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My boys LOVED it, but zero durability...it broke the first day.
on December 28, 2013
My boys LOVED this car maker. They learned all about injection molding and had a fabulous time Christmas morning making cars. They don't actually get to do too much of the process because the maker does most of it, but they didn't mind at all. This was all they wanted to do on Christmas morning...until it BROKE not once, but twice. My son learned that if you don't load the wax sticks point first, two wax points will end up touching inside the first chamber and slip off of each other when you're trying to press the sticks in. This creates a jam of two sticks stuck in the first chamber and no way to push them into the melting chamber. The jam occurred where you can't easily access the sticks, so it took a long time for my engineer husband to fix the problem. Sure, my son should have loaded the wax with the point first, but this is a toy for kids--Mattel should have anticipated things like wax jams would happen and at least create parental access to the chamber or at least make it harder for a wax jam to occur. The wax sticks have tiny tips--it really isn't apparent the tip should go in first. Lesson learned.
So, the first jam was repaired by my handy husband who designs things for a living. My kids proceeded to make a half dozen more cars when the car maker broke...again. Who knows what's wrong with it this time. My husband says he'll look at it later because the last repair sucked up an afternoon. This toy should be more durable. I don't spend $40 anticipating a toy will last an afternoon. I was also lucky enough to find wax refills, so I dumped $25 on those, plus $10 on another mold set. In total, I spent $75 on a toy that lasted a day. Not good, Mattel.
Also, Amazon won't let me return the car maker because I purchased it at the end of October from their Holiday Toy List for my kids for Christmas. What that Holiday Toy List didn't mention was that Amazon's Christmas return policy of a January 31 return deadline didn't start until November 1st. So even though I purchased the item from their Holiday Toy List that was out at the end of October and didn't give the toy to my kids until Christmas, I am unable to return it because 30 days has passed from my purchase date. Thanks, Amazon.