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Before moving house a few months ago I decided to do a big clean out, paying particular attention to my children's bedroom. I ended up throwing quite a few old broken toys out and gave a few bits to my local charity shop too. Whilst cleaning out my ten year old daughters cupboard I found a large bin bag full of her old toys, many of which we had completely forgotten about. A large majority of these were in excellent condition so my four year old daughter claimed some of these toys for herself, one of which was this Bob the Builder Scoop Friction Powered vehicle.
To be honest my eldest daughter wasn't too interested in watching Bob the builder on tv and this toy was bought for her third birthday simply because her Dad drove diggers on building sites. She was also given two character figures - Bob and Wendy - I think these must have been purchased separately. Since its recent discovery my youngest daughter has been quite taken with Scoop and she has played with him on a regular basis. I don't think she is a huge Bob the Builder fan but I am sure she has watched a few episodes on Cbeebies over the years so she is aware of the programme and characters etc.
The toy itself is yellow in colour and quite a nice chunky size, it resembles the character Scoop well. Scoop has large goggly eyes which move around and a grill at the front for the mouth, he also has a light on top but this is for show only and unfortunately doesn't actually do anything. Scoop is a digger so he simply wouldn't be complete without a bucket, he has a bucket on the front which can be manually moved up and down along with an adjustable rear tipper. There are also stabilisers either side of Scoop which can be used to raise him slightly. The moving parts do make clicking noises during play, these are quite loud but we don't find them to be overly annoying.
This is a friction toy, when a small amount of pressure is applied and with a quick push Scoop moves off, he doesn't go very far but he does manage to go surprisingly quick. Like most friction toys, Scoop works much better on the Laminate flooring in our living room, he doesn't work at all on the thick carpet upstairs. My daughter has no problems working Scoop and finds him quite easy to operate by herself without the need of any adult help. There is no on / off switch and batteries are not needed.
My youngest daughter is quite girlie so I must admit I was a little surprised by how much she enjoyed playing with Scoop and the Bob and Wendy figures. I wouldn't say it was one of her favourite toys but it is one that has been played with on a fairly regular basis since its re discovery.
This is a really good quality toy, ours is a good eight years old and it still looks and works brilliantly. I would particularly recommend it for children around 3 - 5 years old and wouldn't say it was necessarily just for fans of the Bob the builder TV show.
A quick look online shows me that the Bob the Builder Scoop Friction powered vehicle is still available. It is currently prices at £11.99 on Amazon (free super saver delivery available), which I think is a brilliant price. Other characters are also available including Lofty, Dizzy and Muck, prices vary.
Having three sons, our toy boxes have housed lots of Bob the Builder themed toys and merchandise. My youngest son is now two years old and has inherited a number of Bob the Builder friction toys from his older brothers. The fact that some of these toys have survived one if not two children before him, is testament to the durability of these chunky plastic vehicles.
Bob the Builder has actually been showing on TV since 1999 and is still regularly shown on CBeebies. I must admit that my little one doesn't particularly watch the TV show but still recognises all of the main characters and is a big fan of the spin-off toys.
This particular toy is a pull-back version of Scoop, one of the original characters - a friendly yellow digger with a cute face, complete with fully functioning front and rear buckets and 'stabilisers' which help to raise the digger off the ground for tough building work! Scoop is perfectly proportioned for little hands to hold, push and play with although I think the minimum recommended age range of three years plus is a little overly cautious and I'm happy for my two year old to play with this with no concerns for his safety.
We own quite a few Bob the Builder friction powered toys but this is one of the most popular, probably because the digging function lends itself to lots of fun activities. We actually acquired two Scoops - one was purchased second hand and one included as part of a set of various Bob the Builder vehicles. I normally hate duplicating toys that we already own but, in this case, having two Scoops was quite useful. One was kept inside for regular imaginative indoor play, whilst the other was used in the sandpit outside, where it has been used to dig sand and transport all manner of debris across one part of the sandpit to the other!
