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WHAT IS IT?
A red toy fire engine that has got an extending ladder on the top. It is about 6 inches long but very light because it is made of plastic.
WHAT I THINK
This was a very cheap toy fire engine and only cost about £3 in Tesco, I bought it with a matching ambulance and police car so that my daughters would have a set of emergency vehicles. The fire engine looks very nice but I don't think it looks very much like a real fire engine and is more like a cross between a UK fire engine and an American one.
The ladder is good but the joints are not very tight so it doesn't stay up very well and slides down quickly. My daughter started to strengthen the ladder by putting a long pencil along the length of it and that works because there is a lip on both ends of the ladder for the pencil to jam into place, this only works with long pencils and they need to not be very sharp because that will make them dig through the gaps in the ladder. The fire engine makes a siren noise when you press a button on the front and I think the lights on the roof should flash but ours never have.
WHAT MY DAUGHTERS THINK
My daughters do play with this but it is not as good as the ambulance and is not made very well. The tyres keep slipping off the wheels and then they are very hard to put back on so you have to use a pin to draw them back into the right place. That's annoying when they are playing because the fire engine moves quite smooth across the floor when they are pushing it but as soon as one of the tyres slips off it won't push properly.
I don't think they are very happy with the fire engine because they hardly ever play with it even if they are using the ambulance and police car. My husband thinks I shouldn't moan because of how cheap it was but I still expected it to work properly, I felt sorry for my youngest daughter because she has always loved fire engines and this one has been very disappointing for her.
2 Dooyoo Stars.
The Teamsters Fire Engine is more widely available than some of the other Teamsters toys are on the internet. For around £4, you can pick up one of these from various popular webstores including eBay, Kiddicare and some Amazon Marketplace sellers. It's also available in stores, and our model came from a local factory outlet store.
For your £4 you get a really rather robust little fire engine. There are two designed pictured here on Dooyoo, and we have the design that is on the left hand side. What particularly impressed me about this model is that the telescopic attachment on top has yet to snap off! It has done on most fire engines we've ever owned, but so far, it's been strong enough to withstand all kinds of rough play.
As well as being smart and robust, there are also flashing lights and even an authentic fire engine siren included for the low price. There's a little button on top that activates both simultaneously. The grandson has used this to death and yet it's still working after about six months of regular use which is pretty impressive for such a cheap toy.
There are hundreds of different kinds of fire engines on the market, but this one has to come in the top five for me. It's well designed, attractive and visually appealing. It's also really sturdy, fun, interactive and an absolute bargain. What more could you want from your fire engine for less than a fiver?!