“ Brand: Tonka / Type: Fire engine / fire truck „
My three year old son adores fire engines, as many boys his age do. In fact for a while he had set his mind on being a fire fighter "When I grow massive", though now he is toying with the idea of other career paths, either a rescue helicopter pilot or a construction site worker!
Sometime last year, probably around the time he wanted to be a fire fighter, my parents took him to a large warehouse type superstore in my home town called Hooty's. He was quickly drawn to a Tonka fire truck from the Toughest Mini's range and so they bought it for him as a gift.
The Tonka Toughest Minis Fire Truck is available on Amazon for just 12p! Though take a closer look and you will see that this price is evened out somewhat by a delivery charge of £4.62. This particular truck is either sold singularly or as a pack of three where it comes with a pick-up truck and a police truck. The pack of three vehicles is available from Amazon at £20.64 and so it is actually much cheaper to buy all three separately.
The vehicle measures 7.5 x 2.5" and so it is a good size toy. Despite its size however it does feel rather light, weighing just 200g.
The recommended age for this product is from three years onward.
In terms of appearance it is bright and attractive, red of course with a metallic silver bumper, grill and steps at either side beneath the doors. The doors themselves do not open. Around the back there are tools which are simply raised plastic, painted grey to enable them to stand out.
The only working parts on this fire engine are three buttons at the very top and a red flashing siren just in front of them. The first button makes the sound of an engine starting up, the second sounds a siren and the third sounds the horn. Just what a little boy (or a girl of course) needs to operate their fire engine. These sounds are very clear and very loud.
To the bottom of the vehicle is a battery case should the batteries need replacing. This product takes three AG13 button cell batteries which are included. Ours are still going strong after lots of play.
This is a pull-back toy and when pulled back and released it does travel a very good distance across wooden floors and our rug too.
The overall feel of this toy is rather flimsy with all parts made from lightweight plastic and no steel as found on some similar toys. Despite this it has proven itself to be very durable indeed. It certainly gets plenty of play and is stored away afterwards in a large storage box designated for toy vehicles. It has I'm sure had plenty of opportunity to withstand damage but has so far received none.
The Tonka Toughest Minis Fire Truck encourages imaginative play and role play. The sound buttons and pull back action aid hand-eye co-ordination. There is also an educational benefit when teaching young children about the role that the emergency services carry out.
My son is very fond of this fire engine. He does indeed have many fire engines, at a guess I would say around 15 of them. This one however is still picked up and played with regularly. When his box of toy vehicles is taken down from the shelf he is guaranteed to pick this one up and play with it. My one year old daughter is very fond of it too as she simply loves noisy toys with buttons!
In summary, I would recommend this product for any young budding fire fighter. It makes a strong and reliable addition to any fire engine collection. Do not be put off by its plastic appearance and lightweight feel as it really is a tough little truck!