Durable plastic airplane that can be taken apart into 21 pieces. The included drill can be switched from Forward to Reverse, and requires 2 AA batteries. Batteries must be purchased separately. The drill has 3 different bits.
The pieces and fasteners are chunky, making them easier for children to use.
Put the plane together, then take it apart. The toy functions just fine as a plane all on its own, but the real fun is in figuring out which drill bits to use and which order to attach the parts.
Upon opening the toy, the plane is already partially assembled. Assembly instructions are not included, but this has not been a problem.
Users report being very pleased with this toy. Children are able to start tinkering straight from the box, and are reported to play with this toy for over an hour at a time.
Great for children who already have an ability to concentrate, this toy can also help encourage children who may need help focusing on a single task.
Matching the correct drill bit to the screw requires children to practice their pattern recognition and problem solving skills. Being able to think through the problem on their own also leaves children feeling quite pleased with themselves when they are met with success.
A few users report having troubles with the drill. Whenever we hear of difficulties with a toy, we try to provide tips to help avoid any problems. In the case of this toy, screws that are put in very tightly may prove a bit too much for the drill to remove. In this case, an adult may need to use the drill bit to manually loosen or remove a screw.
The manufacturer recommends this toy for ages 3 and up, but we found that children a little younger can also enjoy this toy a great deal. Users report this toy being suitable for children around 2 ½. Children who still put small objects into their mouths should be supervised when using this toy, as it does involve small parts.
The Take Apart series by Battat includes other vehicles, such as the Roadster, the Crane, and the Truck.
Though Amazon lists two versions of the plane, one being the newer version and the other the older model, we have not found any substantial difference between the two, other than color. The older version has light blue wings, instead of green.
Users often report being a little frustrated at how the set does not include any spare screws or bolts. The pieces are large, and users were always able to locate the pieces if they were tossed into a toy box. Several users store the toy in a bag or shoe box in order to keep the pieces together. Very young children may need supervision to help make sure pieces are not lost.
Parts and Pieces
Battat does not currently sell replacement pieces. If a piece is lost, we recommend contacting their Customer Service by calling 800-247-6144, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 5:00 Eastern Time.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth
- Do not submerge in water
For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
As noted in Observations, losing a screw may impact the function of the toy. We recommend making sure all parts and pieces are accounted for before and after each use.