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Sunday, September 08 2013 12:53

Review: CAT Construct Dough Deluxe Excavator (Toy State)

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Toy State Test DriverWhen the crew at Toy State welcomed us into their Family of Test Drivers back in July, we were excited. Having already been a fan of Toy State's growing line of licensed vehicles, the prospect of checking out a fleet of new ones and issuing detailed thoughts was right up our alley. Recently, our assortment of Fall vehicles arrived for testing here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (in this case, the dining room), and the first one to strike Addie's interest was the CAT Construct Dough Deluxe Excavator. Let's take a look... 

Pin this?

This free-wheeling (ie: Battery-Free, non-motorized) CAT Machine immediately elicited a response of "Let's take it to the sandbox, Daddy!" - but it's not a sand toy (officially, though it could be). Instead, it's one of two available "Deluxe" extensions of the Construct Dough line (the other is a Dump Truck), that blends together imaginative, vehicular play, with creative, arts-based modeling. Along with the vehicle comes one can of gray dough - shaped like a Construction Barrel, along with four plastic inserts that can help your little builder stamp-out 8 possible road signs. Kids can load some dough into the hopper, then move the Exacavator's arm like a lever to push the dough out the back in one of three shapes - each creating a piece of a construction site... and I-BEAM, PIPE, or ANGLE BAR.

Construct Dough

Even though she didn't play with it like Addie did, Little Finley was intrigued as welll...

Construct Dough

Having played with this several times over the past couple of weeks, the CAT Construct Dough Deluxe Excavator scores high marks, despite a couple of minor concerns that I have as a parent. There is a slight risk of pinching should your little ones put their fingers in the hopper while pushing to extrude the shapes, and keeping the moving parts clean is extremely important. As with any dough-based toy, left-over dough residue will harden, potentially jamming up the mechanism. Watch the finger and clean-up when you're done, and the Excavator should be tons of fun.

Dough in progress...

The CAT Construct Dough Deluxe Excavator should be rolling into stores and onto your little one's job site this Fall. Check out ToyState.com for details.

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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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