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Am I the only one who think K'nex have gone downhill?!?!?! Answered

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Hi all,

For the past 5 years, yes K'nex has been terrible with all the micro bricks and stuff and it being compatible with LEGOs.

And you think that they wouldn't do anymore damage by promoting these sets, would you? I mean the amount of bad feedback they get is off the scale.

AND NOW, they are releasing TitanFall Sets and more Mario sets and Plants vs Zombies  <----- Bound to fail. Do K'nex even take into account the feedback from their models and how overpriced they are?

source - http://www.vg247.com/2014/02/21/titanfall-mario-and-plants-vs-zombies-knex-sets-revealed/

For those who don't know, TitanFall is a Xbox One game to be released out in March/April. The Beta is currently out.

What are your thoughts and opinions?

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www139 (author)www1392015-08-30

and that's coming from someone who had a first set micro, bricks, and a little classic!

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shelby51 (author)2014-06-04

HEY EVERYONE, I HAVE A GARAGE FULL OF KNEX I'M GOING TO SELL , ANYBODY INTERESTED,CONTACT ME DCRLSM579 AT THE YAHOO, MY NAMEIS DINO

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nerfrocketeer (author)2014-02-27

Yeah, I don't like the little flimsy Micro K'nex. They fall apart easily and are way too hard to put together.

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hunter999 (author)nerfrocketeer2014-02-27

Haha, yep! I haven't even opened the pack of micro k'nex from the competition back in summer - thats how much I hate them!

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JonnyBGood (author)hunter9992014-02-28

Hey, there is some use for micro knex! At least open you pack from the summer because there is some classic knex in there, but after that start thinking about what you can use micro knex for.

I don't visibly use any micro knex on projects on this site, but I have for some other projects. Like making a propeller driven vehicle and for my pop vending machine. The vehicle needed light pieces to maximize distance and speed and my vending machine need something that could push a quarter through a slot that a classic knex piece couldn't fit through.

So in conclusion of this really long comment, I deffinitly agree micro knex aren't really good at supportive structures, but there are some applications for them that we still haven't really figured out yet. So keep them around and maybe sometime you'll see a small area you can apply them.

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hunter999 (author)JonnyBGood2014-02-28

Yeah, I know that there are some uses, but I haven't really needed them. I don't think many K'nexers on here actually have micro K'nex and so I am not too keen on posting something that most likely no people will build. Again, I agree with what you are saying and all with it being used for small, light weight vechiles.

The only actul use for micro K'nex currently, I think is roller coasters but if I am being honest, I hate the track style micro coasters. I prefer the orginal Screming Serpant style :-)

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JonnyBGood (author)hunter9992014-02-28

Heck yea! There's uses for everything. We'll figure it out.

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hunter999 (author)nerfrocketeer2014-02-28

After you wrote that comment, I opened them. :D But, as I expected, they are terrible IMO and I agree that they are flimsy.

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Let's start a riot, then. XD

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hunter999 (author)nerfrocketeer2014-02-27

Haha! Yeah, a nerf riot! :D

*Picks up Rampage leaning against the wall* XD

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Shadowman39 (author)2014-02-25

Knex definitely lacks the originality that they used to, both with copying Lego and using video games as themes as opposed to original themes like Lost Mines or Hyperspace. And if you thought the video game stuff was bad, there are Family Guy sets now. o.o There aren't many standard piece sets because the price to manufacture plastic has gone up, hence the $1000 sets like Son of Serpent, which hardly any people buy for that full price.

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hunter999 (author)Shadowman392014-02-27

Yeah, I totally agree. I know that the amount of plastic is limited, hence the prices going up, but I still think that they should reproduce sets like the BBF or the original roller coaster. Or I think they should just go back to classic K'nex and stop micro K'nex.

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Shadowman39 (author)hunter9992014-02-27

A BBF produced these days just wouldn't be the same, since they changed the color scheme of parts (like new blue and getting rid of purple 3D's). In fact, they don't seem to produce some of those old classic colors anymore. A BBF would also be around $400. If they only sold standard Knex not as much people would buy sets since they're more expensive. I do think they should get rid of bricks though.

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hunter999 (author)Shadowman392014-02-28

Yeah, I know what you are saying and I would definetely agree that a BBF today would retail at $400. I guess that K'nex just want a variety of pieces for every type of person ---> I'm sure someone out there loves micro K'nex.

They should get rid of the bricks though. All I see it as a ripoff of LEGO bricks.

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thematthatter (author)2014-02-22

just another toy company trying to cash in on games. Check out Toys R Us, its sickening how much crap is marketed towards kids. Probably only 10% of toys is just basic stuff, Basic legos, Basic Knex, Basic Steel tec/errector set.

When i grew up you just had basic knex sets, they were marketed to this age group (8+) but the tiny pieces were hard for elementary school age kids to use.

They will sell, Grandparents and Family members will buy it for birthday party /Christmas gifts even if the kid doesn't play with Knex or care about Titan Fall/Mario or Pvs Z.

Hopefully they get a Gift receipt and are able to return it for something they want or can use.

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hunter999 (author)thematthatter2014-02-25

Yeah! I couldn't say it any better myself! As I said the Sorunome below,

If K'nex are appealing to kids, then why are they also promoting an 18+ game to these kids?

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TheDunkis (author)2014-02-25

So yeah, it sum it up, they're sellouts. The sad thing is, they're pretty much the same target audience. There are kids playing big boy games before they should and these toys want to appeal to them. Bleh

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hunter999 (author)TheDunkis2014-02-25

Agreed. Thats the exact point I'm trying to get at. And its not even K'nex anymore. More than half of these K'nex sets (like angry birds) contain no actual K'nex pieces whatsoever - just some bits of plastic compatiable with K'nex.

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Sorunome (author)2014-02-22

The problem is that most teenagers these days only play video games, so they have to be appealing to the little kids, and thus their whole marketing strategy is changing.

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hunter999 (author)Sorunome2014-02-25

Yeah, I guess so but I mean I just don't get it....If K'nex are appealing to kids, then why are they also promoting an 18+ game to these kids.

Doesn't make any sense :-/

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