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I came across the Mini Chubbie Bucket by Viking Toys while searching Amazon for toy ideas for my little boy. At the time I purchased this product at £18.00, however it has now been reduced to £17.59. Not a huge saving of course, but a saving nonetheless.
Viking Toys manufacture a selection of these 'Chubbie Bucket' sets. All are relatively similar though the Mini Chubbie Bucket set is the most basic and lowest priced.
The Viking Mini Chubbie Bucket set is simply a transparent plastic bucket filled with various plastic vehicles. These vehicles consist of helicopters, aeroplanes, trucks, hook-on trailers, cars and boats. The manufacturers recommended age for this product is 12 months.
The wheels, on all of the wheeled vehicles, are joined by steel axles which are rust-proof, making them all the more durable and safe. The plastic has no sharp edges and is soft and pliable. In addition the plastic is thick and tough enough for rough play, be it indoors or outdoors. They are very easy to wash and are even suitable to pop in the dishwasher.
Viking state that priority is given to form and function rather than to unnecessary detail and these toy vehicles, although brightly coloured, are very basic in appearance. In my opinion, Viking got it right with this method of manufacture. A very young child may not know that for instance a toy sports car is a toy sports car. They will however know that they can hold it, throw it, bite it and run it along the floor on its wheels. Therefore there is often little use in intricate detail and more use in safety and durability.
My son is at the age where he very much enjoys emptying things. This quite often means that various draws and storage boxes are opened up and the contents of which strewn across the floor. The Viking Mini Chubbie Bucket is ideal for opening up and emptying. My little boy loves to get his hands into the bucket and take out the vehicles one by one. In addition, the little boats in this set have made fantastic floating toys for the bath!
When he is a little older I intend to buy him one of those ever popular rugs which have roads on. The Viking vehicles will be an ideal size for use on it.
I have mentioned in previous toy reviews that basic toys encourage imaginative play which is highly beneficial for young minds. This product certainly fits that description. Although I feel that it could be priced slightly lower, I do believe this toy is just right in many ways. I fully recommend the Viking Chubbie Bucket!
Made of soft, pliable plastic and is designed with smooth, round forms with no sharp edges. Heavy-duty, rustproof steel axles and are thick walled to withstand tough play, both indoors and out.