask him what he thought was causing the issue and what he could do to fix it. I taught him about gravity and how it will help the marbles continue to move downward, but would stop them from moving up. There is also Task booklet included with the set that we have not delved into yet that gives you the necessary pieces needed to build a track, but then you have to figure out how many height tiles go under each curve on your own. The challenges range from easy 10-20 piece builds to very difficult 75-100 piece builds and will keep me and my son busy for a long time! I asked my son how many stars he would give this game out of 5, he said that 5 wasn't enough and he needed to give it 10! And I agree, this is a great "toy" for kids to play with and learn how to critically think, If you have a child who enjoys building, roller, coasters, or both then they will love Gravitrax! I highly recommend this to anyone with a child that enjoys science or figuring out how things work. This product was received as part of a promotion.