“ Brand: Corgi / Type: Cars & Car Wash / Requires: 2 x AA Batteries „
Ages 6 months - 5 years
My oldest son chose this for his brothers first Christmas. He was 3 at the time and I suspect the choice was largely due to him wanting to play with it himself. My youngest was only four months at the time, so was not able to a lot with this, although he did seem to like the balls and watching as his brother made them spin round and round. By about 6-8 months though this toy really comes into its own, and is a wonderful baby toy for children old enough to sit up for extended periods of time.
The toy reminds me a lot of the old push tops. The child drops a ball down the chute and pushes the button at the top to make the ball spin around and hear car wash noises. This really does work best with a few balls, but only one is included in the set. The ball is clear plastic with a yellow car inside, that is balanced so it will always go upright no matter which way the ball rolls. We purchased this with another set and also bought an extra set of balls. If there is only one ball it will end up rolling to the exit, where they push a button which makes a ding sound, a red light and raises the barrier to let the ball roll out. With more balls they can keep spinning indefinitely if they choose.
The toy is sturdy and well made and still gets a lot of play almost two years later. In fact my youngest still enjoys it so much I am hoping to buy a few more cars or the ferry to go with this for Christmas if I have enough vouchers left.
The main drawback to this toy, as mentioned with the other go go rollers toy I reviewed is that very young children to tend to see something that looks like a ball and throw it. These balls are quite hard, so they could break things, and do hurt if you get hit in the head with one. Other than that though, it is a very nice toy. I especially like the fact that unlike many baby toys, this also appeals to older children and even my five year old will still play with it a bit.
Unfortunately, they never really took off as much as I would have thought and only a few items are available on Amazon, although you can often find other bits on ebay. It really is a lovely toy and I wish they had made more sets.
This toy requires 2 AA batteries, but they do last a long time. i do not believe we have changed these since buying this. It will be two years old on Christmas.