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Hape Fix-It Tool Box
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
My son is 18 months old and LOVES this tool set. He often "helps" me in the garage/wood shop so I have been looking around for a quality option for him to work with. He can manipulate the pieces in multiple ways so I think he will be able to play with this for a while. I think this will work until he is old enough to have small versions of real tools available at Lowes and the like. This will let him learn in a safe manner how the tools and hardware work together. A child under three should always be supervised with this sort of tow because it would be possible (though difficult) to choke on one of the smaller pieces.

- There are enough peices for a toddler to enjoy without being overwhelmed by too much going on.
- There are no artificial noises or such, just a good, solid toy for open ended play.

Includes:
2 "nails" to pound or remove with the hammer's claw, plastic
2 screws to work with the flat head screw driver, plastic
2 nuts to manipulate with the wrench and fit on the screws, plastic
2 gears, plywood
2 wood pieces to attach things together
1 tool box that is very sturdy, plywood
1 hammer with solid plastic head and wood handle
1 flathead screw driver, wood
1 wrench, plywood

All in all a great way to lear fine motor skills!! I also recomend Hape Twist and Turnables for toddlers to learn the concept of screwing things and the how threads work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2014
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We have loved other Hape toys and thought that this tool box would be a great choice for our little one. Unfortunately, despite the beautiful quality of the materials, the design leaves a lot to be desired.

Pros:
- great wood, absolutely smooth with flawless paint
- nontoxic paint
- perfect size for little hands

Cons:
- there are screws, but nothing to screw them into. The nuts and bolts do screw together of course, but with no threaded holes in any of the wooden pieces there is basically no use for the screwdriver. Ours has never been used.
- there are only 2 nails. They take about 5 seconds for my toddler to hammer in and then she wants help prying them out again (she tries to pry them herself, but the plastic hammer claw on the plastic nail is slippery and she gets impatient). She also asks for more nails "so that she can build something."
- unless your toddler is coordinated/interested enough to hold a wrench supporting a nut in one hand and screw the bolt in with the other hand (by hand or with the screwdriver), the wrench is basically useless. My kiddo just used one hand to hold the nut while she screwed the bolt in with the other - the wrench has never been used.

Overall I regret the purchase and would not recommend it. We found it to be a hard toy to have fun with, which was disappointing as I have fond memories of playing with my own Fisher Price wooden tool bench from way back when. My child has a great imagination, but she took this tool bench pretty seriously and wanted to actually use tools, not just pantomime it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
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The 4 stars is for the product itself. It's a very nicely made tool box, good size for my two year old, and the tools are a good size and seem good quality (I haven't given it to her yet). As others have mentioned, there are two bolts that are plastic. Everything else is wood. I don't mind, and I'm sure the plastic makes them usable. I really like the vibrant colors, and I am a fan of Hape toys in general. I do wish it came with more screws and nails (it includes two each), which brings me to my issue with the order... the product page when I bought it clearly said it's a 30 piece set, and it's not. There are 14 pieces in the box, and the box clearly says there are 14 pieces. I don't know where the 30 comes from - even if you counted the toolbox itself as 6 pieces (counting each side, the bottom, and the handle, that would still only be 20, and still misleading.

To Amazon's credit, I contacted them and they offered me a return or a partial refund and keep it. I opted to keep it because I know my daughter won't care and I think the price is fair for what I received, but it is disappointing to receive something with less than half as many pieces as promised.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
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Using a screwdriver is challenging enough for a toddler. However, since not a single hole on the toolbox is threaded, the screwdriver can only be used in conjunction with a nut. That means that one hand has to hold the nut in place either directly or with the wrench. Maybe that will be possible in another 6 months, but for now only the nails and hammer are of any use to our child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
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My two year old son absolutely loves this tool box. It's very well made and looks just like real tools. My only advice is to be mindful of the small parts and hammer. There are bolts that could pose a chocking hazard because of the size. Also the hammer is a little too realistic and has somewhat pointy edges on the back. If a child is playing rough this could hurt.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
My son got this as a gift (he's 3). We had the Melissa and Doug toolbox and it's okay but this one is so much better. The pieces are way more fun to play with (the gears are awesome!) and it seems more durable. I just wish it came with a few more pieces like the gears, nails, screws, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2014
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I bought this for my great nephew who's 3 years old and a huge bob the builder fan. He ignored the rest of his toys on Christmas morning and focused on this. The price was great, it's very well made, it kept him busy for an hour, what more can I ask?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2014
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FYI this set is made in China, it is a German company, and the red hammer head is plastic, as are the screws, not wood. It's a cute starter set.
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on August 11, 2014
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My little one enjoys this toy, but not quite as much as I had hoped. Despite her own tool set and box to carry it in, she'd still prefer to play with Daddy and Mommy's real tools. It is well made, and the tools actually "work" with the provided pieces. I do wish the holes in the tool box were threaded. It is a lot to expect of a three year-old to be able to turn a screw into a nut. In real life this requires manipulating two tools, such as a wrench and a screw driver. Threaded holes would allow her to turn screws into the side of the tool box without needing to also manipulate a nut. That would make this toy a bit more usable for the youngest set.
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on January 6, 2015
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my 2 year old loves to build things with me so I had no choice but to get him this tool box for Christmas. He has a lot of un playing with the hammer, screwdriver and other tools. I like that it is mostly wood with only some plastic components. He likes to screw the wooden screws into the side of the tool box as well and it's great for his development. Highly recommend
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