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Induction Certificate Number:   74020101003-452
Induction Date:   October 03, 2010
Product:   Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets - 200
MSRP:   $43.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.citiblocs.com
Rating: 

Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets - 200

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product Evaluation Specialist / Editor - The Toy Man®
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  10/03/2010

Brand new award winning 200 piece HOT and COOL colors sets- featuring vibrant new colors, new packaging and lower prices. Each multicolored set includes 4 different colors plus natural colored blocks, building guide and heavy duty cardboard box for storage.

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Participating in our eco-Recognition™ Project to encourage greenBusiness™




Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Construction Toys & Sets 2010 Consumer/Education 3 to 10 years old Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index
Evaluation Summary - Index



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™ funQuotient™ / Popularity Marketability Overall Visual Appeal
5 5 5 4.5 5 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.



Critical Evaluation Information

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CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

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



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
8-99215-00220-2 and... CTBSW200 / CTBSC200Labeled



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaWARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about..

Image of Citiblocs Hot Colors Box and Example.
CitiBlocs continues to raise the bar when it comes to quality and greenBusiness™ with their latest new creations, Citiblocs Hot and Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets. From pre-school to elementary school and even education industry professionals, CitiBlocs are an ideal toy, which is so simple in design yet is limited only by the imagination.

They are precision cut blocks of wood which are 100% ChildSafe™, green, crafted from renewable pine forests in China, and provide an outstanding skill development medium. Starting this year, Citiblocs will be partnering with the Yuhne Forestry Management in China to plant trees in the area.

Even for myself in my own personal experience with both Citiblocs sets, the blocks are literally mesmerizing. With the abundant volume of evaluation summaries to prepare, the last thing I imagined myself doing was building creations with Citiblocs. I was quick to learn how the Citiblocs are like the Sirens of Greek mythology, drawing you close except with Citiblocs you have a positive end. You may sit down to create something simple or nothing at all, yet the colorful set of blocks flips the switch on your creative imagination skills and become irresistible.
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

What makes CitiBlocs so special you may ask? I reply to that question with a question: How many toys can you buy that steadily stimulate progressive development of reasoning, problem solving, cause and effect, engineering and improvising skills? No matter what the age, sex, or native language of any individual, these life skills are an inherent need and CitiBlocs provide the experience needed to fulfill that need.

Kids need only imagination and gravity to build, stack and create their own fun with CitiBlocs. The simplistic shape and design of the blocks makes them ideal for solo play or a family fun session. Through interactive family play with these blocks, a stronger bond can be made while at the same time gaining an educational experience which never stops, even after the interactive family play ends. The further skill development which an individual gains from playing with CitiBlocs is later applied in circumstances or tasks where reasoning, problem solving, cause and effect, and improvising skills are needed most!
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


Image of the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors 200 Package and a child's creation with the wooden planks.
Independent Evaluators - Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT | SERVICE: Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets - 200

MEDIA PLATFORM:
MEDIA CONTRIBUTION:
TARGET AGE GROUP:
Organic Juvenile Recreational Toy
Progressive Skill Development
3 to 10 years





 
This Week's Independent Evaluators

Structural Wood Design Engineer, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Environmental Engineering

"Citiblocs Hot and Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets are just as the original which I evaluated some time ago.  They are an open-ended construction set in which each piece has been carefully crafted much as a structural design.  Every facet, every angle, every cut so precisely measured and shaped so that each piece will be identical in size and shape.

All pieces of the set have a very durable and absolutely smooth surface finish which will ensure that each piece has no sharp corners or edges and is safe for toddlers and children to explore a creative experience in building and design. The color scheme for each of these sets has an excellent combination of shades which compliment and contrast each other so perfectly.  The blending of colors with the standard planks will stir the creative imagination in both children and adults even greater, driven to create build without even knowing what will be the final result.  They may not understand it yet something about the pieces causes them to react by instinct, not fully understanding what moves them until they have satisfied that hunger to build and be creative."

"The materials used for the production of the Citiblocs Hot and Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets are of the finest quality pine from a source which is easily replenished with no negative impact on ecological concerns. As I understand, the wood is from China and Citiblocs will be partnering with the Yuhne Forestry Management in China to plant trees in the area to support a balance of use vs ecological impact."


Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Ph.D., E.D.
Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Studies

* SUMMARY CODES: SN - Special Needs

"The colorful splash as well as the neutral tones of the standard Citiblocs are a perfect medium to break that lackadaisical approach to everyday life.  Whether toddler, child, or adult, the Citiblocs sets act as an excellent stimulus to physical and brain activity helping to fend off brain atrophy, (non-literal), which seems to be becoming so common in U.S. society today..


"In our examination of the new 'Hot' and 'Cold' colored wooden building sets, we discovered that with both our general and S.N. students, the spectrum of colors used with these Citiblocs sets, the response and skill development levels were raised substantially.  This was especially noticeable with our S.N. children. The Citiblocs are so well suited for use in our studies with each and every one of children. 

Although we need a more extended period of time to complete a full evaluation study, we can confidently share in this report that the Citiblocs colored wooden building sets have taken a well established developmental tool and brought it up a notch, opening entirely new pathways in developmental and behavioral pediatric studies.  They are a proven hybrid product which encourages skill development in both applied education practice and consumer use."

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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf Corp itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

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Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets - 200 were quite the product at the public mall we took them to for spontaneous hands-on evaluation.  We were all so impressed with the incredible creations the kids and parents alike were able to create.

