GREAT: If you have a toddler who enjoys taking things apart to see how they work, who loves to “help out” when trying to build something, who loves using his own tools and likes working with his hands then this is going to be the toy for you. To say Christian’s eyes lit up when he saw this toy and its parts for the first time would be an understatement. He was overjoyed with the fact he got his own powered screwdriver that worked just like daddy’s and even better it could actually screw in the nails. His other play power drill could spin around but not actually screw anything in, so the fact this one “really” worked just blew his mind.
The powered screwdriver turns in two different directions so that your kid can both tighten and loosen the screws to build and take apart the airplane. There are three different bits to connect to the screwdriver in order to fit all the various screws that are needed to build the plane. This isn’t just added fun for the kid but also helps teach your child pattern matching and mechanical skills.
When a toy isn’t only fun but also educational it gets an extra gold star in my book. When your child is working on building and taking apart the airplane they are also working on developing their fine motor skills. They are learning how different pieces fit together in order to build something bigger. They have to be able to analyze the various pieces and determine how they fit together, which tools need to be used in which pieces and see the bigger picture in their minds. The toy also helps with concentration, color and shape sorting.
GOOD: This isn’t just one toy, this is multiple toys in one. Not only does your child get the joy and entertainment from putting this together and taking it apart, once it is built your child also get a large airplane to play with.
All the screws and pieces that come with building this toy are large in size so that small hands can easily work with them. This also gives me piece of mind when Thomas is around the toy as the pieces are large enough that he can’t secretly throw one in his mouth. While he will definitely still try to take a bite out of one of the nails or drill bites, they are large enough where I don’t have a large concern about him choking on it.
Christian isn’t at the age where he can build this all by himself yet, but he can use the powered screwdriver to screw in and unscrew the pieces with a little guidance from me, which for him is so much fun. To see the screws going in and out of the toy by his own hand brings a smile to his face every time and he beams with pride at what he just did.
BAD: So this is a catch 22 on the bad because the bad also makes this such a fun toy. There are 25 different pieces related to this toy. Yes, you read that right – 25 different pieces! I have a hard time keeping 2-piece toys together let alone being responsible for 25 pieces. I have no doubt that within the upcoming months we are going to lose some pieces when the magical toy fairy comes to our home and steals random pieces. When that day comes, I’m not sure what we will do because if you lose the wrong pieces there is no more building of the airplane. I’m trying to keep the pieces in a zip-lock bag when not in use, but I also realize this isn’t the most realistic expectation with a 2 year old, a 1 year old and a busy mom/dad. Also with a younger brother who is a ninja when it comes to stealing pieces and running away and hiding them, I know it is only a matter of time before pieces go missing.
The opposite side to this argument is that the 25 different pieces is what makes this toy so much fun. So, I’m going to do my best at keeping up with all the pieces as long as Christian loves playing with this toy.
My only other complaint is that I wish the powered screwdriver had a little bit more power to it. It definitely still gets the job done and entertains Christian, but there is one screw when building the plane where it doesn’t quite have the power to get the screw all the way in. Since the pieces are large it is easy to finish tightening with my fingers but if the screwdriver had just a little more power it would be able to finish the job itself.
UGLY: I really don’t have anything ‘ugly’ to say about this product. We have had a wonderful experience with this toy and Christian has really had so much fun building something.
Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months – 8 years, though Christian has started using it at 2 and has really enjoyed it with parental help
Product dimensions: 11.8 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
Requires 2 x AA batteries
25 colorful pieces: 21 airplane parts, powered drill and 3 bits
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