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My youngest daughter has not long turned 2 and she has took a great liking for Fireman Sam, I was given some Fireman Sam things from a lady on a free page on Facebook and to put it simply Emily is thrilled.
I have had a look on the internet and found that this set costs around £10 which is about the average price for this sort of set and there are many other sets available such as Jupiter the fire engine which comes with or without sounds, Venus the fire 4 x 4, Tom Thomas's helicopter and Neptune the speed boat.
As I didn't buy this new I didn't have to take it out of any packaging so cannot comment on how easy this is however I have seen it in shops and it comes packaged in a small carboard box.
The ambulance is made of plastic and is of course white in colour, it has some little bits of green and yellow on it too. The ambulance has two front doors both of which open and it also has a rear door which opens of course ready for your patients. In the front of the ambulance there is a seat and there are two indentations where the characters bums are supposed to sit, the toy comes with a rubbery feel nurse Flood character whose legs and arms move so you can sit her in the ambulance.
The doors of the ambulance aren't really that good as they pop on and off the main piece very easily so with a heavy handed 2 year old they are forever off rather than on. Apart from the doors the ambulance is well made and looks just like the one in the show which to me is really important as it has to be perfect in a childs eyes. The ambulance has been crashed off many bits of furniture and other items from the fireman Sam range, Emily seems to think she should park it in the firestation and forgets to stop so of course crashes it into the wall.
The toy is supposed to be for ages 3 and up but apart from the medical case which comes with Nurse Flood being a little too small I see no reason why it isn't safe for my 2 year old and she loves playing with it.
Emily was thrilled when she saw she had been given Fireman Sam stuff, she went over to the toy box and got the firstation and fire engine out which I thought was really good as it told me that she can link together the correct characters from the program. Emily plays for ages with this and the other pieces and is completely submerged in what she is doing so much so that she often doesn't even hear you when you speak to her. I love watching her playing and really enjoying her toys and think it's funny when she places the characters in her large baby bath!
This set is a decent price and I would recommend it it is just a shame the doors aren't too good.
My son went through a phase of loving Fireman Sam and although he still enjoys it he's moved onto other programmes now. For his birthday last year his Gran purchased him 2 of the Pontypandy vehicles, one being this ambulance containing a Nurse Flood figure and her medical box. As this was a gift I'm not sure how much it costs but I believe it was around the £10 mark.
The ambulance is bigger than other vehicles you can buy but it's not huge so it esily fits away into his toyboxes for storage. It's mainly all white with a splash of green and yellow here and there. It doesn't really look anything special but it does represent the ambulance in the programmes well which is what matters I suppose. The only moveable parts on this toy are the doors and the boot. However the doors pop off on a whim and althought they are relatively simple (for an adult) to clip back in place it becomes monotonous when you've done it 90 times over in the last 2 hours (perhaps a minor exaggeration there but it definitely feels like it). I also find my son becomes annoyed with this toy and fixes his attention elsewhere. The character has arms that move up and down and legs that fold at the hip to allow her to sit in the ambulance. My son is much more interested in the vehicle itself rather than the people that come with it and so Nurse Flood and her medical supplies have retired at the bottom of the toybox for quite some time now. The ambulances wheels are smooth and so I find that when it is being pushed it glides easily along the table or the laminated floor, I don't imagine it would be quite as easy on a carpet or rug.
The main way my son tends to play with this toy is to make it fly (creativity and all that) he opens the door up and it flies around however he does seem fond of adding it to his Fireman Sam playset that contains the local shop (on fire of course) with a road and a fire engine. I find that the ambulance fits on the road very well and due to the smooth wheels can whizz round to the shop in no time, as I said though that my son isn't interested in the characters but then he isn't in Norman or Dylis that he has either.
Overall I think this is either a good addition to the other Fireman sets available or just to be played with solo. It's a pretty basic toy for the price but I suppose you're paying for the likeness to the characters rather than for a basic ambulance. I would be happy to give this to my son even if he was 2 despite the 3+ age range as I feel this is just a precautionary measure put on most toys to cover themselves. The only other real complaint I have about this toy is that it is screwed onto the packaging which is a huge bug bear of mine, I don't understand what was wrong with the cable ties but however in all this deserves 4 stars.
Hollie loves Fireman Sam. She watches the programme on Cartoonito all the time. I took Hollie to Morrisons so choose a toy of her choice to make her feel better as she was rather poorly.
She decided to choose this ambulance which is driven by Nurse Helen.
When we first picked it up, I was really dubious of purchasing it for the £9.70 it was costing. I couldn't quite believe they would charge such a large amount of money for something which is just part of a set.
When getting home, we realised that it was silly to buy the ambulance when Hollie didn't have the fireman Sam fire station or anything else to go with it. Hollie has a wild imagination so she ended up getting her Peppa pig play set out and Helen and her ambulance soon became part of Peppa pig's world.
