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Talking tools are quite a surreal thing but not when it comes to Handy Manny and his talking tools, Rusty, Dusty, Turner, Pat, Felipe, Stretch.
Handy Manny is the repair man who lives in Sheeprock Hills and does all the jobs around the town for the locals with the help of his tools. My daughter and I love watching the television show on The Disney channel and were excited to receive the talking tool box for one of her birthday presents. So, it's not the most girly toy but then I don't worry about things like this and with a new brother in the house now I thought they would be perfect for him in a couple of years too.
The tool box itself is plastic and bright red, just like it is in the television show. It has a handle at the top which makes it easy and fun to carry around and then the box is open to allow the tools to fit in.
There are specific spaces in the tool box where the designated tools go and this is indicated by a little picture by the hole of the tool that should go there. I think this is a nice learning portion of the tool box and helps kids with recognition and matching skills.
Then, the fun of the tool box starts!! The tools come to life and sing and dance. If you watch the television show you will be familiar with the song they always sing, "Hop Up, jump in." they sing this when they have been called to a job and Manny gets all the tools to jump in the tool box so they can go and save the day. The tools start to sing when you press the little yellow button on the front of the tool box. The little tools at the front of the box also jump up and down and it's really a funny sight. It has my little girl quite mesmerised when she watches this which is great.
The tools are all nicely made and actually quite fun to play with on their own outside of the toolbox. They look exactly like the cartoon figured on the television show so you can recognise them.
The toolbox is quite expensive, about £30 but great if you have a little Handy Manny fan.
When I bought my daughter the talking Handy Manny figure my friend asked if she could buy something from the Handy Manny range to go with it as she was struggling with what to buy her for Christmas. A short while later I was told that she had bought a Handy Manny Talking Toolbox which was fab as it had been something I was thinking of buying her myself!
Handy Manny is a handy man who fixes things for the people in his local community, and one thing about the show is that there are snippets of Spanish thrown in which is a little like Dora the Explorer or Go Diego Go. The Handy Manny Talking Toolbox is a bright red sturdy, hard wearing plastic toolbox which houses seven little tools - Pat, Felipe, Turner, Rusty, Stretch, Dusty and Squeeze. On the top of the toolbox in which you will find holes to place the tools, there is a little picture of the corresponding picture which helps the child locate the correct hole along with the shapes of the holes all being different. The handle of the toolbox is a chunky one which makes it ideal for little hands to get a good grip on to carry it around.
On the front of the toolbox is a raised button featuring a picture of Manny himself, and the picture is the same one that is on the front of his shop on the tv show so your child will recognise this. When pressing the button the tools will start to dance while singing their Hop Up Jump In song. It is only tools on the front row that jump and dance, the larger tools in the back remain still but their voices still feature in the song. You will also hear various phrases from the tools:
Rusty " You don't think we'll have any problems do you?"
Dusty " We can cut right through any problem!"
All tools " Yippeeee!"
As all the tools are easily removed from the toolbox it makes the toy double the fun as the child can do little jobs around the house with them. All the tools are a good quality and can withstand a little force that a child may use which is a real plus in my opinion as many toys like this can be a little flimsy we have found.
The RRP of Handy Manny Talking Toolbox is around £32.99 although I am sure you will find it cheaper online. The toy comes with batteries supplied, but when they need changing they require 3 AA batteries and they are in a screw compartment on the base of the box.
My daughter LOVES this toy! I can honestly say it has been a real hit and she just loves taking the tools out and fixing things around the house - I never knew my house was in such dire need of fixing!! I have had my front door, fridge, sky box, settee, radiator and bed fixed so far just to name a few!! Her favourite tool is Squeeze the pliers as that is the only tool that is moveable to use, where the handles can be opened and closed. We have had one occasion where she decided that Cleo our kitten needed fixing and she was trying to use Felipe the screwdriver on her.....I have no idea what her thinking was there!!!
