I purchased the Brio pull along helicopter quite recently as a gift for my son's birthday. I bought this toy from Amazon at £8.99, for the purposes of this review however I have browsed Amazon for an up to date price and found that it has now been reduced to £7.99.
Brio are an innovative company who manufacture a wide range of wooden toys, prams, strollers and furniture. Swedish basket maker Ivar Bengtsson started the company in 1884 and eventually expanded the product range to include wooden toys in 1907. Brio is now an international organisation and can be found online at www.brio.net. For further information regarding the company in particular please refer to my review of Brio.
The Brio pull along wooden helicopter is from the company's classic range and is numbered 30195. Brio's description of this toy is "No gasoline required - zips along, chops air, powered by child energy".
The helicopter is brightly coloured, the main body is a vivid green and the pilot figure at the front is a bold orange. The twirling blades on the top and the tail are white. What is not entirely evident on Amazon and Brio's photographs of this toy is that it has a rope at the front which enables your child to pull it along. This is ideally suited for young children learning to walk, although none walkers will surely enjoy it too.
It is constructed from solid wood and is very sturdy. It fares well in terms of durability and can withstand a good amount of rough play. Its smooth finish makes it very easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The recommended age for this toy is 19 months although my son plays with this under very close supervision at 12 months. There are no particularly small parts on this product which could be a hazard except the screws which join the tail to the main body, although these are fixed securely in place and are embedded to a certain extent into the wood.
My son adores this helicopter. He is intrigued by its moving wheels and spinning blade. This is a classic boys' toy and one which I am sure he will continue to enjoy as he grows older!