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Poor quality, not well thought out, but still a lot of fun
on November 9, 2011
The belt is ridiculously large for a young child's waist, and my kids have become very frustrated as a result of it constantly falling off. They also can't do it up without assistance. It is very stiff and doesn't bend very easily.
The hammer broke early on - the top half of the hammer's head fell off repeatedly until we finally tired of snapping it back on. (We also bought a second Home Depot tool set that same day with birthday money sent from grandparents, and the 'glass' part of the safety goggles never clipped in securely. The kids are always asking me to pop it back in for them. That set came with a cloth tool belt that is also too large, but at least I can adjust the velcro by folding it up, and it can bend around my kids' waists. Being softer and more supple, it is far more comfortable to wear. Too bad it started becoming unsewn within a short time.) It is also challenging for the kids to get the tools into the holders of the belt(s).
With a brand name like The Home Depot, I expected it to be of better quality, but I guess that the price point should have given me a clue.
With all of this said, we have had no troubles with any of the other tools in the set - except for the one that got run over in the driveway by the minivan - and my kids have played with them nearly every day for the past year. They have repaired everything from doors to fences to steps to swing sets to trees.
I like that the individual tools are all labelled. My kids feel proud when they use the correct names for the tools. The cloth belt on the other Home Depot set has a talking 'box' attached to it that quotes things like "righty tighty, lefty loosey" and offers safety tips like wearing a helmet, so I guess that there is an educational component to this toy, as well.
They do have a lot of fun with it, and so maybe it was still worth the money.