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Handy Manny is a big favourite in our house. If you've never heard of him before , let me introduce you. Manny is a repair man with his own fix it shop in Sheetrock Hills. What's special about Manny is that he has a set of tools that help him with his fix-it-jobs and the tools are all able to talk. Of course, Manny is a Disney creation and the cartoon is shown on the Disney Junior television channel. We first started watching it because Manny also speaks Spanish on the cartoon and I thought this was a great way of introducing my little girl to a new language. For example he will say hola to someone and then follow up with the English word hello as well so you can understand what he has said. We fell in love with Manny and his tools and now my one year old boy loves him too. Each story has a moral or a nice deed that the tools complete so I think it's a nice show to watch.
For my little boys first birthday he got the talking Handy Manny and his tools set from his grandparents and I have been really impressed with this toy. My little boys face lit up when he saw it was Manny and it didn't take him long to figure out how to make him talk. On his tool belt there is a grey belt buckle that you press to make Manny talk. He pressed this pretty much straight away and knows to press it whenever he wants to hear Manny talk.
It's the same voice as they use in the cartoon, voiced by the actor Wilmer Valderrama and I like this because it makes Manny even more real. He also looks very authentic and just like on the cartoon too but as its manufactured by Disney I wouldn't expect anything less. I won't go through all the phrases and I'm not about to attempt to write the Spanish but I will list some of his phrases now which are popular ones. I've pressed the button over and over again just to write these all down!
There's a tool for every job
Vamanos tools, come on.
Hum, we need a tool we can measure with? Hum, we need a tool that knocks nails into place?
You break it, we fix it.
Let's go to Kelly's store, she always has what we need.
We make a great team.
Manny comes with his famous red tool box and seven tools. The tools are a tiny bit on the small side and I was a bit wary about giving them to my one year old boy at first but there is nothing too small that he can swallow so I'm ok with it. The seven tools he comes with are Felipe, a screwdriver, Turner, a flat head screwdriver, Pat, a hammer, Dusty, a saw, Squeeze, a pair of pliers, Stretch, a tape measure and Rusty, a wrench. For some reason Flicker the torch does not come with the set, I'm not sure why. I love that the name of the tools sort of describes what they do, ie Turner the screwdriver is called Turner because he turns things and Stretch the tape measure is called that because you stretch him out to measure things! Manny has plastic holes on his tool belt that you can stick the tools into so it enables him to either carry them on his person or in the tool box which I think is cool. On the back of his toolbelt there is even a little hook for stretch to attach to. Manny can also hold onto his tools in his hands. The thumb on his right hand moves and activates his voice to so when you place a tool in this hand Manny will say, "great tool!" It's a little bit fiddly for small kids to do, my one year old and three year old cant put the toys in his hands but they can put them on his tool belt and in the tool box. Manny's arms and legs move so you can put him in different positions when you want to fix things. We have a lot of fun with him jn our house and is a toy I recommend.
My daughter absolutely loves Handy Manny. She watches it everyday on disney junior and when she saw this advertised on the TV we had to get it for her.
Its a very educational toy as well as a whole lot of fun. you have to press Manny and he says phrases in both english and Spanish that my daughter loves.
it also comes with all the tools (well except flicker). and it comes with the little red toolbox too.
My daughter loves rearranging the tools in it too. And all the tools fit in manny's hands and she picks them up with him and pretends to be fixing things around the house.
Manny also asks questions like 'which tool do i need to cut something'... and you have to put dusty (the saw) into manny's hand.
She plays with it so often so even though it was a bit expensive (£24.99 from argos) its definitely been worth the money.
The only downside i can see is that the tools are small and hence they do end up getting lost under the settee and in it too quite often. especially Turner and Felipe. and my daughter was disappointed that Stretch the measuring tape did not actually work.
All in all its a good sturdy toy that any handy manny fan would be happy to own.
My little girl is completely mad on Playhouse Disney and the shows on there, with her favourite being Mickey Mouse Clubhouse closely followed by Special Agent Oso, but other than that she hadn't really had a great deal of interest in the other shows. That all changed when we discovered that one weekend was dedicated to Handy Manny and this gave us a chance to see a new show (and gave me a break from Oso!!!).
Handy Manny is a handyman who lives in the town of Sheet Rock Hills and he fixes anything and everything for the people in his community. He carries a bright red toolbox with him at all times which houses his tools who all have names and little personalities! One feature of the show is that some of Manny's phrases are in Spanish, and they are always repeated in English so the children watching can learn a little Spanish - my daughter can now count to ten in Spanish just from watching this show!
