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On Christmas Day 2012, my four year old son was lucky to receive some lovely gifts. Knowing his love of anything to do with fire stations, his Uncle Jamie helped Santa pick a fire station play set. Boo already owned a London bus version of this set but was excited when he unwrapped this present.
~Fire Station Play Set~
Age recommendation : 3 years+ due to small parts
This play set is produced for Hamleys toy store. It was bought from the Glasgow store. This play set is presented in a large box with a fire engine design and is described as being a 'transforming' play set. The complete set measures approx 15.5 x 49.5 x 18.5cm.
This play set is a 2 in 1 set. When in its complete form, it is a fire engine. When folded out, it transforms into a large play set which includes lots of roads, bridges and buildings. It does require adult assembly as the different features arrive in plastic bags.
~Price and Availability~
This play set retails at £40.00 but is currently on offer at £25.00. It is exclusive to Hamleys and www.hamleys.com.
My son loves this play set and whilst it is very similar to his bus play set, the fact that it is a fire engine makes it so cool! We set this up on boxing day and found the instructions easy to follow. There are lots of bits that need clipped in to place but nothing is overly fiddly and no tools are needed. Stickers are provided too.
As a complete set, the fire engine looks rather cool. Its is quite big and realistic in design. It has wheels which allow the set to be moved along the floor easily. The set is made from plastic which is wipe clean. Boo likes to keep this in his bedroom and play with it as a play set rather than as a fire engine. The reason for this is that the set is fiddly to fold back together when all the pieces are in place inside. It would be viable for us to transport this. The set is fairly well made as are the accessories but some are small so easily lost.
As a play set, this set does take up a fair bit of room. It is quite cool that it evolves from a standard fire engine to a large, fun to play with play set. There is a great selection of accessories included and plenty of little things for Boo to do with this set. Unfortuantely, some pieces have become misplaced in toy boxes as Boo has a habit of pulling things apart and then when it comes to tidying up, things are put in the wrong place. As it stands, we have an incomplete set at the moment.
Boo enjoys playing with this set when it is complete. It is the perfect size for a child of his age to play with alone rather than with another child. When my nephew visits, they tend to both play but incorporate the bus play set into their play zone too. This set is every little boys dream and girls may appreciate it too if they like fire engines and the likes. Boo is confident when play with this play set and finds it fun for a short while.
This play set has lots to offer. Included is a selection of small cars which are perfectly suited to the set in terms of size and design. There is plenty of room for Boo to zoom the cars around the set as there is a lot of plastic roads included. There are hills and loops to make it even more fun as the cars can be elevated and sent zooming around. One side of the play set is designed to remain upright. This is the actual fire station which includes a helipad and various exits including a twisty road that looks like a helter skelter.
The additional features within this set increase playability further and encourage my son to use his imagination. There is a factory, a mini garage, a spinning round about and a bridge over realistic looking water. Everything you would need for your own little town. There is a speed launcher which connects to the road leading from the fire station. This featured little yellow levers but these have fell off so are no longer working.
Boo finds this a fun set to play with but at present, our set looks a bit boring as some parts have went walk about. In terms of quality, this set is good but not brilliant. As I said before, it doesn't fold back together very easily when the accessories are in place. I have tried and managed to pull the front of the engine off. Luckily it wasn't a permanent removal as it has clicked back in to place.
Would I recommend this at full price - no. Would I recommend this at £25.00 - well, maybe. It is fun to play with for a while but like a lot of toys, loses appeal after a while. I think it is overpriced for what it is even with the included accessories but it does look really cool and will appeal to many children.
Thanks for reading :)