“ Manufacturer: Mattel / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Truck and Trailer „
Last year saw the release of cars 2 and as it came out around my son's birthday in July and he was such a major cars fan naturally he received a number of cars toys. We purchased this truck along with a Mac truck from Tesco for the price of £6 each although they do usually retail at around £12-£15. There are a range of trucks available for each different character in the show and as my son has the leak less car he decided he wanted the truck to go with it.
There are different variations of this toy as well as different characters the ones we own open up at the top of the truck by pushing the middle of the truck the side flips up allowing you to put a car inside the truck easily. It did take a little while for my son to get used to opening the truck as you have to push the middle of the roof of the cargo box and unless you hit the correct spot it will not open. After a little while of playing with the truck he figured out just how to open the truck and this is not a problem anymore but I think this is the reason age recommendation is 3 plus and is would be difficult for younger children to play with.
The truck is a lot smaller than the other Mac vehicles we own and this is just a simple truck and trailer. The toy is made out of plastic although not as thick as some of the other cars toys we own it seems to be just as durable and coming up to a year's worth of play it is still in full working order and looks as good as new. The truck is bright and colourful and matches the leak less car and truck from the film and although it only plays a very small part at the beginning of the film and is not a major character my son recognised him straight away and this did not seem to matter at all.
This set is really simple, the trailer of the truck opens up so little one can put a car or two inside and then it can be closed and the cars transported wherever little one wants to take them. Standard size Disney Pixar cars do fit inside the trailer but there are none provided with the set sp unless you already have some at home it could be a little boring for little one just having the truck but my son does roll the empty truck around sometimes so not completely useless. The wheels do move freely they are not great on carpeted floors and when little one pushes the trucks along they roll for a little while but not very far at all. These work best on hard flooring as you would expect which means that my children like to race the trucks in the kitchen where we have wooden flooring as one good push sends them flying along the floor which is much more entertaining to my children.
What my eldest son loves best about these trailers is the trailer can be removed from the cab of the truck and you can actually swap and change with other characters in the set so he likes to add leak less trailer to Mac and this makes the toys more interesting and fuels his imagination to make up stories. We also have the Mac bachelor pad truck and this can be linked to the plain trucks as well.
After the initial trouble of opening the truck little one soon becomes used to opening it and closing it is very easy and there is no way little one can trap there fingers making it great for young children in a hurry to close it up and move the truck on to the next place.
This is a very simple toy and maybe a little overpriced at the £12 retail price as it is a lot smaller than other similar Disney Pixar toys and although it has lasted a year I do feel it is not as well made as the other toys in the range. It is a simple truck and trailer but cars can be stored inside and although I believed my sons would become bored of it fairly quickly they still receive a lot of use a year down the line so have earned their money's worth. There are a few different characters available and you will find them at local supermarkets as well as online stores like Amazon. I would recommend these toys although they are a little pricey considering you would most likely want to buy a car to play with the set meaning the cost is pushed up further.
I thought we were getting a real bargain for the grandson when we picked up two of these in Tesco on offer. These Disney Cars Truck and Trailer toys retail at £12.97, so we were really pleased to pick them up for £7.97 each. At present, Tesco have them for the full price of £12.97, and John Lewis have them for £12.50. At those prices, definitely avoid!
The first thing I noticed about these when I got them out of their boxes was that the trailers were empty. Now I was just gobsmacked over this considering the price tag for such a tiny toy! I had bought both The King's trailer and Chick Hicks' trailer because the grandson didn't have those two characters, and I just assumed that a little truck with such a high original price would include the relevant cars inside. More fool me.
Not only were the trailers empty, but they were clearly made of rather cheap materials. The original series of die-cast Disney Cars were made to a really high standard, but lately they've clearly been cutting corners. This toy feels considerably lighter than it looks, and the edges of the corners and things aren't perfectly smooth like I expect from an expensive toy like this.
The door that opens up to reveal the inside of the trailer is quite stiff, and the ramp that's inside is awkward to use to eject a car from the trailer because you have to open up both trailer sides simultaneously to do so. It's a bit hard to have both the sides open and be able to see what you're trying to do at the same time!
I don't recommend these at all. If you're after a Cars trailer, you're much better off buying the Mack playset which includes a Lightning McQueen and a load of accessories inside the trailer - especially since it's in the same sort of price range as these cheap little plasticky things are.