Monday, December 13, 2010

Superstructs Custom Building Sets {Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, susanlanai!}

When it comes time for me to look for just the right gifts for the holidays, finding items for my own children is one thing - after all, I know exactly what they like and what they don't. But when it comes to other kids, I get a little lost. Trains, trucks, dolls, crafts, books... there are just so many choices that how do I know where to look?

As I know my 4-year-old nephew is a big fan of building and constructing, something from that category is always a great idea, but even those start to seem a little boring sometimes. Blocks are fun and all, but even I have to admit that after a while a block is a block.

This year, though, I have the answer. The newest and most unique way to give a customized, imaginative and entertaining construction toy is here with Superstructs.

A vibrant plastic rod and connector style construction toy, Superstructs consist of durable EVA foam panels that pop between rods and joints to create any number of vehicles, aircrafts and more. From smaller sets containing around 30 pieces to larger, more complex creations that contain more than 100, these smart, timeless toys are ones that can be played with over and over.

I thought Superstructs sounded like a lot of fun on their own, but then when I heard that customers now have the ability to create a Superstructs Custom Kit using an easy online system to design and personalize a building set, I knew this was the way to give a creative custom gift for every occasion.

Preparing myself that selecting from the 24,000+ possible combinations that were going to go into my nephew's kit might take a while, I couldn't believe how quickly I was able to put his entire gift together. First, I was presented with the model options and was given the ability to choose up to three models to include depending on personality and taste.

With a choice of Motorcycle, Race Car, Jet, Dune Buggy, Forklift, Dragster, Boom Truck & Crane and Funny Car, right away I liked how fun each one looked! I also really appreciated the way that each image let me know how many pieces were included and the price so that I could judge which ones would work best in my kit.

After I finally decided on which three would hopefully be my nephew's favorites, I simply dragged and dropped them right onto the order form.

It was easy to change my mind at any point and drag one of my choices back off the form to replace it with another and I was thankful for the great tip listed by a cute little character on the screen: "The first model in your kit is featured on your package." Changing the order around, I finally had my choices picked, the model that I wanted as the main picture and was able to move on to personalization.

With the choice of 22 total templates for Birthdays, Congratulations and Holidays, I enjoyed being able to enter in my nephew's name, select a design and see a full preview of exactly what the finished kit would look like. It was great as well that Superstructs gives you a reminder of which sets you have chosen and your total price, giving you the opportunity at any point to return to previous steps and make any alterations.

After selecting from one of the many shipping options (depending on how quickly you want your Superstructs to arrive), there really is hardly any time to wait. Orders are usually constructed and sent out within 24 hours, so there is always time to get a personalized gift even when the occasion is getting near!

When my nephew's Superstructs arrived, I couldn't wait to see how great they looked in person. As I included three sets in my Custom Kit, they were split between two separate boxes, both brightly colored and emblazoned with the template I had chosen and his name prominently displayed.

Inside each one, the three sets (totaling over 300 pieces), were divided into their own packaging and contained a detailed instruction manual showing how to put them together. With the bright, eye-catching, durable pieces and the easy-to-follow instructions, I have no doubt that any child would love being able to put their very own creation together without any problems.

For an innovative building set that is sure to bring excitement from the personalization to the imagination and creativity it will bring, Superstructs are a great idea for birthdays, rewards for special accomplishments, the holidays and more. These award-winning kits start at just $9.99 and can be customized right down to the box for ages 3 and up. As time goes on, Superstructs even has plans to add more templates and new models designed specifically for girls!

Do you have a little builder in your life that would love to try these out? Head over to Superstructs and enter the coupon code KQPPB5PB until January 31 for 40% off of one of the company's best-selling kits, the BIG Builder, a 126-piece set for ages 4 - 11, normally $41.95. Or, thanks to the generosity of Superstructs, one person will be able to design their own custom kit with up to three sets as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Custom Kit from Superstructs! ARV $77!

To enter to win: Visit Superstructs and tell me the name of one of their products that you (or the child in your life) would like to own.

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Giveaway will end on January 7th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

A big thank you to Superstructs for providing a Custom Kit for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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