The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets provided a new perspective for many of the parents who were there in reference to their children.  As one mother shared with us..."I never knew my daughter had such a creative mind and skill for working with a building set of colored wooden planks.  This experience helped us form a stronger relationship with your bringing it here."

In our going over all of the video tapes, feedback forms, and other content, for each and every one of us, the comments from this woman were so moving.  I wish we could have capture the body language from her conversation with us; so much heartfelt emotion and excitement all from an experience for this woman and her daughter with the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets.

We sat down soon after speaking with the woman and many others to establish where "Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets." stood with the consumers. After careful compilation of all evaluation category rating scores we validated that the"Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets." passed this segment of our evaluation with the highest of recommendation.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service 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 each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below.

COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 demonstrated in active use by consumers, SN children, and independent evaluation reports that it influences a "substantial" level of improvement in regard to cognitive, motor, and overall critical skill development. The incredible level of play and skill development was well established and validated. Creative skills and so much more are exercised and encouraged with the active use of the product.

Many of the most important critical skills which we are most concerned about in a child's skill development are all stimulated in active play with the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200.

What has all this got to do with cost benefit? PLENTY!! When you consider that Citiblocs are made of a high quality pine which comes from a bountiful full renewable source, has a far lesser price point than many other wood compounds, and most important of all is lightweight, the cost benefit associated with Citiblocs is easily determined and validated. There was no question in the final scoring in this evaluation category; the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 closes the doors on the competition in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5 Stars].

DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The DURABILITY level the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 was not difficult to establish. Although a limited number of "other" wooden building sets of similar nature are made with a heavier and harder wood, in virtually all probable applications of use of Citiblocs, pine has proven to be the more "preferred" material due to not only cost, but weight as well.

We pushed the Citiblocs planks to the limit in a simultaneous testing with other wooden building planks of same size and dimension. The planks from the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 matched the durability levels of the other planks in pressure, flex, and pull tests in measurement of pounds per square inch. Although being a less expensive material, "...the pine planks from Citiblocs clearly established a positive baseline which meets the demands necessary for use in an educational facility with a more significant price point margin to work within." The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 scored a perfect score of [5 Stars] in this category for DURABILITY.



HYBRID-APPLICATION™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In our evaluation of the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 in the evaluation category of HYBRID-APPLICATION™, it was an enjoyable experience. Despite the many years of evaluating products, there is always more to learn and the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 proved that without question.

The the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 was put to use in multiple environments ranging from a licensed pre-school establishment, to use in a family's home with live applied use for home-school study. It was also used of course in our spontaneous hands-on product evaluation events, with the final stop being a facility for SN children. Introducing the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 to such a vast variety of environments and witnessing first-hand its being so suitable for use in each location proved the how the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 is such a perfect fit for hybrid-application™. The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 pulled a perfect score of [5 Stars] in our evaluation for this category of HYBRID-APPLICATION™



FUNFACTOR™ / POPULARITY: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In our evaluation of the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 in the evaluation category of FunFactor™, it demonstrated an enormous capability of creating laughter and sometimes a bit of frolic. Laughter and comedic expressions were at the very center of it all in the midst of their recreational play.

The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 proved it has the organic ingredients to not only serve as a ecological contribution to greenBusiness™, but serves as medium to generate more laughter and a greater level of skill improvement than that of a whoopie cushion! Although there is intense focus quite often as the children exercise the use of the creative imagination, the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 still managed to bring a generous sum of FunFactor™ into the mix.

A quite powerful feature which is unique to Citiblocs is the availability of "colored" planks! Just imagine those same wooden planks you see in a number of wooden building sets, then now seeing them mixed with colored wooden planks in a variety of bright and colorful shades. This adds even more excitement for kids as they play with the Citiblocks. To take it one step further, the ink use is 100% eco-friendly!

The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 danced its way through our evaluation with plenty of excitement from the kids yet at the same time the response from the kids is more focused to create their latest creation of wonder. Although there was plenty of FunFactor™ which was well above average, it still fell short of a perfect score by a single digit. The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 pulled its weight in this category with a well above-average score of [4.5 Stars].


MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 pulled its weight quite well with a dominant or competitive position in comparison to other product of like kind in the market.

When you consider the following;

  • Each block is precisely cut using state of the art technologies and high quality Radiata Pine from certified renewable forests in New Zealand.

  • Each block is perfectly cut to ensure proper balance and stackability.

  • All Citiblocs are certified safe and non-toxic and have been tested and approved according to all CPSIA rules and regulations.

  • CitiBlocs provide a substantial contribution to a child's skill development

  • CitiBlocs have a substantially lesser price point while still retaining the quality as that of their competitors

The marketing value is influenced dramatically and gives the CitiBlocs a clear edge on its competitors. The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 literally screams ahead in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5 Stars].



SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

When it comes to SKILL IMPROVEMENT, the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 creates a "substantial" level of improvement in regard to cognitive, motor, and overall skill development. The incredible level of play and skill development was well established and validated. Creative skills and so much more are exercised and encouraged with the active use of the product.

Many of the most important critical skills which we are most concerned about in a child's skill development are all stimulated in active play with the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200. In the eye's of our independent product evaluators, the Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 serves as a significant source of stimulation and education for a child. This in turn serves as an unquestionable catalyst for increased skill improvement. The Citiblocs Hot/Cool Colors Wooden Building Sets -200 screams to the finish line in this segment of our evaluation with a perfect score of [5 Stars] for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.
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