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My son received this Bob the Builder Activity Driver for his 2nd Christmas when he was 18months old and a massive Bob the Builder fan. He got a lot of Bob toys that year including various vehicles and figures and the activity telephone but this was one of his favourites, mainly I think because of the whole steering wheel idea, being able to pretend he was driving and the various flashing lights and noises! And by heck is this toy noisy!
This toy is made from a high quality durable plastic and ours is now 4 years old and has survived 2 kids amazingly well. It has been played with faithfully and taken numerous knocks and bangs but is still in great condition and in perfect working order.
The base of the activity driver is bright blue and there is a green ignition key in the bottom left corner that starts the toy when your child turns it up the way. There is a yellow steering wheel on the right side of the unit with a horn in the middle and a small orange handle on it. The steering wheel says 'turn left' or 'turn right', depending on the direction in which your child turns it. I found this a great way of teaching my children left and right and they picked this up very quickly. The orange horn in the centre of the wheel beeps when pushed. The handle can be used as an alternative way of turning the steering wheel. There is also a green handle on the left side of the unti which says 'move forward' when pushed up the way and 'move back' when pushed down.
There is a Bob figure in the top right hand corner that says various phrases when pushed down. There are also buttons with pictures of Muck, Scoopy, Rolly and Wendy on them that tell your child the characters names when pressed. The set of traffic lights flash various colours repeatedly when the toy is active.
The toy begins a game once activitated and the various rote start phrases have been said, which involves hunting the character, this allows your child to develop their awareness of who Bob's various friends are, and also tells your child what colours they are.
However please be prepared to buy yourself ear plugs, this is one of the loudest, noisiest toys I have heard! there is no volume control and it is permanently set at EXTRA LOUD!!! It is also very repetitive and Bob's voice can become very annoying very quickly! On the plus side it does switch itself off if left unattended for a while. Just ensure you switch it off properly before putting it in the toy box as it can be quite frighteneing suddenly hearing Bob scream at you to find Muck!!
Price wise we paid £14.95 4 years ago and this was well worth the money for the amount of play my children have got from it, but even better, it is currently on sale on Amazon for £6.50! A total bargain for Christmas!
As a developmental toy this is quite a basic model but it will provide hours of fun for any little Bob fan and the loudness and repetitiveness seemed to be the things that my son loved about it the most! So it is worth buying to see the smile on your child's face, but I do think earplugs should come as standard!!
My little boy received the VTech Bob's Activity Driver as a gift from his aunt and uncle on his first birthday and he fell in love with it from the very moment he saw it.
For the purposes of this review this product is currently available from a number of stores including Debenhams and Hamleys where it is priced at £20.00. It is suitable for children from 12 months upward.
Bob's Activity Driver consists of a blue base with a number of different features. On the bottom left hand side is an ignition key, this must be turned in order to activate the toy.
To the bottom right hand side is a large yellow steering wheel with a horn at the centre and a small handle at the side. When turned the toy states "turn left" or "turn right" depending on the direction. This is excellent for teaching children left and right. When the horn is sounded the toy makes a beeping sound and says "look out!"
Situated above the steering wheel are three buttons depicting the characters Rolly, Muck and Scoop from the Bob the Builder series. To the left of the wheel is a further button depicting the character Wendy. These buttons can be pressed to sound familiar phrases, however they are also used as a little game. While the toy is in operation Bob will randomly ask "Can you find __?" If the correct button is pressed we are congratulated with "Oh well done!" and if the incorrect button is selected we are told "That's not right!"
Finally to the far right hand side we have a gear lever, which will sound "Move forward" or "Move back" depending on the direction it is moved in, and a Bob the Builder figure who will state popular phrases when pressed.
This product is not for those who like to turn down the volume on their children's toys. It is a noisy toy and can sometimes be rather repetitive. However my son simply adores it and will go back to it time and time again. He refers to it as "Bobbob" and will get very excited at the mere sight of it.
Though I am a fan of traditional toys which do very little and encourage imaginative play, I am also a fan of this electronic toy, simply because my son adores it so much!
My only issue with this product is that mine somehow developed a fault very early on. When the ignition key is turned, it now 'sticks' and makes a sound similar to that of an engine which will not start. My son has developed a secret way of making it 'un-stick' by throwing it forcefully to the ground. It never fails to work for him yet I somehow cannot do it! I need to investigate this a little further in order to determine whether or not it is simply a case of needing new batteries or if it is indeed something more complicated.
In summary I would recommend this toy to any little boy who is a fan of Bob the Builder, or indeed noise! It will test your patience with its repetitive phrases, however it does have an educational content as with many VTech toys, and of course its lots of fun!
Get behind the wheel and learn with Bob and friends. Activity driver packed with realistic features such as a steering wheel, beeping horn, ignition key and flashing traffic lights. 3 buttons interact with the characters and 3D Bob driving buddy gives handy hints and tips!