WOW: Fun with Fred!

From the first moments that The Boy could crawl, one of his favourite activities was crawling up the sofa and onto the windowsill behind. He'd then lift up the net curtains and sit there waving at the people going past. His most favourite person to wave at was the driver of the dustbin lorry that goes up the street on a Tuesday and a Friday. Even now, he still insists on watching them go past, and now they wave back to him.

When I saw that WOW Toys have a range of vehicles found about town and that one of these is Flip'n'Tip Fred the recycling lorry, I was more than happy to review it with The Boy. His little face when he saw it was an absolute picture and he spent a very busy hour or two playing extremely contentedly with it.

Fred is an extremely endearing vehicle with his robust frame and sweet little face, and The Boy completely adores him. I completely adore the fact that there are no batteries, and therefore no nasty flashy lights or sounds, in any of the WOW Toys. There is a realistic engine sound and Fred has a friction-powered motor which works really well. In addition, Fred has a clicking lever and door, a pull lever to tip bins into truck from front and a pull rear lever to flip bins into back of truck, an automatic revolving โ€˜waste crusherโ€™ and a sliding side door which goes up and down revealing the rubbish collected. Fred also has a very cute bright red swinging bucket on the front which is great for scooping up toys and flipping them into the main compartment.

Keeping Fred company is also the lovely Lucy and gorgeous George who help him to collect the recycling. And it is recycling which is promoted as the rubbish, which I am particularly pleased about being a little eco-warrior on the side.

The Boy absolutely adores Fred, and whenever his friends come over to play they actually fight over him. It is the first vehicle (and we have many!) that any of them go for, both boys and girls, but because it is a large toy then it is easier for two or three of them to play with it at the same time.

As an aside, I love the fact that these are good, educational, British toys that promote imaginative play. You have got to read the background to the establishment of this toy company, there's a reason that Nadim Ednan-Laperouse has been awarded the MBE for recognition for his services to the toy industry and to overseas trade.


I am incredibly lucky to be able to offer one reader the opportunity to win a Fred (worth ยฃ27.99) of your own. In order to do so please do the following:

WOW-WEE! I want to win a Fred with @WOW_Toys and @TheBoyandMe


Competition closes on Wednesday 10th August 2011 at 8pm. One winner will be selected at random and notified that evening. I will need a postal address supplied within two days or I will redraw. No alternative is available.


The winner is @MultipleMummy. Congratulations!

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  1. says

    I already like WOW on FB and have tweeted.

    It's always impossible to choose from their amazing range of toys but, given The Girls' fondnedd for pink and dogs, then Penny and her Pooch and Ride would undoubtedly receive rapturous welcome at DG Manor!

  2. sharma gaskill says

    I already like WOW toy on facebook and have tweeted.

    Looking through the toys i would have to say that my girls favourite toys would be the susie submarine/ sally squirt, they love their baths and would find these really fun to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. beverley kirwin says

    done everything
    tweeted @mike4bev
    thanks for the comp i like stanley street sweeper x

  4. carol phile says

    I like Penny's Pooch n Ride – two of my fave things, dogs and pink @essexgirlSE

  5. Carolina J. says

    My favourite toy is Sally Squirt.
    I 'Like' the WOW Toys page on Facebook.
    Tweeted! (@pandcands)

  6. Angela M says

    I have tweeted and liked on FB
    I love Bella Butterfly very versatile.


  7. Claire2101 says

    I've tweeted, about to like Wow on Facebook & my favourite is either the prize (as bin trucks bring great excitement to the boy in our house every Friday) or Lift it Luke as our boy loves diggers & tractors and our baby is Luke!

  8. Lucy Tyler says

    My little man loves Harvey Harvester and loves putting the bales in and watching them come out so I'm sure he would love to play with Fred and his rubbish. I have liked on Facebook and now just need to work out how to Tweet!

  9. says

    I have seen WOW toys before and been extremely impressed. I noticed them in the gift area of my local garden centre as one of the toys is called Toby.