Would I recommend the Talking Toolbox? Yes I really would although I do think that £32.99 is maybe a little expensive even though we have already had lots and lots of play out of it. It is a good strong toy which coming from Mattel you know you are guaranteed. The only downside with the toy really is that it doesn't feature Manny's newest tool Flikr the torch but of course that is purely for that reason, being that he is so new so you may wish to purchase one of the torches separately as if your child is anything like my daughter they won't be happy until they have the full set!
Thank you for reading my review :)
This is a great toy for all the little tikes out there that enjoy Handy Manny and want to be like him!
The toy itself is a sturdy toolbox, just the right size for little hands. It includes all the toys, Dusty Rusty Pat Squeeze Stretch Turner and Phillipe, but does not include Mannys newest tool flicker the torch. Each Tool has its own shaped hole to go in, which may cause some frustration to younger children at first, and strech just sits in a space and can fall off quite easily.
The Manny emblem on the side of the tool box when pressed makes the front row of tools go up and down and play the "hop up jump in" song from the show followed by various phrases from each tool. The tools themselves dont talk it is just the tool box. It is very loud, but has an off switch on the under side!
Each tool is very robust, and doesnt damage furniture or walls when being used to "fix" them, we have tested this thoroughly!!
If you have the handy manny dress up set it is the perfect accessory!
It does require batterries, 3AA.
After seeing an advert for this on TV my 5 year old son decided this was what he wanted to buy his 2 year old brother for his birthday. Ordinarily I don't encourage him spending £25 on presents (since it's my money he uses!) and also I am usually quite wary of character toys as they never seem to justify the price and I therefore think you are paying as much for the name as the toy itself. However, he was adamant that this was what he wanted to buy, and as Handy Manny is one of the few programmes my 2 boys will watch together, I bought it.
And I'm glad I did. Although the tool box is actually a bit smaller than I thought it would be I was very impressed with it when it arrived. Basically, the tool box plays the theme music from the TV show and the front row of tools dance. It also plays some of the voices from the show. All 7 of the tools can be removed which isn't always the case and each of the tools is a good enough size. The music and sounds you get from the tool box are less irritating than many other toys we own (toys quite often 'lose their batteries' because I can't cope with the noise, songs and voices they produce!). It does have an off button but my wee one has worked out how to switch it on and off so it's kind of irrelevant now.
The tool box was a big hit with my 2 year old on his birthday and 5 months later it is still a favourite with him. Despite being used regularly it is still going strong and we haven't had to replace the batteries yet. Felipe and Turner (the 2 screwdrivers) are getting a bit worn but they are used the most so that's fair enough. Both boys enjoy wandering around the house with the tool box 'fixing' my house which is very sweet (although the hammer and window incident will live with me for a long time!) and keeps them both happy for ages. Also, because the tools have a home in the tool box both boys make sure they are put away at night which means we haven't lost one yet.
I don't actually have anything negative to say about this toy. If you are looking for a toy and the child in question likes Handy Manny then I would thoroughly recommend the Talking Tool Box. Its well worth the £24.99 I paid for it and I'm sure will remain a favourite in this household for a good time yet.
My son is a massive Handy Manny fan (and I have to say so is my husband) , the Handy Manny talking tool kit is by far his favourite Handy Manny toy. The tools and the tool kit are very solid and withstand the playfulness on my little boy. He has dropped it on a number of occasions and it still works perfectly well. When you press the button Manny or one of the tools speaks, the best one is when they sign the theme tune to the programme, that has us all up dancing. The kit contains all of the tools seen in the show except for Flicker who is obviously a new addition other than that if your child loves Handy Manny then they will certainly love this tool box. A great product that in my opinion will bring hours of fun. I would highly recommend this product to all parents.
...he could probably do as good a job of this as Disney have!
I bought this on a whim the yesterday as I was in Sainsbury's and noticed that it was half price - £14.99 instead of £29.99. There was only one left and my 2yr old loves Handy Manny and is always trying to play with dad's tools, so into the trolley it went.
When we got it home, there was the usual annoyance of trying to get all the bits out of the packaging - scissors required. Once you get all the bits out of the box, it seems slightly smaller than I had expected - the toolbox itself is only about 22cm across, 12cm deep and 18cm high (including the handle). The individual tools are also quite small - even my son's tiny hands are too big to fit in the handle of the saw.
