Thanks to Little Tikes for the Big Dog Truck to help with this review
The Little Tikes Company was founded in 1970. It is a multi-national manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, innovative childrens products. In November of 2006, Little Tikes became a part of MGA Entertainment. Our headquarters and largest manufacturing facility are located in Hudson, Ohio. We also have a number of manufacturing and distribution centers in Europe and Asia.Our goal is to create and supply innovative products to customers and consumers around the world.
With four little girls in our home, we have a lot of toys through out the years. While some we've gotten rid of, there's also some we've had since our oldest daughter was little. When I got the chance to review Little Tike's Big Dog Truck, I knew this would be a toy that all the girls would love, and would last for a long time because of their great durability in making toys.
There is two settings with this toy, riding and pushing. I think this is great for the younger children because at almost 15 months old, Mya isn't tall enough to reach the ground to ride. She prefers her sisters pushing her around while sitting instead of pushing the toy herself.
Macyn is on the left and turned three years old last month. She's about 33 pounds and fits the toy well. At first I thought it was too small, but once she got on and I saw how well she could move around, I quickly changed my mind. Her favorite thing to do is pick up the boulders and then pull the smoke stack to make them come out the back.
Mya is almost fifteen months old and weighs around 23 pounds. You can tell that she's too short to push herself with her feet while sitting, but she enjoys pushing the smoke stack as well and hearing all the noises he makes from doing different things.
Check out some features in this video I recorded.
You'll want to ensure you have the batteries for this toy because the noises really boost it to a whole new level. The girls never get tired of noises, and when he scoops up the balls through his mouth, they always get a kick out of his eating sounds.
As you move forward to pick up the boulders, it catches in the red piece and scoops it up in to the belly of the toy. When you're ready to release, you pull the smoke stack, the back flap opens up, and they bounce out behind you. I have noticed that you have to continue for a couple steps to fully pick up the boulders, and if you go backwards on the toy the boulders try to come back out of the mouth.
As you can see from above, when the seat is up to push the toy, its a great height for the age limits. I don't prefer it up too much because the girls pull on it trying to force it down, and the tab to ensure it stays up is pretty tough. I think with more time the piece will loosen up a bit so its not as hard to do, but its very difficult to unlock and return to the sitting mode for us.
This Big Dog Truck toy retails on the Little Tikes website for $44.99 and you can purchase for as little as $34.98 in stores like Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Target, and even Amazon.
Recommended ages are 12 months to 3 years old with a weight limit of 50 pounds.