    I absolutely love Casey Camper Van – for me! lol!

    Have tweeted & liked the FB page.

    Sam x

  10. Nicola Hinchliffe says

    I already love wow and have liked their FB page.

    Our favourite has to be Dexter the digger but Fred the dumper truck is a close second!
    I have tweeted too!

    FX Nicola x

  11. says

    We love WOW toys and have a few of them. SO difficult to choose one but we dont have anything from the construction range and I know my youngest would love Dexter Digger. Christmas list I think.

  12. andrea miles says

    already like wow toys, so many to like but I love the fairy & the magical unicorn – so girly.Have tweeted

  13. Caroline French says

    Already a fan of WOW Toys on facebook but am now following and tweeted on twitter (@french_caroline)
    My little girl already has the car and horse rider as presents on her 2nd birthday and as she's in love with horses and farms at the moment i would love the Clippety-Clop Farmer!! Fantastic toys ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Sarah ballantyne says

    I already like WOW on FB and have tweeted (@rugbylovingmum).

    My little girl has developed a sudden obsession with helicopters, planes and trucks (her dolls have been abandoned in favour of anything that goes "brum brum" or "zoom zoom") so I love Harry Copterโ€™s Animal Rescue. These toys are fab – so chunky and durable and I love the lack of batteries and annoying tunes. She would love Fred.

  15. helen harris says

    Already follow on twitter as picklepie35 and have retweeted message
    Already liking you on facebook as well
    I love the Harvey Harvester as Im sure my twins would love this to play with ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Marzena says

    my favourite toy – Freddie Flyer

    I have liked the WOW Toys page on Facebook

    I tweeted as @marzutek

  17. claire woods says

    I like Wizard & Friendly Dragon – as I know someone who would love this – but such lovely toys all of them.

    Liked on Facebook – claire wods

    Tweeted – @clairew137

  18. Jamie-Lee Norris says

    I love the 'Pippaa Princess Carriage' it looks like such good quality, strong and sturdy and colourful. All three things which would make it ideal for my duaghter to play with. Plus it may keep her quiet for two minutes so i can finally cook a yummy cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Kirsty Fox says

    My favourite is Ernie Fire Engine, it is lovely and my little boy Olier would love it

    I already like the WOW Toys Facebook page – Kirsty Fox

    I hae tweeted – @bloomingfox

  20. Nancy Bradford says

    Have followed on fb and tweeted (nbrad1234). Would love to win the Pippa Princess carriage.

  21. Heather Shaw says

    I like the Dannyโ€™s Diving Adventure toy. Its a bit like diver dan i had as a kid. I also tweeted (kiki_725) and liked on FB.

  22. DawnLouise Millmoor says

    Liked on facebook and tweeted (@dawnylouuk)

    My favourite toy is Bella Butterfly ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Francesca Light-Wilson says

    My favourite toy is 'Lift It Luke' :

    My son would love this as it ticks all the right boxes. Brightly coloured? Tick! To do with building stuff? Tick! Includes a person figure he can talk to? Tick! Can be made to perform a repetitive action for hours, which will drive us to distraction but keep him enthralled? Tick! Tick! Tick!

    I have liked WOW Toys on facebook and tweeted the competition message as @LoveWinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Lucy Tyler says

    Finally worked out how to tweet so all done and you can't beat Harvey harvester!

  25. says

    My son would love the Stanley Street Sweeper as for some reason he's obsessed by road sweepers so that would have to be my favourite!

    Have liked on Facebook and have tweeted.


  26. says

    We love the Robins medical rescue as Harley has just reviewed this and won't put it down I already like them on fb and tweeted the tweet.

