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Fire engine? It should have been a bin lorry......it's rubbish!!!!!!!
11 May 2018
Bought this for my 3 year old grandson who wanted a fire engine that did lots of things. I compared this one with many others and came to the conclusion that it would fit the bill. I wanted something of a reasonable chunky size, which it is. I wanted it to have flashing lights, which it does and also I wanted a siren that could be switched on rather than stay on the whole time....and again, this one is great for that. ( some of the others seem to have loud sirens that sound the whole time the vehicle is moving,( not something I thought my grandson's parents would appreciate all day long!!!)
However the whole thing is plastic and not metal like the Tonka toys I remember. It's reasonably solid but I don't think it will withstand the test of time.As the engine is called Mighty Motorised I assumed it would have friction movement. It doesn't, instead it just pushes along on plastic wheels. The motorised bit is the ladder which is manouvered by a lever which goes up and down, depending on which way you want the ladder to go. The ladder just goes around and doesn't lift up. My grandson was disappointed that it didn't go up.......after all, how's the fireman going to get to the upstairs windows?!! I also found my grandson forcing the ladder backwards instead of using the lever.....forgivable for a 3 year old, but in my opinion this toy is not suitable for his age. I know the mechanism will be broken before long as he forgets to use the lever. Next disappointment was my grandson asking where the hose was? What hose?????!!!!!!!! How can a fire be put out without a hose? The small ladder on the side of the engine was so hard to get off he nearly snapped it......and probably will at a future date. He played with it for a minute or two, but it lacked basic functions that make a fire engine a fire engine!!!!! It's just a red lorry on wheels!!! VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!!
I'm wishing now that I had bought something else. I thought I wouldn't go wrong with this brand.......what a BIG disappointment all round and quite frankly, a BIG waste of money. You might be lucky and snap it up for a couple of pounds at the local car boot sale, because I'm sure that's where it will be soon and acouple of pounds is all it's worth!