Most helpful critical review
Wouldn't buy again
on June 10, 2015
This is my first experience with Melissa & Doug toys and I'm not impressed. I bought this set and the construction set for my toddlers (2 yo boy and 3 yo girl), thinking they would be a fun activity to keep little hands busy. They were thrilled right up until they tried to pick them up like they would other toys cars and the pieces came apart. Daddy Man and I showed them how to take the vehicles apart and put them back together, explaining that they're like the puzzles they've been learning to do. My kids understood, but weren't really into it. They wanted to be able to drive the cars around and do regular play with them. This isn't really possible unless they're very careful with them because the pieces fit loosely on the posts.
We kept encouraging them to play with these, including trying some of the suggestions printed on the bottom of the package. Their weren't interested. I have to note that this level of disinterest is not normal for my kids. They LOVE building, stacking, playing with puzzles and putting things together. That is WHY I bought these things.
Their play consisted of mostly taking the vehicles apart and leaving the pieces scattered around, but I kept encouraging, showing them how to mix and match, making vehicle noises, counting wheels, showing the pictures on the bottom of the chassis of how they go together, and just busting my butt to make these things interesting. With just even this minimal amount of "play" going on, the paint started to wear on the edges of the pieces and the soft wood is denting.
After about 2 months, my kids are finally playing with these vehicles, mixing and matching the pieces between the 2 sets to make all kinds of combos. So, yay for that, right? Sure, right up until (after maybe 3 days of active play) my husband found our daughter with a sharp shard of wood (see photo). Somehow, a piece of the wood from the firetruck chipped off from around the post hole while she was playing with it. She was NOT being rough. The scariest part is that we only found HALF of the shard. We're hoping the other half is trapped in the carpet somewhere and not inside one of the kids. I regret buying these toys and am considering gluing the stupid things together so my kids could at least use them for regular car play.