I decided to buy my daughter a Handy Manny figure for Christmas as we seemed to be heading into Mickey Mouse overload! I came across a talking Handy Manny figure that came with the tools and thought that would be a good toy from the range. This figure is the Lets Get To Work figure and is made from a hard wearing plastic, and is brightly coloured. Manny is wearing the exact same clothes he wears in the show, right down to his bright yellow gloves and tool belt. His arms and legs are jointed making them fully moveable and his hands are set in position for holding both the tool box and the different tools.
The tool box is bright red, and has Handy Manny on the side in raised letters - inside you will find the tools:
Dusty the saw
Stretch the tape measure
Squeeze the pliers
Pat the hammer
Turner the screwdriver
Fellipe the philips screwdriver
Rusty the wrench
To make Manny talk, you simply press the buckle on his tool belt and from this you will hear a variety of different phrases, e.g:
"We can fix anything" - this phrase is repeated in Spanish
"Righty tighty, Lefty loosey"
"There is no job too big for us"
"Hola, this is Manny"
There is also a game on the toy in which Manny will ask "Hmmm we need a tool we can measure with....which tool do you think we should use?" This is where the child needs to locate the correct tool from the tool box. I think this is a great game - if it worked that is!! However, it just doesn't work at all as no matter which tool is placed in Manny's hand the child is told they are correct. For example, if after being asked that question, the child places Turner into Mannys hand they will hear "Thats the right tool for the job!". I think this is a real disappointment as it is confusing for a child that is learning about tools and what they can be used for, especially when they are seeing this on the tv show!
One thing to note with this toy also is that the tools are not secure in the tool box and do fall out very easily - we have lost Squeeze countless times already!
The RRP for Handy Manny is around £20, and I purchased it from a toy store for £15 which is still a lot to pay for something so basic in my opinion! The toy requires 3 AA batteries which do come supplied.
My daughter does enjoy playing with this toy the odd time she will get it out from her toybox, which isn't very regularly at all but she does get annoyed when she knows the answer is wrong but she is told it is right!! One thing I do really like about the toy is the Spanish phrases as many primary schools now do some languages so I think getting a basic knowledge from this is a good idea. Sadly that is where the positives end for me and it is such a shame as it really had the possibility of being a great toy, so you are just paying for a plastic toy that has around 20 phrases.
I wouldn't recommend this toy due to the confusing aspect of it, but as I say my daughter does enjoy the odd time playing with it. I think it is overpriced for what you get but woudl say if you can get it at a cheaper price then any little Handy Manny fan will like it.
Thank you for reading my review :)
Recommended age 3+
Despite the recommended age, I bought this for my youngest ( two today)with my first dooyou miles. I suppose it might be possible to swallow the screwdrivers, but I highly doubt it, and see no reason for younger children not to play with this. I think it is ideal from about 18 months when many boys really take to Handy Manny.
The doll itself is about 12" and a solid plastic with movable arms legs and head. It also comes with a tool box and 7 tools: Rusty, Pat, Squeeze, Stretch, Turner, Felipe and Dusty. Handy Manny talks whenever you put a tool in his right hand or press his belt buckle. He seems to have a very large variety of phrases, almost all English with the occasional Spanish phrase as well. As this toy is only new, I can not comment on its durability, but it appears well made and sturdy. It is made by Mattel, who I have found in the past stand behind their toys so I expect no problems.
Overall I like the toy, but it isn't what I think that counts. My sons eyes absolutely lit up with this and he has been carrying Manny about all day, and busy "repairing" all his other toys with the tools. My 5 year old has also had some fun playing with it when his brother was busy with his other main toy, a Thomas train, or eating. He has also been busy helping his brother use the tools for "repairs". This toy absolutely made his day and so I am well pleased with it too. His father isn't too sure about it, because it is "a doll", but then so are the Action Men he still plays with now and then ;)
My daughter loves Handy Manny. She has loved the show since she first saw it on Playhouse Disney and managed to convince her Uncle to bring her the moving tool box set back from America when the toys were not available here. You can imagine her sheer delight when she was flicking through the autumn/winter Argos catalogue last year and saw this!
The toy is an exact replica of Handy Manny from the show of the same name, even down to him wearing the same clothes. The show is about Handy Manny who is basically a handy man who does jobs for the people around the town where he lives. He has a trusted tool box, full of tools which talk. Handy Manny speaks Spanish as well as English in the show which is great for teaching kids a different language even if it is just the basics.
The toy is made by Fisher Price and is quite a good size for its £20 price tag. It talks (using the same voice from the show) and have a small box of tools just like the show. The tools can come out of the tool box and you can either clip the on to Handy Manny's belt or you can play with them alone. Handy Manny is capable of holding the tool box. It appears to be a very strong toy. My daughter has dropped it many times and it still works fine. I don't know how many temper tantrums it would withstand though if you child likes to chuck things across rooms.
