Product Type: Orange Tree Toy Car
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Great little stocking fillers
Orange Tree Set of 3 First Emergency Vehicles
Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Orange Tree Set of 3 First Emergency Vehicles
Date: 14/04/09, updated on 14/04/09 (57 review reads)
Advantages: Attractive, sturdy, inexpensive
The Set of 3 First Emergency Vehicles by Orange Tree is a small trio of traditionally constructed wooden toys. I purchased this set in the run up to Christmas last year as a small stocking filler for my son.
I am particularly favourable towards traditional and basic toys. Unlike their electronic counterparts they do not 'put on a show', therefore encouraging imaginative and role play which are highly beneficial to intellectual development.
This trio of wooden vehicles were purchased from Amazon at just £6.99. For the purposes of this review I have browsed Amazon for an up to date price to find that they are now available at £6.98. I did however notice that the information given by Amazon regarding the manufacturer's age guidance is incorrect. This product is suitable for children of 12 months plus, not 36 months as stated by Amazon.
The first vehicle in this set is an ambulance. The design of this vehicle is rather contradictory to its traditional construction, looking rather modern in appearance. The main body of the vehicle is made from two pieces which are almost arch shaped yet flattened at the top and bottom. At the front is a small blue light, constructed again from wood as is the entire toy. All other details such as the red cross and detail to the front of the ambulance are painted on. The wheels stand apart from the rest of the toy as they remain a natural wood colour, just as with the other vehicles in this set.
The second in this trio stands apart from the rest and is my favourite of this particular set. It is a small red fire engine with a bright yellow ladder positioned upon a platform at the back of the vehicle. The ladder twists around just as it should do, in order to rescue people from burning buildings of course! Again there is a small blue light at the front of the vehicle made simply from a dowel of wood painted in a bright blue colour. Small details at the front of the fire engine are painted on.
The final vehicle in this set is a police car. Looking very much like the ambulance this vehicle is simply painted differently. The blue and white colours depict a police vehicle and the word 'Police' is across the side. As with the other two vehicles this one again has a blue light at the front and natural wood coloured wheel, reminding us that it is a wooden toy.
Each vehicle is varnished to create a very smooth finish with no sharp edges. This shiny surface also means that they are easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Though they may look almost 'rickety' these toys are very sturdy. That has certainly been proven by my son who is very partial to throwing his toys around.
What I love most about these toys is how innocent they are in terms of appearance. The painted details are not precise, in fact they look as though painted on by a child. The shape and form of these vehicles is modern yet very simple, again as though designed by a child. When pushed along the floor the dowel fixed wheels turn in an uneven and bumpy fashion and give the appearance that they are 'chugging along' in a cartoon like fashion.
The Orange Tree set of 3 First Emergency Vehicles is a simple little set of toys, yet a very appealing one and beneficial in terms if imaginative play. At just £6.98 they are also very reasonably priced!
Summary: Great little stocking fillers
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