Product Type: Born to Play Toy Car
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Bob the Builder Friction Scoop
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Bob the Builder Friction Scoop
Advantages: Very representative, goes far, bright and attractive.
Disadvantages: Loses colour over time, doesn't do much, pretty expensive.
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.
Summary: A good toy but a bit on the expensive side.