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I purchased lofty the crane in a Bob the builder play set from Amazon for £15. I personally thought this price was fairly reasonable, considering the lofty crane toy can retail around £10 on its own, so I thought I was getting a decent deal as I was getting bob the builder himself and the lofty crane.
Apart from Amazon, Latestbargains.co.uk are also selling the Lofty crane in set for £13.99. The lofty crane can also be purchased on its own from Amazon marketplace for £8.49, I have also seen it in the past for sale at Wilkinson at around £10.
What Is It?
The blue coloured Toy is designed as a mobile crane toy which has 6 black coloured wheels and a long adjustable crane with a hook at the end. It measures approx 33.5 cm in length and weighs only around 500g. It is made from hard plastic and has a friction powered motor that doesn't require batteries to operate. Its friction mechanism allows the car to be drive forward on its own once it is pulled in a reverse direction a few times. The crane has two white stand out eyes located at the front positioned in the area where there would be headlights, and lofty has a cute light blue coloured smile located where the bumpers would be. It is designed for 3 years plus, however my nephew started playing with this at two years old and is very safe as there are no really small parts.
In the playset you also get 3 x Stacked Tyres, 2 x Traffic Cones and 3 x Barrels as well as Bob the builder himself.
My nephew doesn't really know much about Bob the builder as he rarely watches it, but he still loved this Toy Lofty Crane. My nephew loves the blue colour, so the car being a blue colour was an added bonus. It is very lightweight and therefore made it easy for my near 2 and half year old nephew to push it along by himself or use the friction mechanism.
The mechanism is a very clever idea that allows the friction of the wheels being rolled back to trigger the motor and automatically drives the toy crane forward. After seeing me do it a few times, it didn't take my nephew very long to figure out how to do it. He was able to roll the car backwards and then watch it drive forward on its own, which provided him with hours of entertainment. This definitely enhances motor skills and cognitive skills, and is just an added bonus to go with the enjoyment it brings.
The lofty crane has an adjustable crane that is positioned on the top of car. I can easily adjust it and move it from side to side, however my nephew does find it a little difficult to adjust due to its stiffness. I assume once he gets a bit older he will be able to move it more easily, but at the moment he enjoys the other features too much to notice. It does make a nice clicking noise when moved and adjusted which is good at getting my nephews attention and interest.
The lofty crane is very durable thanks to its hard moulded plastic material, my nephew being the typical boy loves crashing it with other cars or watching if drive off sofas and tables and finds endless laughter and enjoyment doing so, and thankfully the lofty crane toy is still very much in one piece and I am sure it will last many years to come due to its high quality and durability.
This Lofty crane toy is a great little vehicle that my nephew plays along with his other cars and uses on his toy garage, drives it along the floor, and also talks to it sometimes due to its facial animation which is very cute to watch and encourages imaginative role play.
As I got this in a set it also came with a bob the builder miniature figure which is just slightly bigger that the toy crane in terms of height. It also came with 3 x Stacked Tyres, 2 x Traffic Cones and 3 x Barrels. The tyres are firmly stuck together so I didn't have to worry about it coming apart during play; the cones are orange coloured and look a lot like real life cones, as do the brown barrels. All are made from hard plastic and highly durable, which all add a bit more realism to the play. My nephew likes to stack the tyres all up and then watch the crane crash into them, which he seems to find very funny!
All in all my nephew loves playing with his Lofty crane and playset, it provides him with hours of fun and encourages motor skill, imaginative play, and cognitive development. It is safe as there are no sharp or really small pieces, and is highly durable meaning it will last many years to come. I would therefore highly recommend it.
We have four Bob the Builder "truck" characters in total, Lofty was bought by us, the other three were given to me by a good friend whose son is older and had grown out of them.
Lofty is one of the Bob the Builder characters and is a nice looking winch truck. My son loves Bob the Builder stuff and I have a couple of Bob the Builder DVDs which I sometimes let him watch which he has learned the characters from. He then reenacts some of the stories with his own track characters, singing "Bob the builder can you fix it"!
Lofty is made from a very durable bright blue plastic and can be rolled along on his big black wheels. He has a moveable winch, which is joined with a hook at the end which can be used to attach to and pick things up, although the winch doesn't extent that far. Lofty is jointed between his front and back half so can be pushed around in circles, although this is a bit of a nuscience as when you pick him up by his front half his bottom half drops and visa versa. I like Lofty as he has a nice smiley face and looks very friendly and is a really nice colour. All his features are moulded into the plastic, rather than stuck on with stickers and thus he has stayed in really good condition, he is a very durable truck and so far remains in very good condition.
