I thought I’d started shopping Christmas shopping really early this year when I ventured out to the high street this week, so was surprised to find my local Sainsburys already stocking shelves with Mince Pies and Crackers… oh well It was early for me anyway.
At only 21 months old Jacob already has his own toy favourites, and has had his eye on a Let’s get to work Handy Manny ever since he spied it from his pushchair up on the shelf in the Disney Store. So me and hubby had already decided to buy him that for Christmas, however when I went to pay for it looking at the back of the box it mentions Handy Manny’s Transforming Tool Truck. I was intrigued by this toy as I’d never seen it before, so decided to check it out and now I’m glad I did.
I’ve decided not to take the toys out of their boxes as they are my sons Christmas presents, however I’ve had a good look at them and a play around, so here goes with my reviews.
Lets Get To Work Handy Manny
This 13″ miniature version of every toddlers favorite handyman is a good likeness to the cartoon Manny, and is also voiced by wilmer valderrama so sounds exactly like the TV version.
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He Say’s 26 sentences in total, 20 when you press his belt buckle and another 6 when you place a tool in his gloved hand. I was slightly disappointed that Manny doesn’t recognise which tool you have placed in his hand, he just speaks a random sentence about a tool. Even if Manny says’s “Hmm, we need a tool that is good at tightening things” and you place Pat the hammer in his hand he will still say “That’s the right tool for the right job” even though it obviously isn’t, although at least your child won’t get frustrated if they get it wrong.
Here’s a list of the phrases Handy Manny says’s:
When Belt Buckle Pressed:
1.Hmm, we need a tool that knocks nails into place.
2.We can fix anything. (in Spanish and English)
3.¡Vámonos!, tools! Come on.
4.Hmm, we need a tool that knocks nails into place.
5.There’s a tool for every job
6.Hmm, we need a tool that is good at tightening things.
7.Thanks for your help. Gracias.
8.Let’s work together.
9.Measure twice, cut once.
10.Let’s go to Kelly’s store. She always has what we need.
11.I couldn’t do this job without you.
12.Hmm, we need a tool that can cut things.
13.Righty tighty, lefty loosy
14.You break it, we fix it.
15.Hola, I’m Manny
16.There’s no job too big for us.
17.Hmm, we need a tool that can tighten screws.
18.Hmm, we need a tool that we can measure with
19.Measure twice, cut once.
20.We make a great team
When a Tool is placed in Manny’s hand
1.That’s just the tool we need.
2.That is the perfect tool for the job.
3.Great idea. Let’s use that tool.
4.Every tool has a special job to do.
5.That tool is just right.
6. That’s the right tool for the right job.
The things I like about this Handy Manny doll is that even though it’s hard plastic, it doesn’t look plasticky if you know what I mean and is still cute enough for kids to cuddle up to.
It also comes with all of the tools from the show (apart from Flicker) so your child will be able to play out the TV show at home with all of the characters. The tools are also hard plastic and a nice size, not too small for little ones to play with. Being made of plastic also makes Manny look very durable, he looks as if he would survive getting knocked around a bit.
The tools can either be stored in Manny’s famous red toolbox, or they can clip onto Manny’s tool belt.
Handy Manny 2 in 1 Transforming Tool Truck
I wasn’t intending to get truck, to be honest before I saw it on the back of the Handy Manny box I’d never even heard of it but once I saw it I knew I had to have it for Jacob. He loves Handy Manny and he loves all types of vehicles, it was just a match made in heaven.
I would definitely say you need to get this toy delivered as it’s quite heavy and bulky, it’s more awkward than anything to carry. I bought it and carried it to the bus and really wish I hadn’t, and there was no way I could have carried anything else at the same time.
The best thing is that the Let’s get to Work Handy Manny fit’s into the cab of the truck, so you can push Manny around in his truck. I think if you received the truck as a present and didn’t get the doll, your child would be a bit disappointed, you’d just be left with a big space and no one to drive. It also makes it difficult as the doll has a big picture of the truck on the back, so that’s the next thing your little one will want when they see it. In my opinion you need both the truck and the doll if you have a really big Handy Manny fan in your house.
There is so much going on with this truck it’s just great, I can’t wait till Christmas to play with it myself! The set comes with Rusty the Wrench, Felipe the Phillips head screwdriver, Squeeze the Pliers and Dusty the saw. I find it strange that it doesn’t come with the other tools, and really don’t understand why not as it is an expensive present and you would expect the full set. However I’m not to worried as you get all seven tools with the doll, so that’s another reason to get the two toys together.
When not being used a Manny’s truck you can unfold the sides out and it magically becomes Manny’s workshop. Inside the Workshop you will find a clock, fan, toaster and camera all waiting to be fixed by the tools. There is also Manny’s telephone, where familiar customers will call up and ask you to fix things eg..”Hi it’s Mr Lopart here, por favor can you fix my fan”. There are so many voices and phrases will this toy that it’s impossible for my to list them all (ok not impossible but it would take me to long!)
You can also lift up the hood on Manny’s truck and fix the engine when it breaks down, “we need to tune the engine” “gracias you fixed the engine”. The radiator,air filter, battery and spark plug all can be repaired. I liked the fact that this toy has the tools voices too as well as Manny’s, and they are exactly like the cartoon.
Unlike the Let’s get to work Manny with this toy you do need to select the correct tool for the job. When the right tool is chosen, the fix it right song will play along as you repair. A special Handy Manny button will give your child extra clues and helping hints guiding them towards the correct tool for the job.
A nice touch is the set of blueprint’s you get, explaining how to carry out each of the repairs.
I’m really looking forward to Christmas just to give my baby these two toy’s, I know he’s just going to be thrilled. I think that they are both really lovely toy’s and the Handy Manny fan in your life is sure to love them.