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You Build It Double-Security Safe

You Build It Double-Security Safe

Fall 2005 Toys
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $12.99
Review:
Here is a toy that definitely appeals to young men and women. The small safe (6" x 6" x 4") is made from six sturdy gray plastic pieces that are easily assembled. The double security feature will deter curious parents and meddling little brothers alike. Once the door is closed, swiping a key card and using a secret code is the only way to open the combination lock. Wisely, two key cards are provided, and the combination is printed in the companion book.

The full-color, illustrated 24-page book, Lock it Up, is an engaging look at keeping things safe. It incorporates historical facts (earliest lock), world record oddities (largest and smallest locks), hi-tech lock access (biometrics), and information about locksmiths and criminals who can foil security systems. It even covers Underwriters Laboratory testing of safes.

As a related topic, the book provides information about things a person would want to keep in a safe. The fun observations about money ask how many stars are above the eagle on the seal of the United States on a dollar bill and how to identify a counterfeit $20 bill. Our testers thought this was fun and it seemed to make money more appealing to them.

One minor technical mistake exists on the last page of the instructions for locking the safe. The last line reads, "PUSH THE RED DOOR CLOSED." The door referred to is green.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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