Product Type: Chad Valley baby toys
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A Heavy Duty Garage
Chad Valley Super Garage
Member Name: cloud99
Chad Valley Super Garage
Advantages: sturdy, sparks imagination
Disadvantages: no pipes on petrol pump
My son is a typical boy who loves anything with wheels. I have looked at many garages but many of them do seem flimsy so when we spotted the Chad Valley super garage at a car boot he wanted it and I was happy to pay £3. This same garage is currently £24.99 so I did get a bargain. As this toy is made by Chad valley these are now exclusively available from Argos.
The garage is designed for children 18 months older. The garage for this reason is brightly coloured. It has an upper level which is accessible by a lift and a car wash up the top which is simply a tunnel shape with three movables wavy pieces of plastic for the vehicles to pass under. You should be aware for very young children the car wash will simply pull out. The cars exit through a long ramp with a barrier at the bottom. This can be taken apart for transportation but does easily fix together. I have found the lower ramp does often come apart when my son moves it around the lounge. At the bottom there is petrol pump and air pressure machine. It also has a helicopter pad on the top.
The garage takes 2 AA batteries which are not included but these actually make sounds for the air pump, petrol pump and lift. These are loud enough to get the effect but not so loud to drive you insane. While I realise that the garage is designed for younger children I do wish they had included some sort of pipe to pumps as this would have increased the playability and excitement. It would also help develop fine motor skills.
Our garage came with only with car but there are two included in a new product. The car is brightly coloured and has all smooth edges.
Our Garage was fully assembled when on sale but was partly dismantled to take home. It was very easy to slot back together. I have found the lower ramp is prone to falling off when it is moved but otherwise very sturdy.
The lift is very easy to operate for little hands as it does have a large handle to simply pull up and down. My son has great fun with this and has tested many of his vehicles to discover if they do fit in the lift. Due to the included cars been included been quite large his cars mostly do all fit. You do have to ensure the lift does have a barrier at the bottom so unlike some other garages it does need you to ensure the lift is lowered otherwise the vehicle will drop into the bottom. I have caused great amusement to my son by absent minded playing garages and not checked if the lift is down before loading my vehicle.
The fact that the entire garage is smooth corners makes it ideal for a toddler but even though my son is four it still can help prevent accidents.
I do like the fact that this is like a little play centre but does have many activities for the full car service. He will spent hours using his imagination.
I find if I park a helicopter on top of the garage he will play with it and incorporate the chopper into his games but without the visual prompt he simply ignores the helicopter pad.
This is one of the more sturdy garages I have seen that has given my son hours of fun and I would recommend that anyone with a young child who is into cars will thoroughly enjoy playing with this toy. As this toy is made by Chad valley these are now exclusively available from Argos.
Summary: A great Garage
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