“ Brand: Vivid Imaginations / Type: Model construction kit - junior „
As we all know children LOVE taking toys apart, or breaking them, so when I spotted this Roary car that is meant for taking apart, I just had to buy it for the twins for Christmas.
I actually bought these from B&M Bargains for £10 each but you can buy them on Amazon.
Roary the Racing car is a childrens programme shown on Nickelodeon which involves talking racing cars and cool characters but the main racing car is Roary the Racing car a cute sounding red car with a white cap.
The box tells you to test your mechanic skills and build Roary the Racing car, you have to use the screwdriver to fix his wheels, engine and more and it also includes sound.
The toy comes in seperate pieces in the box and tied up tightly so takes a while to take it off it's packaging. Once done though you have seperate pieces to put together and an instruction sheet to follow to help you do this. The set includes the main body of Roary the racing car, the wheels, and engine and a screwdriver. I was sort of expecting this toy to be a bit flimsy and break within seconds rather than allow the twins to put it together, however it really surprised me! The body of roary the racing car is chunky, quite weighty, like a proper toy vehicle, and the parts that attach are of course plastic and they could snap or break with force but they match well with the car. Considerably thick plastic, they don't feel cheap and flimsy either which was quite impressive!
Now the aim of having all these various pieces is for your child to put Roary together with the help of the screw driver. The screwdriver is shaped near enough exactly like a real one, however the end used to 'screw' has a 'hole' in it in the shape of the screws on Roary's wheels. As really instead of actually screwing a wheel in with a screw, they are turning the screw that's attached to Roary to tighten the wheels onto him.
The wheels are a little awkward to be honest as your child needs to actually hold the wheel in place to be able to screw them onto Roary tightly. This did become a little frustrating for the twins but as they are 3 years old they soon grasped the fact that the wheels had to be held whilst screwing them on or they would just fall off. This task soon became fun taking them off and screwing them back on once they knew what to do, but it is something to think about if buying the toy as it's not quite easy as first thought! The engine just clips into place on top of Roary, and his bumper has to be screwed in on the front. It is really such a simple idea, but it makes exciting play for a child. The fact they can break the toy in the first place is a brilliant idea for a child and then to fix it themselves is even more rewarding.
This Roary is recommended for children aged 3 years and up which I'd say is exactly right. Parts would be too small really for a child younger, and the whole putting Roary together a child younger probably wouldn't be able to do therefore wouldn't enjoy the toy that much.
There is an on/off switch underneath Roary, which when switched on your child can press his white cap and listen to Roary talk saying some of his sayings from the programme, such as 'Vroom Vroom Vroooom'. This toy does take batteries, which do come included, the batteries needed are 3 x LR44.
When the car is put together it makes a fantastic Roary the racing car toy, it won't just fall apart and wheels fall off instead it's a sturdy racing car for your child to enjoy. I'd certainly reccomend this toy if anybody asked, there are a few aspects of the toy a child can enjoy, they could just play with it as a car or enjoying the taking it apart and fixing it too.