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Any Makeblock kit owners?

I'm really interested in the Makeblock kits that exist right now (as opposed to the in-development electronics), but it seems like no one on the internet actually owns one.  Does anyone here have one and could make a detailed blog review with closeup pictures or any more information at all beyond all the marketing stuff that I've already found plenty of?  The threaded slots seem like the most unusual parts, do they work well?  Are the parts well-made, fit together well, and so on- anything would be appreciated.  

I may just buy one and do the documentation myself, but the $60 or $200 is harder to justify.

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Kicking an old post here but I am getting the V2 Gold version of the Starter kit.  I wanted something fairly quick to get going since its really a project my 5th grade daughter and I want to do together and I didn't want to spend weeks on custom assembly and programming.  She has seen me do countless PIC projects before but never robotics.  This is my first exposure to Atmel and Arduino.  Not interested in the Picaxe mainly because of the lame Basic language for programming.  I'd rather have C, C++ or Assembly myself.  My only gripe with the Makeblock microcontroller board pins are exposed by RJ25 jacks rather than gpio.  But I get it, the makeblock kits target simplicity for the younger audience.  I really liked the apparent sturdy track chassis compared other low cost alternatives like the Tamiya tracks.  I say apparent because I don't actually have the kit yet. 

I really like this track chassis as well but it almost seems a bit forward unstable.

http://www.dfrobot.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1219&search=devastator&description=true

I'll probably have to invest in a decent track chassis later one.  Cutting our teeth with this kit first. 

If you want a sturdy tank chassis, look at the robot page. Or the following url:

http://letsmakerobots.com/robot/project/autonomous-ground-vehicle-mk-iv

He built the chassis himself and it looks like a car could run over it without it being damaged.

http://letsmakerobots.com/node/40346

This thread can help you out.

So you enjoyed Makeblock products, did you? Contact me if you need more info about Makeblock!

We got two Makeblock sample kits in our hackersace. Myself was just playing with it and I must say it's a charm. All the parts are very precise and fit together very nice. The material is hard and it might break when bend too much but we did not try this. The wheels and tires are fitting well and the toothed belt transmision is state of the art.

I'm doing Makerbeam not Makeblock.

Doh!

I believe http://letsmakerobots.com/node/35860 is a bit of what you are looking for.