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Skill Building Toy Garage

by leefish Posted 1st Jan 2009 at 8:31 PM - Updated 8th Aug 2014 at 4:29 PM by leefish
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This download is part of the Stuff for Kids Creator Challenge
After spending the last month racking my brains to try and think of an entry for the kids challenge I came up with this - an additional toy to complement the dolls house. This is a toy garage for little boy sims (and tomboy little girl sims) to play with.

In the dolls house children play with little dolls - these dolls are coded into the object so I made an alternative set of toy cars. Unfortunately, I had to use the existing animations so the animations of the sims holding the cars is not a perfect match; but better than using dolls in a garage, right?

The toddler animations came out ok - the toddler puts the car in their mouth and shakes their head etc just like the doll house

The garage functions ALMOST exactly the same as the doll house - adults, elders and teens can join the children in play, but do not start playing with the garage on their own, the difference is that children and toddlers build mechanical skill when playing with it.. Teens and older do not build skill as that would be silly, but their fun increases just like the dolls house.

The garage can be found in the catalogue with the rest of the toys and costs 120 simoleons (it costs less than the doll house because a Sim dad made it out of bits of wood so it is cheaper )

If you use the garage in a lot
Please be sure that you package the garage and the little cars and give DL'ers a link to this thread just in case

Polygon Counts:
Garage polys 380 intact, 488 broken
Car polys = 110 per car

Custom Content by Me:
- Toy cars for Garage
- Bits O'Wood Garage

Additional Credits:
Maylin- for the incredible texture she made for me - it made such a difference to the object I class her as a co-creator on this object. Thank you again, it is kindnesses to others like this which makes MTS2 such an amazing place to be.

Echo for writing the BHAV tutorials and then checking my BHAV and telling me which line I had missed - Thank you SimPE of course, and MTS2 for giving me a place to share my stuff.

UPDATE 2014 : The garage now shows on community lots and can be placed on OFB shelves.


You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Size: 240.1 KB · Downloads: 73,679 · 1st Jan 2009
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Forum Resident
#26 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 7:46 AM
Genius idea... well done! Thankyou so much for sharing
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#27 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 8:00 AM Last edited by -Maylin- : 2nd Jan 2009 at 11:11 AM.
Thank you very much for this great object, leesester ! I was sure that this fantastic garage will become a 'Must Have'. You have done a big job on it and I wish you good luck!

Sorry I can't take requests anymore!
And I will probably never convert my creations for TS2 to TS3.
Field Researcher
#28 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 9:56 AM
Excellent! I had one of these when I was little and loved it - just goes to show how much fun girls can have with things like this, too (see also: my spud gun, Evel Knievel, Millennium Falcon, etc.). Thank you...and Maylin!
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 11:06 AM
Wow, Thanks!

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#30 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 11:44 AM
This is really great work Leeseter, I love it and I'm sure my little simmies will too. Now lets hope the big angry brother won't kick the play garage, that would be so sad!
#31 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 12:43 PM
Great job! I remember I always liked playing with cars as a child, even tough I'm a girl. This brings me lots of childhood memories.
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#32 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 5:41 PM
A suggestion on the animations problem: You could change the cars into transformers action figures, than the way they hold them would still be right.

This garage toy is awesome!

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#33 Old 2nd Jan 2009 at 9:18 PM
Psychosim, that is not a bad idea - I can offer an alternative set of toys - unfortunately, the cars GUIDs are hardcoded in the garage so it would be one or the other - not both. Maye someone could make them - a bit like a recolour!

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Field Researcher
#34 Old 3rd Jan 2009 at 12:37 AM
OMG I got a garage just like this when I was three years old as a reward for...something too embarrassing to tell, but still. Oh, this brings back memories (who says girls can't play with cars!) I still have it on my back porch. Now I will make my sim children enjoy one too! Thank you!
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#35 Old 3rd Jan 2009 at 2:46 AM
Originally Posted by spiffeystar
(who says girls can't play with cars!)

Totally agree - girls may have cars - I don't know if you noticed, but both of my kid models in the thread are girls......not consciously done, particularly as I did make it for little boys really because I hated making them play with dolls

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Eminence Grise
#36 Old 3rd Jan 2009 at 2:54 AM
Awesome This is great, and I love skill-building toys.

As for price, the dollhouse I had as a little girl had been built for my mother by my grandfather out of scraps of wood... and all the furniture was handmade too... so it's not REQUIRED for girls' toys to be more expensive
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#37 Old 3rd Jan 2009 at 12:54 PM
Originally Posted by Srikandi
Awesome As for price, the dollhouse I had as a little girl had been built for my mother by my grandfather out of scraps of wood... and all the furniture was handmade too... so it's not REQUIRED for girls' toys to be more expensive

Hi Srikandi - that was sort of my point - that homemade toys are cheaper and just as nice (that is why it is called "Bits O'Wood Garage") rather than boys toys are cheaper than girls toys........the Maxis dolls house looks like a mass produced thing to me, rather than the beautiful handmade toys of the past.

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Test Subject
#38 Old 4th Jan 2009 at 4:23 AM
Not only does it look good but it builds mechanical too, how wonderful!
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 4th Jan 2009 at 4:19 PM
This is just awesome!

Thank you!
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#40 Old 4th Jan 2009 at 8:54 PM
I love, love, love this! Wonderful idea - and it looks gorgeous, too! Thank you, and good luck in the challenge!
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#41 Old 5th Jan 2009 at 5:01 AM
I just saw this, wow you just get better and better. Its just too awesome.
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#42 Old 6th Jan 2009 at 8:32 PM
Wonderful, thankyou!

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#43 Old 9th Jan 2009 at 4:16 AM
Awesome! Thanks so much!
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#44 Old 10th Jan 2009 at 7:20 PM
awesome awesome awesome! thank you so much and what a wonderful job you did!
#45 Old 12th Jan 2009 at 12:55 AM
What a great idea!

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#46 Old 14th Jan 2009 at 3:24 AM
Fantastic! Looks like the animations still all look right and I love the toddler munching on the car. :D

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#47 Old 14th Jan 2009 at 10:19 AM
Your Bits Of Wood Garage is wonderful. Just what was needed for the little boy Sims. Thanks to you and Maylin.
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#48 Old 20th Jan 2009 at 1:24 PM
Super cute. I'll never have Sim toddlers again without providing this toy for them. Very fun to see family members of all ages watch or join, and such a great bonus that the toddlers build mechanical skill. Thank you for veering away from your usual specialty to come up with this!
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#49 Old 31st Jan 2009 at 12:10 AM
It's nice to have toys for the little boys!!
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#50 Old 1st Feb 2009 at 8:15 PM
Mechanical skill building for toddlers! Great way to get a jump start. Thanks, leesester!
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