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Matchbox Steer & Store Fire Truck

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Manufacturer: Matchbox / Age: 3+ / Type: Trucks

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      24.10.2010 11:16
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      I bought my little grandson this fire engine from Tesco in January this year, it was an absolute bargain at the time as I bought it for only £25 in the sale and it was half price and an offer I just could not miss, and although he was only just over a year old at the time, I knew he would be old enough during the year to play with it at some time etc, and I often buy toys in sales and put them away until the time is right now, to save money.

      It measures approximately 29 inches wide by 10 inches depth, and 14 inches high, an amazing monster of a truck for the price and it is absolutely fabulous, it has lights and sounds, operated by a switch on the ladder, it has an extending ladder that has handles for the child to walk and steer, there is a button also on the ladder to extend it, the back of the truck opens to store other dinky cars, the front of the fire engine has a fireman's hat that tilts forward for extra storage.

      I actually gave my grandson as a gift recently as he had been ill and I wanted to give him it as he is almost 2 years old now and able to play with it, as the age states it is for a 3 year plus child, but his eyes absolutely lighted up the room when he saw this engine, because of the size, he loved it immediately, he has played absolutely hours with it, he likes to put some cars into the storage areas and role play, which is good to work his tiny mind.

      Where some cars etc can be stored into the back, it has a pull back part, so the child can push the cars into the engine, and my grandson pushes them into it, and then lets them slide down. He loves the sounds it makes and he also pushes it around the garden and home, he shares his toys and when other children come over to visit, he can share this nicely and have lots of fun.

      The sounds have a horn and siren, and a man speaks, saying extend the ladder, and great job, my grandson loves his boy toys, and this one is one of his favourites and I think this one would be suitable for any little boy or a girl, as some girls like boys toys too, and lots of girls love fire engines, my daughter used to love them when she was growing up as she was a little tom boy.

      I think this engine is worth every penny, it is even a good price for the original price but on offer it is even better and I recommend it for anyone to buy for their child or a gift for a youngster, as I think it brings hours of fun for the child and I am so pleased I bought it at the time, as time does go so fast and the children grow quickly, and worth buying to put away until the child is old enough in my opinion.

      I give this one 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review.

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        25.06.2010 11:59
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        A brilliant toy that has provided hours of fun and laughter!

        Weeks ago one of my mums neighbours gave me an old toy for my 2 year old twins to have, it was her sons, who was just turning either 6 or 7 and had apparently outgrown it.

        I was extremely pleased with it, hadn't seen it in any shops before and it was love at first sight for the twins. Then I seen it one day in Tesco's costing roughly £60, I couldn't believe it !!! You can also buy it online from Tesco, and at the moment it is on offer for just £30, which is a bargain.

        Personally I feel that £60 is a very steep price tag, although the twins absolutely love it. Perhaps even £40-45 would seem slightly better.

        So for £60 you can find yourself with a fire truck! Yes that's it!

        It's a Matchbox fire truck, steer and store fire truck is what it's actually called. The fact it is a Matchbox toy, allows it to give off a fairly good first impression as Matchbox is a reputable brand when it comes to children's toys, more so boys, especially vehicles.

        Now this isn't your typical push along or friction fire engine, this is practically life sized for a young child - OK so that's an exaggeration but this is one large fire engine, very robust, realistic and offers plenty of fun and entertainment. By realistic I mean it is shaped just like a fire engine, and the colours match a fire engines to, that bright and eye catching red, white ladder, it even has an appealing, bright yellow hat to just to excite things a little. The wheels are large, black and again they resemble the real thing brilliantly, they are sturdy and strong to - They have took the weight of my twins well, both weighing over 2 stone.

        This fire engine is reccomended for children aged 3 plus which I would say is about right for the ladder section especially. My twins have had this since they turned 2 last November, they have played with it by sitting down, having a mess about with the hat, the back door and the ladder and they have also used it as a ride on, the ride on experience has been hours and hours of laughter and fun believe me! For a child aged 3 and over though they would actually appreciate the ladder a bit more perhaps, and the steering aspect of the toy. My boys have been too young to work out how to adjust the ladder and to steer the front of the fire truck properly. The ladder if I adjust it sometimes feels a bit flimsy and that it might break if I do it too hard, which is probably my only downpoint for this toy. A 3yr old would probably have more success and enjoyment out of adjusting and extending a ladder, for roleplaying games etc. The bright yellow hat, lifts up, revealing a small compartment - exciting for young children. The back of the fire truck has a door which opens to, again revealing more secret spaces - hence the reason it's called the steer and STORE truck. These compartments can be used for your children to store their matchbox cars, or any toys in my boys case lol.

        Not only is this fire truck strong, sturdy and really good fun but it also has flashing lights and upbeat sounds. The siren of a fire engine plays now and then, and a man, assuming it's a fire fighter, heroicly says 'Extend the ladder' and small phrases similar, making this even more appealing and involving for a child playing with it.

        Despite this fire truck being fairly large, it's not overly heavy, my twins could pick it up or at least manouvre it to where they wanted it with very little struggle, mostly thanks to the fact it is easy to move around as it is on wheels, they did become a little frustrated to begin with as when moving it it wouldn't go in the direction they wanted it - but thats where the steering the front of the truck comes in. They have now grasped this though, so less trantrums thank god lol!

        When buying this fire truck it does have batteries included, 2 AA batteries, which do need to be replaced when they run out, you simply have to unscrew the battery 'hatch' to remove and replace them.

        For anybody who has a child who loves fire engines etc this is brilliant, it has provided months of fun, laughter and it has withheld knocks, bangs and even being thrown down our concrete steps out the garden many times - which is impressive for something which is simply 'plastic'. I can see it being a toy that will continue to grow with my boys as I don't feel they will get fed up if it yet. However, although I highly reccomend this toy, I would say try look for it slightly cheaper or on offer if you can as £60 is a bit steep!

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