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Brilliant toy for a young boy. Along with this, the rescue helicopter and rescue car hes never bored. He also as the other figures you can buy separately which add to the excitement. He loves the hidden ladder (which took him a few weeks to find) along with the parts to rise the truck up, and the extending arm. The bright colours match the one on tv perfectly. The characters also and theyre very easy to tell apart. He constantly zooming it around my living room floor and the wheels are as strong as ever. After good few bashes there are still no marks on the truck, so can tell its made from good strong plastic. Would definitely recommend. Can see this toy lasting years and will be a perfect one to pass down to his baby brother when he is big enough.
Some downsides. The stickers on the truck come off very easily, it would have been better if these designs were part of the plastic rather than stickers. Another one being the detachable ladder. It is a great feature of the truck but doesnt stay in very well. It would have been better had here been something for it to latch onto. It will be lost in no time.
Anyway I will definately be investing in a few more sam toys this christmas.
Like so many of our toys, this was handed down to my son. He doesn't actually know who Fireman Sam is, I don't even know if it's still shown on TV anymore, if it is then it's not on any of the channels we watch! As you can imagine, not knowing who Fireman Sam is hasn't stopped him loving this fire engine!
The fire engine is friction powered - always an advantage over battery powered toys, and comes with a Fireman Sam figure. The figure has hinged arms and legs and his head can move from side to side. Unfortunately he is about 1mm too tall to fit in the cab easily so getting him in is a bit of a tight squeeze and his arms are too far apart to grip onto the steering wheel.
The fire engine has opening cab doors, these are pretty flimsy and the top half is now missing on both of them which is not suprising as there is no plastic in the windows. This means that the door tends to be opened by little fingers reaching through and pulling it, which eventually bends the plastic, which eventually causes it to break! The top half of one was already missing when the toy came to us and the second one was bent outwards and has since broken off. To be honest this isn't really a problem and makes you wonder why they bothered with the top half of the door in the first place!
The engine has quite a lot of detail with 3 shutters on either side, lights, siren horns, buttons and a steering wheel. These are all for show and do not open/flash/press/turn. What isn't for show though is the crane arm which can be lifted and swivelled. In the cradle of the crane there is a tiny protuding peg and Fireman Sam's left foot has a little hole in the bottom of it. This means you can stand Fireman Sam in the cradle and move the cradle about without him falling out, in theory! In reality he isn't that secure and does still fall out, but not as much as he would without the peg! There are also two 'feet' on either side of the engine which can be pulled out to steady the engine when Sam is in the crane arm. I have to say that neither of my children (aged 4 and 2) bother with these much. Looking at the image above the toy also came with a ladder, but we didn't get this!
My little boy has just turned two, he loves playing with this toy but rarely bothers with the Fireman Sam figure, despite the fact that, as I've mentioned in other reviews, he loves having a 'man' to drive his cars. I think he finds Sam too hard to put in so he just uses something/somone else instead.
Apart from the broken doors this toy is in pretty good condition. The child who passed it on is now 10, so I'm guessing it's about 7 years old so can obviously stand the test of time. It is currently on sale at Amazon for just over £10 which seems a reasonable price.
My daughter started getting interested in fire engines so we let her watch the Fireman Sam and she loved it so of course as soon as she realised that there were toys to go with the programme we were getting bugged to buy them.
The first thing from the series that she was bought was Jupiter the fire engine, this is just the simple push and go vehicle, had we realised at the time there was one with sounds we would have gone for that but having already bought this we have stuck with it. The fire engine was bought for about the £10 mark and was given as a present from her younger sister when she was born.
The opening of the box seemed to be pretty easy, we were in a hospital room without any scissors or screwdriver etc and we still managed to get the toy out without too many problems. The toy engine also came with a Fireman Sam figure.
The engine is bright red (as you would expect) and has detailing of the 3 shutters on the side along with a stickered badge which I presume is for Pontypandy Fire Service. The doors of the engine open and inside there is a seat marked out for 2 and a steering wheel which with practice you can position Sam as if he is driving. The doors each have a wingmirror unfortunately my daughter managed to snap one of these off. The vehicle is a push and go so when pushed it does continue a bit further than alot of toy vehicles. On the top of the engine is 2 blue lights and the horns for the sirens and the motorised raising platform for high rescues does pull up and the engine has stablisers for when this is in use.
Fireman Sam is around 2 1/2 inches and is wearing the blue fire uniform as you would expect, he has working arms and legs and little fire tools on his belt.
Even though this toy doesn't make any sounds to engage the child my daughter really does love it, everytime the theme music for the programme comes on she says she needs to ne naw and gets the engine and wizzes around the room. this is definately a good buy for any Fireman Sam fan.
