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I bought this toy a fair while ago but I never actually realised until recently that it was indeed a Bob The Builder character and for just £2 I am amazed really. I found this in a clearance at my local TKMaxx and decided to buy it for my son perhaps a year or so ago. He loves vehicles of any description so I knew this being a little different that it would be a hit and I wasn't wrong.
The skip is lovely and colourful being lime green with a bright yellow skip and smile. The eyes are the headlights, a grill as the nose and a bumper perhaps as a smile. The skip is attached to a frame that can be lifted up and down easily enough while it slightly swings on the plastic chains. There are two pieces underneath the top bar that pulls together to release the skip from the frame and this also is how it is reattached, my son found it easy to release but to put back on he found it a little fiddly but it is a good idea as it means the skip isn't forever falling off. The skip and the toy itself is rather sturdy and durable but the plastic chains do feel a little flimsy whilst not attached but even my less than careful 3 year old hasn't had any accidents with it as yet.
The age range of this is 3+ however my son was 2 when he received it and he managed to use this toy easily enough, there are no small parts or sharp edges etc so therefore I would say it can be used for children smaller than 3 as it is a very good size for little hands to hold and manouver it around easily. The wheels are friction powered which means you can either pull it back or push it forward a couple of times and then release it from your grip to let it go. The skip does go pretty far, it doesn't take much effort to make the skip go a fair few feet which is pretty good as my son can sit one end of the living room and let it go seeing how far it can reach. The break between the skip and frame and the front seating area are linked by a swivel piece which means that the skip as well as going backwards and forwards can go in circles and the like. My son enjoys this but he much prefers it to go in a straight line and can become frustrated when it doesn't do as he wants it to.
I think that this toy does need some imagination to play with it as it doesn't do too much. My son hasn't really played games with filling the skip and emptying it he much prefers to get 2 friction powered vehicles to get them to have a race and see which one can reach the finish line first. He has had plenty of fun with this game but I find that the older he gets the more toys such as these are pushed to the bottom of the toy box with much smaller hot wheel and diecast cars being favoured. In saying that the skip hasn't lost any colour with time and is still as bright as when it was bought despite multiple uses and wipings with a baby wipe to keep it clean.
I think that this toy would be excellent for any child who is a fan of Bob the Builder or just likes vehicles as it's something a little bit different from a regular car or plane etc. I think the price I paid was excellent for such a toy but at full price (£9.99 according to the sticker under the reduced one) I do think this is a little overpriced for what it is especially when there are so many childrens programmes and corresponding toys now-a-days.
If you have read my previous review you will know a few months back we received a bin liner full of Bob the builder toys from a colleague of my husbands. There was a huge selection of the characters. One of them was the skip. My son has got a lot of enjoyment out of this one since it arrived. You can imagine what fun a little one can have with a skip putting things in it and lifting it up and down.
The skip is lime green with a yellow skip attached to the back of it. I love the colour although when my son has it outside it seems to attract the little black bugs a bit! At its tallest it is about 15cm high and at its longest is 28cm when the skip is right down. Again the headlights on the skip are his eyes and when the vehicle moves along the floor the eye balls move. Under the grill is a rather large smiling yellow mouth. This guy looks a very friendly one.
The little yellow skip is on a tail lift which is easy to move up and down. My son has no problem doing this. The skips does swing about on its pretend plastic chains it is held up on to make it that bit more realistic. My son likes to take his outside and fill it with small pebbles. I can see this one not staying very clean for long! I can't complain though he is certainly using his imagination skills.
Now the skip does actually come off the tail lift although I actually never knew how to do it. This was until my 3 year old nephew came round and showed me how it was done! How silly did I feel as it is rather simple really. You squeeze two bits underneath the top bar together and that brings the little poles the skip chain is sat on in and it drops off. So there is proof this toy is best in the hands of a young one!
The skip is made from strong plastic but I wouldn't recommend for the very young or heavy handed child as I could see with some force the lift could break. There aren't any small parts to worry about though if you have little ones on the move as well.
As for the friction it is pretty much the same as the others in this series. We have great fun on our wooden floor. Again to make it go you whizz it forward a couple of times then let go of it. The front of the skip is attached to the back with a small swivel bit. It doesn't come apart it is held together by a screw but this means when you whizz it along the floor it can do great turns rather than just straight forward. My son loves seeing it do full circles.
Again with all the Bob the builder characters we have received it doesn't need batteries. This is a big plus in my eyes. This toy has enough features to keep it fun but simple for a young child. My son has spent a lot of time out in the garden with this toy filling and emptying his skip.
As for value for money I would say a big yes. It is great fun for any child whether they are a Bob the builder fan or not. I think you pay around the £5 mark for it which is well worth it.
I bought my son one of Bob the Builders friction machines from a car boot for 50p which is quite a bargain as it currently is available on Amazon for £5.99. My son is a Bob the builder Fan but also loves playing with all types of vehicles like most boys.
Skip features in the Bob the builder TV show. He doesn't feature often but can be easily recognised as he is a lime green vehicle with a yellow skip.
The toy itself is 9 x 10.4 x 5.6 inches and is made of robust plastic. The skip does swing and the arms on the lorry extend so that the skip can be lowered to the floor as a normal skip but it does remain attached which I personally am pleased as I spent plenty time attaching other toys. His face is constructed of a bumper for a mouth, the head lamps are his eyes and the grill his nose.
I do think this toy could be improved by having opening doors and been able to fit people in the cab. Whilst no one ever sits in the cab in the TV show my son does try to fit people in the seat. I think this would enhance the imaginative play for this toy.
The friction part of the toy works well and does flow easily over the carpet. By turning the cab he will rotate to the left or right dependant upon the direction you point him.
My son likes to play with this toy in two ways.
Firstly he likes to play rolling it back and forwards to me and back again which leaves him with squeals of delight. My son does not always send it in an accurate direction but does try.
The second way is more imaginative play when he plays on his own and he often pouts his characters and tries to fit as much as possible in the skip. He will spend a good ten minutes playing emptying and filling it back up.
I do think a toy that keeps my son concentrating on one activity for ten minutes is a sign success.
It states for three years plus but my two year old plays with it happily and I have no concerns about dangers with this toy at his age.
There are no batteries needed and makes no noise which is rare these days for a toy.
I would think that any child who enjoys playing with toy vehicles would enjoy this toy not only Bob the builder fans
Lower the skip onto the floor or raise it up again