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#1 LucyGoose

Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:55 PM

My DS is 2.5 and really loves his trucks and construction machinery.
I have bought a few little CAT trucks for him which have held up well,  but other cheap little trucks have had bits broken off.
I want to buy him a few for Christmas but am not sure what brands are good quality/ worth the money?  Or even cheap ones that are sturdy enough to withstand rough play?
Any suggestions?

#2 José

Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:00 PM

Ive found hape to be good.

And green toys

#3 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:15 PM

View PostJosé, on 18 October 2017 - 10:00 PM, said:

Ive found hape to be good.

And green toys

Also Viking toys

#4 iwanttosleepin

Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:16 PM

Siku die cast cars/trucks/etc are very tough, but expensive.

#5 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:12 AM

John Deere green plastic ones are surviving our sandpit, going 3 years now. The Tonka Toughest range are great too. I find wood ones can chip and the paint wears off.
Also invest in Duplo trucks. Mine survive truck crashes, being slid down the slide and you will get lots of use out of them.

#6 spr_maiden

Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:24 AM

I second viking toys - the small ones we have are still in perfect condition 7yrs on. And the larger ones are faded but still fine to play with.

You can put them in the dishwasher to clean them. If you're that way inclined.

#7 tassiekiwi

Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:45 AM

Viking chubbies! They come in a range of sizes, styles and colours. Being plastic/rubber? they are hard wearing and easy to clean.

#8 Future-self

Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:41 AM

Viking are very good, we've got a small set that are three years old and are going strong

DS was given this set last xmas and good grief, it's been through hell and back - outside and in play - but it still in working order and amazingly robust https://www.mrtoys.c...ASABEgKT4_D_BwE

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