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Vivid Talking Roary the Racing Car

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      13.08.2012 23:08
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      A toy for any Roary fan if you can stand the noise!

      My son has only recently started enjoying Roary but he was bought this car around a year ago by his Gran. I've no idea what this costs but I would imagine it to be around the £10 mark at least. When my son came back this was minus any packaging so I have no idea what that looks like either however the main point of a review is the toy so that's what this is about.

      The car is quite big much larger than other merchandise toys such as the Fireman Sam vehicles which makes it good for little fingers to grasp and hold onto and also makes it easier to roll Roary around. The car is an exact replica of the cartoon and my son is instantly able to recognise him. The wheels are friction powered however I find that it is very difficult to get him to go any distance, my son pushes Roary but he doesn't go far at all a couple of turns of the wheels and that's about it so my son tends to just keep pushing it which is fair enough but it is VERY loud when he does this. My son has other friction powered cars but none are as loud as this one. Roary is very sturdy and durable, my son has dropped him more times than I can count and he's still in tact which I think proves the durability.

      If you push Roary's hat he has 5 various phrases such as 'I'm a number one star' and they're all said in the same voice as the TV show. The problem I do have with this toy is that it is meant to say various other phrases however my son's only does the 5 phrases however this is very temperamental and sometimes takes pushing the hat multiple times before he utters a word. This is not down to the batteries as I have changed them and this is still the case. To replace the batteries it is fairly simple by removing the battery cover and inserting the 3AA batteries required. Next to this is also the on/off switch which removes the voices however it doesn't stop the loud friction noises which are the more painful of the two to listen to.

      This is said to be suitable for 3 years plus, my son was around 2 and a half when he got his and I would say even younger children would be able to play with it as it's so chunky with no removable parts. My son liked how bright Roary was and this is still true today, we've had this a year now and he's still pillar box red which is really good I think. Despite having it so long my son still plays with it on at least a weekly basis and still enjoys it. He is a huge car fan and despite Roary being larger than his other cars he still manages to incorporate him into his games. On the other hand he is also happy to play with this alone which I think shows it's versatility.

      Overall this is a great toy, it's bright and attractive and appeals to children as well as looking and sounding exactly like the TV show. The downfalls for me are that the friction doesn't carry the car far enough as well as it being really loud friction wise. Added to that the voices are temperamental and don't always play ball when my son wants it to which is frustrating for him. For this I have to remove 2 stars but on the whole it's a fun, durable toy that any Roary fan would enjoy.

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        08.11.2010 21:51
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        Good value, good sized, good fun toy car

        I bought this Roary racing car for my daughter just before a long driving holiday through France. I thought (hoped) he would keep her a bit amused in the back of the car and would be small enough to keep in the glove box until needed. I purchased it from Smyths toys, reduced to £9.99 and for that price, I was quite happy with the purchase.

        It is definately a reasonably sized toy (certainly more substantial than some of the toy cars on the market) and feels solid and well made. It has certainly survived several knocks and drops in my daughters hands and has come off no worse for wear.

        The car has several phrases that it 'says' when you turn it or push down on the very top of the roof. These are a few of the phrases that the charcter says in the film cars, and have been recorded in exactly the same voice as the film. The first one is "I'm going to be a real racing car!" and unfortunately I heard this a few too many times on our holiday- so the phrase makes me want to scream. However, my daughter and other children seem to love it.

        The 'voice' part of the car is powered by AA batteries and despite the millions of times I have heard Roary's phrases I have never changed the batteries. As the batteries only power the voice it won't be one of those annoying toys that needs the batteries changing every fortnight.

        The movement of the car is friction powered and it is sensitive enough for and eighteen month old to be able to work it fairly easily. However, my daughter has a rather boisterous father who has enjoyed playing cars with her and used to drahg the car back strongly so I would move really fast. Although he and my daughter enjoyed this immensly it has caused the motor in our Roary to burn out- so it is no longer friction powered. I am not sure if this is a criticiam of the toy or my husband though- so just something to bear in mind!

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        13.10.2010 18:01
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        A good learning aid for any car fan

        My son loves Roary so for his second birthday he was brought this talking Roary car. I was surprised with the size as he is actually quiet large. He is friction powered which means my son just has to push him and watch him go. He is built very well really sturdy and has a perfect resemblance to the racing car on the popular TV program. Also the phrases the car said are said in the same voice and the character on TV.

