Product Type: Born to Play Toy Car
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Born To Play Bob The Builder Friction Scrambler
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Born To Play Bob The Builder Friction Scrambler
Date: 06/08/08, updated on 06/08/08 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Sturdy, friction action, can get witha ccessories if you keep an eye out
Disadvantages: Children who abuse toys when playing may damage parts
It's probably not that surprising that with a five year old boy in the house, that we have a toy box with Bob the Builder toys taking residence. Our little boy has been a Bob fan ever since he could focus his eyes on the TV, thanks to having a slightly older sister who adored Cbeebies and Nick Jr. Once he got to be 3, he began to show a big interest in toy cars and trucks as well, so his eye was delightedly caught in the shops when he saw Bob's beloved vehicles available as toys. Ever since then, for birthdays and Christmas, we have added to his Bob collection with at least one vehicle.
Scrambler is a four wheeled ATV vehicle who just loves to go offroading, which during the course of various Bob the Builder episodes, leads to various scenarios of him getting in trouble OR saving the day, or both. He is a peripheral character who shows up only from time to time, but when he does, he is central to the storyline. Fans of the show are therefore well acquainted with him, and its no surprise that my little boy desperately wanted one.The appeal for us was it's durability, and the extra value we got when purchasing it. We go ours on a deal where we got an articulated Bob figure and a trailer for the regular price of £4.95, which usually only includes Scrambler. It's a relatively durable piece of kit too, just like the other toys in the Born to Play range.
While the Lofty and Roley are extremely durable, I should warn here that the handle bars and trailer fixings on Scrambler are less so, though not extremely fragile. Our little guy is a child who plays hard, though doesn't abuse his toys, and the toy has stood up well over eighteen months now. I do know other children who are rough with their toys in ways they shouldn't be (it's NOT a roller skate!), and as a result damage has occurred, so a bit of common sense should be applied as to whether or not your child can handle this toy.
We always look to buy the friction version of the vehicles, which this model is. This is great as your child simply pulls back the vehicle and it zips along the floor for a short distance. When we get them, we always test the feature out first, and so far I have been impressed. No need to repeatedly pull back and rev to get it to go, just a good pull back even on carpet and it will go zip about 2 feet, though it goes a lot farther needless to say on a hard smooth surface.
The trailer we got with our purchase is a about the same size as Scrambler and matches in its liveried colours. Its big enough to put Pilchard and Wendy in to give them a tow if you have those figures, or a couple little toy bricks for that building project.When pulled along by Scrambler, it doesn't wobble or tip, and survives being put in the toy box quite well. Likewise, the chunky plastic articulated Bob figure we received was well made, and the head, arms, and legs turn well. Bob's hands are cupped slightly open, so he is able to sit astride Scrambler and "hold" onto the grips to go for a ride. These features add a lot more play value to the vehicle, and I heartily recommend buying this toy as a set like this rather than on it's own, even if it cost a couple of pounds more.
All in all, this toy has given my son many hours of fun, and is still regularly played with. Whether pretending Bob and the gang are on a building mission, or that Scrambler is visiting his Hot Wheels buddies in Carland on the play mat, off for a holiday at radiator Springs to spend time with his buddies from Cars, it's often seen giving hours of imaginative playtime fun for my son and his friends.It just goes to show it doesn't have to have a remote control, make sounds, have flashing lights, or anything else flashy to be a lot of fun. So if you have a young Bob fan and are looking for great play value, this is one toy that you will get far more than your money's worth out of.
Summary: Hours and hours of imaginative play fun for the Bob fans aged 3 and up.
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