My son loves these Bob the Builder character trucks and I am really glad we have them. Most of these characters cost around £10, so a quite expensive although I am sure it is possible to pick them up second hand or for cheaper on Amazon if one looked around. It's good my son has four of these characters as he does play with them interactively. He is quite obsessed with diggers and building things generally and these toys really do keep him very happy and occupied for long periods of time.
Like so many of our toys I picked this up second hand, along with Dizzy and Roley. At the time my son was only a few months old so I stuck them in the present drawer for a later date - when he might actually know who they were!
It was a few months after his first birthday when he spotted them in the drawer, there was no way he was going to let me close that drawer without getting them out! They have been a staple part of his play ever since.....even though he still doesn't watch much Bob the Builder on TV.
Lofty has 6 plastic wheels and a hinged body which allows him to bend from side to side. There are no doors/windows on the cab, just holes and on one side of the cab there are two little access steps. The crane has a hook on the end and is made up of 3 extending sections. It can be swivelled a full 360 degrees and raised/lowered through 180 degrees . Both this and the hinged part of the body make a very satisfying clicking sound when moved.
Lofty has a very friendly face with headlight eyes and a bumper mouth. I'm not sure how much his previous owner played with him, but he's had a lot of use at our house and is still in pretty good condition with the exception of a few scratches. Like so many toys Lofty is marketed as suitable from 36 months but he will be enjoyed by children from a much younger age. He's held together with screws which I presume is why he cannot be marketed as suitable for younger ones. As I said we bought him second hand for just a few pounds, he is currently available from Amazon for just under £10. As much as I love him I'm not sure I would pay this for him, especially as once you've got one you're little one is likely to want the whole set!
I actually really like Lofty - and the other Bob the Builder toys we've got. He doesn't have many features, only his crane, which is what I like about him! Sometimes simplicity is good!
As many children my son loves bob the builder. When we asked him what he would like for his second birthday his response would always be 'the team' referring to bob the builder and his machines from the popular TV program.
We came across the set of all the characters in Wilkinson's so we knew this would be an excellent toy straight away. It is around 33 cm long and he is modelled very well on the character on the TV show where he is a crane. At the front you have lofty's face made up of two beady looking eyes and a smiling mouth underneath that. As Lofty works with friction power there was no need for batteries and my son loves to rev them up and watch them go.
He is split into two parts but they do not come away from each other. The front part is the cab of the vehicle and has 2 large wheels then connected at a hinge in the middle of the toy is the rear part that accommodates the crane arm this has 4 wheels of the same size. The hinge is great for flexibility meaning the front can face one direction while the back another. When you move the toy from side to side it makes a loud clicking noise that my son seems to love.
The crane arm itself is located at the back of the toy it lifts up and down so can sit on top of lofty's head at the front when not in use then be lifted into the air while the child is playing.The only bad point is the crane arm is very stiff sometimes. It lifts up and down fine but many times you wouldn't realise the base of it can swivel around in a full circle my son has problems with it and i have to turn it a few times to loosen it up.
I would recommend this toy to any bob the builder fan my son loves it. We brought ours in a set of 6 for £19.99 on special offer in Wilkinson's but they retail individually between £7-£10 so I would look shop around to try and find a bargain although even at £7 they are well worth it to see their face light up.
When Bob the Builder took the world by storm as it emerged on the scene, it was only a matter of a short amount of time before the toys started emerging onto the shelves in the shops. These appeared in various forms, with one of them being chunkily designed friction controlled cars.
This particular one is Lofty, the winch truck from the programme. The character's likeness is very good indeed, but then this is something you would expect, with the programmed made with real figures and models. Lofty is an attractive and gentle blue colour, with eyes for headlights. The truck is separated into two parts, and the two can move independently of each other via the use of a connector that clicks through various settings. The winch does the same, and it extends and retracts, too.
Two of the 6 wheels it has are friction powered, that is to say, if you push Lofty along the ground, the wheels effectively get more revved up the stronger you push it. You can rev them up further if you do it quite quickly, and it can then go faster along the ground. I like this element, and I think its longevity is due to this friction control as opposed to the pull back and let go kind, which can put a strain on the mechanism when you do it over and over again.
We have had this toy now for a number of years, and although our 6 year old has probably outgrown it in terms of the character and the show, the fact that this can still be used in conjunction with other cars when you need a race, means that its playability won't stop when the programme's interest does.
It has clickable movement a well, mainly where the carriage and truck meet. This allows turning of the vehicle, but it also bends upwards as well. This is a nice feature, but I have found that over time it has weakened somewhat, and the mechanism holding it in place isn't as strong as it used to be. If I pick it up by the front or the back, the other falls down as if it had nothing holding it up. Slightly annoying, but it has lasted a long time I suppose.
