Battat 18-Piece Tool Kit

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Screw, Grip, and Drill with the 18-Piece Tool Kit

Jul 15, 2005 (Updated Oct 5, 2005)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review
  • User Rating: Excellent

  • Durability:

Pros:● Portable
● Moving parts add to the pretend play value

Cons:● Small parts may pose a choking hazard

The Bottom Line: If you have a budding handyperson in your mist, the 18-Piece Tool Kit would certainly brighten their day.


It’s a good thing there’s a man in the house. Before I sat down to write this review I skimmed the specs on the toy and came across a word that I’ve never seen, spanner. My husband informed me that it’s the Brits word for a wrench. Well, that’s good to know. One can only image where I could have gone with that… tool kit… spanner

The 18-Piece Tool Kit is a make believe toy recommended for children 3-years and up. All 18-pieces fit inside a toolbox, and the entire toy is made of plastic. The toolbox reminds me of a lunchbox with a handle, and two slide fasteners. Some of the tools have moving parts that work like the real-life counterparts. For instance, the tape measure has a tape that rolls up, and the spanner adjusts by moving a bolt. The saw has a plastic glide that moves back and forth when sawing. It makes a clicking sound when moving. The drill works like an eggbeater that clicks when the handle is turned. The t-square, and the level have plastic beads enclosed in a capsule, which imitate water bubbles. When playing, they rattle a bit. The pliers open, and close, and can actually grab, and pick up things. If you have an evil child like I do, the pliers will pinch mommy's skin.

Like the Mini Dog Vet Kit, which is also made by Battat, the 18-Piece Tool Kit is easy for preschoolers to lift, load, and operate. When loaded, the kit weighs about 3½ pounds; so little ones can carry it with ease. Caution, the nuts and bolts may pose a choking hazard to young toddlers, or preschoolers who still mouth their toys. It’s also important to mention that there are no sharp edges in the kit. The nail is flat, not pointed. This kit consists of the following items:
● 1-spanner (2¼” x 5½” long)
● 1-handsaw (4¼” x 7½” long)
● 1-hammer (2¼” x 6” long)
● 1-pliers (2” x 6” long)
● 2-nuts (1½” x ¾” long)
● 1-nail (1” x 2½” long)
● 2-screws (1” x 2½” long)
● 1-tape measure (2” x 2” long)
● 1-screwdriver (1¼” x 3¼” long)
● 3-screwdriver bits (1” x 2½” long)
● 1-level (1½” x 8” long)
● 1-drill (4” x 8” long)
● 1-t-square ruler (3” x 5½” long)
● 1-toolbox (4” wide x 10” long x 8” high)


Our Experience:
William received the 18-Piece Tool Kit for his 3rd birthday, so he’s enjoyed the toy for more than a year. I’m very impressed with the durability of this kit. The toolbox is phenomenal. It actually stows crayons, and goes wherever coloring takes place. It’s held up well, considering its use. It will be a dark day when the fasteners break, or the handle falls off. The tools actually live in a bin on the shelf. The toy doesn’t receive as much playtime as others, but it’s certainly entertaining. The tape measure lost its tape long ago; although, I’m actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. My son whipped it around in circles 100 times too many, and it ripped off. I discarded the tape portion, but William still plays with the tape measure. It has a clip, and he pretends it still works, and clips it to his pants.

I don’t have any complaints about this plaything; yet, wonder if the tool selection could be improved upon. The screws, nail, and bolts receive little to no attention. If the toolbox had an area where the screws could be screwed in, or the nail hammered, it would be more useful. As it is, they just sit in the bin, because what is one supposed to screw, or nail? Perhaps these pieces could be eliminated, and replaced with a tool belt instead. My son would get a kick out of carrying his tools around his hips like a real handyperson.

Like other Battat toys the 18-Piece Tool Kit is available at on-line sites as well as discount department stores like Stein Mart, and T.J. Maxx. We’re pleased with this imaginary tool toy, and recommend it to all budding handyperson’s.

Battat Inc.
44 Martina Circle, P.O. Box 1264, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901-0149
Telephone: 1-800-8-BATTAT



Additional Tool Reviews:
Yard Crew Zip Trimmer by Playskool
Home Depot Deluxe Construction Playset Toys R Us



Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 16.99 (Gift)
Type of Toy: Playscene
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years


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