Product Type: Fireman Sam baby toys
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A new set of wheels for Sam!
Fireman Sam Venus Vehicle Playset
Member Name: angelboouk
Fireman Sam Venus Vehicle Playset
Advantages: durable, water action, moves easily, my son loves it, fun to play with
Disadvantages: doors don't open, fiddly, noisy!
~Fireman Sam Venus Playset~
Venus is an emergency response truck which features in Fireman Sam. This particular version of Venus is suitable for children over the age of 3 years and measures approximately 31.4 x 20.4 x 17.8 cm. It requires 3 x AAA batteries to operate. These batteries are not included. This playset has numerous features. Not only is it a free moving vehicle, it also has sound features, a full functional water tank and some small plastic accessories to help Sam put out the fires. A Fireman Sam figure is also included. The accessories appear to vary between sets.
~Where To Buy~
The Venus Playset can currently be purchased from the following websites :
*www.tesco.com - £20.00
*Amazon UK - £21.95
*www.toysus.co.uk - £14.99
My son is a huge Fireman Sam fan and received lots of lovely character gifts for his birthday back in May. His Aunt and Uncle took him to Tesco to allow him to pick something himself and he returned home with this Venus playset. At the time of purchase, it was around the £15.00 mark which I feel is a fair price. Venus has proven to be a worthwhile addition to our collection of Fireman Sam related toys and has been well played with by both my five year old son and his cousin of the same age.
Venus is a brightly coloured emergency response truck and is a good size for young children to play with. The main truck is of a good quality and made of tough, durable plastic. Everything appears to be in good order on the truck - no small pieces which look like they would be pulled off easily. The truck is instantly recognisable as being a Fireman Sam truck due to the detailing. It looks exactly as it does in the show. As with the majority of playsets that we own, the small accessories end up at the bottom of a toy box. The accessories (a shovel, axe etc are made from very flimsy plastic and are very easily lost. My son will make use of the accessories when he comes across them but mainly, he prefers to play with this set without the accessories. The Fireman Sam figure that came with the set is well made and has joined our overgrowing character collection.
My son really loves this playset. It didn't take us long to insert the batteries. The batteries are purely used for the sound features and you don't need battery power to work the water pump or to move the truck. The truck moves freely across wooden flooring and carpets. My son loves to create his own Pontypandy town. We have a large road track for all of the vehicles to drive around and Venus fits on this track perfectly. It takes very little time to arrange the different Fireman Sam buildings, vehicles and characters into a town and my son uses his imagination to act our scenes from the show. He is very enthusiastic doing this and it is a pleasure to watch him use his imagination in such a way.
This playset is probably his favourite of all the Fireman Sam trucks that he actually owns. He finds it easy to play with as it moves so easily. One aspect that he doesn't like is that the doors of the truck do not open. The windows are fully open and the characters can be inserted this way but they need to be sat a specific way to ensure they remain upright. My son can do this himself but a younger child may need some additional help as the process can be fiddly. The back of the truck opens out and when there is enough space for the small accessories to be stored here if required.
The main appeal of this playset is the yellow tank at the back of the truck. This tank is quite big and has to be put into place in a certain way or it won't sit properly. At first, my son required a lot of help to get the tank to stay in place and got frustrated that it kept falling off. Once it is in place correctly, it will stay there securely until it is pulled off. The tank has a screw cap with a pump on the top. This cap does screw on quite tightly and parental help is needed. I fill up the tank with cold water and ensure the cap is securely tightened to avoid any leakages. The tank holds quite a bit of water so unless your child is squirting it constantly, it will last well with regular play. My son knows how to fill the tank up himself but prefers Mummy to do it so that the cap is secured a bit better.
My son absolutely loves the pump action of this truck. The pump is easy to press down on and releases a blast of water each time. I was quite shocked at how fast the water came out of the pump and even more shocked at how far it actually travelled. This is definitely a novelty with my son and he takes great pleasure in putting out fires in his playsets. Of course, the playsets do become wet but as they are made of plastic, they wipe down very easily. At first, my son enjoyed soaking us too but realised when was acceptable and when wasn't (when I was using an electrical product for example). My son is more sensible when playing with this toy now especially around the house. We have taken this one to his Grans to play with in the garden which is fun.
The sound features on this toy are good and relate to the show. They are loud though and there is no volume switch so they either need to be on or off (switch is on the base of the truck). The different sound effects can be changed using the push down tannoy at the top of the truck and include the Fireman Sam theme tune and a few phrases including 'Great fires of London' and 'We're on our way!'. The batteries seem to last well with regular use which is always a bonus as most of the toys we have drain batteries very quickly.
My son really likes this Venus Playset. It has some good features which make it fun and easy to play with. It is easy to wipe down and aside from a few minor paint scrapes, our truck looks as good as new. Venus is well played with in our house and I would say that it would appeal to children from around age three until age six. It isn't an educational toy really but helps build the imagination and is generally fun to play with. I would imagine that my son will grow out of these toys soon especially as he has started school but for the moment, this remains a firm favourite and is worth £15.00.
Thanks for reading :)
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