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      09.12.2011 01:02
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      Lights and sound fire engine

      My little boy is not even two months yet but already he has his very own fire engine, bought for him as a birth present from his grandparents. Whilst he's not getting much use out of it yet my little two year old girl absolutely loves it and I must admit I do too. It's nice to have some boys toys around the house as so far it's just been very pink and this fire engine is very much a boys toy. It's big and chunky and very robust and perfect for zooming around the living room floor with the lights blaring and a little person yelling out nee naww, nee naww!! The engine is quite noisy and the sound of the siren is quite a droney noise but it's the kind of noise that kids love even if it does drive you made. In fact there are different noises as well such as the sound of water which is great when you want to play let's pretend you are putting out a fire. You can also here people talking as well. When you sit the firemen into the cab they will say Full speed, it's an emergency!" and "All hands to the pump." I like this as it adds a bit of realism to the truck. There are two little firemen figures all dresses up that come with this engine but we also use our Happyland people in it as well as they are just about the same size.  The lights on this are great and really attract my little girls attention when they keep on flashing. You can press the steering wheel to activate the lights and I like this interaction.  The fire engine has a ladder attached to the back of it which lifts up like a really ladder would and swivels around and you can place one of the fireman figures in it and play with it like that as well which I think adds another dimension.  The fire engine costs £20 and is available from The Early Learning Centre and in my opinion is a really nice boys toy that girls will like too .

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        17.06.2011 21:56
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        every little boy should have one!

        Today is my little boys second birthday, as a very typical little boy if it is noisy has flashing lights and it has wheels he will love it! So....When I visited Debenhams a couple of weeks ago I did my usual tour of the toy department, and there it was in all its glory, a huge, red, flashing, noisy fire engine, and at the bargain price of £6.50, it is usually around £23 so this really was a bargain far too good to miss! When Jamie peeled back the wrapping paper with a squeal of delight I knew it was money well spent, it was fairly easy to remove from the packaging with only a couple of those annoying twisty wires, once out the fun began, the fire engine has big flashing lights on the top, these work when pushed along with a wailing fire engine sound and the screeching of brakes, it has two fire men sat in the front, these can be removed and are the usual happyland moulded figures, when you put a fire man in the drivers seat you hear "full speed its an emergency" and "all hands to the pump" on the dash board there are two chunky buttons one is an engine starting sound, the other makes the wailing sound and the lights flash. The top of the fire engine has a movable and extending arm this makes a clicking sound when moved up and down, the fire men can also stand in the bucket at the top. The passenger side of the engine has a pull down side where the extinguishers and hammers are kept, the drivers side also has a pull down side, this contains a spining hose reel and four more colorfull chunky buttons, a phone, a fire bell, a "neenaww", and another sound that i can not quite identify. Th fire Engine is large chunky and very sturdy, I am sure it will stand up to a very tough two year old, Jamie has had fun pushing the buttons and putting his other happyland figures in the engine, these include Kate and William and the Queen from the Royal wedding set he also recieved, but thats another review. The engine is a nice size that Jamie can run round whilst pushing it not just have to sit and play. He has been bombing round the house all day pushing his engine and shouting neenaww. Recommended for ages 12 months to three years I think Jamie is going to have a lot a fun with this toy, it claims to encourage communication skills imagination and hand eye coordination and I truly believe it will meet all these claims. All in all a fantastic little toy and an absolute bargain! I have had a comment that I wrote my review too early to be able to give a true account of the toys durabiity and how much it is played with once the novelty wears off etc I said I would update my review accordingly, we are now 2 weeks down the line and Jamie is still finding the fire engine quite interesting he is still discovering what the buttons do etc and having fun copying the noises, he has also worked out he can turn the ladder round and lift it up and he can use it to push the engine around the room, it is also sturdy enough that he has been sitting and riding on it so im sure it will stand up to the demands of a toddler. I will update again if anything changes. We are now approaching Jamies 3rd birthday I just wanted to quickly add the staying power of this toy he still loves riding it round the house and playing with the firemen etc, he is constantly looking for it if it is out of his sight for a minute, this toy was more than worth the money it cost.

