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Induction Certificate Number:   74020090831-356
Induction Date:   August 31, 2009
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich
MSRP:   $20.00 USD
Company URL:  http://www.habausa.com
Rating: 

HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher | The Toy Man® - Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/31/2009

Wow! It's a hoagie, grinder or...no, it's HABA's Baguette-Sub Sandwich that is sure to fill the imaginative appetite of a child with fun! Hmmm...A Baguette roll with cheese, salami, onions, lettuce and tomatoes all included. Remember now, you can't be trying to eat your child's toy!




Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Toddler Toys & Accessories 2009 Consumer/Education 3+ Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Hybrid-Use™ Marketability Skill Improvement Overall Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 4 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.


image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types
Industry Memberships

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 

 


Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  LGA
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
 



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
U.S.A. CAUTION: Potential choking hazard - Not intended for children under 3 years of age

 

Introducing HABA Baguette Sub Sandwich

* SUMMARY CODES: SN - Special Needs

HABA has always been known for manufacturing the finest level of quality infant toys and accessories but the Baguette Sub Sandwich really takes the cake on this one! Wow! It's a hoagie, grinder or...no, it's HABA's Baguette-Sub Sandwich that is sure to fill the imaginative appetite of a child with fun! Ummm...A Baguette roll with cheese, salami, onions, lettuce and tomatoes all included. Remember now, you can't be trying to eat your child's toy!

It is so amazing how such a simple product could have such a dramatic effect on a child when it comes to developmental skills as well as popularity yet the facts are in and this little baguette does the trick. When you look at the quality and realistic effect which the product has, it is plain to see how it is a perfect selection when it comes to educated buying habits. Whether you are a corporate buyer or consumer, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich is an educated and resourceful investment.




So Simple Yet So Powerful

To a consumer or average buyer, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich is simple and quite visually appealing yet little do they realize just how powerful this little sandwich mimic truly is. It is important to look at the product from an entirely different perspective...that of a child.

To a child, especially a toddler, the HABA-Baguette Sub Sandwich becomes like an object from the story of Alice In Wonderland, each piece of it a new and exciting experience in exploring, sensory perception, and just plain wonder and fascination. The sandwich presents a multitude of various textures, colors, and shapes which each create a significant catalyst to spark critical, motor, and cognitive skill development.

When you are buying a product for retail sales or making educated buying decisions for your child, you must look well beyond the visual appeal of a product which stimulates impulsive decision making. You must carefully think of how a child will respond on as many perspectives as possible. This guarantees a wise buying decision with maximum reward. The Haba Baguette Sub Sandwich is one of those products which has a more than ample supply of benefit for a child. It not only ensures strong, progressive skill development and an experience of absolute delight, it also influences future repetitive buying habits.

Putting A Whole New Spin On Learning

Sub-Sandwich Contents: 1 baguette, 3 slices of cheese, 4 slices of salami, 2 onion slices, 2 lettuce leaves, 2 tomato slices.

What's so special about this besides making you hungry for a sub-sandwich? With the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich, your child can learn how to make their own healthy sub sandwich without the the mess you would generally associate a child and a sub-sandwich with! A parent, teacher, or caregiver can use the sandwich for teaching a child or children about vegetables and their importance in a child's diet, while encouraging development of fine motor skills simultaneously.


Independent Evaluator Reports

Obtaining An Independent Perspective...

In this section we will evaluate "HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich" from the perspectives of people qualified in the specific field associated with the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two qualified industry professionals who know their stuff and have the credentials to prove it.

Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth reports connected with their study and evaluation of HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports which have been paraphrased in order to encapsulate the primary points being conveyed in each report. This approach provides completely independent perspectives in the evaluation of HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich.


PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary.




PRODUCT: HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich


Textiles Design Specialist


"The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was such a pleasure and break from the regular flow of products I examine and evaluate. I was quite impressed with the perfectly balanced combination of quality, color, encouragement of skill development, and innovative design which will be quite useful in a child's development and active play time.

The textile materials used for this product were without question, one of the most high quality materials to use which ensure easy maintenance, durability, and the strongest level of visual adjuration. In my examination of the material used with this product, I ran through my usual series of pressure, stress, and spillage tests. The material is of high quality and will withstand spills and extended period of use far better than most.

In the repeated washing of the baguette, there was no apparent breakdown of core materials within the product, not to say that the vibrant colors of each part of it had no loss of effect as well. Despite excessive wear and tear in testing, the seams of every part of the product remained well secured with strong resistance during evaluation. I have no data on the internal materials used so I cannot provide any information on that part of the testing. The design of the materials used was exceptional and is sure to enliven the interest of a child to investigate every shape and surface of the product.



