When my son was younger he was obsessed with trains! His favourite toy was his extensive wooden Brio train set . As part of the train set I bought him a small Brio fire engine;after all no village and train track are complete without a fire engine! My son is now long past the train stage,but we still have his train set and the little wooden fire engine that was so well played with. As this toy is still available I though I would review it!
The fire engine is made by Brio;a company that have been involved in making wooden toys since 1958. It is really well constructed and even after years of play is still in excellent condition. The set comes with a fire engine, tender and fire fighter. The fire engine is brightly painted in red and yellow. On top of the engine is a small button that activates the light and sound mechanism. The fire engine requires 2 LR44 batteries and these are included. The tender has a black wooden moveable ladder and pull out hose. The hose is made from strong black nylon and has a small wooden black nozzle. The fire fighter can be posed into different positions.
The fire engine and tender measures 16.5 cm in length and is about 5 cm wide. It is made to fit with the Brio wooden railway.
Brio recommends this toy for children from aged 3 and I would agree that is probably about right. I remember buying this toy from a small local toy shop although really cant remember how much I paid. It is now on sale for around £12 and is available to buy from several online retailers including Amazon. I bought this when my son was 4 and he played with it constantly along with his train set. The batteries have never needed to be replaced ,although they are now no longer working!
Overall I think this would make an excellent Christmas for any child who enjoys playing with wooden trains. It is well made, helps with hand eye ordination and will last!
Light and Sound Fire Engine The BRIO Fire Engine features an extending ladder, and a button on top makes light and sound effects. Includes an articulated fireman figure and two LR44 batteries. Dimensions : 16.5 cm x 3.4 cm x 5 cm.