MICKEY ROADSTER RACERS PIT CREW TOOL BOX REVIEW

With a Dad who studied Motorsport Design and Engineering at University, and now spends his days working as a Motorbike Design Engineer, we knew Elise would also love cars or motorbikes. She loves nothing more than cuddling up to her Dad and watching the MotoGP so when we were offered the Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box to try out I knew it would be the perfect toy for her to play with. 

This is a title photo. The title of the blog post can be seen in the centre in a diamond shape. The background is Elise (age 2) playing with the toy.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE PIT CREW TOOL BOX

After seeing the Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box I instantly knew that it would be a hit with Elise. I must admit that Elise wanted us to open it and play with it straight away. I will also admit that we struggled getting into the packaging. It took us quite a while to realise that you could fold the handle down, and once we did this it was easier to get the product out from the plastic wrapping.

The first thing we noticed was the range of items included in the Pit Crew Tool Box. It comes with 23 items including a mallet, flat head screwdriver (or ru ru if you ask Elise), play metal plates (that are actually plastic), screws nuts and nails. It even has a working peg board on one side so that you can keep all the pieces together. I also liked that the toy was very unisex and refers to your child as a little racer. The use of primary colours means that it isn't pushed towards a certain gender which is also a thumbs up for me. I also loved the added Mickey details on the toy, with the nails being shaped like Mickey's face.

Elise (aged 2) is holding up the pit crew tool box and looking at the side of it whilst putting screws in the existing holes.

WHAT YOUR CHILD CAN LEARN FROM THE PIT CREW TOOL BOX

As well as learning the names of the different tools, Elise also learnt how to use each of the items included within the tool box. She quickly understood that the mallet was used for the nails, and she enjoyed watching us place the screws into the pegboard with the screwdriver. She hasn't quite got the hang of screwing them in herself yet, but she does place the screwdriver in correctly and turn the screw around. Her favourite thing to do was to use the nuts and then flick them off with the screwdriver. 

I think she loved the fact that the tools were easy to hold and weren't very heavy. It meant that she didn't drop the items she was playing with. She also learnt that different tools went together and worked on her fine motor skills. I think the toy is great for developing hand eye coordination and also to encourage sharing and playing together. We found that we needed to hold the screws in place for her so she also had to communicate with us what she wanted to do. 

The toy is aimed at children between 3-6 years and although it is a toy range alongside a television show, your little one doesn't need to be familiar with it. I think every child knows who Mickey Mouse is anyway! Elise is 2, but because the pieces are nice and big she was fine using it. As mentioned, she couldn't use all the tools properly but I think if she was 3 she wouldn't have any problems. 

The tool box is in the foreground with Elise sat behind. The tools are beside the box and Elise is using a screwdriver on one of the bolts. There are some screws in the side of the took box.

THE MICKEY ROADSTER RACERS TOY RANGE

The Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box is part of a larger toy range. They have a training track included in the range, as well as plenty of vehicles, and even a pop up tent. This means that the range has something for a wide variety of age groups. I know that Elise would love the training track, and even the puzzle.

The prices of the toys within the range are very reasonable too, with prices starting at just £4.99. The Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box retails at £14.99.

Elise is sat on the floor surrounded by the tools from the tool box. She is inserting a screw into the hole on the side of the tool box.

OUR FINAL THOUGHTS

We really like the Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box and think that it is a great addition to our toy collection. Elise has been playing with it every day since we were sent this to test. She enjoys playing with the screwdriver the most, and has also been using the mallet to hit a ball around the room. I think that some of the pieces could be a little bit stronger, such as the Mickey shaped nails as I think a child with a heavier hand may be able to break them. Elise has a very gentle touch so it wasn't a problem for us, but I do think they need to be slightly thicker. I think the price is really good for this product too and would be great as a Christmas present. I'd love to see some of the tools made out of a different material than plastic too, but this may raise the cost a little bit and I'm not sure if people would be willing to pay more than £14.99. 

We would recommend this toy to any parent who has a child who loves solving problems and getting hands on. 

Elise is sat on the floor next to the tool box. She is using a toy hammer to hit a mickey mouse shaped nail into a panel.

Does your child watch this series? 

SARAH HUGHES
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