I purchased this for my son when it was in the sale at Argos. I paid £6.49 for it. He loves Fireman Sam so this was a must have. You can also get them from a wide range of stores for around £6-10.00. These include: Smyths, Argos, Woolworths on line, Ebay etc.
Basically you get a Fire Engine which of course is called 'Jupiter', as all you Fireman Sam fans would know. LOL!! You also get a little plastic 'Fireman Sam' and a grey fire ladder that actually slides out of the back of the fire engine.
On top of the Fire Engine is a yellow fireman's ladder that extends upwards and has a little platform for Fireman Sam to go into.
The Fire Engine arrives in a little cardboard box that you just clip the engine off and recycle the waste which is a bonus. Out comes the engine and away you go.
The Fire Engine is friction powered so can be pushed along quite easy. You can't open the sides of the Fire Engine they are fixed firmly shut. You can put Fireman Sam in the driving seat and you can also extend the yellow ladder on top of the fire engine so that Sam can go on the platform and fight fires.
The Fire Engine is made quite well and is still in tact after a few good knocks. My little boy loves to crash it into the postman pat vehicles and it takes the impact well.
I thought this Fire Engine played Music, well at least making the 'nee nah' sound but it doesn't so that was slightly disappointing.
The Fireman Sam engine is a good toy for the price and my little boy loves to pretend he's a firefighter helping Sam with putting out fires, however I think a few little easy adjustments could have been made to the Fire Engine to make it a little more interesting. This being, putting sounds on the Fire Engine and making the side doors open so you could put things in - all would have been a bonus!!
If you would like a little toy to keep the kiddies amused for a while then it's a good buy.
I have bought my son 3 of these over the past few years, not because the previous ones have broken but because he loved them so much.
** The Product **
The toy friction fire engine is a replica of Fireman Sam's engine, Jupiter. It comes complete with a Fireman Sam figure and an attachable ladder.
** Packaging **
This toy comes with a minimal amount of packaging, which is a plus. It is simply placed securely in a cardboard surround with a picture of the engine and other characters, including Sam.
** Price and Availability **
This product can be purchased for approximately £6-£10 and is sold in retailers such as Argos, Trago etc and is also available online. It is worth having a good look around as you may end up paying the same price for this product as you could for the newer version (which has sounds etc).
** Overall Opinion **
Fireman Sam is loved by many children of all ages, I purchased the first engine for my son when he was about 2 years old, he is now 5 and he still plays with them.
There are also other great vehicles and figures from this range, such as Tom Thomas with his helicopter etc.
I think this product is made very well indeed, my son very rarely looks after any of his toys and this engine has been bashed about a fair bit and it is still in perfect condition (apart form a few scrapes).
As it doesn't come with small pieces I think the age range can be very versatile, the toy itself is easy to use thanks to its friction wheels.
I think this product provides excellent value for money and is a toy that isn't easily grown out of.
I would definitely recommend this product and I give it a dooyoo rating of 5/5.
I brought my son this fireman Sam engine from Argos in the 2 for £15 promotion. On its own it retails at around £9.99.
It is a very simple friction fire engine modeled on Jupiter the fire engine on TV series hero fireman Sam. The engine comes complete with figures of Sam himself. With ladders, a crane arm with a platform and opening doors i was quiet surprised at the quality. With a good push the friction carries the engine for ages. This is one of the things my son loves about it he always chooses it for our car races :-)
Although not perfect considering it has lasted for two years with my children is a small miracle. While the doors remained intact my children found it very easy to place same between the crane arm and engine seat.I was pleased with this as i often find this is the difficulty for most small vehicle toys.
The downsides i can see is that there are no noises or lights but my children soon add these themselves LOL. The door has came off and also the wing mirrors but this does not interfere with them playing with it .Pity the shutters on the engine didn't slide up and down, my little boy was trying to open them for ages.
I would recommend this toy to any fireman Sam fan as with the 2 for £15 promotion it is good value for your money.
My son had started running about the house pretending he was putting out fires, so we though of buying him a fireman Sam toy. When we seen the fire engine we knew he would love it and it was only £9.99 from Argos which I thought was a good price. It has a crane type arm with a platform for the fireman sam to stand on to lift him up high to put the fires out. It uses friction power to go, so it is easy for kids to make it move, as they only need to pull it back and let it go. My son had difficulty at first trying to get the ladder out from the back, so I would pull it out a bit for him and then he was quite happy, as he could always get it back in by himself. The only down side is that it doesn't light up or make any noises. Also it can be quite difficult to put sam into the fire engine so I have had to help my son alot to get sam in and even then it takes me a a little while to get him in.
