Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer

Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer

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The Big Idea

Meet Helix, the newest member of the Dino Construction Company™! Part Stegosaurus, part cement mixer, this behemoth brute can build and bash anything, anywhere. With a mixer that spins, movable jaws, and tires with dino tracks, there’s no project too tough for Helix. Plus, he’s totally kid-powered!

Shhh...They're Learning!
  • Promotes imaginative play and storytelling
  • Encourages outdoor exploration and discovery
  • Develops fine and gross motor skills
  • Introduces cause and effect
Cut to the Chase
  • Stegosaurus cement mixer combo with movable jaws and tail and real, working Archimedes’ screw
  • Includes poseable Dino-man action figure
  • Perfect for dirt, sand, and snow
  • Perfect add-on for all Dino Construction Company™ vehicles
  • No batteries required
Nitty Gritty:
  • Multilingual package and instructions in English, Spanish, French, and German
  • “Helix” Stegosaurus cement mixer, action figure

Inventor: Bruce Lund

As a child, Bruce loved dinosaurs and construction vehicles best. In fact, this well-known toy inventor still displays his favorite hydraulic action dump truck model in his office and has a roaring, life-sized T-Rex skull hanging in his conference room!

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Educational InsightsDino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging (27)
  • Lots of fun (27)
  • Interactive (23)
  • Durable (20)
  • Educational (12)

Cons

  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Young children (25)
  • Entertainment (17)
  • Indoor (12)
  • Older children (7)
  • Special needs (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent of two or more children (16), Education oriented (12), Stay at home parent (9), Working parent (9), First time parent (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great toy, would like a couple of things different

In theory, this toy would be my three-year-old son's dream. It combines two of the great loves in his life- dinosaurs and construction/working trucks. Although this item we received was great for...Read complete review

In theory, this toy would be my three-year-old son's dream. It combines two of the great loves in his life- dinosaurs and construction/working trucks. Although this item we received was great for imaginative play and adoration, it fell a bit short in terms of being a functional toy. The "mouth" of the truck is small and a bit hard to open, and had limited articulation. The tail/spout was the same- my son isn't overly familiar with the workings of cement trucks, so he was a bit confused about what to do with it, although he did enjoy playing with the truck's "tail" and treating the overall vehicle as a dinosaur itself.

We were sent this set with another that had beams, rocks, and some construction barriers. The beams don't easily fit in the truck's mouth. There isn't a very good grip, and there is a fair amount of manipulation you have to do for the truck to pick it up, close it, etc. This may be easier for an older child or one with better hand control. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn't fluid, either.

The dino guy that comes with this set is very simple. Small, no real articulation, but fun because, well, it's a dinosaur construction​ man. Of the Dino Construction Company items we received, the dino by himself is the biggest hit. He can play outside (and hide) in the dirt, likes the slide at the park, has even been known to relocated carrot sticks and spaghetti from one side of the plate to the floor.

I liked the concept of this toy. The execution was a bit rickety, and it didn't have the longevity that I would have hoped for. I wish the truck's mouth and tail were a little more fluid or easy to use.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as advertised

It looks great. The Dino man is great because he can stand and sit. But it does not work as advertised. The wheels and the cement mixer lock when playing in/with sand....Read complete review

It looks great. The Dino man is great because he can stand and sit. But it does not work as advertised. The wheels and the cement mixer lock when playing in/with sand. Have yet leave any Dino tracks with the tires because the wheels lock and can only see drag marks. The design of the Dino jaw to pickup/scoop up sand is poor, frustrating to use by my son and even me.

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2.0

Not as advertised

By MA

from Ventura CA

About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent, Stay At Home Parent, Working Parent

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

      It looks great. The Dino man is great because he can stand and sit. But it does not work as advertised. The wheels and the cement mixer lock when playing in/with sand. Have yet leave any Dino tracks with the tires because the wheels lock and can only see drag marks. The design of the Dino jaw to pickup/scoop up sand is poor, frustrating to use by my son and even me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      My grandson loves these trucks.

