Stinky the Garbage Truck
Buy online: Toys R Us
£47.97 (was £64.99)
Initial Thoughts: Stinky has been heavily advertised on Channel Five kids show Milkshake. Each time the advert comes on the Toddler stops what he is doing and looks wistfully at the screen. That’s why Stinky was always going to be on our Christmas List. When it arrived we were all really excited, it looks exactly as you would imagine and it even interacts like it does on the advert!
We liked: Stinky is really robust and well made and has stood up remarkably well to toddler handling. You can tickle his tummy and interact with him; he tells jokes sings and answers you, I found that quite remarkable. Toddler Boy (3 and a half) and Fifi (21 months) have spent many a happy hour stuffing small toys into his mouth for him to eat. Stinky is a really good size for this age group and the big chunky wheels mean that he can be played with in the garden. Toddler boy enjoyed the fact that it worked smoothly as a truck this meant he could drive it around the living room talking to it. Visiting children have all been attracted towards Stinky; it is a very interactive and responsive toy which I think makes it stand out from the rest of the toys in our living room.
Stinky is made from good quality plastic and is incredibly robust. After three weeks of (mis)handling it looks as good as new. It comes with batteries included which isn’t a given nowadays but makes the difference when you are giving a toy like this as a gift.
We Weren’t Keen:Considering what you get in terms of play opportunities, I think it’s very expensive compared with other toys. After the initial excitement of owning Stinky, he has not been played with as much as I would have hoped. Despite all the inherent technology Stinky is not a motorized truck and Toddler Boy had to physically push him around. I think they have missed a trick here, as I am sure the kids would have loved to chase him around the room.
Overall: Stinky is a great fun good quality toy, if a bit big to store. It interacts with your child and I think encourages imaginative play. Shame about the price.
Claire [Being a Mummy]