Product Type: Born to Play Toy Car
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Scrambling Around With Bob
Born To Play Bob The Builder Friction Scrambler
Member Name: belfin
Born To Play Bob The Builder Friction Scrambler
Advantages: Really cool looking Bob toy
Who out there isn't familiar with the character Bob The Builder? There can't be many hands going up, but if you haven't heard of this character from the series that appears on Cbeebies, here's some information about him.
A while ago, Bob was given the job of helping to create Sunflower Valley, where everything is as green as it can be. He got this job when his designs were specially picked in a competition, although to be fair I had never heard of any other builders in Bobsville at the time so it couldn't have been a big shock to him.
Anyway - I digress, for he not only got the contract, but won Scrambler too. This four-wheeler, all-terrrain vehicle is always very energetic and loves nothing better than a race across any type of country. He speaks in a very high and squeaky voice and loves to shout out, 'Sunflower Valley Rocks!'
He's a bit of a streetwise youngster and bounces around everywhere in an excitable manner.
This toy can now come with a trailer that fits on the back but my son got this one before that version came out. There is trailer hook on this though so if your child has any other trailers, there is a chance that it might fit on.
Scrambler is quite a cool looking toy with four big chunky wheels and metallic blue paint. He has handlebars that move, although they don't actually steer him and eyes that move up and down as he tears along whichever terrain your child decides is suitable.
The thing that makes this toy a little bit different is that the Bob figure that is available separately or comes complete with Zoomer, can actually sit on this vehicle unlike most of the others. His hands can hold on to the handlebars and this enables him to be able to stay on when Scrambler is moving.
***The Friction Test***
With this being sold as a friction toy I feel that it is only fair for this to be put to the test. Laminate and carpeted floors are available in our house and both areas have a long section where I can test Scrambler to the limit.
In the kitchen area Scrambler had no problem heading straight from one end to the other with Bob clinging on, however, on the carpeted area, it is not so easy to control the direction with Bob sitting there so he veered off a little bit on the first attempt and has a little bit of a bump into the sofa.
It was just as well that Bob had his hard hat on because he fell off, but no one was hurt in the collision and he was keen to get back on and have another go. Second time around he went straighter and had no problem reaching the end of the room.
Both areas are well over 14 feet long so you can tell that this vehicle will go and go and go.
I think it's great that there are toys that the characters can fit on to, as I had managed to pick up some of them singly in a sale in Tesco just over a year ago for only 75p each. Singly the characters usually sell for around £3 so this was a bit of a bargain. The other characters we have are Wendy, Farmer Pickles and Marjorie although none of their hands are set in quite the correct position for holding on as tightly. This doesn't stop my son holding them onto Scrambler though and he has great fun interacting with them all.
This cheeky looking toy is one of the sturdiest ones in the series and that's probably because it's a lot smaller and chunky than the others. It doesn't have any bits that stick out to do anything of great use and this vehicle is generally just used for getting Bob from one end of the building site in our living room to the other.
Saying that, it doesn't stop him being very cute and my son loves making him talk using a high squeaky voice to do so. My son also loves the way the eyes tilt up and down as he is pushed along and this is a bit different to some of the other toys available who have googly eyes that jump around.
The paint on the toy is obviously very well put on, as on close inspection, there are no scratches or scrapes and it still has a like new shine to it, despite my son owning it now for over a year and playing with it on a regular basis.
I'm sure my son will get quite a few more years play from this toy as they are not too babyish for him, unlike some of the other character merchandising out there. Most little boys seem to enjoy playing with cars and this one is going to be a firm favourite with our son for a long time yet.
***Other Friction Toys***
Dizzy is a pull back toy although some toy manufacturers list him as being friction too.
***Price and Availability***
Like nearly all the Bob toys we have bought in the past, this one came from Tesco, although you can find it in most toy stores. At the time I think we paid around £4 for it although it is available from Amazon for only £3.49 at the moment without the trailer.
The trailer version is also available from Amazon and sells for £6.29. This comes with a Bob figure who is a little bit different to the one we have. This one comes is standard workman's clothing with hard hat.
Summary: This toy rocks.
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