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          21.03.2011 22:50
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          An excellent substitute for Fireman Sam

          My daughter has had a slight obsession with Fireman Sam since just before Christmas. We had thought about buying her some Fireman Sam branded toys, but we were worried about it being a fleeting obsession so decided not to. Browsing in the ELC one day, I saw this Light and Sound fire engine which I thought would be perfect for her. I bought it for her when she was 18 months old. ---Features of the toy: The Early Learning Centre Light and Sound Fire Engine is about 30cm long and about 10cm high. It has a traditional red body with black and red wheels. There is an open cab at the front which has space for two figures to go in. There are two buttons on the dashboard - one shaped like the top of a steering wheel that makes noises of an engine starting, and the other makes the siren noise. When you press the first button, the lights on the front of the engine light up and when you press the siren button, the lights on the top flash as well. On the top of the engine is an extendable crane. The main section is yellow and the platform is blue. It folds down on top of the engine and can then be lifted, extended and turned. On the sides of the engine there are two grey panels that can be opened. Inside one there are fixed parts showing the fire axe and spade as well as fire extinguishers. On the other side, the panel contains a plastic hose that can be spun round (but not removed) and four more buttons. These make different noises relating to the fire engine when pressed. There are also 3 figures that come with the fire engione. Two of them fit in the cab and when you push them down into their seats you can hear two different phrases being spoken. The last one can ride in the crane platform. Underneath the fire engine there is the control switch and the battery panel which takes 2 AA batteries. You can either have the sound off, or you can choose one of two volumes. ---Our experiences: As soon as my daughter saw this she was excited. I showed her how to turn it on and she was away with it! She loves pushing it around the floor as the sirens will often carry on going whilst it's moving, or she will sit and play with the people and the buttons. She struggles a bit to get the people in and out of the cab and can get a bit frustrated when she can't sort them out. She loves to hear the noises and will quite happily sit there and turn the sound on so she can press all the buttons. She also likes to show off her fire engine to othrer people so keeps sitting down to show us what's inside the side flaps and how to press the buttons. She's also discovered that some of the figures from her Fisher Price Little People range will fit in the crane platform so the sheep has been putting the fire out a lot recently... She likes playing with the crane and is getting used to the fact that it can be extended - she hasn't really worked out it can be pushed back down again as well. This toy has kept her well entertained and she has even taken it on car journeys to play with whilst in her car seat which has meant lots of entertaining noises on a 90 minute journey to see grandparents! ---My findings: I have been really pleased with this toy. My daughter is able to play with it on her own and enjoys the different sounds that she can make with it. She has started to use the figures included to really do imaginative play and will take them out and move them around before trying to put them back in the cab. She is very particular about which ones go where! Everything about it feels big and chunky so she is able to handle it well and it is not too heavy for her so she can carry it around easily and pick it up to turn it over to get to the volume control. We are also able to play with it together as we can push it to each other across the room. It moves well on our carpet although you do have to give it a good push to keep it going for a distance. I think this has been a great toy to compensate for not getting her Fireman Sam toys. She obviously recognises it as a fire engine and will say the obligatory 'nee naw' whilst pushing it around as she does when Sam is on the TV. This toy has been great for developing her imaginative play and for helping with her co-ordination with putting the figures in and out. ---And Finally: I would definitely recommend this fire engine although I do feel that at £20 it is still quite expensive. I would definitely try to get it cheaper as it is a lovely toy and should hopefully last a long time. ELC suggest an age range of between 1 and 3 years old which sounds good. My daughter is now 20 months and loves playing with it and I think it will still be played with as she gets older. I've given 4 stars as I still feel it is a bit pricey and also as the figures are hard for her to get in and out of the cab.