        If you push his hat he says 5 different phrases eg come on lets go and then continues to play a noise like a cars engine. If you turn his wheel left Roary will recognise which way his is going and say left turn. Or if he is turned right he will say right turn.Also if he is sat idle he will say why have we stopped and come on race me to encourage children back to play with him. Overall I think he has 12 sayings, 3 when you push him along, 2 one for left turn one for right turn the 5 when you push his hat and 2 saying to encourage the child back to play.

        This toy is brilliant for a Roary fan but also helps teach them a sense of direction through fun play. It is very well built and we have now had it around 18 months and there is not one thing wrong with him. He has an on off switch on the bottom of him which is also where you can change the batteries. There are 2 volume levels which are handy as the only negative of the toy is with the amount of use it gets the voice can become very irritating.

        I am not sure how much ours was as it was a present but i believe they retail between £15-£20.IT requires 3 AA batteries which are provided and is suitable from 3+. My son had it at 2 and got lots of use out of it and as there are no small parts I'm sure it can be used by younger audience. I would recommend this to any Roary fan or any child that loves playing with cars. A fun yet educational toy.

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          28.09.2010 21:17
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          Nice chunky toy

          The Talking Roary is quite a big hit with our three year old, and is quite a good fun toy. It is well presented, colourful and has big chunky wheels. It is quite a big car and has got a friction push along mechanism which gives it a 'whizzing' sound as it is pushed along.

          When you press the button in the middle of Roary, he says several phrases, "Go Roary Go", Vroom vroom' and "When I grow up I want to be a real racing car' and about 3 others.

          The voice sounds that come from the car are extremly loud and there is no way of changing the volume of the speaker. The speaker is on the bottom of the car, so when it is against the ground the sound is a bit softer, but if the child is holding the car up in the air or next to their ear when the button is pressed, it can be really loud.

          The voices have been done by an over-enthusiastic voice actor and they actually get quite annoying after hearing them several times a day. It could have done with a volume control, or maybe just some car noises rather than the annoying voice of the female voice actor.

          After lots of play, one of the rear wheels came off the car, and this had to be glued back on to the spindle. The wheels are big enough not to pose a choking hazard to younger children, and the repair was easy enough so this was not too much of a problem.

          Over all, this is a nice chunky toy, that is fun to play with, but it could have toned down the shouty voice.

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            20.07.2010 23:20
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            Die hard fans only need apply.

            I bought this toy car about 18 months ago, when my son was 3 years old. At the time, he enjoyed watching the TV show Roary the Racing Car and told me that he wanted a Roary toy next time I bought him a present. I saw this friction powered talking Roary toy in Wilkinsons, where it cost about £9, which I though was a little expensive, sseing as it was only a friction powered car, but I suppose the selling point was the fact that the car also spoke 5 different phrases when you pressed his hat!


            The toy is prety robust looking and seems well made. It still looks the same as when we bought it, and that is amazing seeing that my son is quite rough with his toys. The car is quite big, and not really to scale with the smaller toy cars we own, such as the Hotwheels, which can be a bit of a problem when you are playing with it, as you have no other cars the same size to interact with. The friction mechanism on the car is very poor, virtually non existent. It is not the pull back and let go type of mechanism, but the rev up mechanism, and it just does not work well on this car, which after all, is meant to be a racing car! It pushes along the floor just fine, though.


            The wheels of the car are quite large and have a nice rubbery "tyre effect" on the outer rims. We have had no problems with wheels getting stuck or breaking off. Roary is wearing a white plastic cap, which enables him to say five different phrases when it is pressed. This is powered by 3 x 1.5v button batteries, and I have not had to replace the batteries in all the time I have had the toy. The car voice is quite cute, although the phrases are a bit annoying after a while!


            I must admit that this is not really a popular toy in our house, and does not get played with nearly as much as the other toys. After I bought it, my son lost interest in it very quickly, and also lost interest in the TV show too. I don't really know why he didn't take to the toy, as he enjoys playing with his other cars and toys regularly, but never seems to bother with this one. I do occasionaly hear Roary say one of his phrases, but that is usually because he has been knocked by another toy that my son is getting out of the toybox.


            I can't really fault this toy, as it is well made and seems to tick all of the boxes. It just isn't a favourite in our house. I am sure that this toy would suit die hard fans of the show, but I think what lets it down most is the fact that you can't really interact well with other toys because of the slightly larger size.

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