      By Grammy in Baltimore

      from Baltimore

      About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Engaging
      • Lots of Fun

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

          i bought the whole set of these trucks for my 3 year old grandson for Christmas, he loves them and I found out that there is a show called Dinotrux (Netflix?) He watches the show and plays with these trucks at the same time. In the summer they will be great in the sandbox/dirt pile!
          My only suggestion would be to Educational Insights: Please package these trucks a little better. Thet were just put into boxes with no protection around them. Some of them came loose from their individual boxes and were rattling around free and needed to be put back together, which was easy to do. Obviously very durable toys!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Durable and Imaginative

          By suburbanwifedp

          from Maplewood, NJ

          About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Engaging
          • Interactive
          • Lots of Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Entertainment
            • Young Children

            Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

            The cement mixer is a great toy for my son. He loves that it has so many moving pieces. I like to hear the sounds he comes up with as he's "mixing cement" I love how this toy really goes with us. It's been in dirt, leaves and I'm sure it will get the snow soon enough. I love that he can play with this and I don't have to worry about it getting ruined. It's a test of time toy. It also doesn't hurt that it's like a dinosaur because that's his favorite. I was provided a sample for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            He is so cute

            By Tabbys Pantry

            from Pagosa SPrings, CO

            About Me Stay At Home Parent

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Educational
            • Engaging
            • Interactive
            • Lots of Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Entertainment
              • Indoor
              • Older Children
              • Outdoor
              • Special Needs
              • Young Children

              Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

              My son loved the dino collection. Helix is not only fun to play with but it is a dino with snapping jaws and a working cement mixer. Or as we call it in our house the sand mixer lol.. How can you beet that with a little boy. He loved that is also came with a little man to ride him. This collection is very strong, it can really stand up to a wild 5 year old. Anything that mixes Dino's and construction is a winner in my sons eyes.

              I got this in exchange for an honest review.

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              4.0

              Dino Lovers Toy!

              By Preschoolpaul

              from Los angeles

              About Me Education Oriented

              Pros

              • Interactive
              • Lots of Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Entertainment
                • Young Children

                Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

                Best used in a sand box setting.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Perfect for the busy boy

                By Aunt Gimme

                from Evansville, IN

                About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Educational
                • Engaging
                • Interactive
                • Lots of Fun

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Entertainment
                  • Outdoor
                  • Young Children

                  Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

                  He loves to build and dig with it. Indoors he uses it to pick up other toys.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great for the Construction/Dino Fan

                  By Djbridge

                  from New York

                  About Me First Time Parent, Working Parent

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Engaging
                  • Interactive
                  • Lots of Fun

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Entertainment
                    • Young Children

                    Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

                    This is a fantastic toy for a toddler boy who is crazy about construction and/or dinosaurs. My little one loved the fact that it came with an action figure which fits inside the vehicle. He is fascinated with cement mixers so this was a welcome addition to his construction line. I liked the fact that it looked different to other traditional construction toys and it is great that it has moveable parts.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good playground toy

                    By Barb

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                    Pros

                    • Engaging
                    • Interactive
                    • Lots of Fun

                    Cons

                    • Small

                    Best Uses

                    • Entertainment
                    • Indoor
                    • Older Children
                    • Young Children

                    Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

                    This a a great sandbox/playground toy. My kids, who are 6 and 3.5, like to load it up with water and sand at the playground and drive it around. It holds up very well given the rough way they play with it and the rough terrain to which they subject it. They also love that it has a figure that is the driver, though to me I think the figure is kind of boring because it does not do anything. It is a bit smaller than I expected, and the plastic does not feel super sturdy, which is why I did not give it five stars.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Plays rough, built pretty tough

                    By JGomez

                    from Downey, CA

                    About Me First Time Parent, Working Parent

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Engaging
                    • Interactive
                    • Lots of Fun

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Entertainment
                      • Indoor
                      • Travel
                      • Young Children

                      Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

                      My 3 year old son loves these Dino Construction toys. He plays pretty rough with them and they are built pretty tough. The cars are very fun to play with. The size is great for his little hands. He loves to bring these toys with him in the car so it is perfect for the car ride.

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                      5.0

                      A favorite toy from the start!

                      By JulieK

                      from East Hartford, CT

                      About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Engaging
                      • Interactive
                      • Lots of Fun

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Entertainment
                        • Indoor
                        • Older Children
                        • Travel
                        • Young Children

                        Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer:

                        I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

                        My boys LOVED the cement mixer from the start - for one because it doesn't seem there are too many cement mixer toys out there, so whenever they find one they want it. Also they love Stegosaurus! Perfect! It was a little challenging for my 3 year old to maneuver the moving parts, but the boys figured it out together and love putting things inside this toy.

                        My one complaint is the little dino driver inside - so easy to lose. We've actually lost ALL the dino drivers of our 3 trucks by now. I'm not going to give the toy lower stars b/c it works fine without it.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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