“ Brand: ELC / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
My four year old daughter is a huge Fireman Sam fan, something that has been brought out even more since seeing a small display dedicated to the man himself while we were in Cardiff last year. When I offered to buy her an umbrella to take on a school trip recently she immediately shunned my idea of a Barbie or Pooh Bear brolley and asked for a Fireman Sam one, I had no idea whether this character had his own umbrella range so Ebay was my first port of call where I picked up this ELC branded brolley for £4.99.
Suitable for children aged three and above, this is very much a toddler sized umbrella which I doubt would be suitable for bigger children which is a shame as based on the design I was hoping to buy my friends Fireman Sam crazy nine year old one.
As you can see from the photo above, the umbrella features Fireman Sam in two recognisable poses - using his hose and a close up of him giving the 'thumbs up' sign, presumably because he's just rescued Norman Price from some dilemma or other! The blue and red colouring of the umbrella is in perfect keeping with the character, as well as making it look fairly 'boyish' as opposed to the pinkness of the Barbie and Peppa Pig umbrellas that I was also looking at. It's not particularly gender specific, although I'm not actually 100% convinced that it suits very girly Hollie - then again, at four years old I doubt this matters hugely.
The umbrella works through a simple press and slide mechanism, the chunky plastic tube allowing easy opening and closing of the umbrella even when used by younger children. Hollie has had no problems at all and from the very first attempt she was able to open and close the brolley at will; it's a smoother action than you find on most adult sized umbrellas, and the umbrella locks securely in both open and closed positions. When opened the fabric is taut (as it should be) but once Hollie decides the time has come to close the brolley it all collapses in on itself nicely ready for wrapping around the handle for storage.
We're completely happy with this umbrella and I'd recommend it to any small Fireman Sam fan. It's of excellent quality (as you'd expect from ELC), feels sturdy and features a large ergonomically shaped handle for ease of a small child holding it. It's fairly heavy, or at least heavier than a much cheaper Pooh Bear brolley I bought her just before Christmas, but rather than being cumbersome this just reinforces my impression of quality - at least there isn't much danger of the umbrella being blown to bits in the gale force winds we seem to be having in Birmingham at the moment!
One small aside here, which relates to the umbrella but more specifically to ELC. They've always been expensive, with four children I've used ELC extensively over the years - but nowadays the prices seem to be going through the roof. This umbrella is a perfect example; having paid £4.99 I'd suggest this is a reasonable price for a child's umbrella, but ELC themselves want an amazing £8.99 for it! Now, this is actually still not hugely expensive I know but considering my own (larger) brolley only cost a fiver from M&S I honestly cannot see why they are charging such a large amount of money - other than the fact that they obviously want to squeeze as much money out of loving parents as possible.
I recommend the umbrella though, even if you find yourself paying the best part of a tenner for it. There's not a lot of Fireman Sam merchandise available these days, so for the little fan in your life it's a nice chance to give them a useful gift that features their favourite character.
Now your little ones can keep dry with the help of their favourite TV character using this beautiful Fireman Sam umbrella.Features Fireman Sam in his fireman?s outfit and his water hose.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts Age range: From 3 years.