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            06.02.2011 08:23
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            A well-built, fun toy fire engine from ELC

            During our role as Mr and Mrs Claus, Mr Lools because very clear he wanted our twins to have "proper boys toys". When I questioned him further as we browsed through the ELC catalogue he eagerly pointed to the ELC Light and Sound Fire Engine. ***What is it?*** The Light and Sound Fire Engine is as you would imagine a fire engine! It is bright red and made from hard durable feeling plastic. It is about 30cm long and about 15-20cm wide. It has a cab at the front of the vehicle with two fireman figures inside. There are two buttons which play a horn sound and the engine starting and makes the lights on the front of the vehicle flash. When the fireman are placed inside of the cab this triggers more sounds and phrases like "Full Speed ahead" and "All hands to the pump". On top of the fire engine is a set of ladders which extend and rotate 360 degrees with a section at the top of the ladder to put one of the fireman figures inside. One the side of the vehicle there are two pull down doors. There are four buttons to press inside of these doors, one plays a telephone noise, a fire alarm, one a hose noise and another a siren. When the fire engine is pushed along the floor a siren is played and the lights on top of the fire engine flash. The toy required 2 size AA batteries which are supplied. ***Suitability*** ELC states that the Light and Sound Fire Engine is suitable for children aged 1-3 years old. I purchased this for my children when they were 11 months old and were fine playing with this as there are no small parts which could present choking hazards etc. I would say as the toy moves easily along the floor, it isn't really suitable for younger children who are less active and can only sit as it could be very frustrating the toy moving away from them as they play with it. After seeing friends children play with this toy when they come to visit, I would say it is just as attractive to my friends 5 year old as much as it is to my 1 year olds. ***Availability*** The Light and Sound Fire Engine is available from ELC both in ELC stores, Mothercare stores with and ELC section and online at www.elc.co.uk . The toy is available for £20 at full price. In the run up to Christmas the Light and Sound Fire Engine was available for £16, which included free delivery. ***Using It*** The Light and Sound Fire Engine is operated by an on switch which also controls the volume. Setting the switch to the central position turns the toy off. Pushing the toy up puts the toy on, and on full volume and the bottom position puts the toy on but on half volume. Personally I like the fact a large majority of ELC toys have the half volume option as it does get noisy if my boys are both playing with different toys and means I can have a conversation without shouting. The full volume is quite loud. My boys both really enjoy playing with the fire engine. They both love to push it along the floor and push the various buttons. These buttons are quite a generous size meaning it is relatively easy for younger toddlers to press these. The number of buttons and phrases are quite impressive meaning you get some variety and do not hear the same phrase over and over again but it is repetitive enough for your child to learn the phrases as they get older. The words are spoken in a clear English accent which makes it very easy to understand what is being said. The number of lights on the fire engine is attractive to young children especially as these flash as the toy moves and buttons are pressed. Already I feel that the fire engine has allowed my boys to develop. When asked "What does the fire engine do" both boys recognise this as a prompt to make their own fire engine noise. At 12 months old I think this is very impressive that they understand the noise of a fire engine and definitely have learnt something from playing with this toy. In terms of hand eye coordination moving the fireman figures in and out of the cab and onto the ladders has helped them to develop. The figures are relatively smaller than other toys they play with and I am very impressed that they are able to move the figures around the fire engine. The boys also have recognised that when they press certain buttons sounds are played and the fire engine lights up. In terms of physical mobility skills one of my boys is less mobile and would usually play with a toy sitting down. The ELC fire engine has encouraged his to move around more as he can crawl and push the fire engine alongside with him. My boys play with this toy mostly on laminate flooring. The wheels on the fire engine do not have much resistance and as a result they move very easily on smooth surfaces. This presents some danger as the fire engine can whizz across the floor and smash into furniture or in our case another child! This is quite amusing for my children. For younger children who are less mobile and can only sit you may find you will have to retrieve the fire engine for them. When played with on carpeted surfaces the fire engine moves easily but will not travel across the floor at speed. This is a very durable product. The fire engine is made from hard plastic but I was initially a little wary as the ladders on top of the fire engine extend and I thought that these may snap off. The fire engine has been dropped from the sofa by my friends little girl, smashed numerous times into furniture and used in a "tug of war" by my boys. After these "tests" there are no scruffs or scratches on the fire engine and the ladders which I thought would break have stood the rough play test. The fireman figures that come with this toy have suffered a lot of chewing already. There are no teeth marks in these figures and most importantly pieces have not been chewed off which the boys could have choked on. I have had this toy 2 months and with regular daily play I have had to replace the batteries once. ***Overall*** I think this is a fantastic toy both for younger and older toddlers and not just a "boys toy" as Mr Lools intended it to be. My friends' little girls are just as interested in the Light and Sound Fire Engine as my two boys! At 12 months old, the boys were able to play with the different functions of the fire engine, pressing the sound buttons, moving the figures into different parts of the fire engine and also pushing it along the floor. The toy is engaging enough to keep the interest of older children. Price wise I think this is a satisfactory product. It is relatively expensive in the sense it does not have lots of learning functions, but it is a fun toy to play with, and is a very good quality, durable product which is very important in this household. My only criticism of the fire engine is that for younger less mobile children it is probably better that they play with this toy on carpet and not smooth laminate or tiled floors. Otherwise the wheels move too fast and you will find the toy at the other end of the room. For older toddlers this is probably part of the fun!