Unfortunately, whilst these toys are surprisingly robust, the outdoors toy didn't fare quite as well and doesn't appear to be quite as resilient as the real-life counterparts. After braving the elements outside and all of that digging and transporting, Scoop eventually lost both of the stabilisers at the back. This wasn't too much of a loss as the digger still functioned as normal but losing the smaller of the two buckets was the final straw! This experience doesn't reduce my confidence in the vehicle's overall durability at all, particularly as this isn't marketed as an outdoor toy. If used in the house and played with appropriately, this toy will last for years, making it a great toy to pass on to younger siblings or to pick up for next to nothing secondhand.
As well as the digging motion, what really appeals to my toddler is just how fast and effective the friction motion is. Scoop only needs to be pulled back slightly and will respond by shooting across the floor at lightening speed, so it is really easy for youngsters to operate independently without getting frustrated. This motion is surprisingly effective even on a carpeted surface and really goes for it on our tiled kitchen floor - where my little boy often has to retrieve this from under the kitchen table! This simple but fun movement keeps my son entertained happily without any need for extra gimmicks, so the lack of sound effects (and the consequent lack of batteries) is a blessing.
Whilst the Bob the Builder brand doesn't seem quite as strong (or as popular) as it was just a couple of years ago, these friction vehicles are still available new, as well as a common sight at car boot sales and charity shops. Scoop can currently be picked up from Toys R Us stores for £9.99 which is not a bad price for such a robust toy that will entertain a child for a couple of years and still be in playable condition afterwards -providing it hasn't been abandoned in the sandpit! This is a cute little digger that I'm happy to recommend.
Firstly I never bought this toy brand new, my mum spotted it at a car boot sale around a year ago and picked it up, at the time I never realised it was a toy from a TV show but once home and I had a look and it clicked. For just £1 I think this was fantastic as it was like new along with the other one she bought. Looking around this toy costs around the £10 mark which I feel is pretty expensive for what it is but then that's also perhaps because this was bought for just £1. I also have no idea what the packaging is like as this came minus any packing.
My son quite likes Bob the Builder and Scoop is a digger that is bright yellow, this vehicle is pretty good it represents the character well with the same googly eyes and what not so it is rather real. It's also a really good size, it's quite big which is excellent for little hands to hold and move around, my son was 2 when he got this and he managed to use it easily, a year later and he still plays with it easily so I think it's good for a range of ages.
The toy itself is a bit useless really, when Scoop is pulled backwards and then released he rolls forwards, the scoop on the front can be extended and the arms holding this in place moved up and down, whilst the digger at the back has a bend in the middle to allow the digger to reach various levels and distances from Scoop himself. Apart from this there isn't much else Scoop actually does so this toy really does rely on some creativity. The vehicle moves along the laminated floor well but on the carpet it's completely useless as a friction powered toy as it goes nowhere.
The toy is made of plastic however it seems rather sturdy, I've no idea of what it was put through before my son acquired it but since then it has been dropped, bashed, crashed into walls and all sorts andit's still in tact so it's pretty durable I think. The only problem I do have with this is that the yellow has faded quite considerably since my son's had it, it was a bright yellow at first but over time it now has a dirty look to it that isn't very appealing.
My son has been hankering to take this outside to play in the mud and scoop it up and what not, I have held off till now as I know that the minute it goes out the door it'll be too filthy to come back in but it really looks dirty now whereas his other toys do not so I think outside to play is where it belongs now really. However at least a year's use from it is not too bad at all, some toys in here get played for less than an hour before they're relegated to the back of the cupboard/toy box never to be seen again.
I would never have paid the full price for this as it just doesn't do enough to warrant it and despite my son playing with this for a year I could never have known that when he got it, there always seems to be some programme with a ton of merchandise to go along with it and I think this really gets to parents sometimes but my son has enjoyed it and for £1 I would never have complained however it does need alot of creativity and imagination to use it so for that it may be more suitable for a slightly older child but just using as a vehicle is easy enough and suitable for children of all ages I think.
