“ Brand: Born to Play / Type: Construction „
Dizzy is a cement mixer character from the famous Bob the Builder cartoon series. My oldest son went through a phase when everything had to be bob the builder themed. He has long since moved on and this has been passed down to my youngest son. Dizzy is one of the original set of characters and is a bright orange colour. The toy is a friction powered wheeled toy and is made of sturdy orange plastic, the wheels are also strong black plastic and have never come off making it extremely safe. As I said previously this has been handed down to by second son and has been played with frequently and somewhat roughly and is still in extremely good condition. It has lasted well and my youngest one is getting as much joy out of it as his brother did. I bought this many, many years ago (my oldest is now ten) and I can't remember the price but I'm sure it cost under ten pound but I have seen it more recently in Amazon when I was looking for some of the more recent characters, for under £4.00 used or you can buy a set which vary in cost dependant on size. In amazon I have also seen a Dizzy and bob figure set for £8.99 or £9.99 in toysrus and I have also seen a set including Dizzy, Muck, scoop and bob in John Lewis costing £9.95. Which is very good value.
The toy is very strong and has been banged around frequently and has only received a few little scuffs and scrapes, none of which are very obvious. The cement tub also move around by hand and by turning the wheel at the rear of the toy which aids child's dexterity and imagination, but the primary aim of this toy is pure entertainment. Bob the builder has been a very popular children's series for many years now and they have expanded the characters so the gift ideas are endless, (I always struggle with ideas for family and friends with gifts) and these are perfect. Although Bob the Builder is not my sons favourite character it does come a very close second, and he loves all the brightly coloured vehicles.
It requires no batteries which is a god send at Christmas when I seem to spend most of the day putting in batteries. My son loves it and I am hoping to expand his little collection come Christmas time. There are many characters to choose from but my son only has the older characters at the moment.
I would definitely recommend as not many modern toys are built to last like these are. They are incredibly robust and well worth the money.
My son has had Dizzy since he was around 16 months old, long before he had any idea who Bob the Builder was....to be honest, he's now 2 and still not a massive Bob fan - but he is a massive vehicle fan so this ticks all his boxes regardless!
Dizzy is a lovely, cheerful simple cement mixer! She has 4 plastic wheels, happy headlight eyes and a smiley grill mouth. She also has 'ears', though I'm not sure what these are supposed to be! The best bit about Dizzy is her spinning 'tummy'. The bowl of the mixer spins round, making a great clicking noise as it does. You can spin it manually, just by rotating the mixer with your hand, or it can be turned using the wheel on the rear of the vehicle, which also has a handle to make it easier.
Dizzy is a fantastic little toy. She doesn't need batteries, is easily cleaned if necessary and is extremely durable. We picked her up second hand and my son has played with her a lot, yet apart from a few scratches she still looks like new....although she doesn't move very well on her own anymore, but this doesn't seem to bother my son. Not all toys need to have a billion features to be a success!!
The official age range for this toy is from 36 months, it is held together by screws so I imagine this is why they are being cautious. But I was never concerned about my little boy playing with it from a much younger age, it is extremely robust and there are no small parts that are likely to fall off.
We have four Bob the Builder "truck" characters in total, one was bought by us, the other three including Dizzy were given to me by a good friend whose son is older and had grown out of them.
Dizzy is one of the Bob the Builder characters. She is a cement mixer and one of only a couple of female characters in the Bob the Builder show. My son loves Bob the Builder stuff and I have a couple of Bob the Builder DVDs which I sometimes let him watch which he has learned the characters from. He then reenacts some of the stories with his own track characters.
Dizzy is made from a very durable orange plastic and can be rolled around on her black tyre-like four wheels very smoothly, and if you push her on a tiled surface she will propel quite far. She has a moveable cement mixing middle which rotates like a real cement mixer operated by the wheel on the back of her.
Dizzy has a rather freaky looking place with a huge mouth with what like freaky teeth. She also has big bubble eyes. All her features are moulded into the plastic, rather than stuck on with stickers and thus she has stayed in really good condition, she is a very durable truck.
My son loves these Bob the Builder character trucks and I am really glad we have them. Most of these characters cost around £10, so a quite expensive although I am sure it is possible to pick them up second hand or for cheaper on Amazon if one looked around. It's good my son has four of these characters as he does play with them interactively. He is quite obsessed with diggers and building things generally and these toys really do keep him very happy and occupied for long periods of time.
I think most young kids go through a "Bob the Builder" phase at one point or another. Personally, I get quite annoyed with the premise of the show, which sems to be one huge marketing excersise. Every new series they bring out on TV, they create lots of new characters, which of course, translates into lots of toys and items that will have young kids screaming in the aisles and get the tills ringing.
When my son took an interest in these toys, I was quite firm about the fact that I would stick to the main characters from the original show and not end up buying every piece of Bob merchandise out there! Where we live, we have a Wednesday market, where they have stalls selling second hand toys. There are always loads of these friction powered Bob the Builder toys, going for about £1-£3. I bought a few of the main characters from the stall, as they were cheaper than buying them new, which would have cost me £5-£8.
Dizzy is the cement mixer from the series. She is one of the few female characters in the show. This friction toy is nice and robust, well made, and a bright, appealing orange colour! The toy does not take batteries, so that is one less cost to take into consideration!
The toy, like all of the vehicles in the show, has a face, which I suppose makes the characters more appealing to young kids. I wouldn't exactly describe the face on this toy as appealing, as it looks quite manic with it's staring eyes, but kids don't seem to mind that she isn't all that pretty in the looks department! The toy has four black whhels on the bottom, which roll freely along this floor with no resistance. Kids love these sort of toy, as it givers them the freedom to roll it around wherever they want. If you roll the toy back, it rolls forward by itself, although as we have has ours for a while now, the friction mechanism doesn't work too well at all.
