Sick of storing your Flexo inside the vacuum cleaner bag? This is the perfect solution, complete with dividers for keeping everything where it should be.
Suitable for the Builder and Inventor sets.
Flexo, you have amazed me again. We love Flexo building blocks in this house and the small heavy-duty plastic storage bin has become a must have of mine.
Flexo has many small parts as we have discovered and we needed to find something suitable to store these in. I saw the Flexo small heavy-duty plastic storage bin up for review and thought, well it is a Flexo product. I'm not sure what I was expecting from a plastic storage box but was interested to see if it was any different to other plastic storage boxes.
It arrived and on opening the box I saw inside the Flexo storage box. It definitely looks heavy-duty. I started exploring the box. It has the warnings on the top relating to the Flexo product which I thought was a good idea as if someone who does not know Flexo finds the box they will be aware that there are small parts. Also as always love the Proudly made in New Zealand. It also contains the Flexo name and details so you know how to get more when required.
This box has 6 main compartments and a removal tray with five small compartments that sits on top of two of the main compartments. One of the main compartments has a removal divider for larger items. The hingers seem strong and are along the shorter end with a orange opening clip at the other. It has a frosted/clear plastic top which I like as I can still see whats inside.
I loaded up the blocks that I thought that would test the box the most, the domes and tendons. I seperated the domes into colours in the smaller removable tray and placed the tendons in one of the larger compartments. Then I turned it upside down and gave it a good shake. This is what I would expect to be the least of what the kids will do to the box. It held everything perfectly. Not one tendon or dome was out of place. No more serching through a box to find that small block in that colour you want.
I love this box. It is perfect for the Flexo range. It will be a great addition to any set purchased and at $4.95 it is a life saver to stop those little bits getting everywhere. When I need more storage for our Flexo blocks I am going to purchase another one of the Flexo boxes..
I have a love-hate relationship with lego, I love that it helps my son express his creativity but it hurts like nothing on earth to stand on so when I saw the flexo ocean kits to review I was excited to try but a bit hesitant until I saw that I could also get a storage box so hopefully no bits to stand on.
I was happy to see that the box had divisions in it so that the different parts could easily be kept separate and not be a big jumble of parts so that my sons shouldn't lose interest in the kits too easily. I liked that the lid was a flip top kind of lid so it couldn't be separated from the box and get lost. It looks like a good strong plastic and the information on the sticker is good to know. It kind of reminds me of a tool box or a fishing box. Being New Zealand made is another bonus, great to support New Zealand businesses.
I have one suggestion, have somewhere to put the instructions as my son wanted to keep the instructions in case he wants to build the stingray again but he wants to be sure not to lose it so he has put it on top of the box under the lid but it would be great if there was somewhere to store the instructions for later use.
We received the small heavy-duty plastic storage container to review along with the Flexo stingray and a box of Flexo domes. The kids thought that it was just a normal storage container at first and then the oldest one spotted the Flexo label on top and then was quite excited that there was designated storage for the new Flexo. The orange latches are easy to open and close but feel secure once shut, I don't think if the container was dropped that it would pop open as it feels nice and sturdy.
The kids separated everything out in the different compartments and the removable container. The Flexo domes have been separated out due to colour, and there are spots for the spare parts and the two multitools. The container slots onto the bookcase nicely, and I like how the lid is see-through so you can see into the box easily. This would come in handy if your Flexo collection grew and you had a few containers, that way you don't need to open them all to see what is inside.
The bottom of the box says that it is number 5 recyclable, I'm not sure if my local recycling picks that up or not but as the box is so strong I don't think that this would be an issue anytime soon. There are also pictures of other uses for your container on the bottom which includes using for fishing as a tackle box, a toolbox and as a first aid kit so it does have many uses if you found somewhere else to store your Flexo or if you would prefer to use the cardboard box that it is packaged in.
I had never heard of Flexo before seeing the products on the KIWIreviews website, so was intrigued, and to see that Flexo even had storage bins was wonderful. Ever since I can remember I have always had a passion for storage (weird I know, and my home still has some clutter.) With three young children it is essential that I have containers to store their various toys, especially bricks, so they do not get spread around the house, only to end up in my vacuum cleaner bag. When I requested some Flexo to review, I thought it would be a clever idea to also request a storage bin, thankfully I was lucky enough to receive some Flexo and a bin.
