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Fireman Sam is a wonderful friendly community firefighter from Ponty Pandy who always saves the day. My daughter is obsessed with Fireman Sam and when she turned 4 last month all she wanted was anything to do with Fireman Sam. She got hold of the argos catalogue and pointed this Fireman Sam fire engine called Jupiter.
Jupiter is a friction powered vehicle that is 24cm by 12 cm by 11cm which makes it easy for little hands to get hold of and push along the floor. It has flashing lights and a siren which makes a noise (which can drive parents crazy!) which are operated by 3 AAA batteries.
Jupiter has stabilisers that can come out the sides. These are quite hard to get out and my daughter cant manage to do this herself she has to get an adult to do it for her. It has an articulated crane arm and ladders that you can take out from the back and use against the side to let the character climb up to get onto the crane arm. The two front doors also open.
It is made in a vibrant red colour with yellow crane arm and grey covers on the sides to imitate roller shutter doors. It has blue lights that light up.
This vehicle comes with 3 figure Fireman Sam, Firefighter Penny and Tom who is a Australian helicopter pilot who puts out fires from the air that are articulated.
This is really robust toy that has put up with some rough and tumble from my daughters friends. It is one of my daughters favourite toys and I think it will remain so for a long time to come.
My children go through "fads" with tv programmes but when they are liking something I try and indulge it to keep them happy so when my middle child took to Fireman Sam his birthday consisted of many different Fireman Sam products. One being the Jupiter vehicle.
When he opened it his eyes lit up - it was bright, colourful, big enough to use easily and it made fantastic sounds when you pressed the button on the top. The doors opened and the Fireman Sam characters fit easily inside (with a bit of help from me). The ladder stretches up just like in the programme. My son couldn't have been happier!
But then I noticed that the doors keep falling off. This is a bit annoying as they are tricky to fit back on, and come off constantly. My son gets really annoyed with them and eventually we have lost them. This isn't just a problem with this vehicle either - the doors have come off most of the Fireman Sam vehicles we have.
All in all I would say this is a great little fire engine for any Fireman Sam fan but don't expect it to last.
My son goes through phases of different TV programmes which seem to just go round in circles every month. One of these programmes is fireman Sam which I'm sure is the same with many little boys. My son already had the no sounds, no friction version of this from Argos so when I seen them for 3 for £10 at play I was actually buying them for stocking fillers for my nephews as I cant resist a bargains. At the time I didn't realise they included sound friction and characters. So when they arrived one went in as a birthday present for my boy aged 3.
I believe they usually retail at £10-£15 and are recommended for ages 3+. You receive Jupiter the fire engine and I received Sam penny and tom with the version I am reviewing. There is an on/off which at the bottom of the engine but my son soon found that so I had no chance to escape the noise lol. It takes 3 AAA batteries which are supplied and can be replaced at the bottom of the vehicle.
This fire engine is one of many accessories you can but related to the popular fireman Sam show. It came in a see through box and like I say in all my reviews in far too much packaging for a toy that size. The 3 characters are just the right size for the engine and are very like the TV characters. Sam and penny are dressed in there blue fire fighter uniforms and tom in his red mountin rescue uniform also modelled very well on the series characters.
It is very like the engine used in the TV show and is bright red in colour and made out of plastic. There are 2 doors that open for characters to be inserted into wing mirrors shutters on each side (that don't do any thing just for show) a ladder at the back of the engine that can be pulled out and attached to the engine and one of my sons favourite features is a compartment where a water hose is rolled up and can be pulled out to play.
There is an arm at the bottom of the engine that can be pulled out and used to steady it when stationary. On top of Jupiter is a yellow crane arm to lift the characters up which spins fully round and is very easy to lift and use. It seems very strong and the characters stand in it very well.
Also it has the feature of friction movement my son loves running it over the same spot and then letting it race with his other vehicles and this feature is what keeps him busy for the longest as he loves to see it shoot across the room.
The main upgrade to this engine that my son's previous one did not have was the lights and sound. At the top centre of Jupiter is a button which when you press says 5 or 6 phrases with the same voice as in the TV programme. Great fires of London are one of my sons favourite and also when it plays the siren sound and the lights flash is another. He will push the button over and over again just to get to them 2 phrases.
Now for my negatives of the toy not many but here they are,
The shutters do not lift which my son was very disappointed with.
Also the main problem comes with the water hose it is easy to pull out and use but to roll it back on the reel and shut the door is very difficult even for me so for a young child to do I would think would be impossible. That is now not a problem as Connor has actually pulled that compartment door off so there is another flaw there as it just hangs out if not rolled up.
Other than them few things this is a very well made toy that is brilliant for young fireman Sam fans to enjoy and has produced many hours of fun for my little boy and girl. I would definitely recommend this product as it has lasted well but I would shop around for them I believe play.com have similar versions without the figures for £5 at the moment.
My son is very lucky as he has lots of aunties and uncles who get to spoil him . At the weekend one of his uncles bought him this Fireman Sam engine as he knows that my son has become a big fan.
The fire engine comes in a box , it took my father in law a good 15 minutes to get it out of the box as it had lots of wires!
~The Fire Engine~
The fire engine is called Jupiter it comes with 3 figures , Penny, Tom and Sam. Jupiter is made out of a strong plastic apart from the doors but I will talk about that later.
It is of course red in colour, it has a yellow articulated arm called a Simon Snorkel which you can turn , and extend , fireman Sam can even stand on the platform and then when it is not in use it can lay on top of the engine . There is a ladder which is hidden away at the back of the engine it took me a few days to find this! The grey compartments on each side of the engine are just there for show but the supports on each side do work.
