CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Anatex Deluxe Mini Play Cube
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- Ages 2+
- 12" x 12" x 24"
- Five side of intriguing play
- 13 lbs
- Parent's Choice Gold Winner
- Fun toys include: Mini Rollercoaster Express, Pathfinder, Counting Abacus, Pathfinder, Fun Gears and Learn the Alphabet
- The ultimate sensory experience
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I purchased this cube in June of 2012 from Amazon.com. The cube was delivered via Amazon Prime via FedEx 2-Day service. The cardboard box arrived in very good shape. On the outside of the box there was a sticker that had a picture of the cube on it, and it stated that the cube was made with non-toxic paints and Made in the USA.
Assembly was easy. The box is in essence two parts (the top and sides), with the screws holding the two main peaces together. As others have noted in their reviews there was one packing flaw - a single screw was missing. I had a screw that worked just fine in my toolbox and I was able to get my 15-month old playing with the toy in no time.
The cube seems very well made and robust - there has already been some heavy tugging on the wires on the top with no wear and tear on the wires or the cube itself. The toy can keep my child going for 30 minutes or so, which can seem like a pleasant eternity.
To make a long story short - I'd purchase this toy again and would highly recommend it to anyone with a child they'd like to keep entertained.
I'm not going to address the fun or educational aspects of this toy, just the manufacturing issues some have reported. Bought one for my daughter in September 2009. It arrived in a box prominently labeled "Made in China" and with a claimed manufacture date in 2007. Whatever factory in China accepted Anatex's outsourcing contract hasn't yet mastered quality control, because there were quite a number of manufacturing defects:
Imprecise assembly: fasteners and brackets are not accurately placed, causing parts to be loose or misaligned. This is most evident on the bead maze on the top and the "abacus" sliding-bead panel on the side, which is mounted on four stand-off brackets. Mount those brackets in the wrong places and the screws used to attach the panel either won't reach or will be under enough strain they'll pull out (it's very soft pine, and screw threads easily pull loose.) Up on the bead maze, some of the wire ends are mounted crooked, resulting in the wires actually touching or just passing so close to one another that the beads can't pass by.Read more ›
They used a very thin film to smooth out the flat surfaces (the larger areas) but the edges have not been sanded. And you can also see pieces of this film around the edges. Also the paint is already coming off of those plastic wheels, before we even touched it. And the screws that hold them, are just... well.... screws. I mean it's a baby toy, put something nice on top, a colorful cap or something. Instead of a metal screw from a hardware store. At least they're not sharp.
We got this as a present, so i can't return it. Will try to sand the edges, but i wouldn't recommend this thing. It looks and feels very cheap, and is just plain hazardous. For $100 i expect a better quality product.
I added a few close up photos of the problem areas in the photo section.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a so-so product. I think it looks very cheaply made, lots of little paint chips on the blocks, the blocks flip by themselves, the bottom is open. Read morePublished 1 day ago by D. Modl
HAZARD! Wooden edges are sharp and not sanded too well. Did not expect that for the price! Puzzles are okPublished 5 days ago by JP
I bought this toy for my granddaughter's first birthday. She was immediately interested in the toys workings. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
My little toddlers played for few days and then terribly bored with it. Same with my sister's kids. I think the toy is over rated for use.Published 16 days ago by Dina
My daughter loved it, she is five y/o and is using it frequently.Published 1 month ago by Jorge Alex Abarca-Duran
This was the best money I spent on a toy. It's not cheap, but my Son always finds new ways to play with it. Very sturdy.Published 1 month ago by Dbl-Hlx
I purchased this on my daughter's 3rd birthday. A good toy for toddlerPublished 1 month ago by Nikhil Chavan
It's cuter for the parent more so, he got bored with it quicklyPublished 2 months ago by Rose ODonohue