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At christmas my cousin was given the Fireman Sam fire station, my daughter loves Fireman Sam and after playing trying to get a play of it (my cousin wasn't so willing) so started saying that she wanted it too. I thought that she would forget abolut it but she went on about it for days, I told her that after the amount of things she had got for christmas that if she wanted it she was paying for it herself, to my surprise she was happy with this and quickly agreed.
Off we went to Tesco and typically it wasn't in the post christmas sale so she paid £15 for it (wasn't being mean she had money for christmas she didn't know about). I have seen this toy in many places Asda, Tesco and Argos to name a few.
The set consists of the firestation, a little elvis figure and a firemans pole and comes in a box which I thought was nice as it was decorated with Fireman Sam and characters on it rather than just a boring box although it does make you wonder how much it adds onto the price considering it goes in the bin.
The fire station I think feels cheap, it is made of plastic but just doesn't seem good quality to me and I can't even back this up as it hasn't broken (could be from lack of play) but it just doesn't feel like a nice toy. The front of the firestation has the two red doors which have a little extra piece of plastic sticking out for you to pull them up and above these it has another little bit of plastic that when pulled down reveal a picture of a fire. There are some blue lights on the front and then a few fire brigade signs and then some detailing on the brick work. On the side of the fire station there is a pretend poster with some tips from Fireman Sam and then you turn the fire station around to get to the back which is totally open. Inside the fire station there is a sticker on the floor showing the turntable where the fire engine would park, would have really expected for £15 that this would have been a bit of raised plastic or something really. The only other thing inside is some stickers showing the helmets breathing aparatus, lockers and a fire alarm.
The firemans pole is poor, it will only fit in the fire station at the very highest point and then there is no way little fingers can manage to work in the the little space. The pole is made of grey plastic and has a little platform where there is a clip which will clip onto Elvis and he can whizz down the pole. By the time my daughter has managed to clip Elvis onto the pole he is at the bottom and the clip doesn't adjust far enough to fit some of the bigger character which come with some of the other stes in the series.
The Elvis figure is probably about the best thing with this toy, He is made of plastic but isn't too hard, he is dressed in full uniform and there is a lot of detail such as the fire brigade badeg in his helmet and the strap under his chin. The arms, legs and head all turn and can be manipulated to make him sit down.
My daughter has barely played with this, she was bored within about a day and the only bit she really bothers with is Elvis when she puts him in her fire engine she also has. This is a poor toy and far too over priced, to put this into comparison my daughter has the Postman Pat Post office which has extra things inside such as the desk and working scales with much more detailing and that only costs £10.
Very dissapointing and not recommended.
Harry turned 5 last Thursday and was a very lucky boy with the presents he received from all of his family. As expected, he got lots of Top Gear presents, but as he's still a huge Fireman Sam fan, we decided that this Fire Station would make a good present. I managed to get it in the Boots sale after Christmas, and with my discount as well, it only ended up costing me about £4 which was a real bargain considering the retail price is around £15. However, I am very glad I paid nowhere near that amount of money and even the £4 was too much for what it is - a very disappointing toy for fans of Fireman Sam.
Anyone who watched Fireman Sam, be it the older version or the new CGI version will know Pontypandy fire station very well. Since the new series has been out, there has been a new flock of products onto the children's toy market and this fire station is one such product. It is made by Character Options, and I like the way it was packaged in cardboard with a clear back so that you can see inside the Fire Station which is great for children choosing to buy this product. Either way, it looked nice on the shelf and for the price, we thought it would make a great present for Harry.
However, my opinion soon changed when we opened the present on the evening of Harry's birthday. As usual I spent ages unscrewing the various things that comes with undoing a child's toy and once that was done, I put it out for Harry to play with. He quickly ran off to grab his various Fireman Sam trucks that he already has and was shocked and disappointed to find that all of his fire cars were actually too big to fit inside the fire station, and in fact the Jupiter truck that he has is as tall as the Fire Station which is ridiculous! Why on earth are they making a fire station toy that can't even fit in the products that are directly linked by the show and indeed the product itself? Ridiculous.
The station feels like its made of very thin plastic, and doesn't feel at all sturdy - it looks very basic and cheap. The front of the station boasts the 2 red doors from the show which lift up up quite easily and do seem to stay up once they are there. There is also a yellow flap towards the top which you can flip down to reveal a picture of flames, insinuating the station is on fire. Flip the station around and you can see inside, it is completely hollow from the back. There is no real decoration to speak of, a pattern of the turntable is on the floor but against useless because you can't fit any fire vehicles on it, and on one side is a somewhat blurry image of lockers, the fire bell and fire equipment, but it looks poorly done.
The set also comes with a Fireman's pole and a small Elvis character. Elvis slots into the grabber type thing on the side of the Fireman's pole and spins around from top to bottom. Very entertaining for the first 2 or 3 times then it becomes a bit boring, especially for an older child like Harry. Also, the most ridiculous thing of all is that the pole doesn't fit inside the fire station, aside from right in the middle where the peak of the roof is because its too tall. It seems like the manufacturers haven't got the idea of scale when it comes to this product and nothing works together well at all, so Harry ended up standing the pole outside the station, which just looked ridiculous and unnecessary.
Overall this is a very poor product from the Fireman Sam range and not one I would recommend at all to anyone. If you have the Fireman Sam trucks Venus and Jupiter, they won't even fit inside there so it's a pretty useless product when you combine it with other things from the range as well. The pole is pretty defunct because it doesn't fit into the station itself, and doesn't do enough to really entertain a child either. I am so glad we did not pay full price for this item because it wouldn't have been worth the money by any means. Harry seems to like playing with it with his little characters and because he's got a good imagination, that is all its good for. I wouldn't buy one for another child, and certainly wouldn't recommend you waste your money on it either.
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