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I purchased the Orange Tree Set of 3 First Trucks shortly after purchasing Orange Tree's similar trio of emergency vehicles. During the run up to Christmas last year I browsed Amazon from time to time looking for small inexpensive toys to purchase as stocking fillers for my son. As a child my parents always put a particular emphasis on having lots of toys to open on Christmas day, rather than having the most expensive toys. I therefore wanted to fill his stocking with lots of exciting things to unwrap and this trio was ideal.
I was particularly drawn to this product as I love traditional wooden toys. As aforementioned in my review of Orange Tree's Set of 3 First Emergency Vehicles, and indeed many other toy reviews I have written; simple toys encourage imaginative and role play which is beneficial to young minds.
The first vehicle in this set is a recovery truck. The design is rather simple, being a platform with an arch at the front for the driver's cabin and an arm and hook at the back. The hook is constructed so that it moves up and down. The details at the front are painted on in a simple fashion.
The second vehicle in the trio is a cement mixer. Again this toy constructed very simply, with an arched driver's cabin to the front and a cement mixer to the back. The mixer however does not turn as I would have expected, though that may have been a little tricky to manufacture whilst keeping the construction sturdy.
The final vehicle is a dumper truck and is similar to the other two in its shape and form. Similarly to the cement mixer, the back part of this dumper truck is securely fixed and does not move.
The Orange Tree Set of 3 First Trucks are suitable for children from 12 months onwards. When purchasing this product just before Christmas I paid £6.95, however they are now available from Amazon at just £5.00.
Each vehicle has a smooth varnished surface making it easy enough to wipe clean. In terms of durability these toys have fared very well and have survived rough play from my little boy.
One thing I particularly love about these vehicles is how versatile they are. My son will play with them on the rug, alongside his other vehicles and also on his Fisherprice Little People Garage where they slide down the ramp effortlessly. In the near future I intend to buy him one of those ever popular rugs which depict roads and places of interest, again these toys will be ideal for use on it. Being simple wheeled vehicle toys I am also hopeful that my son will have a good interest in them for a few more years.
This trio of wooden trucks is a simple yet valuable addition to any little boy's toy collection. At just £5 per set they make ideal gifts and with Orange Tree currently supplying a number of different sets and vehicles they could also gradually build into a lovely little collection.
Set of three brightly coloured first trucks. Perfect for little hands.