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Mag Force: Finally, a toy that DOESN’T need batteries!


It was Sawyer’s birthday a few weeks ago, and he got this awesome play set. I am so impressed I had to write about it.

Like most boys, Sawyer loves construction playsets. He waves at every dump truck, garbage truck and cement truck we see on the street (and most of the drivers are nice enough to wave back).

So naturally, a set with a dump truck, a crane, an elevator and more was a perfect gift for him for his third birthday. As I read the box, I thought Mag Force, hmm, never heard of it.

Well, it turns out “mag” stands for magnetic. You see the entire play set it motion activated by magnets! The little toy men included in the set have magnets in their hands and when you press their hands down on the pad the motion begins.

It is truly amazing. The crane can lift boulders and beams and the men can ride up in the elevator and the dump truck can dump its cargo all on their own. No batteries required!

If you don’t have children, or yours are still young you probably aren’t that impressed. But let me assure you, once the kids hit two and three the amount of batteries you will go through is appalling.

Use reusable ones you say? Seems like a solution, except they are expensive and when you have 50 or more batteries in play at any given time that’s a HUGE investment.

You can buy no name batteries but in my experience they don’t last as long (read about it here.). Generally I stick to Energizer or Duracell and buy them when they are on sale and use coupons.

So back to Mag Force. This toy rocks. It’s well constructed and Sawyer has played with it for hours on end. The only downfall would be if you lose the men, you can’t operate it. However, since you need the men to work it you are unlikely to misplace them.


This is the set Sawyer got.

I checked it out and they are available from Toys R Us. The sets are relatively inexpensive and range from $10-$40.

If you have young boys I would highly recommend this toy. It brings hours of fun fuels their imagination all without the help of batteries 🙂

Thanks to Rose for the amazing gift!

To see the video visit the Toys R Us website


About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


5 thoughts on “Mag Force: Finally, a toy that DOESN’T need batteries!

  1. An awesome toy that doesn’t require batteries? Finally! Someone understands! Hope these toys’ll be still around when my son is old enough to play with them.

    Posted by mommytrainingwheels | August 16, 2013, 11:12 am
  2. Sounds like I just figured out a starting point for Alex this Christmas! His birthday is 4 days after Christmas and he is going to be 3. This seems perfect!

    Posted by lynnc2010 | August 16, 2013, 11:53 am
  3. If I don’t know what to give kids for their 1st or second birthday, I will often get them batteries and something small.

    Posted by organizednowplease | August 16, 2013, 12:57 pm
  4. Hm. “if you lose the men you can’t operate it” – HAHA that sounds funny if you take it out of the context.
    Anyways, my son is still young but I took notes! Thanks!

    Posted by kukolina | August 17, 2013, 12:32 am

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