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Too many bits to tidy up all the time
13 October 2018
It takes over a quarter of an hour to carefully, sensibly, debox this toy. It is packaged by the manufacturer ready for safe transportation, then for offering shelf appeal to the purchaser, attraction to the child, who would then have to wait patiently while you disentangle it with a sharp pair of scissors, cut it away from the plastic bubbles, coloured cardboard, tight securing ties, sellotape and general anchoring. So I advise you to look thoroughly at this, sort it beforehand, as once you have done that, it is easy to stand the tractor back into the cardboard show box. So, with all that fiddle sorted through earlier, behind the scenes, you can happily gift it with the minimum wrapping paper, ready to play with.
It is a strong, shiny, colour correct well copied John Deere entry-level toy tractor. There are seven shapes with numbers on them arranged all around the chassis on the wheels, body and roof. They fly off when the tractor is played with, pushed along, then they have to be put back correctly until it happens again. I found this intensely annoying as you have to retrieve them from where they land, help put them back, and at the end of the day they will end up under the sofa, all over the place.
Honestly, I would not want this in the toy box, because of the eight different parts that make the toy up. It does look jolly to play with and can be a learning aid for numbers and shapes, but it is really two toys. One a fun toy tractor that will appeal to run along the floor and hold, and the other a complex puzzle. The combination doesn't work for my mind as the child who will want such a simple tractor to enjoy will not necessarily be developed enough to put back the parts in the right places as they routinely eject.
I think it will end up just the tractor being played with and the number/shape bits all over the house!