Opening the box:
We popped into the cafe in Morrisons for a sandwich and sat with the box and Hollie wanted to play with it. We opened it and noticed it was screwed into the box so we would have to wait til we were home to open it. The screws were that small I had to use the end of a sharp knife as even the small sewing machine screwdrivers I have weren't small enough to get them out. Once it was out of the packaging, we explored the toy. It has two doors and a carboot door too which all open. They pop on and off easily just incase like Hollie, they get pulled off trying to get the doors open too roughly. The ambulance comes with the nurse Helen figure and her medical kit box. Helen can move her legs up and down to sit or stand.
Inside the ambulance, there are indents on the seat for her to sit in which keeps her from falling out or toppling over.
Her medical kit can be placed in the boot of the ambulance car but i've put it out of reach for now as it is rather small and will easily get lost so I bring it out when she is playing with it.
The quality of the product is brilliant. It has been designed brilliantly and with great care to get it to be so durable and looks great too. The plastic on the product is nice and thick compared to some of the toys you can buy now, where dropping it or being too rough with it would end up in it breaking, but this product is very resilient. The toy doesn't have many playable features, just the opening and shutting of doors, wheels turn and you can put Helen inside. I don't think it needs much more otherwise it wouldn't have the strong structure it has now. The age for this toy has been advised at 3 years and over.
I think this toy is best bought as an extra to the set otherwise it won't get much play time and for almost £10, you definitely want to see it get used.
There are lots of other vehicles in the Fireman Sam range as added extras.
You can get:
**Tom Thomas's rescue helicopter
**Jupiter fire engine
**Neptune rescue speed boat
**Venus fire engine 4x4
All of those are available online or in most supermarkets.
All of the Vehicles cost the same price of £9.70-£10 in morrisons whereas some researching it online, they are selling them for around £15 plus postage. Helen's ambulance was £18.50 plus £5 postage on Amazon where you could buy two vehicles for that in store and have some change.
We both have had lots of fun with Hollie's imagination playing with this toy and we plan to get the Fireman sam playsets for her birthday in April so we can play with it all together.
The best parts of this toy is the quality we wasn't expecting to see. It felt much better to part with the money when i'd seen the product instead of the box front we could only see in store. Fireman Sam has always been a much more gender neutral TV programme and Hollie has always enjoyed watching it.
We prefer watching the older ones which we have on DVD, to the new cartoon style episodes as it's much more easy to watch whereas, the new ones are much more difficult to watch as the voices of the welsh characters have changed to strong welsh accents with horrible high pitch squeaks.
We both can't wait to get the sets for her birthday so we can set it all up like we do her Peppa pig sets and just bring out the best of Hollie's imagination with the TV turned off and lots of concerntration and attention.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review.
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As Fireman Sams number one fan, my 2 year old has prided himself on recreating Pontypandy in my living room. This Christmas should see us complete the set with the Boat launch, Toms jeep and the training tower!! Helen Floods ambulance was an Easter gift in place of an egg. It was purchased from Tesco while on offer at approx £6.97. The car came with Helen and her case, there is a handy boot to keep the case in or Norman Price lying down! At a glance it is a good replica of the original, however, upon closer inspection disappointment sets in. Our Ambulance makes no noise at all, and we can't find any buttons to make it do so, (yes of course we disgarded the packaging immediately without looking at it to discover if indeed Helens Ambulance offered a tune!). As the proud owner of nearly all the remaining vehicles, my son was a little gutted! Also, the doors almost always come off when opened which is annoying as they are quite difficult for little fingers to to clip back on, so, when playing otherwise quietly there is a constant cry of 'mam put Helens door back on please!' On a positive, it was only £6.97ish and it did come with the Helen figure and, what self respecting Pontypandy fanatic would be seen without one!
My little boy is a massive Fireman Sam fan, he is also mad about cars so the range of fireman sam vehicles seemed the perfect toy for him and he wasn't disappointed!
This set consists of:
Nurse Helens ambulance, articulated figure and medical case.
The figures are smaller at just 5cm, the usual figures are 10cm. However, they are still very detailed and colourful, providing just as much fun! Unfortunately if you have the bigger figures they will not fit in the ambulance, but smaller people are available to buy in sets of 2 characters for £4.99.
The medical case is quite basic really. It doesn't open and it doesn't have a handle either. It only measures 2.5cm too. However it is still a fun little extra.
The ambulance has doors and a boot that open. There is room for 2 characters to fit in. My little boys favourite feature is the button on the roof that plays the Fireman Sam theme tune when pressed!
Due to this, the toy requires 2 x AAA batteries (demo batteries included).
Dimensions of the ambulance are:H10cm, W9cm, L13cm.
All parts of the set are made from really sturdy plastic, there are no flimsy parts, even the small medical case is durable. They are also very easy to clean, just wipe over.
Toys like this are great for imaginative play, I often watch my little boy whizzing Helen off to her next emergency. He makes up his own scenarios but also recretes his favourite Fireman Sam episodes too.
This great addition to your collection costs RRP£9.99. If you are interested in buying the other vehicles and figures it would work ouy cheaper for you to buy the set for £36.99. This contains Sams fire engine, Toms rescue helicopter and 4x4 and nurse Helens ambulance. You also get 4 articulated Fireman Sam character figures and accesories.
Available from most toy stores-
It is definitely a must have for fireman Sam fanatics in particular!