If You have read my previous reviews you will see I brought the whole bob the builder team on offer at Wilkinson for my sons birthday. Bob the builder is a favourite TV program currently showing on CBeebies. Its about a builder and his machines and how they work pass problems to get thing done.
Scoop is modelled very well on the character on the TV show. He is a digger which is why he is called scoop and bright yellow in colour. He has wobbly eyes at the front that move as the vehicle rolls across the floor.Also the grill of the vehicle is made to look like a smiling mouth just like on the TV program. The friction function means my son can watch him zoom across the floor by himself which was one of the things that we loved best.
It has a large scoop at the front of it that a child can lift the arms of it up and down. The scoop it self also tips up and down so a child can actually role play at picking something up with it which my son loves to do. As the vehicle is pushed along the floor using the friction power this also moves up and down by itself which seems to amaze my little man.
He has 4 wheels 2 large 2 small the large wheels are the friction powered ones that push the scoop along. Above these are the open cab there are no seats its just a flat black surface. Connor could not understand why he could not sit bob in there as he was too big so I had to try and explain to him it was just for show. Also on top of this cab is what seems to be a light for when scoops in action but it does not actually light up its just for show.
At the rear of the vehicle are two stands in which a child can lift and lower to either steady the scoop figure when stationary or let him be mobile when lifted. Again my son loves these they seem to make him feel important that he must remember to lower them when scoop is digging great part of the toy for role play.
Finally at the back of scoop is a smaller bucket.It is held by a long crane arm so it can extend around 10 cm again the bucket is fully mobile and the arm itself can be lifted and lowered and bends in 2 places so when it is not in use it can be folded and it sits neatly at the back of the vehicle.
We have now had scoop for 18 months and he has lasted many knocks and drops with out a scratch. Every part of him is still attached and he is still a very well loved toy. Scoop is recommended for ages 3+ but my son had them from when he was 2 and as there are no small parts I do think they are fine from a younger age as my son has had a lot of use out of it. We brought ours as part of a set of 6 on sale at £19.99 but individually they retail between £7 - £10 and with this being one of the better toys in the range I would fully recommend scoop for any bob the builder fan.
Firstly, can I apologise to those who regularly read my reviews, as this is another Bob the builder toy review! Scoop is the third Bob the Builder toy in my collection, and the only one that I didn't buy second hand from the toy market. We had the other toys in the set and needed Scoop, but they never had one for sale at the market, so I had to buy him from Debenhams for about £8.
Like the other toys in this collection, Scoop the digger is extremely robust and well made, designed to withstand the knocks and rough play that inevitably come from the age range of children it is targetted at, 2-6 year olds, usually boys! The digger is friction powered and does not require batteries.
The digger looks really appealing to children, with it's bright yelow colour and large wheels. This toy has "googly" eyes, which makes it slightly different from the other toys in the collection, which just have painted eyes. The toy has a large scoop at the front, which you can lift up and down, as well as being able to extend it outwards so it can be manoeuvered like a real digger scoop. The digger has stabilisers on the back, which can be pulled up and down, as well as a long arm on the back with a small mini scoop that moves back and forth. This makes a clicking noise as you pull it up and down, similar to the noises made by the other Bob vehicles. Scoop has a light on the top, but this is for show only and does not switch on and off.
We have had Scoop for about five years, and he has worn quite well, but not as well as the other toys in this collection. You can see in the picture above that Scoop has a small digger scoop at the back on a long arm. Unfortunately, this has broken off on ours, although it didn't leave any sharp bits or shards behind. Another problem is that the friction mechanism that makes Scoop move forwards, no longer works, but we can still roll the toy along the floor with no problems.
All of our Bob vehicles have had lots of use and play over the years and have lots of uses in imaginary play, storytelling, pretend construction and racing around the floor against other cars. The picture does not give an idea of the size of the toy, but it is a lot bigger than an average toy car, measuring about 10 inches in length. This would also be a great toy to play with in a sandpit, as it can scoop up the sand and tip it out.
