The Step2 Deluxe Workshop is a toy tool workshop suitable for both boys and girls to play at being little handy men. It comes with a lot of accessories like hammers, saws, screwdrivers, wrenches and a spring action vice. Fake wood durafoam pieces can be assembled to create different toys.
Accessories like the drill and saw make realistic sounds (well, kiddie-realistic) and there is a shop light above the workspace that can be turned on and off. The set can accommodate more than one kid playing at a time. Let’s take a closer look.
Features of the Step2 Deluxe Workshop
- The Deluxe Workshop comes with about 50 accessories. These include a drill, wrenches, pliers and screw drivers. There are also drill bits, screws and nuts to play with
- The drill and the saw makes drilling and sawing sounds (well duh!. And the cow goes moo …)
- There is also a pretend shop vacuum (just add some imagination – no batteries required) and a working spring action vise (to torture stuffed animals with)
- There is storage space for all these accessories on the set itself – a big bin, jars for the nuts and screws, two cabinets and one slide out drawer
- The fake wood pieces can be assembled to create toys. Instructions for 4 different projects are provided ( Is it a boat, is it a plane? )
- There are holes in the workbench for screwing nuts into or to pretend to drill a hole with the drill
- The functioning shop light above the work counter (this does require batteries and almost no imagination) can also double as a night light (just check that Junior doesn’t put in night shifts)
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Hammering Together the Step2 Deluxe Workshop
It should take anything between 30 minutes to an hour to assemble the toy workshop, depending on if you have help (of the adult kind – unless little Junior is a child-prodigy). The completed workshop weighs around about 30 pounds and the dimensions when assembled are roughly 34 x 15 x 41 inches.
When you are assembling the parts the screws should pierce through the plastic without much effort – they are designed to pierce through with a little pressure. You can use an electric drill to make holes if you feel like it (or if there are holes that don’t line up), although it should not be necessary really. As always don’t over tighten anything (i.e. don’t force the issue).
The little jars that come as part of the accessories is for putting the screws and nuts in. It slides into the back wall of the bench and the little pegs also attach to the back wall to hang tools on.
When applying the decals make sure to clean the area first. Then after it has completely dried stick down the decal by applying pressure from the inside to the outside edge of the sticker.
The cute little drill needs 2 AA batteries and the shop light takes 3 AAA batteries.
That’s a great variety of tools.
Screwing Around With the Step2 Deluxe Workshop
When it comes to fun, the Deluxe Workshop really hits the hammer on the nail. There is a decent amount of accessories included with the Deluxe Workshop, as well as ample storage for these accessories. There may even be room to store some of the kid’s other toys as well.
There is enough counter space and things to do so that one kid will not become bored too quickly and that two or more kids can play together. Arranging and storing tools and nuts and opening and closing drawers will also be fun for the young ones (you’ll find out if you’re kid’s a neat freak or not as well).
The little drill and saw makes noises when you work with it (the saw makes a kind of clicky sound), but no doubt part of the fun for kids when playing is doing their own impressions of what something sounds like when being used. These two accessories should get used a lot (particularly on the fake wood) and will be a favorite along with all the other little tools.
Easy storage is available in the Step2 Deluxe Workshop
Fake Wood – Real Fun
The fake wood pieces (the new amazing Durafoam!) are sort of big puzzle pieces really that can be put together as a sort of three dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Instructions in the manual show you how to do 4 builds – a boat, a plane, a car and a birdhouse.
No doubt other shapes can be constructed as well (Junior will proudly show you something which he insists is a helicopter – but really looks like an explosion in a Lego factory). The pieces have a faux-wood grain which is a nice little detail that adds a good bit of realism. The kids can pretend to drill or hammer screws through the fake wood pieces too. The wood pieces store in the big bin beneath the work table.
Notes On Cleaning, Safety and Build
- Most of the big parts are American made (north of the border that is). The fake wood pieces are sourced from Taiwan and one or two of the accessories are manufactured in China.
- The tools are quite safe, with none being too sharp or dangerous in any way (except for a choke hazard with toddlers).
- Try to keep an eye on junior while playing that he or she – A) doesn’t climb on top of the bench (it’s sturdy but better not take chances) and – B) for smaller kids it may be a good idea to keep the smaller pieces that can be swallowed like the screws and nuts away until they are past the “put everything in my mouth” stage.
- The shop vacuum doesn’t make any noise unfortunately (or is that fortunately?) It might have been fun if it did, but it doesn’t necessarily suck because it’s silent (pun intended). It just needs some sound effects that don’t require batteries (i.e. the human voice).
- Also note that the drawers on the front right hand side is actually a cabinet door and not individual sliding drawers. There is a sliding drawer underneath the counter top though.
- One can wipe down the workshop with a cloth and some soapy water if it looks like it needs cleaning.
The vacuum is silent. A bad oversight or a blessing? You decide.
See the Workshop In Action
The Step2 Deluxe Workshop has enough accessories, counter space and storage options to keep one or more kids or siblings playing happily for hours. The fake wood pieces with it’s accompanying projects are a great feature and the cute sounds the drill and saw make are also very fun.
The overhead work light that can be used as a night light is also a very useful feature. All in all a fun little play set for your aspiring little handyman (or handy girl).
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