My 1st Talking Marty Mixer is part of a range of toys from JCB. Each JCB machine is a unique character in itself with a name, a voice and its very own catch phrases.
I bought Marty, the cement mixer, as a gift for my son for Christmas last year along with some other characters within the range. Marty is one which is quite easily obtainable, though others can be a little difficult to find in stock. This one is currently in stock and available from Amazon, priced at £9.99 with free delivery. These characters are now very popular in many stores and you may find them in large supermarket chains such as Asda or Tesco as well as many online stores like Play.com and indeed Amazon.
Marty Mixer is a rather cheerful character, described at www.jcbexplore.com as:
"Marty Mixer is a real joker in the pack, he loves to stir things up amongst the team and can be really cheeky at times. This gets him into trouble sometimes but more often than not he finds a clever way out! Marty performs a very special mixing and pouring job for the team, but he does get anxious especially when he's in a rush to make a delivery of his mix."
Marty has five different catch phrases, activated by a button at the top of his cabin. He says:
"I'm Marty Mixer"
"I love to whistle while I work"
"You load it, I'll mix it"
"It's time to mix things up"
"More cement anyone?"
In addition to those catchphrases he also whistles cheerfully.
This toy is of a good size, fitting nicely across the palm of your hand. It has a slightly heavy feel to it, although it does not feel as sturdy as some toys. My opinion is that is feels a little too plastic and even a little rickety in places. Some parts do move a little, in particular the yellow plastic pieces to either side which depict the JCB logo and the base of the cement mixer where itjoins the chassis. It is therefore not entirely sturdy and I do wonder how durable it will be after a longer length of time.
Marty has the unmistakeable colours of the JCB brand. He is predominantly yellow with the JCB logos in black. At the front of his cabin he has two eyes, his grill depicts his nose and his front bumper has a mouth as though whistling.
At the top of his cab is a flashing beacon which flashes bright orange when the button behind it is pressed and the catch phrases are heard.
The actual cement mixer us orange with silver detail. This turns around when the vehicle is pushed along and is controlled by the front wheels only.
At the base is the power switch and the battery compartment. Batteries are already included and there is no assembly required.
The manufacturer's recommended age range for this entire range is from 12 months onward.
My three year old son has had a lot of enjoyment from this toy since Christmas. He gathers all of his characters together and using role play he creates his very own construction site. My one year old daughter will often join in too and she particularly loves to press the buttons.
In summary these are truly lovely toys and a fabulous idea. I do however feel that they could have been made using thicker, more durable plastic and assembled in a way that would make them a little less wobbly and a little more sturdy.