User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Fun, just like Dad's Jeep, we got ours FREE
Cons:Loud, no seat belt, not a lot of power
The Bottom Line: The Jeep Enforcer Jr. is a toddler/preschooler friendly Power Wheels vehicle. For more power get the full-size version.
The 80 degree weather last week was more than enough inspiration for my son and I to go play outdoors. Our yard had finally dried up enough that he could play on his Little Tikes Variety Climber Swingset, so he was thrilled. I took that time to get out a few of the ride-on toys and trucks that have taken over our garage, including this Jeep Enforcer Jr. from Fisher-Price Power Wheels.(note - this is the only vehicle in our garage these days!) As soon as he saw it come out of the garage he came right over to go for a ride. But, the battery needed to be charged up first. He'd ride another day but in the meantime was quite happy to just sit in this thing, turn the steering wheel and make assorted motor sounds.
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There is some assembly required in order to get your Jeep Enforcer Jr. on the road. I left this up to my husband and boy was I glad. This jeep, made entirely of plastic comes in about a gazillion pieces and took about an hour or so to put together. Once it was all together my husband turned it over to me to add the details - oh about 50 or so decals and a map of where they all belong. That took me at least another half an hour. Once assembled you have before you a perfectly preschool sized [38"Lx26"Dx24"H] Jeep Wrangler look alike in black with yellow, purple and orange accents. But, your kiddo isn't ready to roll yet.
First, the battery needs charging. The Jeep Enforcer Jr. comes with a 6V rechargable battery and a charger. Before initial use it needs to charge for 18 hours. There are specific charging instructions that will come with your battery in order for it to remain in good condition. They recommend charging it after each use, though we admittedly have not and our battery seems just fine. We've never had our battery discharge completely though after several long play sessions or after letting it sit unused for any length of time the battery will be very weak and in need of recharging.
Hey, this Jeep is nicer than Dads!
Part of the appeal of the Jeep Enforcer Jr. for us is that it looks like a mini version of the black Jeep Wrangler that Daddy has. Granted, Daddy's doesn't have the purple and gold detailing work. But, thats just fine with me.
The Jeep Enforcer Jr. rolls along on 4 treaded plastic wheels complete with the Goodyear name on them. Your child can open up the hood and fix the pretend engine which is even complete with spark plug wires (fake, obviously). The 6V battery rests under the hood but is made so that it is not easily accessible to kids. There is even a gas cap that opens and closes (and thankfully is attached, so it can't be lost. In the rear of the Jeep is a very small storage area for a toy or whatever your child wants to bring along for a ride with them. And of course, because this is a Jeep there is a pretend roll bar.
Because this is a junior version it is only made for a single passenger/driver. Larger Jeep Power Wheels are available and will accomodate up to 2 kids. The Enforcer Jr. is recommended for children 18 months to 4 years of age and can hold up to 50 pounds. Its been our experience that as you approach that weight limit the battery is taxed more and the Jeep is less powerful. My son is 30 pounds and weighed only slightly less last summer so we'll probably be using this until he is 4 or 5 years of age.
This Jeep is full of real life details making it look just like Dad's, only small. There is a gear shift lever that actually moves, but is not tied to the speed of the vehicle at all. The radio dial moves and there are a few knobs which can also be turned (and make a great clicking sound). On the lower left side of the steering wheel is what I believe is supposed to be a CB radio receiver (We pretend that its a cellphone), attached to a spiral cord. And of course, there is a key in the ignition which actually turns (it is not tied to the on/off function of the vehicle). My only wish is that it included a seat belt the way the larger Power Wheels do. I feel its also important to note that because the interior is all black that the seats will get very hot if left out in the sun - Ouch! We are lucky that our backyard has quite a bit of shade.
Don't expect any kind of speed with the Enforcer Jr. but you will be thankful for this! At its fastest speed, this Jeep travels at a speed of 2.5 MPH. This may seem slow to you, but believe me - its fast enough as you can expect your child may be in a few minor MVA's with your house, bushes, the dog or cat, your foot, etc. The vehicle drives best on flat surfaces - smooth pavement or grass. Going up or down hills is not recommended.
Driving the Jeep Enforcer Jr. is fairly easy and involves pressing down on the pedal to turn on the power and steering the wheel. Once your child's foot comes off the pedal the vehicle will stop. There is a single switch which will control whether the Jeep travels forward or in reverse. I don't recommend reverse unless your child is a real expert at driving. A vehicle moving in the reverse direction while their face is forward is generally a bad thing. Its bad enough that for a long time my son believed in driving simply by pressing down on the pedal but his hands would be down by his side and not anyplace near the wheel. Yes, this is the reason for the multiple minor MVA's mentioned above.
Despite some minor collisions our Jeep is in great shape and looks as good as new. To clean it simply use a wet soapy sponge - let your kid help, they will have a blast.
This Jeep also comes with a one year bumper to bumper warranty (details listed at the Fisher Price Power Wheels website:
How I got this Jeep for Free - in fact, THEY paid me to take it
We received this Jeep Enforcer Jr. made by Fisher-Price Power Wheels through the Pampers Perks promotion that was run in 2001. Initially intended to be a Christmas gift for our son's first Christmas, the promotion had such a large response that supplies ran out early. Because of that we were given both a refund of our perks points (over 200) and a check for approximate value of the jeep (over $100) plus the S/H amount we had submitted ($14.95). Initially disappointed to not have this under our tree, I soon got over it because it was winter and my child was also a bit young for it. I planned on purchasing him a Jeep with the money once the weather got nicer. So, when summer rolled around you can imagine my surprise when I returned home from shopping and found a great big box sitting by my door that said Fisher Price Power Wheels Jeep Enforcer Jr. At first I thought it was a mistake, because I'd already been refunded my points and given a refund check. But, attached was a letter from Pampers that they were trying to gain back loyalty from customers who were upset over product shortages during the promotion. So, in essence this Jeep was more than free for us - they paid us to take it.
We are more than thrilled with our Jeep Enforcer Jr The retail cost is over a hundred dollars, which is steep but given all that I know now I would pay it. The jr. size is just perfect for us now, and I anticipate it will be fine for at least another year to come. This was one of his favorite ride-on toys last summer and I'm sure it will be again this year from the attention he's given it so far this season. However, if you have no space issues, or demand a larger more powerful vehicle then you should opt for the full-size model.
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Amount Paid (US$): free
Type of Toy: Car, Truck or Raceway
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months