  27. Karen says

    Liked & Tweeted, thanks for the giveaway
    Love this toy, Motor Boat Monty & Super Sub Sandy, ideal for bathtime

  28. Lindy hamilton says

    Liked and tweeted. My favourite is george's dragon tale as my nephew Maxx would love that x

  29. Kerrie Vella says

    hi, ive done all the above on twitter & FB

    i like the : Sally Squirt ๐Ÿ˜€


  30. Jo Bromley says

    I love the look of this one – Robinโ€™s Medical Rescue. Great toys to develop their imaginations, and to build stories around ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Emma L Clarke says

    My son and I already love Fireboat Felix – my son loves it so much he never wants to get out of the bath!

  32. Emma L Clarke says

    For a second – and final entry – I have tweeted a link to this post as @emma1111111

  33. Julie Barrett says

    My favourite toy is Bella butterfly. I have liked/followed and tweeted.

  34. Paul Witney says

    I like Pippaโ€™s Princess Carriage – my daughter would love it.

    Already liked on Facebook and have tweeted the competition @pepicola3.

  35. Deborah Worrall says

    I love Stanley the Street Sweeper because I've never seen a toy street sweeper before- you can get lots of diggers , dumpers and tractors but not street sweepers! My son would love this and Fred.

    I already like Wow on Facebook and haver tweeted the message as @DebbieWobbs

  36. Katherine Coldicott says

    I like Fire Buggy Bertie, my son loves fire engines.
    Liked & Tweeted. @Dwerrycat

  37. Maya Russell says

    My favourite toy is Policeman and Faithful Police Dog.
    I have tweeted, @maisietoo
    Have liked WOW Toys on Facebook as Maya Russell.

  38. phyllis ellett says

    Our Grace love anything to do with fire engines so she would love Ernie Fire Engine on their site ๐Ÿ™‚

    Already like the FB page with ID Phyllis Ellett

    RT'd using @phyllgerry

    Great prize xx

  39. Katie S says

    So hard to choose. I think they're ALL fantastic, but I'll choose the Flip โ€˜nโ€™ Tip Fred.

    Like FB (Katie Simmonds) and RT'd (@ktcoventry).

    Fantastic prize and great toys. Love them xxx

  40. Claire Butler says

    Ive liked facebook page
    Tweeted @BBDIVA1977

    My favourite toy would be Robin's Medical rescue, looks like hours of fun for boys and girls

  41. Samantha Fenn says

    We already have some WOW toys but would love to add Ernie the Fire engine to our collection (and Fred! hehe)

    I already like WOW toys on FB (Samantha Fenn), Have followed both you and WOW toys on twitter and tweeted the message as @Manfalou

  42. Janine Atkin says

    flip n trip fred is my favourite. have liked your facebook page, havent tweeted because i dont have twitter, sorry, would thought id try anyway. great comp

  43. James Woodcock says


    I already like WOW Toys on Facebook and have Tweeted the competition entry.

    Our Favourite Toy from the WOW Toys Website is Police Play and Pete, my little boy Teddy would love this!!

    Thanks for the comp


  44. natalie holland says

    Already like WOW toys.

    Fave toy – dexter the digger! I have two boys! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have tweeted @fluffyblueberry

    MANY THANKS!!! x

  45. helen watson says

    My favourite has to be pippas princess carriage cause everyone wants to be Pippa!!!

    Already liking and have tweeted as @freyamae1

  46. lisa taplin says

    fav toy pippas princess carriage

    have liked and shared on facebook and tweeted @pookeymoo

  47. sue willshee says

    I've liked WOW on facebook and have tweeted @piperanddaisy

    With a twitter name like that how could I choose anything but Dynamite Daisy as my favourite toy? ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. deborah davies says

    my fave toy is Dexter the Digger my 2 year old would love it as its colourful and looks really sturdy and great fun :o)

  49. Hayley Spencer says

    Thanks for fab comp ๐Ÿ™‚
    I follow on fb (Hayley Spencer) and follow both on twitter (@hails84_2009) and have retweeted.

    My lo's love WOW toys and have Ernie the Fire Engine (FIRM FAV!!), Off Road Ollie and outdoor persuits, and a few i can't remember the names of-each present list contains several WOW toys-ab that they don't need batteries!!!