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Last Christmas my nephew was very into Peppa Pig so he was pretty easy to buy for when it came to his presents. As he has a few of the other Peppa Pig vehicles and is obsessed with cars and trucks I opted for the Peppa Pig Fire Engine. As I look after my nephew a few days a week whilst my brother and sister in law work this is one of the toys which stays at my house.
I purchased this particular item from Toys 'r' Us as I had loads of Love2Shop vouchers which I had been saving up for Christmas from survey sites. The cost of this item then was £9.99 and it still costs the same at the moment. Whilst this isn't a bad price for a children's toy, if it wasn't my nephews favourite I wouldn't justify paying that much as it's quite a simple toy.
The Peppa Pig Fire Engine is just that, a plastic fire engine with a Peppa Pig figure dressed up in a fire uniform. The fire truck is just under 20cm long and about 10cm high so it's not the biggest toy in the world but it's nice and brightly coloured and definitely attracted my nephew's attention when he first got the toy aged 2. The toy has age 3+ on it but as Alfie is never left alone to play and, after having a good look there's no small or sharp parts I decided he would be alright having it. As I said, at two this truck got his attention and he loved it, the door opens and shuts and he has other Peppa figures from different playsets so he makes them talk to each other and ride on the fire engine together. I've found that this toy usually comes out when Peppa Pig is on television and my nephew recognises that he's got what he can see on the screen which he seems to enjoy. The wheels on the engine move and, as he could spend hours just using his imagination to play with a toy car this toy is great for him. I have to say though that as he's now a year older this fire engine doesn't really interest him that much anymore especially as a lot of his other toys make noises and have lights. Sometimes Alfie will go back to this toy but it doesn't interest any more than his 50p toy cars which is disappointing as it wasn't cheap. This toy doesn't seem to be actively picked out of the toy box by nephew it's more when I suggest he plays with it, as I've mentioned before it's a bit boring when he's got other toys which seem to do so much more.
For just under £10 (it sells for £20 on Amazon) I would expect that this toy could do a little something extra, especially as it's not that big. A fire engine noise or a flashing light would make this toy much more interesting, especially when you compare it with other toys suitable for three year olds. Obviously it has the Peppa Pig element which makes it more expensive but apart from that it's no different from other plastic toys which you could pick up much cheaper.
Overall, it's a good little toy and a nice gift as it's only cheap but I think the age range for this is wrong. It interested my nephew when he was two but as there are so many toys available these days he rarely chooses to play with this particular toy. As it's a fire engine my nephew will always be playing cars and racing with it but that's it's only function now and is no more a favourite than his £2 plastic cars.
My daughter loves Peppa Pig, and a while ago, was fortunate to be passed on some Peppa Pig toys from her cousin who had outgrown them. Most of these Peppa toys have been much played with and enjoyed but not this one - it tends to get left in the box and only brought out occasionally. This Peppa Pig Fire Engine according to my research currently costs around a tenner in some high street shops. I think my sister picked it up cheaper than that and I certainly would not have wanted to pay that.
I have actually only seen a few episodes of Peppa and her family that involve a fire engine, so it wouldn't be something that I would automatically associate with Peppa. This fire engine has a little Peppa figure that comes with it, dressed up in a fire outfit. This red fire engine has a doors that open, a ladder for Peppa to climb up and moving wheels. Apart from these however, there is really nothing else that this fire engine does. THere are no noises to keep a child entertained, there aren't any noticeable feature of things that move or can be pushed, and so apart from putting Peppa in and out, which alone frustrates my daughter sometimes, there isn't much else to do with this. There aren't enough seats either for my daughter to use the other characters from the show on, so it is limiting as well.
In comparison to other toys from the range like the campervan or slide, this has a limited ability to keep my daughter entertained, whereas with other Peppa toys she will sit for a good length of time interacting and talking away with them, but this toy seems to get left out a lot. When I would suggest the fire engine, she may look at it for a while, but not for a sustained length of time.
All in all, this is certainly not a Peppa toy that I would have bought my daughter, as I think it doesn' have a prominent place in the show to begin with and therefore probably wouldn't have either caught my daughter's or my eye. Secondly the fact that this is a fire engine and makes no noise is disappointing, and also it simply doesn't do much else - there isn't even a hose to play with. I can't really recommend this but there are definitely better Peppa toys on the market to purchase for any Peppa fan.