Scoop has earned it's place as a classic toy in my opinion and an absolute must-have for fans of the TV show. There are so many spin off characters and toys from this show, but in my opinion, the original five vehicles are the only ones you really need for your collection. These are well made toys that can be passed down from child to child when kids get too old to play with them.
I bought my son the Friction Scoop for Christmas just gone. He has played with it often but it's not stood up to his knocks.
This came in a multi pack set containing five wheeled characters and Bob the Builder dressed as DelBoy Trotter. It also contained several cones and other small stuff. The box was very big and open fronted to display the toys well they were spaced out. All the toys were fastened onto a cardboard sheet at the back of the box with twisted wires. There was a little information on the back of the box but most of it was covered in bright colourful pictures of Bob the Builder and other characters.
Cost and Availability
The price of the multi pack was approximately £25, which worked out at £5 per wheeled character and a free Bob the Builder figure a lot cheaper than the £7.99 normally charged per truck. I got mine from Toys R Us although they are available from all good toy suppliers.
The truck is about 17 inches measured from scoop to scoop stretched out. It is mainly made out of a bright yellow plastic, the wheels and some other parts are made out of black plastic and it looks identical to how the character appears on TV. It's eyes are like the ones you can buy in craft shops where there is a detached black pupil in a white backed clear bubble and the pupil moves about if shaken.
My son was delighted to receive this and the other characters and immediately began playing with it, ignoring his other unopened toys. It seems like a really robust toy but my son had only had it for about a month before the rear scoop snapped off. Now my son turned three January gone and although he is big for his age he isn't any more boisterous than most boys his age so this disappointed me. Although there was a little metal sticking out of the end I didn't throw it away at that point as it wasn't dangerous and my son still loved playing with it. Since then part of the plastic has snapped off it and one of the arms that attach the front scoop has detached from the scoop. It is still not in the bin as it's not dangerous, where the plastic snapped off it is a bit rough but not dangerous.
A very disappointing purchase, you'd think that something effectively endorsed by the BBC would be of better quality than this.
Bob the builder is a highly successful children's TV show that features Bob the builder and his machine team .The machine team includes some major characters and dome minor characters that appear less frequently. Scoop in a major character that features in ever episode
The scoop friction toy in a real hit with my son
Who is scoop?
Scoop is a yellow digger with a shovel bucket at the front and smaller tipper at tieback. He tends to lead the machine team and is very good at organising.
The toy itself is a replica of the TV show so familiar to most young children and indeed many adults.
My son has most of the major characters and this is probably the one he plays mostly other than lofty who is his personal favourite.
The one great thing about this toy is that it does have plenty of options for imaginative play. He fills the bucket and tipper with all sorts of things he has filled them up with stones outside and a wide variety if items inside including chocolate button which he has then gone on to eat so it is essential that this toy is easily wipe able. I frequently wash this toy with detox not because I am obsessive but because he does put so many food items in here that it is a necessity. It does have lots if little nooks and crannies that does make it a little awkward but certainly not impossible.
One feature that scoop has above the rest is legs to stabilise him this is a feature that my son loves and will make sure he is stable before he starts work.
This toy is friction powered and not that dissimilar any other friction toy but it does have the added bonus that Scoop's eye's wobble as he rolls across the floor. He has no problem on carpet but is fasted in laminate flooring.
The one thing that I do think that would add to this toy is the fact that the cabin flat top and therefore no one can sit in to ride. My son does try and put his small figures through the window to sit them in the cab. If this was altered and the doors would also open this would increase the options for play by my son.
This toy is very robust. I bought my son's second hand and despite plenty of play both inside and out it shows very little wear, almost appearing like new
This toy is for sale on Amazon for £7.95 with free supersaver delivery.
I would highly recommend this toy if you know a Bob the builder fan despite what I consider to be design flaws it is still a great toy.
Friction powered vehicle with front bucket movement. Fully adjustable rear bucket with stabilisers that raise and lower.