Almost lifelike, OWI’s aluminum insect building kit features a praying mantis insect that you assemble from metal and bendable aluminum parts. The average size of the scientifically named “stagmomantis carolina” is 3 to 4 inches in length. Mega Mantis is twice this size, henceforth, its name emerged. It is quite a remarkable carnivorous insect. Its spiny-like fore legs are used to catch and hold prey. OWI’s bendable buddy is a little more user friendly. You can hold it, bend it, and even move its legs, wings, head and fore legs. The kit contains 25 hard and soft pre-punched aluminum parts, 7 screws, 7 nuts, 4 metal springs, and even assembly tools are included.
dimensions: 7 x 4 x 4.5in
Posted by Jennifer on 2nd Dec 2014
This was for a 10 year old. She did a great job. Some tight places for big fingers, but she made it. It turned out great.
Posted by Jennifer on 28th Oct 2014
Fantastic project for my 10 year old. All the pieces were perfect, instructions clear, and it was challenging, but not frustrating.
Posted by magnolia on 9th Dec 2013
This was the first aluminium bug kit I have worked on. My five star rating is based on: (a) the accurate description of the item at your web-site -- I expected a shiny, metallic model that would not be too difficult to put together and that's exactly what I got (b) the straightforward instructions (c) the finished model is attractive even though it's just a mass-produced "toy". I plan to buy the whole set, one by one, over time.
Great parent child project
Posted by Jennifer on 13th Jul 2010
I sat down with my teenage son and we had a great conversation while putting this together. The nuts and bolts are really small and he couldn't get them in-his fingers were too big. It took us about 45 minutes to put together. The wings move, the bottom legs swing all over and the front legs are posable. All in all- for a model, I think it was great and it looks terrific sitting up by my plants. It is a very thin aluminum so it is a true put together and look at model It is too delicate to be a play with toy, but it was fun to put together.