The winch itself is fun to play with, too. It only extends a very small distance, but this is enough to give it an extra little something. Fully extended, it reaches beyond the front of Lofty, and you can winch it back in an it grabs the front of the cab part. The winch itself also clicks much like the connection between cab and truck. This makes it more realistic, and using it in conjunction with other Bob the Builder characters means a bit more interactive and real play than if it was just a plain toy.
My son really loved this and other toys in the range when he first got them, and I can highly recommend them to any kid of around 3 or 4. There are no loose bits on Lofty, the only danger potentially being the hook at the end of the winch, but even that isn't sharp. Nice and robust, and fun to play with, it can cost around the £10 mark if bought new, but it's also the sort of toy you're likely to find at car boot sales, and as they maintain their robust status, getting them from there is often a good idea. Recommended.
A few days ago, I reviewed the Born To Play Bob the Builder Friction Dizzy cement mixer toy. As I have the whole set of these toys at home, I thought I would move on to the next character in the set, Lofty the Crane.
I bought all of my Bob the Builder toys, apart from one, from the second hand toy market near where I live. I managed to get lofty for about £3, which was a lot cheaper than the £10-£12 he would have cost to buy new. Fortunately, these toys are pretty hardwearing and keep for ages, so can be passed down from older kids to younger brothers and sisters and then sold on via boot sales and still be in really good condition.
As you can see from the picture above, Lofty is a mobile crane toy, and is about twice the length of the Dizzy toy. He has a cute smiley face, with his headlights forming his eyes and his front bumper forming his mouth. Even though I bought him about five years ago, second hand, the friction mechanism is still in perfect working order. Rather than pulling the toy back and letting go, like may friction powered toys, Lofty moves forward when you "rev" him up three or four times and then let him go.
Lofty is jointed in the middle, which allows the child to steer him around the floor with ease. The middle joint makes a clicking noise when it is moved, which makes it fun for toddlers and very young children to play with, as they love toy that make a noise. Another bonus feature of this toy is that it does not require batteries!
The hook on the crane is moveable, and the crane arm extends telescopically, again, making a clicking noise when you move it from side to side. There are no small parts on this toy to cause any problems for young children playing with it, and the parts move freely so that even tots will find the toy easy to play with and manoeuvre.
I did have one problem with our lofty toy. After having him for a few years, one of the middle wheels, which power the friction mechanism broke off. I couldn't fix the wheel, so unfortunately, there is a short metal rod sticking out of the side of the toy where the wheel used to be. However, the rod is not sharp, and not long enough to be a danger to anyone's eyes, and the friction mechanism still works fine, thanks to the remaining wheel. I still think that maybe the manufacturers could have factored this in when they designed the toy, and made the wheels easier to mend if they came off or have fixed them on better in the first place.
This aside, I still feel that this is one of the better made toys available, as it is basically sound and the plastic is not liable to crack or split. It is also well made enough to survive a few drops and bashes, as will inevitably happen during play.
The nice thing about the "Bob" vehicles, is that the can be played with as cars and wheeled around the floor, or played with as construction vehicles along with lego or building blocks. As the toys have faces, they can be used in imaginitive play and storytelling. The noisy clicking sound the toy makes is fascinating for young children, and mine have been known to hold the toy by the crane arm and swing it round like a football rattle, although I wouldn't recommend this!
These toys are really easy to get hold of at jumble sales and car boots and I would thoroughly recommend them, as they are long lasting, and will be a favourite toy for several years, being ideal for kids between 2 and 7 years old, and even when your child has finished with they toy, it will still be in good enough condition to sell on to someone else.
Bob the builder is a famous children's TV show that is currently been shown on CBeebies and has had successful spin off merchandising including toys, clothing and even CD's.
We have acquired quite a large collection of bob the builder friction toys at car boots as my son's love for these characters has grown.
Lofty is part of the main machine team and is actually my son's favourite.
Lofty is I long blue machine has a long extendable that can have a hook, demolition ball attached. Lofty. He has six wheels. He is a very nervous machine who is scared of most things.
The toy itself is a replica of the machine from the TV show. It has a large smiling face although often in the show he has a wavy face showing his anxiety. The eyes are fixed.
The cab itself has no opening doors but does have ladder either side. It has six equal size wheels.T he extendable arm is on the back and extends in three sections. There is a hook on the end which does move but is not removable which I consider to be a bonus. The front and back section do rotate about 90 degrees. The two seconds are secured with a screw and seems quite sturdy.
The toy itself is made of a sturdy plastic and after plenty of tumbles, knocks and general rough treatment has no damage.
