Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
Newest Review: ... toy. I am very disappointed, considering the usual high standards I expect from Fisher Price toys. I would not recommend this to anyone.... more
Fabulous but flawed.....
Fisher Price Racin Ramps Garage
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Fisher Price Racin Ramps Garage
Advantages: Looks lovely, compatible with most other vehicles in the range
Disadvantages: Lift a little bit stiff and gets a bit stuck, no alternative access to 1st floor...
Seeing this product had a (mostly) negative single review, I decided to offer up my opinion and try and re-address the balance. For though I agree that this product is flawed, I do not agree with the previous reviewer that it is terrible or indeed dangerous!!
For starters, this is currently priced at £34.99 as new from Argos. Now, I wouldn't personally want to spend that much on this as I do think there are better garages available out there, but I am sure if you shop around you should be able to find it cheaper! (Amazon has it for £19, so there's a big difference straight away!)
Secondly, whilst I do agree that the lift that takes cars up to the top floor of the garage IS stiff and missing the lever that lifted it up on earlier, previous models, I do not think that that ruins the enjoyment of the WHOLE garage. My daughter, for example, is just as happy lifting the cars up to the top floor herself rather than using the lift and this doesn't seem to bother her unduly but I DO agree it is both annoying and enfuriating and even a bit of the good 'ol WD40 hasn't helped alleviate matters!
Anyway, back to the rest of the garage......this toy essentially consists of a two storey garage with a ramp that spins round from the top floor and deposits cars back on the ground. It has a petrol pump and hose at the front of the forecourt and comes with two vehicles, a car and a tow-truck, and two Little People characters. Both vehicles make noises when the Little People in them are pushed down.
My daughter loves and thinks it is another of her favourite toys ever. (I am convinced she says that about ALL her toys!!). Though you only get two cars for the garage, the majority of other Little People vehicles also go down the ramp and though the petrol pump is a little bit hard to play with, it is very close to the base of the garage making it hard for little fingers to grasp, it is still a nice feature to have included. The lift has a bell on it that rings at each level when it arrives though, as my predecessor has also mentioned, the first storey is only accessible by said lift making that floor a little redundant!
Overall, this is a nice colourful toy garage that is not without its faults but still lots of fun despite all that.
It is fairly well made, coming from the highly respectable toy company Fisher Price as it does, it is just a shame that a little more thought and care hasn't been put into a couple of its issues!
Of course, personal opinion is subjective so you have to make up your own mind about these things in most cases but personally, both me and my daughter can live with the few flaws and have lots of fun playing with this together!
Summary: A rather nice but ultimately flawed garage- you will have to make up your own mind whether you care!