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              24.09.2010 00:33
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              Best Nee Naw in our house

              Lately Little Man has become a bit obsessed with 'Nee Naws' - fire engines are currently his favourite due to his recent discovery of Fireman Sam, but toy Ambulances and Police Cars are also a major fixture in our house! He got the ELC Light and Sound Fire Engine from his Auntie for his 2nd birthday last month. The Fire Engine is a bright red large and chunky toy. It is about 30cms long by about 15cms high, working on big ruler by little ruler! It has a ladder on the top which can be raised and makes a clicking noise, with a bucket on the top that can hold one of the two firemen that come with the toy. In the cab of the engine there is space for two firemen, and two buttons. One sets of the siren with the lights flashing on the top, and the other alternates between the engine starting and honking the horn, which makes the front lights flash. When you pop the firemen in their spots, one says 'Full Speed, It's an Emergency!' and the other says 'All hands to the pump!' When you push the vehicle along you also get the same siren noise with the top lights flashing, and the screech of brakes at the end. There are two silver pull down doors on either side. On one side there is painted on fire extinguishers, an axe and a shovel. These are purely for effect but are a nice touch. On the other side there is a plastic cotton reel which spins made to look like a reel of hose. When you spin the reel it makes a noise which I think is meant to be water. There are four other buttons - one is a telephone, one is a fire alarm and one is a proper nee naw siren (which is my favourite, and I think should replace the main siren).The alarm and the nee naw sounds also make the top lights flash. The last one I still haven't figured out. The picture looks a bit like a fire hose, but the noise sounds a bit like a cross between a reversing alarm and bell at the nuclear power plant in The Simpsons credits! Little man absolutely loves this fire engine, and plays with it several times a day. He pushes round the living room squealing 'Nee Naw' and laughing his head off! It is really robust and on par with a Little Tykes toy. Although we have only had it about 6 weeks it is constantly being rammed into furniture, dropped off the sofa and once thrown in a fit of temper (got to love the terrible twos) without suffering so much as a scratch! One of the great things about most of the ELC toys is their noisy toys come with two volume levels and thankfully, an off switch!! The toy requires 2 AA batteries, which are provided. You will need a screwdriver to change them, which can be a pain but as little man has fathomed out how to get the batteries out of some of his toys, it's also a blessing. It is recommended for ages 1 - 3, and I think at 2 its perfect for little man as he is pretty mobile and is starting to comprehend what fire engines are. He sits it with his other ones, but this is by far the biggest and grandest that he has! His older friends really like this too, and although he hasn't really played with any younger ones there are no small parts that detatch. The Light and Sound Fire Engine costs £20 from ELC and Mothercare, as well as their respective websites. I have seen it a couple of times on a 20% off offer in the last couple of months, so if you are thinking of buying it and have time to wait then it may be worth waiting for an offer. I would definitely give this toy 5 stars and have already added the Light and Sound Cement Mixer to his Christmas list!

