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Review: Tonka Town Fire Station

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Product Reviews | Posted on 30-10-2013

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Little Man is a pretty typical boy. He loves cars and space ships and dinosaurs and Doctor Who and anything that’s loud basically. When we were contacted by the team at Tonka Town and asked if we’d like to test out one of their new play sets we couldn’t resist, especially after spotting a rather cool looking Fire Station.
The Fire Station comes with two characters – Jose and Bruno – and a fire car. The station itself includes ladders, a fireman’s pole, a spinning satellite dish, and a pop up fire for your crew to put out. The garage section also extends out and doors open to allow access for your car. Behind the computer on the top of the station is a button to press to sound the alarm.
As soon as this arrived and I opened the box Little Man was straight over and wanted to play immediately. He was straight at the button that made the alarm ring – obviously – and that won him over. He can sit for ages driving Jose and Bruno around in the car, walking them up and down the steps, tackling the pop up fire, or pressing the alarm button. Endlessly. Thankfully the alarm isn’t too loud so even when it feels like its going constantly its not that annoying. He also enjoys opening and closing the garage doors and twisting the satellite dish round and round.
I really like the Fire Station as its fairly compact and because the alarm is reasonably quiet. Its all plastic and not perhaps the sturdiest of plastic toys but its coping well under the pressure of an excitable three year old. My only real criticism of it is the fireman’s pole. Attaching one of your characters to it is not particularly easy. Little Man can’t do it, and to be honest I struggle at times. This in no way affects his enjoyment of the toy though.
You can buy a Fire Engine separately to go with your Station – something I’ll be pointing Aunties and Uncles at this Christmas – as well as a Jail Play Set which will match this one nicely. Tonka Town is available from a wide range of stockists, both on the high street and online. Suitable from age 3 plus I think they’d make a great set for children this Christmas.


Product Review: Gowi Racing Car Transporter

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 14-02-2012

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With the new Formula 1 season almost upon us its time to get into the racing spirit, and this toy helps do just that.

The Racing Car Transporter from Gowi is the ideal toy for any future speed demons out there. Whilst it is made from plastic its very sturdy and strong and has been bashed and driven around by my Little Man and his little friend for ages and has come to no harm. The toy consists of a long transporter with detachable cab section, a racing car with driver, two spare tyres – something every car needs and you don’t have to go to National to buy them, a petrol can, and a spare helmet. The racing car comes off the transporter to allow separate play, but also fits neatly onto the back so it can be safely driven around. You can also park up the transporter and just drive around the cab section.

My Little Man loves this (as does Daddy to be honest!). Its very well made and copes with boisterous one year old boys very well. My Little Man enjoys taking all the detachable pieces off and attempting to put them back on, and he spends ages pushing the racing car around on the table and floor. My only complaint with this is that the drivers of the transporter and the racing car are both fixed in. When so many other parts of this toy separate for independent play I think it would be nice if you could remove the drivers as well.

Needless to say this toy will be getting many an outing during the F1 season which kicks of in March, and I’m confident it’ll last for many seasons to come!

Gowi Toys is part of the extended BigJigs Toys family. For a list of stockists go to the BigJigs website.