Hi My Loves!!!
A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to receive a John Deer toy and let my kids play with it and then give a review about it. Phoenix is obsessed with any kind of truck, tractor etc so I was very excited for it to come and to let them test it out. When the box arrived the kids were so excited to open it, as I said it was a present for them to play with. As soon as they saw it inside the box, their eyes lit up, they had grins ear to ear and they couldn't wait for Daddy to open it up out of the box and let them see it in action.
It's the John Deer Gear Force Harvest Action Combine and you can find them at Toys R Us, Walmart, Amazon.com and John Deere dealers and it retails for $59.99.
Here's the kids checking it out while it was still in the box.
It lights up and makes noises (quite loud) so if you are someone who doesn't like noisy toys (they don't bother me one bit) then it might not be for you and your kids as it is pretty noisy haha. But the kids loved all the different buttons and noises it made and the lights fascinated them.
It comes with the tractor, a bull, two little men, some farm tools and a little dog, as well as two corn cubes. We no longer know where any of these little additions are, so don't bank on the toys staying in one place. They hung around with the tractor for a while and then they got eaten up among all the mess of toys in the play room.
The kids loved trying to suck up the corn cubes with the front part of the truck. It is a little tricky though, so it might be a little easier for a slightly older child. They did get a little frustrated when they couldn't get it to go in. Then it kept getting jammed in the hole where they go in. It's not the best set up as far as it going in perfectly each time. It gets stuck in a wonky spot quite easily, but they did love it either way.
Here he is trying to get them in :)
The concentration is intense haha!
He had just gotten them in and was quite happy with himself.
The farmer man sits right in the seat. Reminds me of Chris Soules form Iowa (The Bachelor) haha! Ok I have a slight obsession with him and it's pretty pathetic that my kids toys remind me of a random man on TV.
Even the cat wanted in on it!
He loves pushing it around. He literally played with it the whole afternoon/night. He still was pushing it around today, so it's not a toy that is going to get played with for a day or two and then forgotten about. He ended up jamming the corn cubes to where I couldn't get them out. He sucked something else in it, that wasn't supposed to go there and that got stuck too. It no longer really works for it's purpose as it is jammed and the men and bull are now who knows where, but he drives it around all the time and seems to really love it. He plays with it at least once a day if not more.
Lily liked it for the first day or so and then she wasn't really interested in it. She's more into baby dolls and her very favorite minion at the moment. Phoenix definitely claimed the truck, as that's his favorite kind of toy right now… so it all worked out ;)
A note to make is that within the first hour of them playing with it, this rubber piece slipped of one of the wheels and got jammed in the wheel area. I could not get it out so I ended up having to cut it out and just removing it. That was kind of a bummer.
Overall, Phoenix loves it and plays with it quite a bit. I was a tad disappointed with the broken rubber piece and the fact that everything kept getting jammed with the corn cube section. It might be better for a slightly older child in order to get full functionality of the corn. But Phoenix loves the lights, the noises and pushing it and zooming it all over the house so I'd say he's pretty darn pleased with it and it doesn't seem to bother him that he can't put the corn in there anymore. At the end of the day, if he likes it then that's all that matters. It gets used, he likes it and so I like it too :) I do think it's definitely on the higher price point for trucks or toys but it seems like all kids toys are getting so expensive nowadays.
I hope this has helped make your mind up incase it is on the list of potential Christmas gifts. I think that any little boy around Phoenix's age and higher would really love it and be very excited to play with it, so I don't think you can go wrong with it but I just wanted to point out the cons to it as well.
Thanks so much for reading!