There are 7 tools as featured in the show: Pat (lightweight hammer), Rusty (monkeywrench, but with no moving parts), Dusty (saw - hollow plastic), Philippe & Turner (screwdrivers), Stretch (measuring tape, with one inch of retactable tape) and Squeeze (pliers - these open and close but not spring loaded). There is no sign of Fix-it the robotic dog (what is that thing meant to be anyway?!) and no Flicker the torch, who is a fairly new addition to the show.
When you press button on the front of the toolbox, you are treated to the theme tune from the show which is quite cute as 4 of the tools move up and down in time with the music (the little holders they sit in move, so anything you were to put in those slots would bounce around). The song is quite distorted and quite tinny sounding, and there's a lot of background noise from the mechanics that are doing the moving. It's noisier and more distorted in my opinion than it should be, which shows lack of quality - I'm sure they could have made this better if they really tried. On other occasions when you press the button you get a little catchphrase from one of the tools which sounds much clearer, but because it's just random there's no way of associating the voice with the tool, so it's entirely down to your knowledge of the program and voice recognition!
My main problem with this toy is that there seem to be such wasted opportunities. The tools themselves are just bits of moulded plastic, and with the exception of Stretch and Squeeze (who do very little) they do absolutely nothing. When you consider that McDonalds can afford to put voices, sounds and lights into the toys they give away free in Happy Meals, I think it's a bit tight that the manufacturer hasn't done anything at all with these tools. A simple push button on each one to make them say or do something would have made a world of difference. Or even some basic function to the tools - I've got a play tool set that was £2 in Poundstretcher that has a functioning monkey wrench in it, so surely on an item supposedly worth £30 they could afford to throw in a few more features?
I also feel that the design of the tool box is less than pefect. A couple of the tool slots would benefit from being deeper, and the handle would be better if it was a couple of inches higher. Rusty face to the side rather than forwards, and Stretch slides out of his space as it's very shallow. Again is seems a little tight to me that only the front 4 tools move in time with the music - surely it couldn't have cost much more to make them all bounce up and down?
That said though, my 2yr old son absolutely loves it and hasn't put it down yet! I was awakened this morning by Pat hitting my toes. Unfortunately Pat hasn't been seen since, so I suspect he's hiding under my duvet somewhere - I'll have to investigate. However apart from the hammer and saw he hasn't really played with the other individual tools much beyond taking them out and putting them back in the box.
It all seems to be quite sturdy and I expect it will last quite a while. Already some of the paint has scratched off the surfaces of the tools, so it's no something that's going to look pristine for long, but I think it should hold together fairly well.
Overall, I'd say that the £15 I paid wasn't terrible, and it was average value for money at that price. The £30 that it normally costs is just far too expensive for the features offered though, and on that basis I'd rate this only 3 out of 5 - a good toy, but overpriced and too many missed opportunities.
All of a sudden my 2 year old twin boys like a little bit of everything, one of their many favourite tv programmes is Handy Manny. An American show, with a little spanish punched in here and there shown on playhouse disney and can also be bought on DVD. He's a chirpy, colourful guy, with a strong, independant voice who has his own toolshop and carries his own set of tools around. If theres a job needs doing in his town it's Handy Manny and his tools to the rescue! Of course wanting to spoil them rotten at christmas as well as make sure they had things they would like I went on the search for Handy Manny toys, knowing they would be a hit. The first toy that caught my eye was the Handy Manny toolbox.
They are quite into tools anyway so to have a handy manny one I knew would be a bonus. The toolbox costs roughly £30 depending where you buy it from, you can purchase them online on sites such as Amazon, or in stores such as Argos and Boots.
The toolbox is a large, red, sturdy plastic box, with spaces inside for each tool to sit comfortably and a handle along the top for our mini manny's to get a firm grip.
