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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020080804-252
Induction Date:   August 04, 2008
Product:   Box4Blox - The Ultimate Lego Sorting Solution
MSRP:   $29.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.box4blox.com
Rating: 

Box4Blox - The Ultimate Lego Sorting Solution

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/04/2008

The BOX4BLOX is an innovative storage solution for keeping LegoŽ type blocks organized and tidy. It is a mother's dream of innovative design to help manage LegoŽ and similar items more effectively. Box4Box is made in the United States where it is sold exclusively online via www.box4blox.com and eBay.




Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Juvenile Products 2003 Consumer/Education 5 years + Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Ease Of Use Functionality Marketing Value Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 5 4

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.


image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 



Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
  (Unconfirmed)Materials & Testing Lab -
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
 



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
U.S.A.None

 

An Innovative Solution

Box4Blox is an innovative solution that deserves the greatest level of attention. The reason for this statement is based upon the fact that Box4Blox is the perfect solution to those all too often moments where the bottom of your foot makes acquaintance with a LegoŽ type block. No matter what the brand of the product, the end result is the same...a big OUCH!

Box4Blox is by far, the ultimate sorting solution for all kinds of LegoŽ type blocks with its most unique design which is colorful, easy to store, has a small footprint, and even teaches children a difference in size and shapes with squares. Each level of the Box4Blox has a different sized plastic grating surface which helps a child or even a mother promptly sort the various LegoŽ type blocks into appropriate levels of each tray.



A More In-Depth Look At Box4Blox

In the image to the left, you can gain a greater idea of what makes Box4Blox so special. It isn't just another box to throw a bunch of pieces in an unorganized pile which you later have to sort to use it again. You throw all of your pieces in the top tray at once and shake the trays simultaneously to allow Box4Blox to sort all of the pieces.

Each colored box has a different size grid spacing in the squares of each tray. All of the large LegoŽ type blocks and base plates stay in the top yellow tray with the largest grid. The medium to large blocks end up in the blue tray with the medium sized grid, the medium to small pieces end up in the red tray with the smaller grid, and all of the pieces which are small enough that often times are misplaced or found in the bottom of some one's foot, end up in the bottom green tray.

Once you have completed your sorting, you simply slap the lid of the yellow tray into place and place Box4Blox in the usual place of your choice where it will remain until your child is ready to play with it again! Box4Box easily proves its worth with the very first time it is used.


A Different Angle To Consider

Although education level is not a part of the primary ratings featured in this product evaluation summary, it still is a part of our over all ratings used in the entire evaluation. Now if you think for a moment, Box4Blocks consists of basic primary colors in its design. Now add to that the variety of grids in each tray which are unique unto themselves and you have an incredible learning tool for children. As they use Box4Bkox each time, they are exposed the basic primary colors they are learning about in school and the variety of grid sizes helps them learn differentiation between shapes, sizes, and spatial depth.



Consumers Have Their Say...

Consumers hold no punches when it comes to hands-on evaluation of a product. We have already seen all too many times in the past where products we have provided for consumer hands-on evaluation were literally blasted out of the universe with negative feedback. Let's see how the Box4Box fared in our latest evaluation.

Consumers came in at all public locations making comments in reference to how Box4Box resembled giant LegoŽ pieces. This of course drew immediate attention primarily from kids to the two Box4Blox samples we had on display. What was quite unique in this portion of the consumer hands-on evaluation was how the children all asked for permission before taking the lid off of the Box4Blox samples. When the kids saw the abundant number of LegoŽ blocks and pieces ranging from windows to wheels, this just drew all the more attention to the Box4Blox samples.

In the kids picking up all of the LegoŽ pieces at the mall and supermarket it was no problem at all, but when it came to the two public parks, that was an entirely different story. We never took it into consideration that this is Summer time, grass is dry as well as the dirt. When the kids were piling the LegoŽ pieces back into the Box4Blox samples, we ended up with a lot more than just LegoŽ pieces! It took a bit of time to wash down all of the LegoŽ pieces as well as the trays that held them so we could use the Box4Blocks samples at other locations.