Another appealing feature of the toy is the rotating cement mixer on the back of the toy. There is a wheel at the back which the child can turn to make the mixer go round and round. It makes a loud clicking noise when you do this, a bit like the ralles that they take to footy matches! The noise does drive you a bit bonkers after a few minutes! I must draw your attention to a problem I had with the toy a while ago. My son managed to get his fingers stuck in the wheel at the back (see picture above), and this really distressed him. We managed to free him by soaping his fingers up, but I feel it is a design flaw to have holes that size in which a child's fingers can easily get trapped. I must admit though, that it all the time we have had this toy, it has only ever happened once.
This toy has lots of scope for imaginative play. It can be a character in a story, with the child providing the voice, it can race with other cars and vehicles. It can roll down slopes. It can make los of noise! You could put some playdough or plasticine in the bucket as pretend "cement", and get Dizzy to mix it for you. As the toy is plastic, with no mechganical parts, you can also play with it in the bath, sandpit or paddling pool. The toy is just a nice size to take with you in your bag, as something to amuse your child when visiting family and friends.
Dizzy is a well made toy, and built to last. I have had ours for about five years now and it shows no signs of wear and tear, apart from the deterioration of the friction mechanism, which does not really detract much from the play possibilities. I also like this sort of toy, because there are no small parts to get lost behind chairs and underneath furniture. The toy gets played with quite a lot, so I feel it was worth the £1 I paid for it on the market! I would give the toy 5 stars, but feel I need to drop a star on account of my son's fingers getting stuck in the wheel.
My little sister has gone mad on Bob The Builder so one of the presents she had for Xmas was a pull back Dizzy toy. Dizzy is the little orange cement mixer and I think it cost about £5.00, it's quite a chunky toy and doesn't take batteries so that's a good price I reckon.
You pull Dizzy back and when you let it go the toy will slowly roll forward, it's a dead simple idea but the toy is a lot of fun for a little Bob The Builder fanatic! I thought she was going to think it was boring when I saw it but she actually loves it. It looks just like Dizzy off the programme on tv and has got a wickedly happy face.
Dizzy rolls about 1 metre after my sister has pulled it back but it depends on what sort of floor she's playing it on. In the kitchen we've got tiles and it moves quite quick in there but in the living room it goes a lot slower on the carpet even through it's not a mega deep carpet. The toy won't move at all on the fluffy rug in my room and that gets on my sisters nerves a bit even though she's getting to understand about it a bit now.
The pull back is smooth and it doesn't slip, she's got another pull back car and it sticks sometimes or does a mad sprint then dies 6 inches away from her. This one has worked every time and if it doesn't then it's always because my sis has pulled a fliddy move and pulled Dizzy back wonky.
I think this is a wicked toy. There are no batteries so you'll save a few quid there! lol It's definitely a doing toy and is fun at the same time and the fact that it's a popular character makes it even better. It's well made as well, the toy feels strong and has been banged against the walls a few times now and isn't damaged or scratched or anything.
Recommended..... 5 stars from me and my sister!!!
Since going to Butlins and seeing all of the Bob the Builder themed rides, my two year old son has become obsessed with Bob the Builder! For anybody not up-to-speed with essential television viewing for pre-schoolers, Bob the Builder is a BBC children's programme that has actually been showing on various kids' tv channels since 1999. The programme is probably as famous for all the spin-off merchandise (including those terrible songs by Neil Morrisey) as it is for the show itself, which features Bob, Wendy and an assortment of talking vehicles.
This particular toy is a pull-back version of Dizzy, a cute orange cement mixer with a handle to turn the mixer around along with a satisfying clicking noise. Its a simple sturdy plastic friction toy on wheels which provides hours of fun for my youngest son and, a pleasant change, does not need any batteries. This one was actually unearthed from our loft amongst my oldest son's collection of old toys. I know that this was well-played with by my oldest but it could easily be passed off as a new toy. I love well-built plastic toys that will withstand anything that an over-enthusiastic toddler is going to subject them to and this simple toy certainly fulfills that criteria. In its first life, Dizzy actually found its way outside and had to be rescued from all sorts of muck and mess! Luckily, the lack of batteries means that it could have a well-needed wash without any harm done.
Being a cement mixer, the spinning mixer just lends itself perfectly to playing in sand or soil and any little boy would be tempted to stuff all kinds into his little mixer. It's a great toy for simple imaginative play and helps with hand-eye co-ordination and all that clever stuff but, most importantly, it helps my son to have lots of fun while he plays with it and keeps him amused chattering away to Dizzy.
Whilst searching online for current prices and stockists, I did notice that there is now a talking version of the same toy available which says about five different phrases from the show. This only costs a few pounds more than this original version. This simple pull-back version is available for £4.88 (less for used toys) and the talking friction Dizzy is available for £7.95 (Amazon prices at September 2009.) Personally, I'd go for this basic version every time. The lack of batteries makes it much more robust as it can be cleaned easily and I don't think it loses anything by not making any noises. My two year old is more than happy to supply his own 'brmmm' as he pushes it along. (I'm not sure that is the correct noise for a cement mixer but he seems to know what he's doing!)
This toy carries a manufacturer's recommended age of three years plus but I have no worries about allowing my two year old to play with this. There are no loose or small pieces and the goggly eyes are fixed onto Dizzy's head so that they couldn't come loose. Likewise, the wheels are securely attached and the little wheel that turns the mixer around is not removeable or easy to break either. The plastic used is very thick and durable so I have no concerns about any damage or pieces chipping off, no matter what my little builders might subject it to.
For young kids, sometimes the simplest toys are the best and this seems one of the best to me.
Pull Dizzy back and watch him go, his cement mixer turns and clicks.