Kids have loved playing with trucks since, well, the invention of the toy truck. And what’s not to love? They’re big, they roll, and they can haul really cool things like dirt, rocks, and bugs. Make a lovable dump truck, throw in a few fun-loving, vehicular friends, and you’ve got the Chuck and Friends line from Hasbro/Tonka.
As you may have read from my other reviews, my two and a half year old loooooves trucks, trains, and anything else transportation-related. So it wasn’t a surprise that he would like the Chuck line. What I didn’t know was how much he would love all the Chuck toys. They have been our go-to toys for quite some time. We started our collection with the Chuck and Rowdy the Garbage Truck toys. These were, and still are, staples when we travel or go out. They have allowed my husband and I to eat many a “leisurely” meal at a restaurant. From there, we expanded to the sticker book which has hundreds of reusable stickers. We blew through the sticker book in only a couple of weeks. The stickers are definitely reusable, but they inevitably lose their stickiness when played with over and over and over. The sticker book also has activities for older kids. We mostly just stuck and re-stuck the stickers anywhere that suited our fancy (over and over and over).
When I got the items for this review, you can imagine my (and my son’s) delight when it included another sticker book! We’ve already made quite a dent in it. Some stickers have made it on the laminated pages, others have been worn proudly, or stuck on cups or any other objects close by (thank goodness they peel off pretty easily).
We also added a few more cars and trucks to our collection. These were put to the test right away. The “road” of choice seemed to be the brick wall outside. The trucks have logged many miles on this bumpy, rough path and are no worse for the wear. In addition, we got our first look at Chuck’s first feature film: Chuck and Friends Big Air Dare. This 44 minute film features Chuck (and friends) in an action-packed adventure. As expected, there is a lesson about friendship amongst the flipping, rolling, and hauling. My little guy asked to watch it again, the equivalent of a big two thumbs up! Chuck is also featured in print, and even featured in his own iPhone/iPad app.
If you (or a child you know) loves trucks and cars, look no further than Chuck and Friends…they rumble, race, haul, and keep your kid quiet and occupied. What more could you ask for?
Check out the entire line of Chuck toys, and where to buy them, at Hasbro’s website.
Disclosure: I was provided with several Chuck and Friends products in order to facilitate this review – the DVD, board books, sticker book, and small toy trucks – but the opinions are my own.