I bought this toy for my grandson for Christmas. I have always had good results when purchasing a Matchbox toy. This time I was quite disappointed. I just returned from a trip to see my grandsons and when I saw the firetruck I could hardly believe it was what was ordered. I actually went to the Amazon site to see if it was the case. It is selling for nearly $30 and looked like something I could have picked up from K-Mart for at most $9.95. My daughter graciously said he plays with it, but it is not the long lasting quality I thought Matchbox was known for. It made a pitiful gift from his Nana. Had I been aware of the poor quality, I would have returned it. Now it is too late.
I bought this for my son for his birthday. Luckily he's a very careful child because this fire truck is not very well made. In fact, it's pretty cheesy looking. However, my son loves that the ladder can extend and swivel and he loves being able to "drive" it around and make engine noises. It's definitely not the quality I would have expected from Matchbox, but my son loves it.
I agree with other reviews, I put this on my kids wish list (unfortunately, did not read reviews first) - someone bought it for him, and it looks cheap, feels cheap and does not hold his interest at all. Definitely not worth any more than $10, not what I expected from the Matchbox brand.
The Matchbox Real Action Fire Truck - came on time and in great packaging, but the 'real action' that it did was roll back and forth and the ladder went up and down. Dissapointed it wasn't more - but it was one more toy to add under the tree, so not a big deal. Came quickly, which was a plus for Christmas time