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Matchbox Smokey The Fire Truck

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  • Smokey is a real working fire truck brought to life
  • This interactive buddy talks, tells jokes, eats, exercises and sings
  • Smokey is a freewheeling friend is complete with movable hoses that spray water mist
  • Features expandable ladders and sensors that respond to the child's movements
  • Kids will love interacting with their new friend
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Matchbox Smokey The Fire Truck + Toysmith Plastic Fireman Play Hat + Big Frank's Fire Truck (Pictureback(R))
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 8.5 x 13.5 inches ; 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: Imported (China)
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004U53AA8
  • Item model number: T9036
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 7 years
  • Batteries 4 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,916 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
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Product Description


Get ready for hours of imaginative fun with Smokey the Fire Truck from Matchbox. With his ability to speak, sing, dance, and launch "water" balls, Smokey is a playmate that really interacts with your child during play. Whether putting out a fire together or learning a new song-and-dance routine, Smokey and your child will form a fun friendship and be ready for anything together.

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Smokey the Fire Truck
  • Ages: Three and up
  • Requires: four C batteries (included); Phillips-head screwdriver to replace batteries
At a Glance:
  • Sensors allow for motorized interactive play
  • Multiple modes stimulate imaginative play
  • Opportunities for teamwork when fighting fires
  • Batteries included
Matchbox Smokey the Fire Truck
Realistic details and large, sturdy tires. View larger.
Matchbox Smokey the Fire Truck
Shoots the cannon to help Smokey put out "fires". View larger.
Two Smart Truck Modes for Multiple Interactions

Smokey has multiple modes for different kinds of interactions. Depending on his positioning, Smokey can operate in one of two main modes--character mode or truck mode. Smokey is in character mode when he is half or fully upright, and says phrases such as, "Smokey here! Reporting for duty!" When Smokey is on all six wheels, he is in truck mode and can be pushed forward and pulled backward to activate lights and sounds.

Using motion sensors and sound activation, Smokey is always on alert. He knows how to say over 95 phrases and can sing 4 different songs. He won't sing every time, so keep raising and lowering him if you really want to hear him. Though he's always ready to play, Smokey will fall asleep if you leave him alone long enough. Press his lights or push him around to wake him up again!

Use Teamwork to Fight Fires

When he's in water cannon mode, Smokey is ready for teamwork. When he's ready to be a firefighter, he needs your help, and will say, "Load me up, chief!" Load the included "water" balls into the chute and use the lever to launch them at the fire. When you hit the fire, Smokey will say things like, "Good shot!"

Our testers had fun engaging all of Smokey's imaginative modes and sayings. With all the things he knows, Smokey is a smart, interactive buddy!

Smokey requires four C batteries (included) to stay active.

What's in the Box

Assembled toy, "water" balls, four C batteries, and instructions for use.

Product Description

Matchbox Smokey The Fire Truck

Matchbox Smokey The Fire Truck is set for duty. Set him on his fire-extinguishing mission after he fills up. . Smokey has sensors which respond to kids' movements.

Why You'll Love It: With interactive activities and sensors, Smokey is full of ways to have fun.

Age: 3 to 7 years

  • Interactive with jokes and more
  • Sensors respond to child's movements
  • Movable hose-pipes which spray water
  • Expandable Ladder for special missions

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

He loves fire trucks and Smokey fits right in.
Shawna Gumm
Smokey costs a bit because of all the talking and moving and singing he does, but other than that, he's just a big fire truck that shoots balls.
I see some others complaining about the same thing, so it's not just a problem with my particular unit apparently.
B. Edwards

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By M. Kelley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
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Smokey the Fire Truck in one of the strangest toys I have ever received for my two young boys. My Father is a retired Captain from the Boston Fire Department so I basically love anything to do with fire trucks since I grew up around them.

