“ Brand: Mighty World / Age: 4 Years+ „
Joe the Carpenter is a Mighty World figure who comes with a little array of accessories. He's not very widely available, but you can find the Mighty World range from a few places including Pound Stretcher, ELC, ebay and Amazon. The price range for this toy varies considerably, but our one came from Pound Stretcher for £3.99 so I'd say to keep your eyes peeled for a price of around £5.
Joe the Carpenter is obviously the centre of this set, but there's also quite a substantial amount of accessories included too. There are a couple of little plastic work benches, a few planks of plastic wood, a little radio, a variety of tools. Lots of the tools are functioning such as the little dustpan and brush, which the carpenter can hold in each hands during play to make a sweeping action with.
In theory this is a nice little set. It's inexpensive, it's fun, it appeals to both sexes and it's got lots of great accessories and features included for the price. The downside here, as is often the case with Mighty World, is that the quality is just not quite good enough.
The accessories are alright and not too shabbily made, but none of them fit easily into the figure's hands. You have to really force them in, and once shoved in, small children won't have the strength or the manual dexterity to work them out again! This set is aimed at children from four years and over, but I doubt that many children under about seven or eight years of age would get on with these difficult accessories.
In theory this is a nice set, but I think the real problem lies with the misleading age recommendation. Four and five year olds would likely find this set very fiddly and difficult to get any real play value out of, and even older children may struggle a little. This set looks good and comes at a very reasonable price, but I suspect that the poor quality is responsible for the limited availability of this product.