- User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Different modes of play, cute cars, slide holds up well to abuse
Cons:Elevator is sticky
The Bottom Line: If you've got the room, choose this toy for months and months of fun play time
We bought the Fisher-Price Racin' Ramps Garage for my son's first birthday/Christmas (occur within a two week span of each other). He didn't immediately take to it but after a couple of weeks he was absolutely in love with it. It's a fun toy to use in a variety of ways.
The garage was assembled in about 10 minutes by my husband, who had no troubles with the assembly.
The garage also comes with two cars and drivers. Each car can hold a "little person," the Fisher-Price miniature people. I think it came with a woman holding a phone and a mechanic though I have trouble distinguishing this as we have so many "Little People" around here! The Little People can be pushed onto the car so they are held in place and can easily be removed by your child. The two vehicles are a yellow tow truck and a small blue car. The two truck makes a few different noises if the button that holds the Little People is pressed. This, at first, seemed to scare my son but he has warmed up to it.
The garage features a twirling ramp (what we refer to as the slide), an elevator to move the cars up and down, two levels for parking cars, a little gas pump and a spinning cylinder that I suppose represents a fire hose. There are two flags at the top of the elevator that can be spun around. There is also a space at the very top of the garage that accommodates several "Little People," who can become spectators.
Slide / Ramp:
The slide is made from four separate pieces that lock together. If your little one falls on it or steps on it the pieces may come apart. It is easily fixable and I think probably a good design that prevents the entire slide from being destroyed by a fall. The slide has a raised groove in the center to help guide the cars down it. As long as an object is small enough to fit on the slide it can accommodate most any object. We have used other car brands, Little People, balls, and any other toy my son sees fit to slide down it. He enjoys it a lot!
The elevator hoists things up to the first or second level. The first level of the garage is pretty useless and does not connect to the slide. The second level connects to the slide. The elevator is operated by pulling a green lever on the side. This lever has a bell on it which dings when you get to each floor. Aidan loves having cars go up and down in the elevator as well as dropping things down the elevator shaft. My problem with this part of the garage is that he cannot operate it himself. Maybe we have a defective product, but it takes us using both hands to get the elevator to go up because it sticks at the first floor, the bottom or just below the second floor. I have noticed that it's started to loosen up so maybe this won't be a problem after a while.
The garage and accessories are made from durable plastic and nothing has broken in four months of intense use. The garage is stable and is fairly difficult to knock over because of it's wide base. I am actually surprised the slide has held up so well considering how much Aidan accidentally sits on it!
My son uses this toy day after day and it still hasn't lost interest for him. I think it would be a good toy for ages 9 months and up - it is intriguing to older kids too and children of either gender. Great product overall!
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Amount Paid (US$): 35
Type of Toy: Car, Truck or Raceway
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months