I bought this product for my 7 year old son for Xmas this year. Looking at all of the products sub $100 this one looked like the best for the quality. As it turned out...it was not very good at all. The directions are very poor and only show pictures (took me 3 hours + to put together). The players do not stay on the metal pieces at all and are not secure. As soon as we started playing with it most if not all of them kept falling off. The quality of the ice and the boards are good but the players do not funtion at all and the sticks kept getting caught in the cut out lines designed for the players to move back and forth. My son was so excited to get this game for Xmas so we played it for about 15 minutes and then moved on. The only way I could get through a game was to tape the guys on the rods to stay up and that was painful to say the least. I am going to keep looking around...there are may good reviews on the Stiga product...but this one is definitely not worth your time at all. They need to drastically re-engineer this product and it should not be sold the way it is made today....hope this review saves you 3+ hours of your time....
Ridiculous poor design engineering! The hockey stick blades are too high! They go over the puck. Even with drilling out the bottom of the players so the gear stem can better fit in the bottom of the player, the stick action was lame. Poorly engineered. Voit needs a beetter manufacturer and supplier of the hockey players. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT UNTIL THIS IMPROVEMENT IS MADE. On the upside the distributor representative was unbelievably patient, professional, polite, and sent replacement (backup set of players). They answered phone on Dec 26 and received Dec 28. But they sent the same (only) players they have.
- How accurate was the sizing? accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Ridiculous! The hockey stick blades are too high! They go over the puck. Even with drilling out the bottom of the players so the gear stem can better fit in the bottom of the player, the stick action was lame. Poorly engineered. Voit needs a beetter manufacturer and supplier of the hockey players. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT UNTIL THIS IMPROVEMENT IS MADE. On the upside the distributor representative was unbelievably patient, professional, polite, and sent replacement (backup set of players). They answered on Dec 26 and received Dec 28.
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? See note above - major design flaw.
I figured spending 100$ would get me a quality piece, but unfortunately not. It wasn't easy to put together and was missing two pieces. Once I got it together, many of the players swing right over the puck. A lot of dead spots on the board.
To Whom It May Concern: I purchased a 2010 Voit 32 inch #60 Table Rod Hockey Game for my nephew this Christmas from Overstock.com. The game has many, many flaws and has been a grave disappointment to my nephew. Its hard to believe that a game that costs anywhere between $*** and $*** can be manufactured so badly and be inferior in every respect to the Coleco and Munro Hockey games of the 60s and 70s that I owned or played on. I cant fault Voit for outsourcing the production to a Chinese factory since that is standard operating procedure in the current market and keeps cost down. However, I can, and do, find fault with the unbelievably poor engineering, workmanship and instructional manual. The instructions are very poor and contain no step-by-step written information to supplement the basic visual diagrams. They are indecipherable, in fact, that they are useful to my wife who teaches technical writing at a university. She should be able to offer them as documentation of what not to do. There were also a few small parts missingnothing that impacted play of the game--but another annoyance and demonstration of poor quality control. Would it impact the bottom line profitability of Voit to have the game manufacturer put in a few extra screws and washers? The most damning issue, though, is engineering/workmanship. There is no bracing for the defensemen on either team as there is for the forwards and center (center cross brace). This means that because of play or slop in the motion of the player rods that after 2 to 3 minutes of play the figures fall off the metal tabs and have to be remounted. All gears that affix to the rod periodically bind and the forward players long sticks frequently get stuck in the players track. While I dont expect arcade-level quality for $*** I do expect something commensurate with the $20-$30 games of the pastparticularly given the large amount of time-consuming assembly required (in the old games it was only required that a the figures be attached and, sometimes, a centrally located scoreboard).
Good Idea, Terrible Execution and Craftsmanship. The rods are plastic which flex, and it turn, make the hockey players stick go over the puck making play impossible. The images make it look like a great item, but the functionality is extremely disappointing. Playing deck is warped., but it sure looks good..unfortunately, looks don't entertain children.