This was the first of three Fireman Sam products that I bought for my 20 month old son in an attempt to both satisfy his love of all things Fireman Sam and to steer him away from his Sam DVD collection.
At first sight, the product looked good: some good features, including opening doors, the ladder on the roof, the small ladder on the back and the retractable support legs, not to mention the general quality of a 'friction' vehicle (much better than the 'free-wheel' types).
However, after six months of (not very rough) play it's looking a bit worse-for-wear, particularly the wing mirrors and the doors. Both of the former have had to be reattached with superglue, but it's the latter that cause the real problems. They are simply too flimsy: both are now bent out of shape to extent that they will no longer close. Another gripe is the cab: it's hard enough for me to fit the action figures in properly.
Must do better Sam: call in Station Officer Steele!
My little boy is fireman daft and fireman sam was virtually hreo worshipped in my house. 'Mum I can't play with matches fireman sam said so'. If i had said so wonder if he would be so fire safety conscious.
*********Fireman Sam ********
'Sam is the hero next door'
Fireman started in welsh as a childrens cartoon back in 1985 and was then made in english in 1987 for the BBC. The series finished in 1994 but has been reshown countless times. It is now being shown on channel 5 in the milkshake programme.
I grew up with Fireman Sam's fire safety messages so when my son who was 2 at the time got upset at the smoke detector going off (i'd burnt the potatoes again) and by a fire drill at our local Asda i sought out some dvds. It was an instant hit. Ever since he has had an unwavering desire to become a firefighter.
Fireman Sam is set in a village called Ponty Panty in Wales and has several cheerful characters. There is of course Fireman Sam himself who seems to always be in control and have his head screwed on right. Station officer Steele who takes the credit but does very little. Firefighter Elvis famous for his not so great singing and appalling cooking. Firefighter Penny who is the fittest of them all and does the mechanics. Tom who flies a hellicopter and works as mountain rescue. Then there are civilian characters Dylis who owns a shop and has a boy who is always getting into mischief (most storylines involve him being rescued from another mishap. Sarah and James who are twins and Sam's neice and nephew who like their uncle save the day a lot. Then there is Bella who owns a cafe, Trevor a mini bus driver and delivery man and Mandy a friend of Sarah and James.
Plots include everything for lightening storms, cats up trees, heads stuck in the railings, dumped rubbish catching on fire and the usual mishaps with matches and electric blankets.
The educational value of what to do in an emergency is spread throughout each program. The get out, call out and stay out message being especially useful.
So anyway theres the basic concept of fireman sam
******** The toy **************
I picked up this toy at my local asda store a few years ago for around £5. It has friction wheels, push it along the ground and it will keep going.
This fire engine is called jupitor with the 'simon snorkel' for aerial rescues. This simon snorkel is manoeuvrable.
It has jacks on either side to hold the fire engine steady when playing with the extending arm. These jacks tuck inside again to push it along.
A ladder also tucks into a slot at the back.
This vehicle came with the fireman sam figure who has arms and legs you can manipulate so he sits in the cab.
My son often acts out scenes from the dvds with this toy and makes up his own. More often than not involving his favourite charater (besides Sam) naughty Norman.
***** The good things ******
No batteries needed
Parts to be manipulated
The friction wheels
No sounds or lights so uses imagination instead
***** The not so good parts *****
The plastic doors which open are quite flimsy and the doors on our one are a little bashed and bent but still work ok.
The wing mirror has come off on one side and it was quite small so may be choking hazard for younger children. The recomended age however is 3+
It has decoration of where the hoses and other equipment is kept. These grey bits of the vehicle don't open but my son expected them too so was a little disappointed. It would be a nice touch is they did open even if there were just pictures inside.
******** Price and availabilty *******
As I mentioned I picked this up at Asda for £5 in their sale a few years back. I say them recently when I was there selling for £8.67 and have seen similar sets in Boots for around the same kind of price.
I have just checked on Amazon and it is currently selling at £9.99
There are other vehicles and characters available. My son also has Tom's helicopter and rescue car as well as Penny's rescue vehicle Venus.
******** My verdict ******
My son loves this and I am sure that most Fireman Sam fans would. However there all lots of better designed and sturdier fire engines on the market so I guess it depends how important the Fireman Sam branding is to your child.
Long live fireman sam!
Now you can join the finest Fire-Brigade of them all, with Fireman Sam, Elvis, Penny, Station Officer Steele and all their friends!Welcome to Pontypandy! Help Sam cope with all the town's troubles. Whether you're rescuing Norman from the mine, composing your own songs with Elvis, spotting the disasters before Trevor's house goes up in smoke, joining in with the fancy dress party or helping James and Sarah fix the fountain, be prepared!