Tonka Chuck and Friends Fold and Go Tumble Tower
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Tonka Chuck and Friends Fold and Go Tumble Tower

Tonka Chuck and Friends Fold and Go Tumble Tower

  • When playtime?s over, park your CHUCK THE DUMP TRUCK vehicle inside the playset and fold it up, so you?re all set for on-the-go stunt fun!
  • Tower playset features a tumbling track and a lift for your CHUCK THE DUMP TRUCK® vehicle!
  • Help your dump truck pal perform the flipping ramp stunt!
  • Playset folds up easily and stores the vehicle for on-the-go fun.
  • Playset comes with 1 vehicle and instructions.

Tonka Chuck and Friends Fold ‘n Go Tumble Tower Playset Rev up your engine for tons of tumbling fun. Set your Chuck the Dump Truck vehicle at the top of this tower to watch him tumble down the moving ramp and come speeding out the side. Then, put him

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  • Igelfeld "enpassant_z":
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the Tonka of the past …., June 23, 2011
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    Igelfeld “enpassant_z” (Ca United States) –
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    Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Tonka Chuck and Friends Fold and Go Tumble Tower (Toy)
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    On paper, this should have been significantly better. It’s a Hasbro toy with the Tonka truck tradition. Both factors that should have produced a much better toy.

    The setup/construction was very easy with just a couple of strings to cut/untie and one gate to snap into place. The toy already had two AA batteries installed into the talking base and so overall this was as easy of a setup as you can get. The toy is intended to be a Fold and Go, this is certainly the case.

    The toy was tested by myself and my 3 year old (recommended age over 18 months). The short answer to the overall rating of two stars is dominated by the fact that the truck on the ramps did not “tumble” as designed from the highest level. The toy has a hand lift that is easy to move to two separate levels. The lower level sends the provided truck (Tonka Chuck) directly down two consecutive ramps. This worked almost 100 percent of the time. The problem came on the highest ramp level where the truck needed to drop, tumble and then roll down the final ramp. I literally tried this 100 times with it working less than 10 percent of the time. Given that the toy does very little, this I believe is a major flaw. After examining the toy, it looks as though the upper and lower ramp do not line up properly and so it doesn’t drop to the lower level very well. There is absolutely no way to adjust or fix this problem. I don’t know if this is a design defect or a manufacturing defect. Either way, the toy simply doesn’t work well at all.

    To make things slightly worse, it has an obnoxious simulated voice that makes comments and cheers each time the toy comes from the highest level. Personally, I can tolerate this part of the toy, but others certainly will get annoyed with it very quickly.

    Just a few other things …
    the toy is easily playable for children around 2 although I’d say that a 18 month might have problems operating it. Certainly my three year old had no problems at all but was disappointed that the additional cars on the front cover of the box weren’t included. He also grew tired of sending the car down the ramp and picking it up off the floor, but there was at least some fascination with the falling/tumbling object. Relatively speaking, this toy was much more interesting to him before it came out of the box. That probably says it all.

    Tonka has never been a toy that has provided much educational value. It might help younger children with their hand/eye coordination but that’s stretching things a bit. Stretching further would be it teaches them simple Newtonian physics, name how do objects fall and tumble … okay it doesn’t teach them that overtly. In any case, the educational value of the toy is almost non-existent. Even the creative play with early Tonka trucks is somewhat gone because they provide the ramp for the child to drop it down.

    Overall … I really would not recommend this toy. There is no creative freedom in the manipulation and play with the toy and it simply does not work properly. This is of course assumes that your spouse doesn’t it chuck it out the door when the battery operated voice speaks for the first time. Tonka needs to redesign and rethink what they want out of their toys. My own vote is to allow children just to create their own games with the basic truck like times gone by. But in this electronic age with gimmicks and gadgets, they’re much more likely to put a prettier bow on this gadget.

    Update: One month later … cars with a narrower wheel base, such as a Hot Wheels Car, come down from the second ramp much more reliably (up from 10 percent to about 40 percent of the time). Also, the idea of putting just about anything down the ramp has become more appealing than using Tonka Chuck (such as balls, blocks, and even daddy’s chess pieces) and all work equally well or better than Tonka Chuck (the truck provided with the game). This may be a positive for entertainment value, but not enough to significantly raise my overall rating.

