Mattel Matchbox Smokey the Fire Truck
PRODUCT: Mattel Matchbox Smokey the Fire Truck (www.matchbox.com)
DESCRIPTION: A large interactive freewheel fire truck from the Big Rig Buddies range that talks, sings, dances and tells jokes. Features over 95 phrases and sounds, LED lights, and a cannon that launches 'water' balls (3 balls included). Requires 4 x C batteries (demonstration batteries included). Suitable for children aged 3 years upwards.
GOOD POINTS: Smokey the Fire Truck is a really fantastic 'transforming' vehicle that is just one in a range of 'Big Rig Buddies' and makes a great gift for boys.
The fire truck is made of plastic and is a really great size to wow young children, with an eye-catching red and yellow 'emergency' colour scheme, lots of authentic detail, and six chunky oversized wheels. Its durable design makes it perfect to withstand the rigours of childs play.
The great feature of this truck is that it has two 'modes'. When the truck is on all six wheels, it is in freewheeling 'truck mode' which is great for role play fire adventures. In this mode the truck can be pushed by your child back and forth along the floor, at the same time activating a generous number of fun phrases, sounds and LED lights which bring Smokey to life (thanks to motion sensors in the wheels). Pushing the two 'light' buttons on the roof of the cab also activates further lights and talking.
Pulling the truck halfway or completely upright (using a small lever on the side) puts Smokey into 'character mode', whereby repeatedly raising and lowering Smokey activates motorised movements to make him dance...he will even intermittently sing one of four different songs. When in the upright position in this mode, Smokey can also fire 'water' balls from the large white and grey cannon on his back. This is very simple for your child to operate, and simply involves loading the three blue balls (included) into the blue chute, lining up the cannon with the target, and pulling the lever on the side of the cannon to shoot and put out the fire! The cannon is pivoted which enables it to be moved left and right as well as up and down.
A handy feature of the truck is that it has an automatic shut-off if not used for a period of time, and Smokey will let you know he is about to take a break by starting to snore. Either pushing his lights or moving him around will 'wake' him up again. Smokey's batteries can be easily replaced when needed via the battery compartment on the underside of the truck (a Phillips screwdriver will be required).
In our opinion, Smokey the Fire Truck is a really great Matchbox toy that is likely to appeal to a wide age range, and its fantastic interactive design with fun phrases, motorised movements and shooting cannon will ensure your child never tires of play.
BAD POINTS: It is fairly expensive and cannot be used for outdoor play. The toy is battery operated, however rechargeable batteries can be used.
PRICE: Approx. £64.99
Available from Amazon, Boots, Toys R Us and Argos
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