On a more positive note, one of the mothers was quite excited about Box4Blocx. "My kids have hundreds of LegoŽ pieces and I have had plenty my share of discomfort from stepping on the things..." She went on to say, "This box thing you have here is an answer to my prayers because it is large enough to hold most of their stuff and still be stored easily." This mother made a good point in summarizing in her own words what a perfect solution that Box4Blox can truly be.

After compiling all of our notes and feedback form information, it was easy to determine that Box4Blox was clearly a unique product which could work well in both consumer and education market venues. The response from the hands-on evaluation participants was full of raves for what an incredible item it was. The only concern voiced was how strong the plastic was in case kids were "frolicking around" and might by chance fall on to the Box4Blox. According to a specialist in plastics we took Box4Blocks to, the product is built with a specific type of plastic which has some flexibility and would require a very strong amount of force to break it. Even then the type of plastic used does not have specific density to become a risk from shards of the plastic if broken. Box4Blox passed our consumer hands-on evaluation without a single problem.

Your Opinion Counts

Your opinion counts whether you realize it or not. Maybe you were not on of the hands-on evaluation participants, but your opinion still counts all the same. We welcome you to share your opinions about this game or the product evaluation summary itself in our "Ask The Toy Man" Blog / Forum for others to see what you have to say.

A Breakdown On Some Of The Individual Category Ratings

While other organizations will define their ratings in a "blanket" method which simply defines each rating in an overall usage, we choose to take a different approach. Each individual rating that was assigned to this product, based upon our evaluation process, is briefly explained as to how that specific rating score was reached. The ratings for this product are listed below. The ratings featured here are only a small part of the entire group of evaluation ratings used in our product evaluation process.



COST BENEFIT: Rating Level 5 - The Cost Benefit for Box4Blox is quite simple to determine. When you look at the MSRP of the product, and then consider the functionality of the product, it is simple to establish that Box4Blox is a magnificent product which earns the highest score possible in this category.



DURABILITY: Rating Level 5 - As stated earlier in the consumer evaluation, we took Box4Blox to a specialist in plastics who has been working in the industry for over 20 years. According to his evaluation, Box4Blocks is built with a specific type of plastic which has some flexibility and would require a very strong amount of force to break it. Even then the type of plastic used does not have specific density to become a risk from shards of the plastic if broken. The final analysis of our evaluation of Box4Blox in this category was a rating of 5 out of 5.



EASE OF USE: Rating Level 5 - Ease of use? What part of Box4Blox could possibly be seen as lacking in the ease of use category. In both our own evaluation as well as the consumer hands-on feedback, Box4Blox pulled a perfect score without even trying. Simplistic in design yet still highly functional, Box4Blox is a hit in this category.



FUNCTIONALITY: Rating Level 5 - All of our evaluation members for Box4Blox had an immediate reaction of laughter when we looked at the FUNCTIONALITY category for Box4Blox. Box4Blox is unique unto itself with such an ingenious design and maximum potential in functionality. While many other products have a good level of functionality in their design, Box4Blox pushes them off the shelf with the incredible balance of price, function, and size, all wrapped into one package. Box4Blox proved itself all too well in this category with a perfect score.



MARKETING VALUE: Rating Level 5 - The marketing value of Box4Blox is nothing but the best! Unique, reasonably priced, and having a measure of functionality which seems literally endless, Box4Blox is over the top in this category. The product is easy to understand its use, delivers a sense of organization, and built to last with repetitive use, Box4Blox scores a perfect score of "5" in this category. Box4Blox is a product which is a must-have for any family with LegoŽ type blocks in the house.



VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level 4 - When it comes to visual appeal, Box4Blox was on the borderline of above-average and perfect. It has a shape which draws immediate attention from most people and kids alike. In our consumer hands-on evaluation, Box4Blox proved to be an above-average product in regard to visual appeal, yet still falling short of a perfect score in this category.. When you combine the scoring from our own evaluation and the consumer feedback, Box4Blox had what it takes to capture the attention of many as stated earlier but simply was not strong enough to pull a perfect score in this category.






EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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