PLEASE NOTE: The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was not designed to be washed in a washing machine.

It is best to perform spot treatments instead. In both our in-house evaluations as well as those of some of our independent evaluators, we push a product to the limit, well beyond what is required by Federal and European regulations. If a product passes in our evaluation within the standard parameters set forth by the product manufacturer, yet fails some where beyond that standard point, the product still passes.


Textiles design specialist's quotation's continued....

In the completion of my evaluation I would say the textile materials used in the design of this product are likely to bring the price point up substantially while at the same time deliver a product which consumers will still purchase without hesitation or second thought. With their using the high quality textile materials for which HABA product of this type are so well known for, this guarantees you that the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich can easily endure the wear and tear which is so common with toddlers in their personal Play activity.



Behavioral Analyst / Psychologist, (PhD)


"In my evaluation of the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich, it proved its worth as an incredible tool for stimulation of gross and fine motor skill development. Just as with product I have evaluated for you in the past, it is a vital point to remember that although gross motor skills are primarily for larger muscles functions, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich still provides a contribution to development of these skills in the action of throwing, bending over to pick up, and similar actions, These actions all play as an integral part of how the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich stimulates balance, coordination and many other developmental skills in a child whether infant or toddler.

When it comes to fine motor skills, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich plays a very strong part in their development. A child's enticement to touch the various fabric textures, and shapes then be awed with the visually stimulating colors provided a plentiful supply of stimulation to fine motor and critical skill development. This statement is based upon the fact of the substantial level of stimulation to a child's primary developmental skills. This in turn establishes a solid foundation upon which to ascertain that my evaluation findings are fully plausible.

Just as with a product you submitted to me a few months back, the SN children have a very wide range of possible challenges with which to contend. The baguette provides a stimulus which serves as an advantage to help these children with learning and developmental improvement, as well as psychological support.

A very strong point in this regard is the emotional support which the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich is an excellent fit for SN children. The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich provides these children with a sense curiosity which turn encourages active play. SN children have a greater level of safe stimulation to perform new actions not previously experienced. Depending upon the type of challenge for each SN child, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich can be seen as a catalyst which results in a more rapid rate of skill development which for these children in their development and care.



CAUTION!! - The pieces within the baguette pose a danger for children under 3 years of age due to a potential choking hazard.

At the same time, it is important to remember that in active play with the appropriate age group for which it is designed, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich could not possibly be a greater contribution for a child for skill development and personal growth. It is applicable for use in home, school, or SN environments.

Contents: 1 baguette, 3 slices of cheese, 4 slices of salami, 2 onion slices, 2 lettuce leaves, 2 tomato slices. In summation of my findings, I have determined that the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich contributes substantially to primary behavior development, emotion, intellectual thought and most importantly, the five-senses. Considering the price point, level of innovative design, and the overall benefit gained for a child, this is a product which serves a dual role. For children, the benefit is all too obvious, for the buyers, this is a product which creates a desire from buyers to have more of the same quality and benefit, in effect, creating a want and fulfilling the need."




Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how "HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich" was seen with consumers?

The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was part of a consumer hands-on evaluation performed in a busy public area in the Las Vegas, NV area, along with multiple other products. Having several products available for consumer evaluation all at once provides a more well balanced and unbiased evaluation of the products. Many of them had two or three copies available to provide a larger base of opportunity for consumer evaluation yet the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich did far more than just hold its own against the competition. I am sure you are eager to see the results from the consumers feedback of the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich.
If you are salivating from your look at the image of the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich, don't be embarrassed, you have joined the ranks of plenty of others who were participants in our consumer hands-on product evaluation. The Haba products we brought to the evaluation event drew attention such we never before imagined, after all, they were all just 'play toys' to entertain children and help stimulate their developmental skills. Nonetheless, the consumers seemed to think otherwise.

Now this is where the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was really able to shine while creating an atmosphere of laughter and which had us all getting a few chuckles from time to time. There were some of our evaluation participants who were actually trying to determine if the cheese was Swiss or Provolone, and one parent even asked if HABA had additional types of cheese to choose from to make the sandwich "more realistic!"
There were plenty of comical situations and statements associated with the consumer hands-on evaluation of the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich but what happened next took the prize for the most unusual and powerful statement representing the effect this product had on our participants.

One of the parents came to us with a very serious face and made the following statement; "Hey, I know this thing is for the kids but if you are going to teach them, do it right...A grinder just isn't a grinder without Provolone cheese." That one single short sentence speaks a thousand words plus about HABA's efforts in detail, imagination, and quality in every product they create.

