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Wooden Firetruck With Skittles

Submitted by on March 12, 2010 – 12:09 pmNo Comment

“This gets four stars for the simple reason that Kai adores it and it is a stunning set, but it loses points for me in that it doesn’t seem robust enough for serious play.”

Buy online at Armstrong Ward
Price £41.95

*****

Fire Truck SkittlesInitial thoughts: This beautiful fire engine and skittles set comes in a simple box with no unnecessary packaging, and is ready to play with immediately. This is obviously a quality toy: a large painted, vibrant red fire engine with lacquered bonnet, six painted fireman skittles and two hard wooden balls. The skittles stand up better on the laminate floor rather than on the carpet and are not all that wide but that didn’t seem to cause Kai too many problems.

We liked: Kai fell in love with this the minute he clapped eyes on it. He didn’t quite grasp the concept of the skittles game, preferring to knock them down with his hands, but I can see in a few months time that he would be gleefully bowling the balls to knock down the little men.

For him the biggest attraction right now is most certainly the fire engine, although he likes to take the fireman in and out and stand them up on the floor. The fire engine shoots smoothly across our laminate floor and has become his new favourite toy. It’s the perfect size for his beloved toy monkey so the fireman are usually quickly relegated to the floor in favour of monkey nabbing a ride.

We didn’t like: I love wooden toys, and this one is beyond gorgeous. But only the engine’s bonnet is lacquered – the rest having only a thin layer of paint that even after an hour’s play by my, admittedly enthusiastic, toddler had become chipped.

This is immensely disappointing. I’m all for toys looking beautiful but if that makes them not practical then they immediately lose their attraction to me as a parent. At over £40 this is not a cheap buy, so you would expect something that would be a little more hard wearing, especially a skittle set, which is designed to get knocked down.

Overall: This wooden fire truck gets four stars for the simple reason that Kai adores it and it is a stunning set, but it loses points for me in that it doesn’t seem robust enough for serious play. Granted, it would look lovely sat safely on a nursery shelf but I’m not a big fan of toys designed to be seen and not played with. It’s already looking a little ‘well loved’, but it is loved which, I guess, is the main thing.

[By Josie – Sleep is for the Weak]

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