Friday, November 4, 2011

Matchbox Smokey the Fire Truck Big Rig Buddies Review

Gift Guide Post #23

Hi Neighbors!

Smokey the Fire Truck!
Smokey the Fire Truck by Matchbox is our next Gift Guide product.  It is designed for ages 3+.  He is a talking, singing, dancing, fire truck.  Smokey to the rescue!  He has 95+ phrases and sounds.  He dances and sings and he has a cannon that launches blue balls.   He is labeled a smart truck, with a cannon sensor, LED lights, motion sensor, motorized movement, cannon and sound activation.  There is a button on the back, that you can set either "on", "off", or "try me".  You can raise and lower Smokey from an upright position, half upright, or down with all six wheels on the ground. 
See how the grill and bumper work as a mouth.

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When you push his lights on the cab of the truck, or pull the lever on the side he will talk and lights will flash.  With all six wheels on the ground if you push or pull him it will activate the light and sounds.  If you repeatedly raise and lower his cab and front wheels he will start singing and dancing.  If he sits idle, he will fall asleep.  He will become your child's interactive buddy.  Due to his sensors he will react to movement your child makes.  And wait until they fire the cannon!  Smokey comes with 3 blue balls that you fire, launching them with the lever.  I personally like that his front grill and bumper move like a mouth as he talks.  As he talks, his lights flash and his two front wheels move back and forth. 
Upright, mouth closed, wheels moving.

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Other side view with all wheels down.

See his mouth and the lights!

Smokey is sure to be a hit this year!  So if you have a young boy who likes fire trucks (what young boy doesn't?), be sure to place Smokey on your gift list.  I know several little girls who would like Smokey too!  Smokey is available now at many retail stores.  Most places I checked online had Smokey available in the $59.99 price range. 

You load the balls in this blue tube.

This is the lever for shooting the cannon balls.

Here is where the ball comes out!

Hard to tell but he is dancing here.

Smokey is a proud partner with the FDNY.  If you visit or you will find some fire safety tips created with the FDNY that you can share with your children.

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive one Smokey the Fire Truck for review purposes.  All quotes are taken from the Matchbox website or email.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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