Big Boots to the Rescue!
JD is a big fan of fire and rescue. He’s well aware of firemen’s heroic status and suitably impressed by fire engines with their sirens, flashing lights and all the rest, so I felt the Mattel Matchbox Big Boots Blaze Brigade Fire Truck would be a good choice of toy for him.
The fire truck is priced at £26.30 and comes with three Big Boots figures, each of which can be fired from the truck at the touch of a button, hurtling through the air but always landing on their feet, thanks to their large, weighted boots. Think “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down” and you’ll get the idea. You can also buy extra figures as the truck can accommodate up to 12. It doesn’t have any electronic functions, which makes a nice change.
JD rather liked this toy at first, but I wouldn’t say it has remained among his favourites. After the initial fun of firing the figures, he rather lost interest. It remains to be seen if he’ll revisit the toy later, as kids so often do, or if it simply isn’t his cup of tea. It’s targeted at children aged 3+ so it’s possible that it’s simply a little too young for him. It might hold longer term appeal if it was possible to construct / alter the truck – JD likes to build and create more than anything else.
Personal preference aside, the truck is well made, large (over 40cm long), brightly coloured and seems hardy, having survived being dragged, flipped and dropped by JD in the course of testing. The figures also contain a pleasing level of detail and the toy as a whole definitely does what it’s supposed to do, so if your little one likes this sort of game, it’s definitely worth considering.
Disclosure: we were sent the firetruck and extra figures free of charge for review. No payment was received for this post. All posts are 100% honest.