Product Type: Born to Play Toy Car
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Member Name: pootlegirl
Born To Play Bob The Builder Friction Lofty
Date: 15/11/12, updated on 15/11/12 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Well made, nice working crane
Like so many of our toys I picked this up second hand, along with Dizzy and Roley. At the time my son was only a few months old so I stuck them in the present drawer for a later date - when he might actually know who they were!
It was a few months after his first birthday when he spotted them in the drawer, there was no way he was going to let me close that drawer without getting them out! They have been a staple part of his play ever since.....even though he still doesn't watch much Bob the Builder on TV.
Lofty has 6 plastic wheels and a hinged body which allows him to bend from side to side. There are no doors/windows on the cab, just holes and on one side of the cab there are two little access steps. The crane has a hook on the end and is made up of 3 extending sections. It can be swivelled a full 360 degrees and raised/lowered through 180 degrees . Both this and the hinged part of the body make a very satisfying clicking sound when moved.
Lofty has a very friendly face with headlight eyes and a bumper mouth. I'm not sure how much his previous owner played with him, but he's had a lot of use at our house and is still in pretty good condition with the exception of a few scratches. Like so many toys Lofty is marketed as suitable from 36 months but he will be enjoyed by children from a much younger age. He's held together with screws which I presume is why he cannot be marketed as suitable for younger ones. As I said we bought him second hand for just a few pounds, he is currently available from Amazon for just under £10. As much as I love him I'm not sure I would pay this for him, especially as once you've got one you're little one is likely to want the whole set!
I actually really like Lofty - and the other Bob the Builder toys we've got. He doesn't have many features, only his crane, which is what I like about him! Sometimes simplicity is good!
Summary: A great little toy
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