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My Dad bought this for my eldest son on a whim. It turned out to be a good buy as Roary was a passing favourite with my son, he still likes it but it doesn't quite match up to some other things.
When my son saw the packet that my Dad was offering him he was over the moon. It comes as a set with Roary (the racing car) and Marsha a mechanic, I think, from the television programme. They are both a good likeness to the characters on the programme. The car is very durable and has taken many knocks. Unfortunately Marsha doesn't move but this hasn't stopped my son playing with her, he hasn't even noticed that her limbs are set. He doesn't really play with them both together, older children might, and my son tends to play with Roary when he's playing with his other cars and Marsha when he's playing with his other figures.
It's a good set to buy for a younger child as the car fits comfortably in a small hand and is easy to handle, it also fits nicely in his pockets and has accompanied us to many places and been through the washer and the dryer, apart from being a little hot it was fine though. The only problem that I've noticed with this Roary is that it is very easy to misplace as it slips to the bottom of the toy chest or gets pushed under furniture etc and when it's a favourite you don't half get some earache until you've found it again.
I would recommend this whether your child like Roary or not as it's a neat little car.
One of the presents my granddaughter received for Christmas was a set of characters from the Roary the Racing Car television programme, the set included a Roary and Marsha figure and was a gift from her uncle who knows nothing about buying for babies or children.
It's not a very good toy, in fact my granddaughter has barely played with it at all since she received it as it just doesn't do anything. In fact my daughter has now placed both figures on a shelf in my granddaughter's bedroom as they are better as ornaments than toys!
The characters look just like they do on the tele, Marsha is a jolly blonde lady and Roary has a sweet face who looks perpetually happy with life. Roary is made of metal which is good as he feels like a substantial toy, but Marsha is plastic and unfortunately is stuck in one pose which makes playing with her difficult as my granddaughter's imagination isn't developed enough to create a game with a waving lady who does nothing else!
Not long after my granddaughter started playing with these figures the paint started to wear off on Roary, at first it was just a little bit but my daughter noticed each day that the worn part was getting bigger. My granddaughter is 21 months old and she does throw her toys around but I would have thought the toy would have lasted longer than this as the damage has obviously not been caused by a drop and the paint has simply worn away.
My granddaughter has played with it on occasion, she giggles when she takes him out of the toybox and has just learned to say Roary (in a very, very sweet way!) so it was flavour of the month then but she soon became bored and went back to playing with the more cuddly and interesting In The Night Garden characters.
I wouldn't bother with this if I were you unless you have a Roary mad child, when I learned it cost £4.99 I was surprised as it's sch a poor quality toy which doesn't even have any play value for a younger child such as my granddaughter. I think the proof is that given the choice of playing with Roary and Marsha or a toilet roll tube last week she immediately went for the toilet roll and Roary was left discarded.
I try not to buy my children new toys too often, for a start we don't have the space but I also don't want them to become spoiled and simply expect new things, so I try and keep such purchases for special occasions or for rewards for very good behaviour and achievements. The Roary the Racing Car and Marsha die cast set was one such reward after a particularly good school report for Christopher at the end of the last school year, we always let him choose his own treats and were perfectly happy to buy him this set at the time but would later cometo regret that.
Roary the Racing Car is a popular children's television show featuring race cars including the young hero Roary, Marsha is the track marshal and the woman responsible for keeping it all running. The Roary & Marsha set is one of many similar die cast sets which feature other characters from the show.
Roary himself, being die cast, has a metal body and is similar in size to Corgi, Dinky, Hot wheels and similar cars, small and highly detailed with plastic wheels which turn allowing him to be pushed along. His paint work and features are exact right down to his little white baseball cap. He's a good size for Christopher's small hands as he can manage the car easily, not too bulky that it's difficult to hold but not too small that it's fiddly.
Marsha is a plastic figure, naturally she's moulded to look like her character, the details are finely detailed just as they are on Roary and you can easily indentify who she is. Marsha is set in a certain pose and unfortunately she isn't bendable so you can't change her position, you can just about force her to wave her hand with a push. At around 2 inches tall she is not exactly in proportion to the size she would be, compared to the cars, in the show or to how a human would be in real life.
Christopher really likes the set and will happily play with it alongside his other toy cars and his road play mat, however to play "Roary the racing car" properly you probably would need others from the series. Depending on your child's imagination the toy can be played with for hours, and given the chance that's how long Christopher would spend with his toy cars. Unfortunately though I'm not as impressed with the set as he is, it wasn't long before the paint had started to wear from Roary and within 2 weeks the details on his eyes had completely wore off, now Christopher isn't a rough or boisterous child and his toys always end up put away tidily so I know the damage wasn't a result of his rough play but rather because of the poor manufacturing quality.
For £4.99 for a set of 2 "figures" you might not consider it bad value but Marsha has very limited capabilities and Roary damages easily, then of course there's the fact that your little one will probably want others to complete the set and the apparent value soon starts decreasing, this is one set I wouldn't really recommend, you can spend half as much on a regular toy car and have it last far longer.
Our set was purchased in Woolworths many months ago however it is also available in Toy's R Us and other big toy stores as well as online. I wouldn't buy it again though and have steered Christopher away from others in the series ever since.
Diecast vehicle and figure from the popular children's television programme. Roary is a new, young red grand prix-style racing car. He is the main character in the show. Roary is young and inexperienced and he often makes mistakes. However, with the help of his friends, he always learns from them. Roary is often shown wearing a white baseball cap and has a white number 1 painted on his front. Marsha is a female mechanic and the administrator of the Silver Hatch race track. She often bosses Big Chris and the cars around, but is really very friendly. She is very fit and enjoys a good run. She once did a time trial run around the racing track in 10 minutes and 20 seconds. Big Chris then ran around the track in just 10 minutes and 15 seconds, although he was trying to catch Flash the rabbit, who had stolen his doughnut!