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NeoCube, Nanobots and Bucky Balls: great toys for kids or for Father’s Day

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 14-05-2011

My 5 year old son bought a version of these magnets “with his own money” at the SFMOMA two years ago and they were a hit at our house. Evidently, the ones we bought, Bucky Balls, weren’t in any way protected and the 2011 New York Toy Fair was filled with versions of them including a major display of NanoDots.

As with Lego displays, they even showed how you could create huge magnetic sculptures:

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Here is a fun video for NeoCube that shows just how tactily addictive these little magnets are. They come in packs of 216 magnet balls for about $30. It’s a fairly high price for a small package, but guaranteed to keep little or big hands busy.

I spoke with a NanoDots representative about whether the little magnets could ruin credit card, phones, or even computer hard drives, and he confidently stuck his phone and a credit card on the little magnets to show how well protected modern devices are from magnetic forces. Good to know.

NOTE: GreatDad did not receive samples of this product for review.

My son bought a version of these magnets “with his own money” at the SFMOMA two years ago and they were a hit at our house. Evidently, the ones we bought, Bucky Balls, weren’t in any way protected and the 2011 New York Toy Fair was filled with versions of them including a major display of NanoDots.