Product Type: ELC baby toys
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A great compromise for Fireman Sam!
ELC Light & Sound Fire Engine
Member Name: bush1
ELC Light & Sound Fire Engine
Advantages: Lights, sounds, imaginative play
Disadvantages: Quite expensive
---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.
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!
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.
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.
Summary: An excellent substitute for Fireman Sam