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  • NyiNya "NyiNya":
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Five Year Old Gives it a 10!, June 20, 2011
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    NyiNya “NyiNya” (Nowhere near your hamster) –
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    Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Tonka Chuck and Friends Fold and Go Tumble Tower (Toy)
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    The box says this toy is for kids 18 months and older. I intended it for a friend who just hit the big 5 milestone and was afraid it was too babyish him. After all, this is a lad who just ended a lifelong relationship with the Wiggles, suddenly finding them somewhat jejune and derivative. On the other hand, about a month ago the little finagler euchered me into buying him an Insect/Robot Car thing that required “some assembly.” The kid swore his friend had one and it wasn’t too complex for him. Yeah. Right. He also promised to marry me when he’s seven, but so far I don’t see a ring. The insect/robot car was a bunch of miniscule pieces way too small for a tyke’s tiny hands, but just perfect for them to swallow, according to said tyke’s grandmother before she put the whole thing into the closet “for later.”

    Anyway, the Tonka Chuck & Friends Tumble Tower arrived today and I immediately called my friend to bring over her grandson. I had a lot of making up to do after the insect/robot car fiasco.

    At first Landon thought the toy was too simple, lacking in sophistication and weaponry. “I’m not four any more, you know,” he announced with the gravitas of a man who has left the childish joys of pre-school behind him and will soon be braving the dog-eat-dog world of kindergarten. Still, it didn’t stop him from dedicating one full hour of intense, uninterrupted play to Chuck the Truck. Compared to most kids toys, this is a cinch to “assemble.” You just open it up, pop on a couple of parts and there you go. Landon did most of the heavy lifting himself, and I managed not to swallow or choke on any wheels. The truck drives up a ramp, you turn knobs to connect ramps (or not for some satisfying crashes), Chuck the Truck performs some aerial acrobatics, climbs up and up and up to the tip of the tower and then barrels back down to earth. There’s even a stunt ramp where Chuck does a big flip and (occasionally) lands on his wheels and continues down.

    To amp up the excitement, Landon added a couple of pieces from a Fred Flintsone play set, sending several dinosaurs and dinosaur-powered vehicles careening down the ramps, crashing and falling and creating a scene of utter devastation. The Tower itself is nice and sturdy, the little dump truck is pretty basic and looks to be almost unbreakable. Even a fairly severe thrashing by a big dinosaur didn’t do much damage. And the big bonus…the toy talks. “I’m Chuck the Truck. Let’s go on a big adventure.” At least I thought it was a bonus. “Hi Chuck,” I replied, getting into the spirit of things. “We can’t wait to get started!” which made Landon give me that kind of look that let me know he may be marrying me out of pity.

    Except for the talking, this toy was a lot of fun. Landon might be a little embarrassed about playing with a baby toy, but that didn’t stop him from having a ball with it. The only caveat: The box shows a whole bunch of cars, but these are sold separately. All you get in the box is good old Chuck. In our case, an influx of Flintstones added color, excitement, and the necessary mayhem that the average 5 year old enjoys.

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  • Sreeram Ramakrishnan:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Lovable tonka, forgettable tower, July 11, 2011
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    Sreeram Ramakrishnan (Lynnfield, MA) –
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    Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Tonka Chuck and Friends Fold and Go Tumble Tower (Toy)
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    The best part of this tumble tower is the cute little truck that comes with it – both “testers” of the toy (2 yrs and a very young 7 months – not recommended age) preferred to play “freestyle” with the truck than use the tumble tower – they lost interest in the “tumbling” very quickly. The younger one actually liked the voice responses when he touched the tower – and was smiling with a 1000 Watt smile..and would intently watch along the older kid play with the truck… (Luckily, there is a OFF button to power off the voice – but no volume control). The highly repetitive and non-creative elements of the toy is not likely to sustain a kid’s interest for long – encouraging freestyle play – mixing with other playsets, etc is a far better option to get value from this playset.

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