When the storage bin arrived I was puzzled with how I was going to have much to write about, however, once I started inspecting the bin I found a few things to write about. Firstly I liked how sturdy the box felt, while not being very heavy, the hinges that hold the lid on are well made, and they seem like they will be resilient to the lid being opened numerous times. The main part of the bin is black plastic, with a clear plastic lid held on with hinges. To open the box you just pull the latch up, and to securely close the lid you pull the latch down until it clicks. This particular bin measures 15.6 x 22.8 x 5.8cm in size, and is deceivingly large inside. The inside consists of a large compartment in the centre, which includes a divider to make it into two smaller compartments if you wish. Above this section are two compartments with a short divider which only goes half way up, this is to allow for the separate orange tray which is removable. This tray consists of 5 smaller compartments (3 on top and 2 below,) we have chosen to store our various Flexo multi-tools in the two longer sections. At the bottom of the bin there are two more compartments, however these ones have the divider going all the way up, this has been chosen to store the Flexo domes in.
Overall I am very happy with the performance and design of this bin, this will be ideal for keeping the various tendons, bricks, and domes safely stored away, especially from younger family members.
I look forward to getting more Flexo products in the future so we can expand our collection, and subsequently purchase more of these storage bins.
My oh my what can I say while I thought I may not have much to say about a simple storage container I ended up having many thoughts on why this small flexo storage container was so great. What I soon discovered with flexo is there are lots and lots of tiny parts that can easily get left lying around after my 6 year old son Cai has had a building session with the flexo inventor set. I had no need to come up with a storage solution to keep everything all together because flexo had already come up with that for me!!
The tendons were my main concern for losing track of as some of them are absolutely teeny tiny, the removal orange top tray has all the seperate compartments to store each of the different sized tendons keeping them seperate with cordoned off compartments. This was my absolute favourite feature, when you are on a roll with an idea using the inventor system kit it is such a neccessity to have all the different sizes neatly in the right place for quick accessibility. As it lifts out you can take it out of the main storage box to a place more convenient for you while you are building which is also fantastic.
Underneath this top storage you also have seperated compartments which we found handy for dividing up the different coloured bricks, and some of the different shapes. There was enough space for us to also store our flexo multitools so everything is tucked away tidily in one place making pack up a breeze for my boy and also allows him to tidily take the flexo from the lounge back to his bedrrom when he has finished playing. Being a smaller sized box we also thought this would be a great transport box for if he wanted to take his flexo on a sleepover at his grandparents house, would easily go in his overnight box without risking losing pieces.
I love the security of the latch system on this storage container, I have a one year old daughter who could find the tiniest speck of fluff on the floor and at this stage everything goes in the mouth, as flexo pieces like lego are relatively small I have to ensure when my older children are playing with or storing the pieces she doesn't get hold of them. The storage container is great to have them all kept in one place but the latch is super secure and difficult for younger children to open themselves. She can find the container left lying around but even then she can't get to any of the pieces stored safely in side.
These are a great price for how convenient they are for storing your flexo pieces and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to start their flexo collection. I think we may need to also get the larger storage container as our collection grows as I found these smaller ones were just big enough to hold one of the inventor sets, but we weren't likely to be able to fit much else in it.
I was not looking forward to reviewing the storage bin so I deliberately left it till last in case I came up with some brilliant observation. After all, what can you really say about what is effectively an empty box with a lid? How creative can you get? The children agreed. They could not think of anything either.
Well, much to our surprise, this turned out to be one of the most useful toys they have ever had. In fact, I hesitate to call it a toy at all. It is like a miniature version of an adult's toolbox complete with "tradesman's" colours, sturdy construction, an interior that can be rearranged to suit the contents, and a price tag that is not going to blow anyone's budget. In short, it is the perfect accessory for the Flexo range.
When we first examined it, Mr Six asked why I had come home with the small one as it could not possibly fit all the new Flexo pieces. Again we were surprised. We managed to fit the parts for four different Flexo kits and still close the lid, and what is more, the pieces were all organised so they did not get mixed up. It is hard to imagine one adult and two children getting excited about a box, but that is exactly what happened.
The removable section was just right for the tendons; they could be kept separate from the larger pieces, and those tendons still attached to their membranes could be folded and stored in the cavity underneath. Larger pieces could be sorted by type and arranged in the roomier sections, and there was even enough space to tuck in a partially completed project. The middle section of the storage bin has a removable divider which can be taken out to make one big compartment or inserted to make two smaller sections. I ran into trouble with this as I was trying to insert it upside down - the flat edge goes to the top, not the bottom, but luckily Mr Nine put me right.
The children's mother had been watching the children organising their Flexo pieces in the box. She was delighted as she is always trying to get them to tidy up, and in her experience children are far more likely to put things away if they have a dedicated place for them. She also liked the labelling on the storage bin as it advises the appropriate age for children to start using it - according to this, it contains small parts so is best for children eight years and over. However, Miss Six is very safety conscious so neither her mother nor I would have any qualms about letting her use it. It does vary from child to child, but it is useful that this information is included for someone who might be buying for a child they do not know. And finally, my daughter was delighted to see that the container is recyclable so if it did happen to break it could be disposed of properly. Not that we are expecting it to break. It looks pretty durable to us!
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