Product Type: Fireman Sam Fancy Dress
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Fireman Sam Utility Belt
Member Name: mumto3
Fireman Sam Utility Belt
Advantages: Encourages role playing games - well known character
Disadvantages: falls apart - needs batteries - needs a helmet
A few years ago my son was mad on anything to do with fireman Sam. One of the toys he owned at that time was the Fireman Sam Utility Belt with Jacket and accessories.
My son was bought this toy as a present for Christmas so I have no idea how much was paid for it but looking online now (Nov 2012) it is priced between £12 and around £20.
The set includes a plastic jacket that is red with yellow detailing on it, a black plastic belt with red plastic buckle and holders, a plastic axe, torch and walkie talkie.
If I remember rightly the jacket simply goes on like a coat and does up at the front with Velcro although I think this has changed to clips now.. The belt has a buckle that fits into holes on the other end. The holders simply slide onto the belt and can be easily removed. Each accessory fits into a holder and can be removed for play.
The torch works and needs 2 x AA batteries; these are not included but are simple enough to fit. The torch cannot be securely closed and simply unscrews so it is very easy for your child to take it apart. My son did this within minutes and managed to lose part of the inside of the torch and we never got it to work again.
The walkie talkie is simply a piece of yellow plastic and apart from looking like a radio it doesn't actually do anything.
The axe is made of two parts; both are plastic, which slot together. Unfortunately the blade part does come off quite a bit and once it has been taken off a few times it is hard to make it stay on. I don't know if my son was just too boisterous for this toy but it was forever in bits.
My son also received the talking fireman Sam helmet as part of his gift which you obviously need to complete the outfit and I notice online that you can buy the complete set for around £30.
My son did play with this toy quite a bit but found it frustrating because the end fell off the axe or the bits wouldn't stay on the belt. The jacket didn't last very long and split up the seam after a few months.
I think the toy would be better if the torch didn't work but the walkie talkie said a few well known firemen Sam phrases. This would probably double the price though.
I think if your child likes fireman Sam then this would be a good toy to own but it isn't the most exciting toy around. I would recommend shopping around to find a bargain because this isn't worth £20.
Summary: A good idea but a bit of a let down
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