Tomy have a new range of Britains Big Farm. They are 1:16 scale authentic models made from durable plastic, and with the addition of lights and sounds to the farm vehicles. These are suitable for aged 3 onwards.
These chunky models are great for role-play and development and suitable for indoor play too.
We were sent these four Britains Big Farm range: Land Rover Defender, Pig Trailer with pigs, John Deere 6190R Remote Controller Tractor and Big Farm Hay Elevator and Four Bales.
Land Rover Defender
This Land Rover has great attention to detail. The steering wheel turns the front wheels. On the bonnet, there are two buttons. The left button makes a car honking sound with headlights whilst the right button makes engine sounds with headlights. It required 3 x AAA batteries which is included.
It also come with a removable grey cover and the back door slides out.
The Pig Trailer comes with six pigs (2 adults and 4 piglets). The rear tail opens and folds back for easy pig transportation. This trailer goes with the Land Rover Defender. It also come with an extendable wheel for stability (when not using it with the Land Rover Defender). This is very well made. It adds another dimension to the role play, transporting pigs to their next location.
Ms C enjoyed playing with her piglets and taking them to the new location.
John Deere 6190R Remote Controller Tractor
This is my son’s favourite. He always loves tractors and with it being an RC, it is a proper boys toy! This required 4 x AA batteries for the tractor and a 9V battery for the controller. There are three switches at the bottom of the tractor: ON-S, Try me and ON.
If you switch it on ON-S, it is for the radio control functions with continuous engine sound and light functions. The Try Me allows the light and sound functions to be demonstrated whilst the radio control functions are not activated. The ON is for the radio control function. As there is no OFF button, we put it on Try Me when it is not in use to save batteries.
The controller is slightly disappointing. It feels a bit too cheaply made and slight chunky for younger children to hold. The controller is very straight forward. To turn it on, switch it to channel A position. The B and C are used when it is play between all Britains Big Farm RC Tractors.
The tractor is very responsive and very easy to steer. This will be a big hit for older children.
Big Farm Hay Elevator and Four Bales
This is great for imaginative farm role-play. It transports the four light weight plastic hay bales by activating the crank handle at the base. It rotates the conveyor belt on the hay elevator to move the hay along. It is a shame that the hay doesn’t pass through the gap into the truck as the hay bales are too big. So instead, I suggested to my children to put their Smarties chocolate on the conveyor belt and let it drop through the gap into the container.
This elevator has four different height adjustments and also can be folded flat for easy road transportation. This is quite light weight and sometimes when the children move the crank handle the whole elevator will tip over. Overall, this is made with good quality materials and could add more fun into farm role-play.
If you have animal or tractor lover children, you might like to check out the Tomy website for more information and their new Britains Big Farm range which are coming soon: the Big Farm John Deere 780 Hydra Spreader with classic John Deere styling and a rotating dispensing mechanism, and the Big Farm Kane Silage Trailer. It tips for easy unloading and the rear tail opens for emptying. Both are compatible with all Big Farm vehicles meaning the fun on the farm never ends.
Last autumn saw three year old Harry Edwards Brady, from Hatherleigh Devon, make headlines all over the UK as Britain’s youngest competitor in the prestigious riding event, the Horse of the Year Show. Now Harry’s latest adventure sees him taking on every little boys dream job, as TOMY’s official ambassador and toy tester for the Britains Big Farm range.
Harry, who announced to the UK press back in October that his favourite toy was his John Deere Britains Big Farm tractor, will now be the face of the Britains Big Farm range. Harry will also be their official toy tester reviewing all the latest toys before they hit the shops. Fans should keep their eyes glued to the Britains Facebook page, for Harry’s expert reviews of all his favourite toys.
Disclosure: We have received the products to do an honest review.