Ever since The Boy randomly asked Father Christmas three days before Christmas for a robot that moves (sending me into a blind panic!), he's developed a liking for controllable toys. The ultimate one that he has is the retro Big Trax which is excellent for teaching control and programming and makes Mr. TBaM very happy indeed, but remote controlled toys are his latest big thing. Grandad found a Scalectrix set at a car boot sale and when he visits my grandparents that is where the three of them can be found.
I wouldn't mind, but I'd quite like a go as well!
Therefore when The Boy was recently sent a digger toy truck from Hifi Tower, he was not the only one over the moon at the brilliant front loader remote controlled digger!
I was sceptical that it would be quite a cheap looking vehicle and that it wouldn't actually do very much apart from move forwards and backwards. Therefore I was quite happy to be proved wrong.
Measuring 41 cm long, 17cm high and 15cm wide, it is a decent sized vehicle which is actually capable of moving a fair amount of loose materials at a time. The Boy has tested it out with sand on the patio and it drove over the concrete slabs and mound of sand very well due to the 'all-terrain tyres'. Not only does the vehicle move forwards and backwards, but the bucket lowers down to the ground to scoop up materials while moving forwards, lifts to transport it, and then once it is lifted beyond a certain height it tips the buckets downwards for the loose materials to fall out. There is also a left-right control on the remote, which moved the front wheeled section where the bucket is. I've noticed that this works best when stationary as the speed at which it changes direction in correlation to the speed at which it moves forwards, isn't equal. However, it does mean that one pile of sand can moved one inch to the side without issue. And trust me, he's done just that!
Coupled with the flashing back lights, it's all very exciting!
The children's playground front loader digger toy truck is available to buy for £42.90 from HiFi-Tower which offers a variety of well-priced children’s gadgets and toys, along with a range of record players at very low prices, in-car entertainment, gift ideas and musical instruments. My initial thoughts were that it was a little on the pricey side, but it's actually a well-thought out model and surprisingly sturdy. I say this in confidence as he's already driven it off the patio down the steps and onto the grass! I'm pretty sure the railings may not be happy if he does that again, but the main bulk of the digger is sturdy enough to withstand my four year old's best efforts.
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I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, my opinion is honest and unbiased.