We were sent these Geomag Special Edition NASA rocket and moon rover to review. We have one of each to giveaway to one lucky reader! See below to enter.
Geomag Special Edition NASA Rocket model
The first item we played with was the Geomag Rocket. This is a special edition for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It’s suitable for ages 5 and over.
I’ll admit, Noah is not quite five, but I was actively helping him so I think that the month-to-go thing will be negated. He absolutely loved the packaging the Geomag parts came in, and spent a long time organising the sticks and balls into the partitions in the box. They’d fallen out while in the bigger box, so it was very satisfying for him to arrange them ‘just so’. Unfortunately, all the pieces don’t fit inside the box, so it’s almost redundant as you still need to keep the bigger cardboard box (pictured above).
Also, you might note that the colours used in the instructions are not necessarily representative of the colours of the sticks in the guide. I realised that the triangle pieces should be random early on so didn’t make any attempt to match them with the picture.
You have to connect the magnetic sticks to the magnetic balls to make the model, while delicately balancing the plastic templates with the cardboard pictures inside… it’s complicated but not too complicated. With my help, Noah managed it fine.
By the end, Noah was desperate to play with the model, as you might after you’ve constructed a LEGO model, but unfortunately the Geomag Rocket is not made for playing with. If you pull it upwards and don’t ensure the whole thing is in an upward motion, it all falls apart.
Geomag NASA Moon Rover
As Noah and I were having too much fun with the Geomag Rocket, we were joined by James just in time to begin the next model. The Geomag NASA Moon Rover is another 50th anniversary of the moon landing edition model.
Again, this model comes with a little polystyrene pencil case shaped box, which is for storing the rods and ball bearings in. This is something we aren’t keen on for obvious environmental reasons, however, the cases don’t actually fit everything in and so you’ll need to find somewhere to store everything together once you’ve opened the set. The cardboard box the whole lot comes in is okay for this, so I’m not sure why the polystyrene box has been included in the first place. I tried to think what else might have been a good idea, but the only thing I could think of was a small box that had space for all of the pieces in the set and then to make that into a shop-shelf-friendly display box. Surely that’s not too hard?!
James arrived on the scene and caused chaos. He had no need for instructions or design; he set about making the rover as he thought fit!
In the end, we persuaded him to have a go at following the instructions and he did a great job!
Again, you can’t play with this model as it’s created but there are spare pieces so you can make whatever you fancy. If you have both sets then your creativity can really go to town.
Speaking of which… Fancy winning both Geomag NASA sets?