Friday, 14 August 2015

Qixels Turbo Dryer Review

We had tried something similar in the past where you ironed beads together to make a figure, this version seems a lot safer as it just uses a water spray and spinning action in the turbo dryer (then some natural air drying for good measure!) to join the cubes together.  Thankfully then there is no danger of children hurting themselves whilst using this set.  As a natural born worrier this suits me perfectly!

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If I am honest I was half expecting it not to work but remarkably it did, as you can see from the after picture. 

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The cubes really do join together with water, its like magic!!!  Although the boys now think if they spray water from the special Qixels bottle it will join other things in real life bless them…

Here is a picture of the spinner in action, you just keep pressing the button to get rid of the excess water into the little drainage drawer.


The boys are keen to have more templates and beads for Christmas; the Turbo Dryer set was very affordable (£19.99) so I am quite happy to encourage Santa in that respect.  They have told me they want to make an army of Qixels figures.

It’s all about pixels after games like Minecraft and Terraria so this set is very addictive but a welcome break from a computer screen.  Children can either use the provided templates or create their own design perhaps duplicating something they really like or coming up with something entirely new, the possibilities are endless.


I loved the little extras you can add like the included weapon (an axe in this set) using a special bead with a hole in it (two of these unique cubes were included in the box).  You also have two stands to display your figures, so you can soon build up a collection to impress your friends or if you prefer you can use the bag tag and make your school bag look that much more interesting!

It can be hard finding things to completely capture your child’s attention but Qixels really worked wonders.  My eight year old was completely engrossed, the six year old needed more encouragement just because he wanted me to place his cubes for him!!!  Pitched at children 4+, an age where they are hopefully less inclined to stick beads up their nostril or in their ear (how pleased am I that we have passed that stage now!).  I must say this toy is my favourite in quite some time.

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