As we videotaped the hands on experience for each participant with all of the products we had brought, there was no question about it that the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was one of the most popular products. We thought we had seen everything to date yet these video tapes made us have extreme difficulty in creating a serious review of the videotapes due to the fact we kept having sudden bursts of laughter from watching the video tapes and seeing/hearing the responses from the participants.

In reviewing the feedback forms which the participants filled out, there was no room for doubt that the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich as well as some of the other HABA products we had brought were one of the most popular products with the consumer hands-on evaluation participants. The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich truly earned a gold star on this one!


A Sampling Of Category Ratings



A small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to be featured in this product evaluation summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific rating score was reached.

  • If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the complete review is published for public view.
  • When a score has been assigned to a category rating, it has been through a thorough validation process to ensure accuracy and no inflection of bias.
  • If a product scores an overall category evaluation rating average of [2] Two Stars or lower from the complete review results, it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
  • Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and is shared only with the company submitting the product.

 



The Featured Category Ratings for this Product Evaluation Summary are listed below.




COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5]

The HABA Baguette Sub Sandwich was a very easy product to evaluate and determine and accurate rating in this category. What you have is a "toy" which was so well summarized by one of our independent evaluators as far as establishing cost-benefit. "...contributes substantially to primary behavior development, emotion, intellectual thought and most importantly, the five-senses. For children, the benefit is all too obvious, for the buyers, this is a product which creates a desire from buyers to have more of the same quality and benefit, in effect, creating a want and fulfilling the need."

Combining the MSRP and weighing it against the overall features of the HABA Baguette Sub Sandwich, it is plain to see that the HABA Baguette Sub Sandwich has the fullest degree of association with having a very strong level of cost benefit. It pulls a perfect score of [5] Five Stars in this evaluation category for Cost Benefit.


DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5]

The HABA Baguette Sub Sandwich truly shined in the category for Durability. Even after repeated wear and tear tests which are well beyond what is required by Federal and European regulations, the the HABA Baguette Sub Sandwich still maintained the original "new look" with no apparent visible signs of wear and tear.

In the final analysis in our evaluation of the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich in this category for Durability, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich sped through to the finish line as though it were on a pair of roller skates. It closes the book on this category with a perfect score of [5] Five Stars.


HYBRID-USE™: Rating Level - [5]

Hybrid-Use™ is a term created and used by our publication to identify if a product is applicable for use in more than one environment. The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was unquestionably fully functional in use for home, school, day care centers, and with SN children in all phases of our evaluation. It meets all required standards for use in all these environments. It was quite clear that the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was a perfect fit for Hybrid-Use™ in the highest level possible. The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich really "brings home the bacon" in the Hybrid-Use™ category with a perfect score.



CAUTION: Potential choking hazard - Not intended for children under 3 years of age.

Although the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich meets all required standards for Hybrid-Use™, caution should still be enforced if it is in use for active Play in a mixed age group with children under 3 years of age.



MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5]

One of the key points of interest for a buyer is most oftentimes the Marketability of a product. The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich has an already well established name combined with functional benefit, quality, ecological benefit, and excellent visual appeal. Add to that the immediate and positive response of every person who saw the product in our evaluation, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich sweeps through this category for Marketability with a perfect score of [5] Five Stars.


SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [4]

The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich is a magnificent product not based upon the rating samples featured here, but the entire gamut of ratings from all of our evaluation pages. In many of the categories and sub-categories, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich was a hit. Despite the track record of success in so many other categories, nothing is perfect in every category rating, and Skill Improvement was one of the limited number of "hiccups" where there was not a perfect score.

There is no question of the substantial contribution which the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich provides for skill development, yet it judged that it just wasn't substantial enough to pull a perfect score in this category. To have a perfect score of [5] Five Stars, the rating score must be unquestionable.

It is this strict approach which dictates that although the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich fell short by a single digit of a perfect score in this category, that score actually holds more value and meaning. The ratings score is absolute and well above-average. The Haba Baguette Sub Sandwich rose to the challenge and pulls a score of [4] Stars in this category for Skill Development.


VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5]

When it came to Visual Appeal, the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich stole the show! The merriment from the reactions of our consumer hands-on event as well as everyone else who was given the opportunity to see the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich proved it had the WOW!factor to make it to the top.

The HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich is quite unique in how while it may strike your hunger for a sub-sandwich or fascinate a toddler to play with each of the colorful and realistic pieces, at the same time it conveys an image which "appears" to have a calming / soothing effect.

After carefully reviewing the video tapes and going over all reports and pertinent evaluation data, we established a final product evaluation score for this category. A determination was reached that the HABA Baguette-Sub Sandwich pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for Visual Appeal.






EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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