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post #41 of 98
we just saw a bunch of bruder stuff at our local toy store, and i'm pretty impressed with it all. it seems very well made and solid, and my ds absolutely LEVITATED with joy over the fire truck. yes, the price is crazy, but if you can do it, i think it's much better to get a kid one really nice toy that they really adore over a bunch of sort of nice stuff, or littler stuff that they don't love. i say go for it!
post #42 of 98
I'd buy the truck. Even if that is his main present. Say you can only spend $100. I'd buy the truck and some smaller items that you would like for him to have.

I'd LOVE for DS to love his wooden toys. I really would. But they just aren't his favorite items. He'll sometimes play with his big wooden train, but not often. Even the colorful wooden items don't get the love.

Now, if you are an anti-plastic home and this really goes against what you would buy, then I would find the best wooden cement truck you can and just explain to him that Santa MAKES all his toys, hence wooden versus plastic.
post #43 of 98
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Originally Posted by LynnS6 View Post
We have a TON of Bruder trucks and I LOVE them.

Yes, they're plastic. But they are VERY realistic. They are among the favorite toys for all the kids who come to our house. Our ds is a detail guy. Details MATTER. (Seriously, whether the garbage truck lifts the garbage on the side or the back was a HUGE deal to him!) Wood trucks just weren't realistic enough for him. The Bruder trucks are.

Other reasons I love the Bruder trucks:
1. They're made in Germany, so they're safe plastic.
2. They're durable. Really, really strong. As in my kids sat on them, used them for steps, decided to see what would happen when they were sent down the steps (and onto the slate floor), etc.
3. You can replace the parts. (Active Toys has a really nice parts department.)


got most of our Bruder stuff on Ebay. The price was much better, and I figured I was doing my part for the environment by recycling a toy that another child was done playing with.

Look at that - a very similar garbage truck on Ebay for $25 plus shipping.

I agree (except for the kiddos sitting on them and dropping them down the steps. )! We have a fleet of Bruders, and that cement mixer is one that he got for Christmas two years back. It is beautiful, very open ended and still one of his favorite toys. I say go for it, if money isn't an issue. If you are going to do any type of plastic truck, Bruder is definitely the way to go! Oh, and no I do not work for them either.
post #44 of 98
I rarely buy plastic toys for DS, but I would absolutely get this truck for him. I actually had never heard of Bruder, but after searching on Amazon, I am pretty sure he will be getting one of them for his birthday in March. I already have his big Christmas gift picked out (trains and track with a Plan City parking garage for his cars), but was just starting to wonder what would be good for a birthday gift as well. Thanks for the thread!
post #45 of 98
I was going to suggest checking Ebay, too. I would totally honor his wishes, even if it has to be a similar less expensive truck. Think about it this way: Wooden trucks, no matter how nice, look like a toy made of wood. Plastic trucks (they just don't make many metal ones anymore) look REAL and COOL to a kid. We have Bruder trucks, too that my dad bought my sons. He (my dad) likes them because they remind him of the trucks he had as a kid -- he's 83.
post #46 of 98
because he is so in love with it, I would suck it up and get the truck. Can you imagine his face Christmas morning when he see's it? This will be a very special Christmas.
post #47 of 98
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Originally Posted by Pkutniewski View Post
I would get it for him. One plastic toy isn't going to hurt anything really.
I found it on amazon for 50.00 w/ free shipping BTW.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NYT1SU
That actually not the same truck. That one is a smaller model and if the op's ds is anything like mine, he would know. The size difference in the two is noticeable irl. That is about the right price for that truck, but on the low end of the range, so a good deal for that particular model.
post #48 of 98
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Originally Posted by bugginsmom View Post
That actually not the same truck. That one is a smaller model and if the op's ds is anything like mine, he would know. The size difference in the two is noticeable irl. That is about the right price for that truck, but on the low end of the range, so a good deal for that particular model.
Really? Because Amazon lists the dimensions of that truck as:

http://www.amazon.com/Bruder-Mack-Gr...570772&sr=1-13
Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 7.3 x 10.8 inches

and the OPs website lists them as:

