Product Type: Nikko Toy Car
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Not a bad little set
Nikko Wow Police Chase Charlie Car
Member Name: pootlegirl
Nikko Wow Police Chase Charlie Car
Advantages: Doesn't need batteries, feels very solid
Disadvantages: No major ones.
Wow is not a range I have come across before. Those of you who have read my previous reviews are probably starting to realise I am a fan of wooden earth friendly toys and tend to avoid plastic toys. However, once a toy has been bought for my children I am not going to let it go to waste! I now know that Wow pride themselves on making durable toys that don't break, don't use toxic materials and don't use small parts in their toys. This particular toy is suitable from just 18 months and I think this is the case for most of their toys which is nice, so many toys now are suitable from 3 years for safety reasons due to small parts, but we all know children will enjoy playing with them from a much younger age!
The car itself is nice and chunky; its weight implies (as Wow claim) that it is not going to fall apart anytime soon. The only part of it that is not plastic is two rubber strips around each of the back wheels; presumably these are to give it a bit of traction when going over rough terrain! It is friction powered (no batteries - yay!), so a small amount of pressure when you push it forwards makes it go quite a long way. The detail on the car is painted on, with the exception of two 'Wow' stickers on either side. At the back of the car is a metal tow bar that I presume other toys from the Wow range can be attached to. On one side of the car there is a petrol cap, when you press the petrol cap the yellow car roof pops open. It does say on the box that man can do this, he does have very round fists which fit nicely into the curved shape of the petrol cap - though he has to be floating in the air to reach the petrol cap in the first place! But so far this is a feature that doesn't interest my son. He is quite happy pushing the cap himself.
Inside the car there is a sticker to represent the dashboard (steering wheel, torch, notepad and walky talky) and two holes for the passengers. One of these is obviously for "Man", but the only other character that comes with the set is "Dog", but dog doesn't fit into either of these holes. Dog has his own hole on top of the yellow roof, where he sits happily behind the blue lights. The second hole in the car causes quite a bit of confusion for my son, who tries to ram dog into it, getting very cross when he doesn't fit. Man will fit into either hole, but obviously only fills one at a time! I suppose if you own a range of Wow toys then you might have another person for this hole, but I still think it would be better to include a second person with this toy for those (like us) who don't own anything else from the range.
Man, is very friendly looking, smartly dressed in a blue police uniform and quite solid. He feels like he will be around a long time. Dog, however, is much lighter and more delicate (hollow!) than man, and feels like he will crack under the first foot that stands on him!
This is quite a nice little set and comes out of the toy box almost every day to join the traffic jam that stretches across our living room floor. I quite like the fact that apart from the noise of the motor it doesn't make any other noises, such as a siren. My little boy makes enough noise without additional sound effects! It's currently on sale at Amazon for just under £9 which I'd say is a reasonble price if it lasts as long as Wow claim it will. I'm afraid it loses a star for putting two holes in the car and providing only one person, and for the hollow dog!
Summary: Not a bad little set for the price.
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