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                07.09.2010 21:46
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                A really nice toy from ELC

                My youngest son used to really like anything that made noises and had flashing lights so for his 2nd birthday we bought him the Early Learning Centre Light and sound Fire Engine. The fire engine is very good quality and very chunky. The whole thing is very sturdy and there are no bits that could easily come off and cause injury or a choking hazard. I have found that the ELC toys are always of a very high standard and tend to be interesting and relevant to their target market. The ladder on the fire engine lifts up and the side shutter also lifts to reveal equipment inside. The equipment cannot be removed but there are also buttons under the shutter than can be pressed to reveal sounds like a siren and other relevant sounds. There is a red light on the top that is also makes a siren noise when activated. There are three little fire fighters that fit into the seats and the top of the ladder. When the fire fighters are fitted into the seats this activates sounds and recognisable sayings. The fire fighters fit onto little pegs in the seats so are fairly secure once in place and don't roll around or slide out easily. My son is now almost three and he still loves this fire engine and although he doesn't play with it on a daily basis it is definitely a favourite. When I had looked around for something to get my son I had thought about getting the Fireman Sam fire engine as He likes this character but I am glad I didn't. In comparison to this ELC fire engine the fireman Sam one is much smaller and very flimsy. The fire engine is 33cm long by 17cm high without the ladder being extended. There is a volume control and on/off switch on the bottom and this is also where the batteries are housed. The fire engine takes 2 x AA batteries and these fit into a secure compartment that is screwed shut. You will need a screw driver to change the batteries. The fire engine currently retails (Sept 2010) at £20 which is quite reasonable when you consider how little £20 will buy you if you were to purchase character based products. I am a member of the ELC birthday club and so got 20% off this price. This is so hard wearing and tough that I think it is worth the money.

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                  18.08.2010 14:13
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                  A fab toy!

                  For months my daughter has been saying something which sounds like "adu, adu, adu" in a very serious tone, clearly assuming we knew what she meant, but it was only after buying her this fire engine that we finally figured it out... It seems, that for my daughter at least, that particular phrase is the sound fire engines make, and we have now realised she also does it whenever a real life siren sounds when we are out and about! The ELC fire engine in question is fairly large, as demonstarted in the image above, and is chunky, durable and sturdy. It comes with two firemen (very useful in an emergency) and has lights and sounds which seem to appeal to every baby and toddler who has played with it at our house. On one side of the toy there are a series of buttons which make realistic noises when pressed. One sounds like a siren, another a bell and then the other two sound like a reverse warning and a telephone. There's also a fire hose which spins when touched and sounds like gushing water. The crane on the top is extendable and has a little platform for a fireman to sit in. My daughter loves the clicking sound this makes and the fact that it twists and turns. At the front of the fire engine there are two more buttons and one sets off the siren and flashing lights, while the other sets of an engine noise and the headlights. Sadly on the other side of the vehicle, there are no interactive effects, just a flap which lifts down to reveal some equipment, which fails to do anything. It's not a problem, because there are plenty of other things going on with this toy, but it does seem a bit pointless. My baby is growing up and is now 18-months, but got this when she turned one. She loved it from the outset but it has come into its own since she has been walking, as she can now spend ages pushing it around the room, and trying to climb on it before realising it is far too small! The firemen themselves are chunky and easy for little hands to hold, although they can also be difficult for small people to pop back into their seats. When pressed they shout "full speed, it's an emergency" and "all hands to the pump" with authority and urgency! I have to say this is one of the toys my little girl plays with most days and one she is not showing any signs of getting tired of. This pleases me no end as I was unsure about spending £20 on it, but can say hand on heart it was well worth it. This is one of those toys that gets thrown about and takes a certain amount of abuse, but bounces back and will stand the test of time. Made from thick plastic, it is very sturdy and well made. Certainly a hit in this house! Adu, adu, adu!!!

