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Giant Rubbero Vehicles

Submitted by on August 11, 2010 – 3:20 pmNo Comment

Robust, attractive toys with oodles of oomph and the ability to absorb all that a boisterous 18 month-old boy can throw at them – highly recommended

Buy it online here (JoJo Maman Bebe)

Price £13

*****

Initial thoughts: These fantastic soft squashy rubbery vehicles covered in tactile velour couldn’t have come at a better time. Hard tiled kitchen floors and fragile toy cars don’t mix, and Charlie had smashed a favourite four-wheeled toy beyond repair on the morning that this fire engine (complete with rubber ladder), plane and car appeared. JojoMamanBabe clearly know what they’re about with what they refer to as ‘a slightly different and giant take on the ordinary toy car…’

We liked: We loved the chunky, soft yet strong feel of both these vehicles. I confess I was a little dubious about the ‘brmm-ability’ (technical term for toddler-traction) when I saw them, but they whizz across the floor at speed. They’re even good on carpet, yet the big rubber wheels are soft enough to cushion the inevitable impact on the furniture. I’m sure if you tried (and Charlie has) you could do some damage with these toys. But we’ve not found a way. Yet.

We weren’t so keen: The fact that – so far – there are only three vehicles in the range is the biggest disappointment! I was about to place an order for a fleet of them, they’re so good. But a nee-naw (fire-engine), car and aeroplane are all the choices that you get at present. Not quite Henry Ford’s famous ‘any colour you want as long as it’s black’ but nevertheless a frustrating limitation. And I’m not aware of any plans to expand the range.

Overall: These are robust, attractive toys with oodles of oomph and the ability to absorb all that a boisterous 18 month-old boy can throw at them. The wheels go round, and go round fast on all surfaces and it doesn’t matter how hard the floor or how high the drop, they just bounce. And them go vrooming on their way. Highly recommended.

[By Tim]

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