This review is part of the Toyologist programme, where a team of hand-selected reviewers test baby products and toys with their little ones for useful insight by parents, for parents.
Unboxing the toy
The toy comes in an open cardboard box, allowing you to see the toy itself and get a feel for the materials it is made from (plastic). As the box does not contain a clear plastic screen, you can actually touch the toy without opening the box.
The pieces are held in with string, easy to snip and plastic locks – simple to gain access to the toy.
There is a blue plate that clips into the dumper to assemble it. It is easy to insert. However, we did note that it is not watertight because the dumper isn’t a single moulded piece.
The tail (spade) can be inserted into the back the dumper truck to complete the dinosaur look. Although, full confession, I didn’t realise this until after we’d had it a few days and I came to write the review.
The dumper truck is large, though not too heavy. It seems to be quite sturdy although the plastic on the dumper itself feels a little thin.
The tail can be removed from the dumper truck to become a spade. The handle features a roller that leaves patterns in the mud or sand. The dumper doesn’t dump properly with the spade in, but that’s no biggie.
Thoughts on the toy
As with any basic toy, it can be difficult to come up with lots of exciting new reasons why you should race out to get it. However, that said, I like this toy a lot. Most kids enjoy playing with dumper trucks – it’s a classic toy for outdoor play. If you are looking for an outdoor toy for a 3 to 6 year old, a dinosaur dumper truck with a detachable spade is not a bad choice!
Elwood thought that the yellow moulded lights at the top should have worked as lights or buttons. However, when I said to him that it meant the toy would be able to go into mud, sand or water without fear of the electronics stopping working he was happy enough.
I’ve not had this toy long enough to say, with certainty, how it will fair over time, but my experience of outdoor plastic toys, generally, is that they discolour and deteriorate. A metal dumper truck could also deteriorate over time and get some rust on it, but in my opinion that still looks ‘right’, like a real dumper truck.
So, yes, plastic is acceptable, but personally I would rather it was a metal toy.
I really think this would be a great toy to take to the beach. As soon as we get a sunny day or two, that’s exactly where we’ll be heading with Ton-Ton.
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