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                    16.01.2010 17:22
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                    GA firm favourite

                    We bought this for our son for Christmas, he was about to turn one. It cost £20 at the time, but the price has now increased to £22. From the moment that he opened it, it has been a firm favourite. He enjoyed pushing it around and loves hearing the sounds when he pushes the buttons. There are three firemen that come with it, and he enjoys putting them in the cab, and in the crane. Once he started to walk, our son decided that the fire engine would be a great ride on toy. So he began to sit on it, and managed to push himself all around the tiled floors. It is obviously a very solid toy, as he is big for his age. My daughter, who is older, also loves this fire engine. Even though it is big in proportion the Happy Land toys, they have played with these at the same time. Having read a book about a barn fire, we were playing make believe and used the Happy Land farm and this engine to play out the story. We have had this toy for a year now, and it is still in excellent condition. One of the grey side panels does come off, but goes back on easily enough. It does not interfere with play at all.

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                    14.11.2009 11:26
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                    great toy for any boy

                    My sons favourite toy!! I got this product for my son last Christmas, my son is 6years old and has severe delayed development and is at the stage of a one year old. This product has been battered as my son likes to throw things but I am amazed that it still works.He has learn't to push it to make a noise and he loves the sound it makes. At the front of the toy are two sections where the firemen can sit and there is a yellow ladder which extends and you can put a fire man onto.There are three fire men which are also included with the toy. The ladder makes a clicking sound when extending which my son loves. There are two shutters on each side of the fire engine which come down to reveal some of the fire men's equipment and a hose which spins round and buttons to press for added sound effects.There are many different sounds to hear including a fire bell alarm,telephone ringing,car horn,fire engine alarm. Two lights light up front and back when the fire engine noise plays. Noise can be activated by pushing the vehicles,pressing one of the 6 buttons or placing the fire men in there slots. I always have liked the early learning centre as they have a wide range of toys to help with certain stages of development this toy is especially good for imagination and hand to eye coordination. This product is still available in the elc shops and every review i have read people love this toy. cost: 22 pounds online at the early learning centre website. Needs x 2 AA Batteries

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                      14.07.2009 19:14

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                      A good value, long lasting toy

                      Another hit by the ELC my son has just been given one for his first birthday, it cost £20.00 . It is bright design which appeals to him, he plays with the fire engine on the floor, he finds it easy to move back and forth and loves pressing the buttons to hear all the extra noises and the siren. It also came with three firemen which Mace carries around the house constantly, I have found firemen everywhere as they are light and easy to grab being nice chunky plastic. He has on occasions sucked and bitten them which hasn't caused them or him any damage so it seems to be a toy that will last years. Although it says up to the age of three my daughter (4) and her friend (5) have spent quite a while playing with it using it for rescue operations. For twenty pound you definitely get your moneys worth.

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                      06.03.2009 10:05
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                      a great toy

