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Awesome Product After a Few Easy Tweaks!
December 28, 2016
I was looking for something to pry my extended family away from their glowing rectangles this holiday season during the yearly all-family get together, and our old-school connect 4 from the olden days was falling apart ... so I looked this one up. I've always wanted to make a wooden one, but never got around to it, and honestly couldn't do it for this price anyway.
Overall, it's a great version of the classic game, and classes up the play area a bit if you're against brightly colored plastic stuff. I made two alterations that greatly enhanced the play-ability of the game -
1) the "checkers" are both brown; we decided there needed to be more contrast ... easy fix: a couple or three sharpies and about 15 minutes and we had nice black on white checkers. After getting home, I did a second coat with a thick black dry-erase marker we had lying around, and topped that with a coat of light olive oil - nice! Sure, there's more elegant solutions, but this worked for me.
2) the two pins that hold the checkers in place, at the bottom, would bind up and were difficult to remove. I contemplated attaching metal rings to the ends for easier removal, but ended up running out to the shop one night and sanding them down a bit with the belt sander. Now they slide in and out with ease.
Otherwise it's what you expect. The side brackets that support the uprights fall out easily - I'm still contemplating an attractive bracket to hold in these parts, but that's just me, and they only come off sometimes while dropping the checker and gathering between games.
The plastic versions are short of twenty bucks and will probably break if you look at 'em too hard - this version really classes up a classic, looks good on the kitchen table .. as such, we tend to leave it out and play more often instead of opting for new-millenium brain-mulch.