The box includes realistic plastic models of Manny's very own tools, although they are plastic and quite strong they are not so hard or any danger to kids really. They are all rounded at the edges, even the screwdrivers, making them considerably safe tools for children to play with. Each tool resembles the tools from the Handy Manny programme perfectly, each personalised by a face, meaning eyes, mouth exactly like on the programme. The tools include Pat, Turner, Dusty, Stretch, Felipe, Squeeze and Rusty. They each have a happy expression on their faces, making them even more appealing to young children. The colours are bright and vibrant, matching the deep red toolbox that they sit in. Each tool fits into it's 'space' perfectly, but the front few are the ones which move slightly when the batteries are in and the button is pressed. There is a button on the front of the box which needs to be pressed gently to enable the tools to dance around cheerily, singing the Handy Manny song 'Hop Up, Jump In'. It is quite noisy, and the voice is clear to hear, but the song only lasts about 30 seconds.
Batteries are included when you first buy the toy, but when they run out you will need to replace them with 3 AA batteries. To remove the batteries and place more in you do need a small screwdriver to remove the 'door' that keeps them secure in the toolbox. The toolbox is suitable for children aged 3 years plus which I think is a perfect age to start with. It would be a little too heavy for a child younger perhaps but for a 3 year old and older children they would appreciate a toolbox, not only as it is Handy Manny but because they enjoy roleplaying with tools etc, you know the usual fixing your head, screwdriving your hair even hammering your hands, or is that just my 2? lol! I'd reccommend this toy to anybody who has a child who enjoys Handy Manny, I don't think it is one of them toys that the character novelty will wear off as it acts as a simple toolbox with tools to for them roleplaying and imaginative games that so many children love to play. The whole toy from the colour, to the sounds is upbeat, lively and really interesting for children to play with, I think they are well worth the money!
My son loves the cartoon 'Handy Manny' on the Playhouse Disney channel. For Christmas he was delighted to receive the Handy Manny Talking Toolbox.
The toolbox itself is bright red, just like Handy Manny's. It is made from sturdy plastic which is good as it has already been dropped quite a few times but shows no hint of damage. It is approximately 30cm in length. It has a sturdy handle at the top that is a good size to allow a toddler to get a comfortable grip on it. The toolbox has seven little cut out sections in the top that contain the tools.
The tools that come with the toolbox are:
Turner and Felipe the two screwdrivers
Rusty the wrench
Squeeze the pliers
Pat the hammer
Dusty the saw
Stretch the tapemeasure
The toolbox does not contain the character Flicker the torch. I think this is because the toy was produced before Flicker joined the show as he has not been in it from the beginnning. I can't say it has mattered that much to my son as Pat is his favourite character, but it's worth bearing in mind if Flicker is your child's favourite.
All of the tools are made of a durable plastic. There don't seem to be any little pieces that could break or snap off. Squeeze (the pliers) does actually open and close and Stretch (the tapemeasure) does have a little bit of tape that can be pulled out for more realistic play.
The tools seem just the right size for my son to play with. They are really good for role-play as he has already learnt how to use the screwdrivers and likes to pretend he's fixing everything and anything that has screws! He also likes to have the tools with him when he watches Handy Manny so he can copy what Manny does.
On the front of the toolbox is a picture of Handy Manny. When this is pressed you can hear one of the tool's catchphrases or you hear the 'hop up, jump in' song. When the song is playing the tools dance around in the box. This is hilarious and I have been known to play it even when my son isn't there! The song and sound effects are a really nice feature and add a bit of fun for the child. My son happily presses this button repeatedly to listen to the various tools talking. He likes to copy what they have said which has helped him learn new vocabulary. The voices of the tools are the same as the cartoon so my son recognises which character is speaking. Also the speech is clear and easy to understand unlike some toys that turn speech rather mechanical.
The toy is recommended as being suitable for ages 3 years +. My son has just turned 2 and has no problem using this toy fully. I also haven't seen any small pieces just would make it unsuitable for younger children so perhaps using your judgement as a parent is what is needed. I certainly wouldn't rule it out for 2 year olds.
The toolbox takes 3 x AA batteries that come with the toy.
It is priced at around £30 which I feel is quite expensive but I knew how much my son would love it. I don't think I would have paid that much if I hadn't been certain he would play with it a lot.
I bought the toolbox in Argos and have also seen it available in the Disney store and larger Boots stores.