My little girl was a huge Peppa pig fan and along the way we picked up a number of toys relating to the character. One of the toys is this fire engine which we purchased from Asda when it was on sale for £3. Usual retail price is around £10 for the fire engine and you also get a fire fighter Peppa Pig figurine. We have a number of items from the range such as the school, and the firehouse so we thought this would be the perfect addition. It is in the lower price range of the Peppa pig toys on the market and this seems to really show with the quality of some of the pieces.
The fire engine is a good size and a similar size to other character vehicles you can buy such as Fireman Sam and Postman pat. Of course it is bright red in colour, and it has a hose sticker on the side. There are also stickers on the back of the fire engine with a range of fire fighters equipment on show. The doors open and close, and there are a pair of ladders on top that you can use to lift the figurine up to higher areas. There is nothing at all on the vehicle that shows it is a character branded toy, and other than the figurine there is nothing to say it is Peppa pig. Other than the movable ladder there are no interactive features, no noises just a simple fire truck.
On first impressions we were happy enough with the toy. I did worry he stickers may peel off, as we have had problems with this in the past with Peppa Pig toys. We have found they are still in one piece nearly two years later. They are a little scratched, but nowhere near as scruffy as I expected them to be by now. The fire engine is free rolling, so with a little push you can send it off across the room to put out a fire. The build of the toy itself was better than we expected, but the doors are very flimsy and broke off within a few weeks.
The ladders were also a great addition. You could lift them to the position you wanted them to be and lift the figurines up each step without them falling or moving. It was fairly flexible and my daughter loved making up stories with Peppa Pig saving the day. Sadly, about 6 months into use this broke off. My daughter is usually very caring with her toys, but I think it was just maybe used a little too much. She did use it daily at one point when she was in the middle of her Peppa pig phase, but once the ladder broke the amount of play declined very quickly.
The figurine is probably the best part of the set. You get a posable Peppa Pig figurine dressed up in a fire fighters outfit including a hat. Her hands and legs are movable and she is compatible with every Peppa pig toy we own. The figurines are tiny but they work perfectly with the small play sets. My little girl loves it and uses with all her other sets too. Peppa can be seated in the fire engine, but it is a squeeze getting her to sit correctly in the seat. My little girl rarely manages to sit her down without her falling out, but she just think this is part of the fun and plays let's keep Peppa in the fire engine.
My little girl was a little annoyed that none of the adults could sit in the driver's seat. In the series there is an episode that uses the fire station, and this fire engine. Mummy Pig and all of her friends are fire fighters, and Miss Rabbit drives the Fire engine. While you do not get Miss Rabbit with this set, my daughter has it from a helicopter we own, and she thought it would be great to recreate the episode. Unfortunately, as the adults are much larger it makes it impossible to fit them in the door let alone on the seat. My little girl just shoved Miss Rabbit in head first, and drove around with her legs hanging out of the door, but it was nowhere near as fun as it could have been if they were compatible.
As a standalone toy it works perfectly as it has the ladders for Peppa to climb and it can be pushed around. I do think it is a lot more fun when combined with other play sets, as it builds a bigger setting for bigger stories. This is mainly how my little girl plays with it, but now and again she will play with this on its own. The great thing is this is suitable for boys and girls. So many of the toys are marketed towards girls, so it is nice to have something that my little man who is also a huge Peppa fan can play with. My little girl doesn't love it, but it received a fair amount of use.
While the doors and ladders have broken off the fire engine is still usable. As they have come of the hinges so there are no sharp breaks, and my little girl still plays with it now and then. She likes she can get the characters in and out a lot easier, and it does not seem to bother her that the ladders are missing. She just improvises with a pair of Fireman Sam's ladders and she is good to go. Now she is getting a little older, she is not as keen on Peppa Pig, so this truck has been neglected lately.
The age recommendation is three years plus which is correct as in our experience the pieces break off. For anyone below this age it could potentially cause a choking hazard, and as most Peppa Pig fans are preschool children they would need constant supervision. Despite this toy receiving some play from my children, I do have to say I would not recommend it. There is nothing special about it that really makes it interesting, and without the figurine you would not even know it had anything to do with Peppa Pig. My daughter did really like it for a short period of time but she soon became bored with it. The doors and ladder have broken off and it just does not stand up to the quality needed to stand rougher play from preschool children. They are currently on sale on Amazon for £15 which I think is too high. At £3 it wasn't bad for a few months of use, but I wouldn't pay much more for it.