Mini Strandbeest Model Kit
√Mini Strandbeest - A child of Dutch artist Theo Jansen's mega artificial life strandbeest, also a friend for children.
√Interesting and Creative - Wind-powered walking walker model toy, needless electricity or batteries help, only by hand or blowing against the propeller. Develop children's ability and interest in science.
√Kids Puzzle Novel Toy - DIY model robot kit, we will enjoy the assembly game with children, a family time.
√What You Get - One mini Strandbeest kit with manual, fast delivery, worry-free, and friendly customer service.
√High Quality - factory Strandbeest, transported in sturdy box. Size: 7.9" Length x 5.1" Width x 6.7" Height
3-7 working days for most countries and districts (24 hours to process the order and additional 3-7 working days for shipping).
For remote districts it may take longer time.During peak seasons(like Mother’s Day, Christmas) shipping might need additional 1-2 working days to ship
Warranty & Note
Warranty & Note
We will examine all the products before shipping them to your location, so we are 99% sure that everything is perfect and no missing parts.
However, we hope that you can understand the product might travel a long time then arrive in your hand, so it might be damaged during this traveling.
Don't be angry! Just send us a message or email, and we will try our best to solve your issue. All the messages will be replied to within 24 hours, so thank you for your support and understanding.
I thought this would be a fun activity for me and my eight year old to work on, and it was. She was able to help, but as you can see from the other reviews - it probably isnt realistic for an eight year old to complete it on their own. Even with guidance, youll likely find that you do most of the model - or you could just spread the process out more. For most of the steps, the model is easy to take back apart if you make a mistake. It seems very fragile while putting it together but holds together very well once assembled. The instructions are okay. I felt the image for one step was poorly represented and I ended up looking to a YouTube video as other reviewers have suggested. That quickly took care of things. These models are cheap, high quality, and a nice launching point to talk about art and mechanics.
Not hard to build and works amazing!
I made this for my dad as part of his Holiday gift. He enjoys the Strandbeests by Theo Jansen and while this is a knock-off, it looks and works amazingly. I do want to get the official licensed models as well but this was my little trial to first see how hard or easy they would be to assemble.
This was thankfully much easier than anticipated. It's amazing how organic and simple it all flows together considering it looks so complex design-wise.
FYI -there are youtube videos if you find the instructions too cryptic. I found the directions to be clear enough but other reviewers found the videos to be helpful so I checked them out after I build mine and they seem like a wonderful way to check your progress as you go. (Wish I found them sooner since I second-guessed myself while building mine. Luckily, everything was in working order.)
Assembly is a bit tedious because of small parts and a few diagrams that are difficult to decipher - the manual is all black & white and in a few instances it's difficult to see what goes where ... but it's not terrible. The model would be much cooler and likely much easier to assemble if the various parts were made of different colors and the manual reflected this. The model works well and is very efficient. One can actually make it walk just by blowing on the fan (but takes serious lung power to keep it going) ... it will actually walk just from vigorous fanning with a fly swatter.
Assembly is completely press or snap together, and many parts necessarily fit loosely so it can move without much wind. As a result, it's not sturdy enough to handle a lot of abuse, but should last quite a while if handled appropriately. If you're looking for a benchmark, don't expect it to stand up to rambunctious play. You just power it with wind, and watch.
I've long been a fan of Strandbeests, and on seeing I could build one I jumped for it. The instructions aren't written very well, but once you get the gist of it things go pretty smoothly; I was able to detach the parts, trim the flash and assemble the little beasty in about an hour. The quality of the plastic is lot better than I expected, and nothing was missing.
When you first turn the crankshaft and the legs start to move it's actually a bit eery.