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Vtech Toot Toot Driver Garage,
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We bought this for our 11 month old son for Christmas and although he hasn't worked out exactly how all of the garage works as yet, he loves what he has worked out and this is definitely one of those toys that they grow into and hopefully should last him a few years. The garage only comes with the tow truck and so if you want any extra vehicles then you have to purchase them separately which we have purchased the 3 pack of everyday vehicles to go with it so far and no doubt will be purchasing extras for his Birthday and Christmas 2013 and Birthdays and Christmas' to come! My five year old niece was around the other day and she despite maybe being a bit too old for the garage loved playing with it so it definitely has promise to be a toy that lasts a few years. The garage has a pressure point system near the welcome sign that recognizes each individual vehicle which is good as it teaches your little one what each vehicle is but having said that the vehicles themselves also state what they are and what their purpose is in little songs that they sing. The garage has three different button's (Red, yellow and green) that when pressed teach colours and weather along with buttons for the car wash and petrol. There is a lift button that says "up" and "down" when the platform is raised although the lift itself doesn't stay up for some reason automatically unless physically held up which my five year old niece also actually commented on so I don't know if this is a fault with our garage or a design flaw. At the top of the vehicle lift is a turnstile for the vehicles that when turned flips up so that the vehicle automatically moves downward towards the ramp. We are mostly having to keep the helicopter stand off of the garage until our son is older as being a typical little boy he just wants to rip it off all of the time and bash it on the garage so we don't want it getting broken! Finally the garage has two modes either musical or learning and depending on which mode selected on the switch at the front depends on whether the garage does more musical or educational songs and rhymes etc. Myself and my husband think it's great and our son will definitely grow into this toy and no doubt cost us a fortune in accessories!
Toot Toot Drivers Deluxe Track Set
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Car Carrier
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Emergency Vehicles (Pack of 3)
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Construction Vehicles (Pack of 3)
VTech Toot Toot Drivers Everyday Vehicles (Pack of 3)
Toot-Toot Drivers Airport
Toot Toot Drivers Train Station
Vtech Toot Toot Driver Traffic Tracks
Toot Toot Drivers Construction Site (Multi-Coloured)
This is now my son's absolute favourite toy along with all of the rest of the Toot Toot range and the vehicles which he pretty much has one in his hand at all times! As suspected at the time of writing my original review (as above) we have ended up purchasing the rest of the Toot Toot Drivers range for my son and he now only has the Vtech Toot Toot Driver Fire Station left to get which my friend has now bought him for Christmas this year so until they introduce more of the range (which I am sure they will) our son is one very lucky little boy with the whole range...hmmmm I wonder just how much more singing mad vehicles etc we can take!. My son loves the Toot Toot Drivers sets so much that I have actually bought a garage for his cousin for his upcoming birthday as they are both the same age, although the garage I have recently bought is one of the new 'Smart Point' design garages as opposed to ours which is the old version. Curse you Vtech for bringing out such a brilliant toy!!!!
Newer Style Vs Older Style:-
Although the VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Garage, Vtech Toot Toot Driver Traffic Tracks, VTech Toot Toot Drivers Car Carrier and Toot Toot Drivers Connecting Tracks that we have are the 'old style' versions, all of the rest of the Toot Toot range including the new set of VTech Toot Toot Drivers Everyday Vehicles (Pack of 3) that we recently purchased are all the 'newer style' versions and so I wanted to ensure that all newly purchased Toot Toot products are the 'newer style' to prevent any interaction problems. I contacted Vtech to query this and they confirmed that with the 'older style' cars, garage etc it was the actual garage that held all of the programmed information whilst the 'newer style' has the actual vehicles storing all of the greetings and information etc. Vtech informed me that the 'older style' garage etc will happily correspond with the 'newer style' vehicles as they have manufactured them to do this however the 'older style' vehicles wouldn't work properly with the 'newer style' sets such as the garage etc. To explain to anyone who isn't aware; Vtech changed the complete design of the Toot Toot range very shortly after the range's actual launch and I think this was within even six months of each other (although not precisely sure of the actual dates) and so a lot of parents like us had already purchased a lot of the 'older style' range, only to discover that the 'newer style' smart point's didn't work properly with the ranges already bought - very infuriating when you have spent a lot of money on them all! I can confirm that the 'newer style' vehicles work perfectly with the 'old style' play pieces such as the garage etc as the 'newer style' vehicles have both the old pressure points on the bottom of them as well as the new pressure points, however the 'older style' vehicles do not work with the new smart point technology on the newer ranges such as the construction site etc.
These new vehicles thankfully have different sounding voices on them and it would appear that Vtech have listened to feedback from parents regarding the old ones having the one child voicing the entire range which I personally found got on my nerves a lot as every vehicle sounded exactly the same albeit with different phrases. Other than the new vehicles being programmed with all of the information as opposed to the garage etc being programmed with it that is about where the differences stop apart from obviously the old vehicles won't interact with the new sets but that the new vehicles will interact with both old and new. So if you are wondering if you have the new or old style vehicles then simply look on the underneath of them and if you have a set of teeth at the front end and the back end of the vehicle then you have the new style but if you only have one set of teeth near the back then you have the old style.