“ Brand: Safety 1st / Age: 12 months / Type: Cars & Vehicles „
~ Personal Experience ~
If you were little, loved trucks (boys or girls) then this was the ideal toy for you. Tonka trucks were the heavy duty toys of the toy industry, as they could take a lot of bashing, soil carrying and most of all it doesn't rust due to lots of drooling and sucking.
Now they have taken a leap forward, they have made the ultimate Tonka truck the kind that your child can ride and really get to experience the ultimate soil dumper. I originally bought this for my brother who is four years old and thought that this would be the ideal Christmas toy.
You can actually fit two children on the truck but as long as they don't exceed the weight limit which is around 140 pounds or so it says on the box. I would recommend that if you buy this then you might require a large garden in which the kids can drive this thing. You don't really want to drive them down the street, as you head towards the local park, as driving this as it can be a little dangerous and hard to steer.
I would also recommend you order some soil so they can play with the truck in the way it is supposed to be used. If you like me and clumsy you might also make sure you can run as these things can be nippy and run over your foot, not the lightest of objects, especially with little devils at the wheel.
I have actually read some reviews which state that is can be dangerous and replacement parts are sometimes needed but we really haven't had any problems with this product.
~ Price and Shop ~
I originally bought our Tonka truck a year or so ago from E-Bay for around £150 but after doing some research they no longer have any on their site. I have actually found it on the Amazon.co.uk website which is selling it at around $350 and shipping is free. It isn't a bad price and would be expected to pay this for any type of product similar to this so it isn't that expensive and a nice toy for their big Christmas present.
~ Design ~
The design is fabulous and looks just like my old smaller Tonka trucks used to be, but drivable (I wish I had one of these when I was a wee lad!). The trick has two red seats were the children sit. In front of the seats they have a control panel with a steering wheel. You have an ignition key, reverse beeping noise and a dumping sound. It also comes with a traction device to prevent the truck from skidding (just in case it's on ice!).
There are two speed settings which are 2.5mph and 5mph (not super fast but you try and run away from it!). You will also get sick of the megaphone after about ten seconds as your little children can speak loudly and eventually you have to turn it off!
The truck itself is very safe and to date has not hurt my brother in any way, although my foot still aches. The truck itself weighs in at around 93 pounds.
~ In my opinion...~
This is a great reliable toy which brings joy and laughter to my brother and his friends. They can ride around the garden tipping dirt onto piles of dirt, although it can be a bit messy at times and would recommend you watch them if you don't want a dug up garden. My mum found half of her plants dug up and in the back of the Tonka truck trailer which was preparing to empty itself in the middle of the garden until we stopped them.
The company has now been taken over by KidTrax who have increased the quality of these products and so far it has proved it as we have had no problems with the Tonka truck. The truck is safe, easy to use and understand and comes with great customer support in the event that you do have a problem with this product.
You do get a battery charger which charges the battery to full capacity which is a maximum of ten hours and the toy comes with a one year warranty. The recommended age for this product is 3+ and I would agree with this, as they do need to have some awareness and control of the vehicle.
I must say that trying to wrap this was very time consuming! This is an authentic dumper truck that allows your children to gain a much needed experience with regards to working on a construction site.
~ Overall Ratings ~
Reliability Test: 5/5
Enjoyment test: 5/5
Price and Postage Test: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Get ready to dump that dirt! This Safety 1st Tonka Dump Truck ride-on vehicle is built to be tough! Featuring a large truck bed and lots of great sounds--gravel dumping, construction site sounds, reverse beeping, now your child can conquer the tough backy