My 11 year-old son thought he wanted to be a paleontologist so I purchased several of these kits for Xmas and he loved it at first. I must say that my son isn't cut out for that type of career. If you have a child that loves to dig and it's somewhat patient, this is a great gift idea. The quality of the parts and the skeleton frame itself is very cheaper looking than I had hoped, however, it is lots of fun looking for the skeletons. Our favorite ones are the GEM STONES or the ROCK kits. They are really cool and the rocks are very high quality too.
Leaks baking soda and vinegar everywhere (while you're trying to load it…leakage would be normal during launch, of course).
Once you've spilled the fuel everywhere trying to get it set to launch, you and your excited child stand there and watch it foam up a bit and then….
There are many similar complaints on the product's ** page.
This is a disgrace to the Smithsonian name, and I don't plan to buy any of their other toys or educational products in the future.
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