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There are a few sets of these magnetic vehicles available from Early Learning Centre, including a 'girly' set. I went for the emergency vehicle set for my girls just so that they were a bit more interesting than plain cars, although there isn't too much to actually identify them as that really. The ambulance has a cross on the top, the fire engine a ladder and the police car some sirens, but they are all basically flush with the vehicles so not obvious to little ones, and they don't make any sounds.
The magnets are fairly good, strong enough to pull 2 behind the front one for a while, but easy for young children to pull apart. The cars are very durable, ours have been dropped numerous times, and nice and chunky. They're bigger than Fisher Price's Little People cars. Not really suitable for children over about age 3 really, as by then, they'd want something that does a bit more, makes sounds, or fits with other toy sets, and are ready for smaller cars. These are very much suited to babies and toddlers. Ours get played with occasionally by slightly older children, but I certainly wouldn't recommend buying them over age 2 or 3 as I think they'd find them a.bit boring and baby-ish.
I definitely wouldn't pay full price of £10 for these, I got them when they were on a half price offer, and so £5 is about the right price in my opinion. I only ever really buy ELC toys when they are half price as I find them very overpriced generally.
I picked up a set of three magnetic vehicles from ELC within Mothercare in November, swayed by a slight price reduction and also in the market for a few first birthday presents for our youngest. She seemed to like playing with cars and trucks so I figured she'd like this set.
What are they?
A set of three cars, with wobbly eyes at the front, wheels that easily turn and a magnetic point on the front and rear bumper. This allows the vehicles to link up and be towed around in a line. They can also be played with in isolation. The set we have is in pinks and pastels but an identical concept to the emergency set. Mine were just a bit more aimed at a girl's market.
Obviously these are simple to play with, aimed at the 9-12 month plus market. They are a nice size and shape for little hands and have a great appeal with the simple link up feature. My husband enjoyed showing our youngest the opposite way magnets work, repelling the vehicles using the magnets the wrong way around.
I remember paying £8 for the set of three cars. The proper price was £10 so I felt they were good value for money.
I thought these were a great buy and at first both girls (aged 1 and 3) played with them but birthday in November and then Christmas presents make for a lot of toys landing at the same time and right now we're lucky if we can locate all three to play with at any one time!! I do like the friendly look to these cars though, the eyes are fun and the general look and feel is safe for babies. We have played with them a bit but they are not the first thing my daughter goes for when seeking a toy (that tends to be my lip gloss or something in my handbag!!).
These make a nice gift at a modest price and the lines that ELC do make it easy to choose a set for either girls or boys. They work well together or individually and encourage coordination and learning skills. A great set but just don't expect hours of play from them in one sitting!