Product Type: Vivid Imaginations Toy Car
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Roary A Number 1 Star!
Vivid Talking Roary the Racing Car
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Vivid Talking Roary the Racing Car
Advantages: Bright, talks, durable, fun.
Disadvantages: Temperamental voices, loud friction, doesn't travel far when pushed.
My son has only recently started enjoying Roary but he was bought this car around a year ago by his Gran. I've no idea what this costs but I would imagine it to be around the £10 mark at least. When my son came back this was minus any packaging so I have no idea what that looks like either however the main point of a review is the toy so that's what this is about.
The car is quite big much larger than other merchandise toys such as the Fireman Sam vehicles which makes it good for little fingers to grasp and hold onto and also makes it easier to roll Roary around. The car is an exact replica of the cartoon and my son is instantly able to recognise him. The wheels are friction powered however I find that it is very difficult to get him to go any distance, my son pushes Roary but he doesn't go far at all a couple of turns of the wheels and that's about it so my son tends to just keep pushing it which is fair enough but it is VERY loud when he does this. My son has other friction powered cars but none are as loud as this one. Roary is very sturdy and durable, my son has dropped him more times than I can count and he's still in tact which I think proves the durability.
If you push Roary's hat he has 5 various phrases such as 'I'm a number one star' and they're all said in the same voice as the TV show. The problem I do have with this toy is that it is meant to say various other phrases however my son's only does the 5 phrases however this is very temperamental and sometimes takes pushing the hat multiple times before he utters a word. This is not down to the batteries as I have changed them and this is still the case. To replace the batteries it is fairly simple by removing the battery cover and inserting the 3AA batteries required. Next to this is also the on/off switch which removes the voices however it doesn't stop the loud friction noises which are the more painful of the two to listen to.
This is said to be suitable for 3 years plus, my son was around 2 and a half when he got his and I would say even younger children would be able to play with it as it's so chunky with no removable parts. My son liked how bright Roary was and this is still true today, we've had this a year now and he's still pillar box red which is really good I think. Despite having it so long my son still plays with it on at least a weekly basis and still enjoys it. He is a huge car fan and despite Roary being larger than his other cars he still manages to incorporate him into his games. On the other hand he is also happy to play with this alone which I think shows it's versatility.
Overall this is a great toy, it's bright and attractive and appeals to children as well as looking and sounding exactly like the TV show. The downfalls for me are that the friction doesn't carry the car far enough as well as it being really loud friction wise. Added to that the voices are temperamental and don't always play ball when my son wants it to which is frustrating for him. For this I have to remove 2 stars but on the whole it's a fun, durable toy that any Roary fan would enjoy.
Summary: A toy for any Roary fan if you can stand the noise!
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