This was yet another gift that Harry received for Christmas, and was one of his surprise favourites. He was given it by his aunt and uncle because they know he is a fan of Fireman Sam, and has all the other vehicles in the collection. This boat is a relatively new addition due to the new series of Fireman Sam on Cartoonito which is computer animated and has introduced new vehicles such as Neptune. Harry spotted it in the Argos catalogue and asked for it, so I was happy to pass the suggestion on, and luckily he loved it when he opened it Christmas morning.
The boat is made entirely out of plastic, and is bright yellow in colour. It does bear a great resemblance to the one shown on the television show so children will be able to connect the two. You also get a small Penny figurine who is the "captain" of the boat and she sits behind the steering wheel of the boat. There is a small section with the light on at the back of the boat which is removable, and easily put back on, and I expect this is because it is quite a flimsy piece of plastic and at least this saves it getting broken.
The boat has a fully operating rudder at the back of the boat. You have to wind up the rudder using the thing at the back (holding on to the rudder as you go otherwise it's a bit of a pointless exercise!) and then once its fully wound, let it go and it turns rapidly! This boat is fully usuable on water so your child can take it in the bath with them and have lots of fun there. I've found that the rudder doesn't especially propell the boat through the water very well (if at all, actually) but with a little push, Harry is happy enough.
As well as the boat, you get a torch with this toy as well. It's a nice, big and robust torch that has several novelty features to it. The batteries aren't supplied (requires 4 AA batteries) but I haven't yet had to replace them since Christmas Day and its used pretty much everyday. The torch is mainly red, with yellow trim at the end, a blue handle and Fireman Sam motifs around the rest of it. As well as the standard bulb that comes with it, you can slide across blue and red covers to change the colour of the light and give it the appearance of a siren which is quite fun for children. It's not the brightest torch in the world, but Harry loves it and thinks it fab.
As well as using it as a traditional torch, it can be used as a lantern too. You simply have to pull up the blue handle located at the end of the torch and this pulls up part of the inside of the torch so that the light shines out through the middle of it. You then sit it down on the flat end of the torch or carry it around with the handle. Harry likes using it this way and took it on the dog walk with my dad every evening which was so sweet, even though it can't have lit up very much!
If your child is a fan of Fireman Sam, in particular the new series, then this would make a great toy for them. The boat is fab because it can actually be used on water (unlike soem toy boats!) and its made bathtime a lot easier for me. It dries quickly too, I just stand it up on its end to allow water to drain off it and then dry it off with a towel and its good as new. It seems robust to me, there are no marks on the boat, and the torch is in excellent condition as well. I think it was selling at £15 which is a great price for the 2 items, and Harry definitely recommends it.
You can buy the boat on Amazon for £10.99, but I have noticed Argos no longer sell the Boat and Torch set which is a shame. You can pick it up on Ebay but prices will vary.
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