                      Early Learning Centre Lights and Sounds Fire Engine.... This toy was something I knew jack would like and I asked his Nanna to buy him it, and I was right he totally loved it. All Christmas day he wouldn't put it down and it has been one of his most played with toys ever since. The Fire Engine itself is quite a good size and chunky in design which makes it perfect for small hands. The age range of this toy is from 12 months plus. The Fire engine comes with three little firemen that each have a hole in their underside so that they can be fitted in to the ladder or in the driving seats of the engine. The toy I think cost around £20 a price that I feel is well worth it for the quality of the toy that you are getting. The Fire engine itself has quite a few buttons to press and in total had 11 different fun sounds, including phrases that the firemen would say such as "start the engines" and of course sounds like the fire engine siren and the fire bell. When you place the little men in the front seats of the fire engine, the sounds of the engine starting will be played which is pretty good. On the top of the fire engine is a ladder with rescue station for a fireman to stand in. This ladder can be moved up and down and be slightly extended out. On the sides of the fire engine there are two drop down doors, one on each side, and inside one there are lots of fake things a fireman would need such as a hose and spades. These though cannot be taken out of the fire engine and are more for show. The other door however has several more buttons in that each give off a different sound. Jack loves to press them and to be honest the noise of them is not as annoying as some of his toys with sounds can be. The fire engine has four big chunky wheels meaning that it can be pushed around and glides up and down our laminated floor lovely. As soon as the fire engine moves though the lights (head lights of the fire engine) and siren are set off this is quite good although when tidying up of an evening can be a little annoying. All in all however I would say this toy is well worth the money and it is a toy that because of its chunky design should last a good few years to come. Jack loves to play with it and I am sure it will be a firm favourite for a while yet. A 5 star rating and a HIGH recommendation for this product. I do hope this has been of some help to you. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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                        A really great buy, colourful and sturdy

                        ELC Fire Engine or as it is known in our house the big nee-naa is a terrific buy. The engine and the 3 fireman it comes with are colourful and tough. The engine makes a number of noises which can be made by pushing buttons on the side or putting the firemen in the front seat with a flashing light on the front. The arm extends though doesnt make any nosie which was a missed step but its durability and noisyness more than make up for this slgiht quibble. For £20 it is an excellent buy and I have seen it as part of ELC sales and was also available in Boots as part of their 3 for 2 Christmas offer. I can honestly say that a year after being purchased it is still regularly played with, which for any parent has got to be the defining criteria. Only issue I would have with is it is that when first bought the men were quite hard for the little one to move in and out of the seats. We have also found that the siren can sometimes be a little bit sensitive, especially at 3am when yoy are trying to tiptoe to the medicine drawer. But hey its a price worth paying for that cute sound he makes nee-naa, nee-naa.

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                        03.01.2009 10:50
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                        Great toy,

                        This is a chunky durable plastic fire engine from Early Learing Centre, currently priced at £20. The recommended age range is 1-3years. The fire engine is supplied with 3 fireman and comes with batteries already installed. There are a number of features to keep your child well entertaned with this toy. It is easily pushed along the floor and travels well across both carpet and wood/lino. There is a crane/ladder on top of the fire engine which can be extended/shortened easily and also turns to face different directions. There is a basket you can place one of the fireman in at the end of the crane. There are spaces for the other 2 fireman in the driver and passenger seats at the front of the fire engine, both of which when pushed will activate a phrase and sounds effects. In front of the fireman are 2 buttons which will activate further sounds and the lights on the top, front and rear of the fire engine to flash. On either side of the fire engine you will find a shutter you can pull down. On one side is a panel of buttons that can be pressed for more sound effects (telephone, bell, sirens) and if you spin the hose water sounds effects are played. Underneath the fire engine is a switch to turn the fire engine off or on with either loud or quiet sound effects. My son received this fire engine for christmas and has been playing with it everyday. He likes taking the fireman out and putting them back in again and trying to fit al 3 fireman into the front!! he loves exploring all the buttons and what sounds they make too. The buttons are all easily activated by little fingers. As well as seeing how fast he can push it along the carpet!!! A great durable toy with lots of features to keep a young child amused. My son loves vehicles so it was always going to be a hit but the sound effects make it even more fun for him. the only thing he finds difficult is putting the fireman correctly back into the front seats, but I'm sure he'll get the hang of it. Could be even better if the shutter on the other side of the fire engine also had some interactive features too.

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                      • Product Details

                        Put in one of the three firefighter into the crane to hear the phrases. The moves up and down. Your child is sure to be intrigued with flashing lights and 11 realistic and fun sounds.