I always purchase a couple of new (small) toys/books etc to take with us when we go on our annual summer break. One such toy that I happened to pick up quite cheap in TK MAxx was this WOW toy Dynamite Daisy, which at the time cost me £6, but retails on the likes of amazon for around £8. Although I was familiar with the WOW toys as my little nephew has quite a few, my daughter had no WOW toys in her toy collection. I love the fact that the WOW toys require no batteries, as I really think batteries date a toy, and it seems to make them seem more durable.
This Dynamite Daisy toy actually refers to the car which is called Daisy. Daisy is a friction powered car, so it is great for my daughter to zoom along our kitchen tiled floor or wooden living room floor. The car itself is pretty pink, so it obviously very girly. WOW toys seem to come with a little story about the characters, though this was a little lost on my daughter. Daisy is a little girl racer car and comes with a driver called Charlotte - a little girl figure who fits perfectly in the car.
This toy has been designed to be suitable for children from 18months, and I would say that was a realistic age, although if a child is prone to put things in their mouth still at that age, it may be worth keeping an eye when giving them the little accompanying figure.
Although my daughter, at the time and even now, has no other WOW toys (Santa may be bringing some!) this toy is compatible with other WOW toys so it can form part of a set. It is also useful to point out that there is a little magnetic tow truck feature so you can add a trailer from another WOW toy if appropriate.
When I brought this toy out for my daughter when we were away on holiday last summer she was delighted with it, and got a lot of enjoyment out of it. She loved putting the little figure in and out of the car, pushing the car along and generally investigating it. When we got home, it got a little lost in amongst her other toys none of which were of the same make. It has now ended up with her Peppa toys and therefore she does take it out quite frequently. However, I think it has made me realise that having a few other WOW toys may make this toy a little more interesting and extend her playtime with it. That said, I think this toy is a great introduction for my daughter to WOW toys, which I think are very well made, and as I said when not requiring batteries, makes them all the more appealing.
When Christmas came along last year my daughter was at the age where I could finally buy her some proper toys of her own. However buying girl's toys was and still is a whole new territory for me as a mother. Having a three year old son I am rather accustomed to buying all things boyish. However having a big brother, my daughter is also rather accustomed to playing with all things boyish!
Christmas for my daughter therefore inevitably consisted of many feminine versions of my son's toys. Vehicles were the first items on my list to search for. She loves nothing more than to whizz a car around the living room, however I wanted to buy her toys which would easily stand out as her own and not simply blend in with her brother's collection. Pink cars were surprisingly difficult to find, until I came across the Dynamite Daisy Friction Powered Sports Car Set from Wow Toys.
This set consists rather simply of a sports car and a small lady figure named Charlotte. The car is brightly coloured, predominantly pink with purple wheels and blue seats. It has daisy motifs to the front and sides and a smiling face at the front.
The driver figure, Charlotte, wears a co-ordinating pink and purple dress, again with daisy motifs, a daisy in her hair and little flip flops on her feet.
As the name suggests the car is friction powered. Just a little push sends it zooming across the floor. Of course this is much more effective on wood or laminate floor than carpeted areas or rugs. There is a magnetic hook at the back where another toy from the Wow Toys range can be attached. Some websites state that the car has "Realistic engine sounds". This is a little misleading as it simply refers to the sound of the friction powered wheels when in motion.
The figure is a good size for small hands. It is however smaller than the average ELC Happyland figure. It is maybe due to its small size that our Charlotte figure appears to have gone AWOL. No doubt it will eventually be found somewhere under one of the cupboards or sofas. My daughter did however find Charlotte very easy to handle and to place in and take out of the car.
This toy has been played with by both of my young children and has proven itself to be very sturdy and durable. It is also very easy to keep clean from the inevitable food stains simply by wiping down with a baby wipe. I imagine soapy water would also be fine if needed.
Dynamite Daisy and her friction powered sports car are currently available from Amazon at just £8.12 with free delivery. It is also worth a browse of your local Home Bargains store if you have one near to you. I recently spotted some of the Wow Toys range in there at very low prices, somewhere around £4 for each set!
There are no batteries required for this, or any of the Wow Toys range. The recommended age range is from 18 months to 5 years.
This toy is certainly value for money. The quality is just fantastic and it makes a fabulous present for a little girl.