http://www.thetoyhunt.com/br2814.html
Dimensions: 25.8"L x 7.3"W x 10.8"H

Plus the descriptions are the same for both trucks on several websites. I am a little confused because the only difference I see is that the barrel of one is blue and silver, and the barrel of the OPs is maroon. I have only seen the maroon one IRL though and was considering buying the blue/silver one for my son (who wants the maroon one!) The majority of searches for the Mack Granite truck are bringing up the blue and silver one now so I thought maybe they just changed the color. Frustrating!! I wish I could see the blue and silver one IRL
post #49 of 98
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Originally Posted by StrawberryFields View Post
Really? Because Amazon lists the dimensions of that truck as:

http://www.amazon.com/Bruder-Mack-Gr...570772&sr=1-13
Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 7.3 x 10.8 inches

and the OPs website lists them as:

http://www.thetoyhunt.com/br2814.html
Dimensions: 25.8"L x 7.3"W x 10.8"H

Plus the descriptions are the same for both trucks on several websites. I am a little confused because the only difference I see is that the barrel of one is blue and silver, and the barrel of the OPs is maroon. I have only seen the maroon one IRL though and was considering buying the blue/silver one for my son (who wants the maroon one!) The majority of searches for the Mack Granite truck are bringing up the blue and silver one now so I thought maybe they just changed the color. Frustrating!! I wish I could see the blue and silver one IRL

I just came back to comment on that because I just noticed the dimensions. They used the wrong picture, unless Bruder changed it? They used to have a smaller one just like the one on Amazon, but perhaps they merged the two since the bigger one was/is so popular? I know the red one has been out for several years so maybe they changed it. Sorry!


ETA: I just checked this site, which is the U.S. main dealer for Bruder and it says in the description that it is the "new" cement mixer. They did change it!

http://www.activetoys.com/macemiwihaha.html
post #50 of 98
dude, that truck is awesome!!! i want one for me.... i mean for ds, lol. he just turned 2, and i bets hed love them. i know what to save up for for next christmas
post #51 of 98
Get the truck.
post #52 of 98
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Originally Posted by becoming View Post
I'd get him the truck. I would much rather buy something huge, plastic, and expensive than have my little boy be disappointed on Christmas morning.
I feel the same way! I know there are a lot of different opinions when it comes to this but my old heart strings would get the best of me.




ETA: My son would love that truck too. I can see why your son is already thinking about it.
post #53 of 98
Get him the truck. I'm tickled FOR you just thinking of his delight come Christmas morning!
post #54 of 98
OMG! I wish my DD was a little older, bc I'd buy her the truck! It is soooo beautiful, and looks soooo fun! Lots and lots of adventures await for it. Buy it! It'll totally be a Christmas Story moment.
post #55 of 98
I'd get the truck.
post #56 of 98
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Originally Posted by nextcommercial View Post
It is expensive! But, Ohmygosh.. even I want that truck. It's so pretty!
I know, I want one too!
post #57 of 98
It is a gorgeous truck and I'm making VERY sure my 5 yr old doesn't notice the pics while I'm checking it out. Barring any financial problems with such an expensive gift, I'd get it but it would be his only gift.
post #58 of 98
That is a neat truck and it's great quality. I'd get it.

Once he's done playing with it, it's the kind of think you can clean up and display somewhere in the house too.

I have a couple of DS's more cherished toys sitting on shelves for display in the house. His red airplane is one of my favorites lol.
post #59 of 98
Thread Starter 
Alright alright I'll get the truck!!

Ds is WAY into detail and it's true...there's no way a wooden truck would cut it. He needs the doors to open, the barrell to rotate, the hood to lift so he can "work on the engine" etc...

I'm still going to wait a month or so just to be sure that's what he definately wants. That ebay deal is pretty sweet...except for the shipping. I might as well get the new one on amazon with free shipping.

Just today, while driving to the store, ds spotted a cement mixer 100 yds away and yelled out "look! that's just like the cement mixer santa is going to get me!!" There's no way I cannot get this truck
post #60 of 98
Bruder trucks are WONDERFUL! As others have said, they are incredibly well-made and sturdy, with tons of moving parts and details.

We are just handing down DS11's Bruder trucks to DS 16 months, and he loves them.

I found several of them a number of years ago at TJ Maxx for between 19 and 25$. It might be worth poking around on the internet to see if you can find some for less. Also, maybe ask on Freecycle in your area?

BTW, I'm also a mom to an Oliver!

Jane
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