Parents' Guide to

The Toy Box

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Marketing is key in colorful, entertaining toy competition.

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age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 8+


Where is LAST MAN STANDING ??? Thank God we live in a world of many other channels to choose in place of The Toy Box.... It's just boring stupid TV....
age 7+

An Annoying Commercial

This is a dull waste of time. The children judges were chosen for their hits on YouTube; one is "The Apparently Kid" from the Ellen show and the 13-year old girl does some videos as well. There are 2 other child judges. Whether it's the editing or the coaching, or simply because the children aren't able to put together sensible commentary on the products they review - instead going for cutesy statements or mugging for the camera - this is a complete waste of time. I feel sorry for the inventors who have their futures in the hands of children who are not capable of intelligent review. Mind-numbingly boring and repetitive. The entire show is a commercial for Mattel products and Toys R Us.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (1):

A kinder, more colorful version of Shark Tank, this series offers the chance to see how toys are developed to be mass-marketed for profit. It highlights the fact that toys have to be innovative as well as fun to be successful. It also points to the need for creating safe toys that are affordable to make.

Many contestants leave disappointed, but thanks to Eric Stonestreet's humor the show remains lighthearted. The candid reactions of the kids are fun, and despite some over-rehearsed and obnoxious comments, they often offer thoughtful feedback. Overall, The Toy Box is entertaining for toy lovers of all ages.

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