Jupiter is friction powered , you can open the doors on the cab and even put the figures inside.
On top of the engine you will see a red button if you press it you will have sounds such as "Great fires of London" , " ready , steady, go here at the fire station" ,and beeping noise with flashing lights.
Underneath the engine is an on/off switch I would say this is handy to switch off when you have had enough of the noise but my son knows how to switch it back on!, there is also a battery compartment
~What Do I think?~
I don`t know if anyone has noticed but the quality of some of these toys lately seem to be poorly made.
The fire engine is made out of strong plastic but I do not think the doors will last long especially the way my son plays with it , they look very flimsy I am having to tell my son to be gentle when he opens the doors!
My son cannot pull the supports out on his own and even I have trouble, he does get a bit annoyed that he needs my help with this.
The figures are very well made each of them are wearing their uniforms and they really look like the characters from the tv show, my son loves playing with these and will put on a funny voice for each of them!
Price £14.49 in Asda , you will also find it in Tesco`s and Amazon
We didn't get Harry many toys for Christmas because we don't like to spoil him, and he has lots of toys anyway! This wasn't actually a Christmas present for him, we actually purchased this in the sales after Christmas at a bargain price, and I think it's from this toy that his Fireman Sam obsession has arisen! I think it is the toy he has played with most since Christmas and doesn't actually like going anywhere without it (which is how we ended up losing one of the little figures, although Harry doesn't seem to have noticed!).
Fireman Sam's Friction Jupiter is one of a large selection of toys in the Fireman Sam range. It is a play engine called Jupiter, which is the fire engine Fireman Sam drives in the popular TV series. The engine also comes with 3 small plastic figures as well; Fireman Sam, Firefighter Penny Morris and Tom, the helicopter pilot from the more recent series of the show.
The engine itself is a very good size for toddlers to play with. it measures 4 inches from the ground to its roof, is about 9 inches long and about 3 1/2 inches wide. So it's a pretty good size, and plenty big enough for Harry to grab easily and push around to his hearts content. The characters themselves are about 3 inches tall, and have moveable arms and legs. They are quite basic plastic figures, but have the little uniforms that you see in the show, and the facial detail is quite good as well. Tom even has the pilot's helmet on which looks pretty cool as well!
Now to the engine. It looks pretty close to the real thing, in terms of toys anyway! It has 2 doors which actually open and close and have the wing mirrors on as well. It has the doors for the compartments on the side of the engine, although these don't open so they are false. It does have working 'supports' though, as you can see in the picture. These fold up inside the engine and then come out when you want them to. I find them a bit tough to get out actually, and Harry certainly can't do it, so perhaps its best to have an adult help your child with this.
The engine also has a pivoted crane-thingy with the platform for the little figures to stand on. It lays flat on top of the engine when it isn't in use, but when your toddler is ready to play it, it easily comes up. It has a hinge in the middle so it can bend, or go straight, however your child wants to play with it. It also rotates 360 degrees easily, but makes a clicking sounds every few rounds which can get on your nerves a bit. The characters stand on it pretty easily, with the help of a stud on the bottom which goes into the bottom of the characters feet. There is also a 'water nozzle' on the platform for your figures to hold onto to fight the fire! Also, when the crane is fully vertical it doesn't collapse either, which is handy!
The engine also comes with a little ladder, which fits into a slot at the back of the engine. Harry lost this a little while ago, although I am sure it must be in the house somewhere! Once it is in its place, it doesn't come out easily as it sort of locks into place, but when its out, toddlers are incredibly adept at losing things! It's other great feature is its noise facility. When you press the button on top, located just behind the sirens in the centre of the engine, it says 4 or 5 different phrases such as "It's ready, steady, go here at the fire station" in Sam's Welsh accent, and also there is the nee-nah of the sirens, and they flash in their blue lights as well!
The final aspect of the engine I need to talk about is the friction aspect. This comes into play when you push the vehicle forwards at a quick speed, and it helps propel the engine along. It sounds like a mechanical feature, buildng up speed and noise and it goes along quite well. Harry also loves it if I run it quickly over the same spot again and again and then let it go so it shoots across the room!! The only time the friction annoys me is when Harry pulls it backwards, and it makes a horrible clicking sound over and over, its quite loud and a pretty horrible sound, but Harry usually gets bored of that after a while!
The engine itself is pretty robust and well made. The only things that have broken are the doors at the top, where the frames are made of stupidly thin plastic so with the tough hands of a toddler ripping at them to get the characters in, they have just snapped. But the bottom half of the door is still there so that characters sit inside the engine properly and stay there as well. Harry doesn't seem bothered that they've broken, and it hasn't left any sharp or dangerous bits. Nothing else has broken, and all the characters are still fine. I do need to replace the battery as Harry reminds me everytime we play it! You replace the battery underneath the vehicle, where there is also an on/off switch for when the noise gets too much for you!
I think the engine is really good, especially for Fireman Sam fans, and at £14.99, I think it's good value for money too. We actually paid half that price for Harry's in the sale, so even better! The vehicle is very well built, is great entertainment for children, and the friction part of it really works as well, propelling the vehicle along at a good speed. Amazon states it is for 3 years plus, but I suppose this is because of the small figures, but I just watch Harry carefully when he's playing it and he's fine with it.
I have seen this in Tesco, Woolworths and other toy shops, as well as online at Amazon where it's selling price is £14.99. Amazon also sells a few other Friction toys in the Fireman Sam range if you want to treat your little one! Great value, and a great toy!
Thank you for reading!
Brilliant friction powered fire engine with flashing light and sounds. Comes with articulated figures of Sam, Penny and Tom.