My son loves lofty and regularly plays with him. He will get him and use the hook to rescue others. Yesterday he actually got him to rescue the wonder pets that he kept pushing over the edge of table.
The friction part is a bonus .I do find it difficult myself to direct him in a straight line due to the two sections bending. This is the only negative I can find on this toy.
I did pick him up from a car boot so didn't pay much but is currently available from Amazon for £9.19.
This is a toy that has been well played with and does help to spark my son's imagination. It good for his fine motor skills but in terms of friction toys some of the other machines do work better.
Thos toy is recommended for children three years and older. My son is two and a half but gets plenty out of this toy. The only concern I have is the hook although not sharp and does face inwards but probably should be played with supervision by younger children.
I am very happy with this toy and would recommend it for a Bob the builder fan.
Can we fix it "Err well I think so".
Who Is Lofty?
Lofty is a very timed blue crane, she is scared of most things including, heights, the dark and spud the scarecrow (who does seem to have a lot of fun winding lofty up). Lofty has quite a noticeable nervous stutter when she speaks and is a very apprehensive about any jobs that the team have to do. The main theme throughout the different bob the builder series is that Bob and the gang all work together to repair, renovate and carry out odd jobs around bobs Ville and sunflower valley. All machines within bobs machine team when asked "can we fix it" reply "yes we can" but lofty is an exception to this she replies "Err well I think so" so, all of her friends within bobs machine team often give her plenty of support and encouragement meaning that they always get the job done on time as a team which is one of the main lessons this programme aims to promote.
The Toy Itself
Lofty is a 6 wheeled blue friction powered crane made from robust moulded plastic; he has two fixed eyes on the front and a huge smile. The toy measures approximately 4" tall and 8" long, he has an extendable arm which my son is yet to find but being a bit stiff this may take a while.
I find this is a great toy as it is easily recognised as a favourite children's television character, it is brightly coloured and as I mentioned before very robust which is great when aimed at younger children. My little boy spends a lot of time playing with his bob the builder toys and they still look like new which for me is amazing considering they have had so much use and rough play.
Other Toys In The Collection.
Unfortunately I can't name all toys available in the collection only the ones my son has so will have to update this as soon as I find/ buy (im a soft touch really) any others.
He so far has:
And for his birthday he will be getting:
. Travis with trailer
i paid between £3.00 - £5.00 for the majority of these from toys are us in the big sale but can be bought from most major toy shops
The toys are recommended for children 3+ but decided that this was appropriate for my, soon to be 2 year old to play with, He has had his first bob the builder friction powered toy since the age of 18 months and have found it to be well made and no small bits that can fall off (with the exception of scoops scoop that that is for another review) but again I do recommend this decision should be down to the individual parent's and not to anyone else's reviews.
This is one of the many toys in the bob the builder range of frition toys we have at least three different ones and they so long lasting that they are over 7 years old and still look new. The frition function is still working well too, these kinds of toys can be passed on from generation to generation. This was actually my little brother's toys who is 10 now and now it is passed on to my children that love it.
It is very bendy and goes quite fast compared to a toy if pushed back but on the carpet it is slower and if it's a thick rug it might be very slow.
It has provided the children many years of enjoyment and it is a toy that requires no batteries which is a bonus and is very strong and flexiable at the same time, therefore very hard to break.
The negative aspects is that it is slightly expensive for a toy that doesn't light up in anyway or has any sound functions, as it is priced at around £6 to £7. But I guess kids like it due to it being Bob the Builder's Lofty. Another downside is that it will only be played with occasionally as it can get boring after a while doing the same thing.
There are lots of friction toys in the Bob the Builder range and our grandson has a few of them including this one. We got them on sale in a Tesco toy sale not long ago and this is usually £6.99 but we paid £3.49 for it which we were very pleased with. It's £6.99 on Amazon at the moment.
This toy isn't very noisy and is easy to push along. It goes whizzing from just a little push thanks to the friction power. It doesn't work terribly well on deep carpets but it will work and it's even better on hard floors or laminate.
Our Grandson likes this one better than the others thanks to it having a crane arm and hook. He loves the crane from Thomas the Tank Engine for some reason so this really thrilled him! He tries to hook his little toy cars onto the end of this and then pushes the toy off and watches the toy cars come flying off the hook!
This is a good sturdy toy that is great fun for little boys or Bob the Builder fans in general. It's relatively inexpensive and a toy that has proven to be excellent value for money for our grandson because of all the use it's had.
