Sunday, August 17 2014 11:12

Review: The Home Depot Handyman Workbench by Step2 (Toys "R" Us Exclusive)

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Step2 Brand AmbassadorAt some point in the past year, both of my girls - five-year-old Addie, in particular - started displaying a real interest in doing the things that Mommy and Daddy do. Then, around six months ago, Addie started requesting a tool box and a drill, constantly telling me, "I want to build things like you, Daddy," triggering my fairly easy-to-melt heart, and after seeing it a few times, the purchase of a Home Depot toolbox that's part of an exclusive line of products sold at Toys "R" Us. Fast-forward a few months, and as part of my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador, we received The Home Depot Handyman Workbench - one of a few new items for Fall 2014 that Step2 has created for TRU for that same exclusive line. It's funny how things work out sometimes, and this new arrival to our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house) really hit the sweet spot. Check it out, in-action at Rock Father HQ...

Now, depending on your space availability, Step2 has a couple of options out this Fall, though we opted for The Handyman Workbench due to it's space-saving footprint. For those looking for something bigger, The Home Depot Big Builders Pro Workshop was also just-released, but The Handyman Workbench offers BIG fun in a small space, a perfect palette for hours of imaginative play and the building of fine motor skills. In fact, we've had ours placed between rooms here, and all of Addie's little friends can't resist stopping to play for a few whenever they walk by it.

The Home Depot Handyman Workbench features:
  • Peg board with hanging clips to neatly hang and arrange tools.
  • Four removable bins for easy clean-up and storage.
  • Real working play drill (requires batteries).
  • Saw, Screwdriver, Hammer, Nuts and Bolts.
  • Toy truck project kit made of realistic foam "wood"
  • Working vice keeps projects stable 
  • Large work surface for all sorts of creative projects

Overall, The Home Depot Handyman Workbench is a nearly perfect toy that allows kids (girls and boys alike) to embrace their inner builder while emulating some "grownup" tasks. 


Rock Father-approved!

*Not for children under 3 due to small parts.  Made in the USA from U.S. and imported parts.


The Rock Father Rating: 4.5/5
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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