Matchbox has clearly designed a toy that goes beyond the basics of a regular fire truck that kids usually play with. The closest way to describe this toy is a cross between a tonka style truck, a transfomer toy and talking robot type toy. In its simplest form, Smokey can be used as a regular fire truck and can be pushed around a room like a standard truck toy. In this stage, Smokey's personality will still be in full force as it will sing, make jokes,and do about 100 other things with its built in recordings. The one item that my kids were laughing so hard is watching Smokey's mouth move while he talks. It is quite funny.

From here, Smokey can be turned into what Matchbox calls "character mode". Using a handle on the side (and some force...which I will discuss in a moment), the frot two wheels will come up and Smokey will turn into a more interactive style robot. The sayings and actions are about the same when its in truck mode but watching the wheels move around like hands is quite a sight!

The one part of this toy that got the most use is the fire hose. the toy comes with 3 balls that fit into a chute. There is a little handle that you crank and the balls shoot out of the water cannon. The handle takes a bit to crank but my 4 and a half year old was able to do it without any issues.

This is a very fun toy and has a lot of features that should keep little ones playing for hours. However, there are a few things that didn't work as advertised.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By B. Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
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Initially this toy has a lot of "wow" factor going on, primarily due to the fact that the grill of the truck moves like a mouth in sync with its (incessant) talking.

But this is not one of those toys that your kid will play with for long periods of time (YMMV of course, depending on your kid), like Legos, or matchbox cars, or Lincoln logs. It's more of a stand alone toy that you watch and listen to rather than something to really interact with.

- initially very cool to see the robotics technology implemented
- design is cool, looks good, I like the three wheels
- I actually like the concept of the "water" gun since it's got plenty of shooting power, but harmless due to very soft ball

- Freaking packaging is HORRIFIC, maybe some of the worst I have seen. You better have some serious cutting tools to get this guy out of his cardboard jail.
- After a while, the style of the toy's voice (very macho, talk-show host/movie trailer, over the top voice) is just grating and annoying.
- This is kind of a nit, but the noise of the various joints moving often makes it hard to understand what is being said (not necessarily a bad thing if you don't think fart jokes are funny! You hear a kind of mechanical whir every time a movement is made, which is at a pitch that seems to be at least as loud as the voice itself.
- the water cannon works about 50% of the time. Not a huge deal, because if you keep pumping, it will eventually shoot the ball out, but I doubt it was designed to do that, and if so, why? I see some others complaining about the same thing, so it's not just a problem with my particular unit apparently.
- You need some strength to move the truck from "truck" position to "standing" position (and back).
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nerd Alert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 7, 2011
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Please, Smokey, stop talking...

Smokey seems to have boundless energy. Whether he is in traditional fire truck form or standing up like an Autobot, he always has something boisterous on his plastic lips. He is like a crazy uncle to play with your children, and hopefully keep them entertained. Hearing his constant flow of sound may drive you crazy, but your children may just love it. Additionally, he shoots balls! Chances are that these will be aimed directly at you, but no worries -- it will only be a flesh wound. They shoot with a satisfying click and will help smaller toddlers learn manual dexterity. I'm sure many children will set up targets to shoot down as well and pretend (let's hope) that they are putting out fires.

Smokey moves his tire arms, sings, and has plenty to say. If you have a child in that age of loving this sort of persistent stimulation, this would be a fun interactive toy to consider.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Violet on November 28, 2011
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I got this truck for my grandson for Christmas so I don't know yet whether he'll enjoy it or not. Judging from the reviews, he should. He's got Stinky the Garbage Truck and enjoys that one.

My complaint is that there are no instructions included with this toy. The worse thing is there's a small piece of clear plastic covering one of the battery terminals, so they don't connect until you remove it. I was getting ready to mail the truck back (after trying two new sets of batteries) when I read DrummerBoy's review. He gave the tip about the piece of plastic, which I'd have never seen.

The dumbest thing about that is the manufacturer's packing had the usual "Try me!" instructions, with an arrow pointing to the button "lights" on Smokey's roof. You press it, but nothing happens, so you conclude the batteries are dead or the toy is damaged. As I said, if it hadn't been for the other reviewer, mine would be back in the mail already. Amazon, you need to inform your customers better about what to look for. Don't rely on reviewers to point out problems!
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