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Worst Toy EVER - DO NOT BUY
on August 6, 2010
My daughter received this as a gift from her grandparents. What's wrong with this toy? Well... everything. First of all the basins are too shallow and only about a half gallon of liquid or about 3 pounds of sand. My daughter loved playing with the toy and immediately the sand and water mixed together. This is a problem because there is only a very small drain on the left hand basin. To drain the water you pop open the drain from the bottom. Upon draining the drain gets clogged with sand and is very slow. Took about 20 minutes for the left side basin to drain into a bucket. But wait... the right side still has water in it, how do I get that out? And don't forget the sand that's still in there.
Also with the sand and water mixed together and no way to properly drain the unit you can only use the sand and water once. Keep in mind that this is untreated water with sand (a compound with a lot of organic material present) mixed in. If you close the lids (like the manufacturer suggests) two days later it's a septic tank of bacteria and bugs that have found a new home your $[...] rip off of a sand table.
And you think that's it? There is so much more. It is very top heavy. I tried to move it to another location with that sand/water in there and one of the cheap plastic legs will broke off in the process spilling the contents everywhere (trust me, this will happen). When I took a look at the leg where it attached to the main unit there was a disgusting bacterial sludge that had developed.
Wait until it rains. The main unit gets filled with water that I could not get out. I ended up drilling six drainage holes that should have been there to begin with.
To summarize the next part:
The umbrella doesn't fit into the hole properly and would be pretty much would be useless even if it did fit into the hole.
The included toys are junk not very good and don't work the way they are suppose to.
Gets gross in the back yard and is really not a very visually pleasing toy.
A good idea that was very poorly executed from one of the most reputable toy manufacturers.
Absolutely do not buy under any circumstances.