Well this is indeed Lofty out of Bob the Builder. Named Lofty because he can be pretty Lofty when his crane reaches up high! He has 6 wheels and is very easy for young children to move around the place. We bought our Lofty when my oldest child was young, at this time they were very expensive to buy and if you even bought them on ebay you were paying well over the odds so luckily we managed to find ours at a car boot sale for a £1. It went down really well and joined the collection of al the other Bob toys. The friction bit can be really hard for children to use and he won't work on some carpets. He works best on lino, just hold him down and pull him back and then let go and of he goes! If you do this just watch for marks on your lino though! He is a very sturdy toy and has lasted really well being bashed about by numerous children.
A lot of the Bob toys aren't that well known to the everyday person but Lofty is one of the original characters from the Bob the Builder series on television. He's also the famous one for saying, when asked if he can fix it, 'Err well, I think so!' Lofty is well named because he is a tall mobile crane who uses different attachments to carry out big jobs such as demolition and lifting metal objects.
His character is a little bit unsure of himself and he is scared of a lot of things, including heights, loud bangs and Spud the Scarecrow. He tends to twitch a bit when he's nervous and stammers from time to time but the rest of the crew give him a lot of encouragement and with their help he always gets the job done.
Bob the Builder is popular with young children everywhere and his building exploits are an everyday event so Cbeebies where we have seen him start to get all environmentally friendly and help the residents of Bobsville make a better life in Sunflower Valley. Recent adventures have also taken him to the Wild West.
Lofty is blue in colour and has 6 big black wheels. The middle two of these are the friction ones and they make a noise as they turn. Lofty has two fixed eyes at the front and a big smile while the grille should be.
He has a central hinge, which makes it easy for him to turn and pivot and of course no crane would be complete without a large hook section. Lofty stands around 4" tall and 8" long but his extendable crane can be stretched up to a further 10" and can fully turn round on it's movable base.
The toy can then use the hook to pick up a variety of other toys that your child might have and can even tow other vehicles too.
I love friction toys because they don't need any batteries to make them work and on the whole this series of toys zoom along pretty quickly on either laminate or on carpeted surfaces. The laminate can be a bit noisy but so I tend to prefer to let my son play with these on the carpet.
Normally I'm on my own when I'm writing a review but today I have my son to help me out when taking this friction test. First of all he is going to see how far he can get Lofty to go in my kitchen/dining area and this is on a laminate surface. We had a few attempts because the first time my son didn't press him down hard enough for the friction to kick in and Lofty went whizzing across the floor a bit quickly and crashed into the side of the units. The second attempt was much better though and Lofty went a good 14 feet. The only problem was that he tends to swerve to the side a little bit because of the pivoting section in the middle of him.
On carpet the story was similar with him veering to the side a bit and again he went at least 14 feet across the floor. I think it was actually easier to control Lofty on the carpet than the laminate but my son and I had fun trying this out.
I have to admit that my son is a little bit addicted to these toys but they are reasonably priced to buy and have so much play in them that they are definitely worth the money. Lofty was one of the first toys that my son got when he was only 3 and he has continued to be one of the favourites despite getting many of the others on the list below. Luckily all the family know about his love of these toys so various members get him different ones at Christmas and Birthday time.
Lofty is a bit of a favourite character of mine too because he isn't that confident but with the help and support of other characters he always gets there in the end, despite being very unsure of his actions. I think this is a good thing to show young children who are a little bit wary of trying out new things. It shows that with confidence and encouragement they can take on the world.
There is one thing about this toy that isn't quite so good though and that is that the extendable crane can be a little bit awkward and stiff to start with and is quite difficult for a younger child to pull out. The can lead to frustration and of course it might end up getting broken if you aren't careful. Luckily we've managed to slacken it off over time and it works perfectly now but we did have a few incidents where we thought my son was going to end up breaking it off, as he pulled it off centre.
On the whole though this is a great toy for any fan of the show. Most boys seem to love playing with this type of toy and my son has had many hours of play with this one in particular. It has been used out in his sand pit too and is easily washed free of sand and dried out in the sunshine. He can often be heard copying the voices from the show and making them all talk to one another.
Despite the constant playing by my son and his friends, this toy doesn't really seem to have any big scratches or dents and this is quite perplexing because it has bashed against a variety of different pieces of furniture in the time we've had it.
***Other Friction Toys***
Scoop, Muck, Benny, Sumsy, Scrambler, Travis, Roley, Trix, Tumbler, Zoomer, Skip, Packer, Dodger, Flex, Rvee, Bristle
Dizzy has a different type of mechanism and is available as a pull back toy.
***Price & Availability***
Lofty is available in all good toy stores. This one came as part of a set of toys a while ago from Woolworths, with some of the other characters but you can buy him on his own for £5.93 from Amazon.