To make Handy Manny talk, there is a button on his belt. He says around 25 phrases, all of which your child will have heard on the show. He says "Lets get to work" and has phrases in Spanish to teach you child Spanish. My daughter has learned how to count to ten in Spanish from watching the show.
The great thing about this toy is that although it takes 3x AA batteries to make him speak, a child can also have just as much fun with it without batteries. When my daughter has run the batteries flat, she makes his voice up herself!
It is a good toy for a child, especially if they are a fan of the show. It entertains my daughter loads, she is always playing with it, creating problems that Handy Manny needs to solve with the help of his tools. It is well made and highly durable. I definately recommend it. It was money well spent.
When I saw this toy of Handy Manny made by Fisher Price around Christmas I knew I had to buy it for my son who is nearly 3 years old now. The toy is recommended for children of 3 years or over but he gets so much enjoyment out of it already. It cost me around £20 at the time and made a really nice Christmas present for him.
For anyone who doesn't know, this toy resembles Handy Manny who is the character on the show by the same name. He lives in a small town and does jobs for the locals with the help of his box of tools. My son absolutely loves this programme on the Disney Channel and can't get enought of it, hence why I knew this was a great toy for him.
The toy itself is small enough and reaslitic to the actual character. It's also very sturdy which is what you want when you have a young child throwing it around the place at times. He has his trusted tool box that fits into his hand.
As with the real Manny, this mini plastic version wears the red and white cap, green t-shirt and brown shoes and blue trousers. The buckle on his belt is also a button that if you press you can hear Manny talk. Some of his phrases, again familar with those that watch the show, are things like 'Let's get to work' which is one of his most common catchphrases. He will speak again if we put a tool in his hand. He can say over 25 phrases, so more than enough to keep your child interested for a while. Manny also needs 3 xAA batteries to make him speak.
Overall, I think this is a great toy for kids to play with and is fun and entertaining too. Rest assured, if your child loves this cartoon on TV then he or she will love this innovate toy too.
My Little Handy Manny fans I tend to call my twins had a variety of handy manny products off Santa for Christmas. One of their many toys were the 'Let's Get to Work Manny'.
A small and realistic, sturdy plastic figure of Handy Manny himself with his very own mini toolbox and tools to fit into his hand. He comes tightly, and yes I do mean TIGHTLY packaged in a recyclable cardboard box, but tied with those screwy things at the back so it took me around 15 minutes just to untie the poor soul. The toy is a Fisher Price product so in my opinion a trustworthy and reputable brand when it comes to childrens toys!
This mini plastic Manny is colour co-ordinated exactly the same as Manny himself wearing his red and white cap, green t-shirt, brown shoes and blue trousers. He resembles Manny perfectly, even down to the details on his face. Each of his 'joints', meaning his knees and albums with a little pull or nudge move, trying to re-enact Manny's movements, or any 'humans' for that matter. With a gentle push again they can be pushed back into place so he stands still on any flat surface. His belt buckle acts as a button which you press to hear Manny talk - in the EXACT same voice as in the programme by the way. He says phrases from off the programme such as 'Lets get to work'. His one hand is open slightly for you to place a tool or his toolbox into it neatly. If, however, just a tool is placed within his hand then he interacts with us and speaks again. Our very own mini Manny can in fact say over 25 phrases, and it also boasts this on the box. Each phrase being a popular saying from off the programme itself.
Manny himself doesn't 'do' an awful lot but he makes a perfect role play and imagination toy in my opinion. I'm forever catching my twins trying to spanner my walls and screwdriver my radiators whilst babbling their very own lingo to manny their mini helper. They are only 2 and already enjoy both Manny himself and his toolbox roleplaying, interacting with him - so they think - as well as each other.
Even the toolbox and tools are very realistic even though just a plastic. The toolbox itself has 6 square 'spaces' or 'compartments' for you to fit each tool in. The tools include Squeeze, Rusty, Dusty, Turner, Felipe and last but not least Pat.
I am so far extremely pleased with the toy it may seem a little pricey at around £25 depending on where your purchase it from but it's a strong and realistic toy that has took plenty of knocks and throws already.
One thing I would say though is keep an eye on the tools and toolbox as they don't attach to the toy securely so are quite easy to lose.
If you're after a toy that creates fun, imaginative games for your children then this is a brilliant product! The toy is reccomended for children aged 3 years plus which I'd say is about right due to the tools being quite small. Manny does require 3 x AA batteries, which do come included when purchasing the toy. To replace the batteries you do need a screw driver to open the battery 'door'.