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When I was a child I had mostly hand-me-down toys from my older brother and sister, a lot of them were Fisher Price toys such as the dolls house, the garage, granny weeble etc. One of my hand-me-down toys was a Fisher Price helicopter. It had a rotor on the top, a tail rotor, a little cockpit with space for two figures (and not sure if the figure I had was the actual one for the chopper...) and a special grabby claw underneath for daring rescues. By the time I had it, one of the rotors had broken and stickers had long since been peeled off. It looked like it needed rescuing.
Last year while popping into a local toy shop with my 4 year old stepson to pick out a kite for a reward chart prize he lingered over some of the Imaginext rescue toys - police, ambulance etc and husband and I started some thoughtful chin stroking for an idea for his birthday or Christmas present. Initially we were going to get him the ambulance but knowing he had several ambulance related toys we decided to get something different.
Imaginext is part of a range made by Fisher Price, they do emergency vehicles as well as Batman toys among others. Prices vary but we got our Helicopter for about £16 from Early Learning Centre in November 2011 - Toys r Us sell it for £19.99 currently.
The helicopter comes with two figures - life jackets - a rescue basket/stretcher. You slide open the side door of the chopper and you can release a winch to use to perform your death defying rescue attempt. Pressing a button inside pulls the winch up and into the safety of the helicopter. A handle at the back of the helicopter acts as not just an easy way to hold the aircraft but has a trigger mechanism to activate the rotors.
My stepson loves his, although took a little while to explain to him that he shouldn't whizz helicopter blades at people's eyes but he eventually got the hang of it. He loves showing people how it works and occasionally he entertains himself with it for about 10 - 15 mins or so. (He is only just starting to get the hang of playing by himself.)
Needless to say - this new version of the Fisher Price helicopter is 10 times better than my old one. It's one of the few toys my stepson has been given at our house that makes regular trips back and forth to Mummy's house - so that in itself is proof it is a winner. It encourages imaginative play, gives positive role models and with the added bonus of being a hero!
It's a great set, brilliant winch mechanism and providing it doesn't get thrown about too much, should last for quite a while! Pretty good value for money - well worth hunting around for the best price.
Includes automatic winch, spinning rotors, 2 figures and accessories.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts Age range: From 3 years.