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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2010
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We purchased both a Big Loader and the no longer available Big, Big Loader over 15 years ago when our children were small. It is a complex set-up but once done it goes forever and is amazing to watch. I would liken it to an electric train set-up. Everybody loves them, but they just go around the track, forward or reverse. Same is true of the Big Loader, however, it changes directions by itself or by command when you push a switch on the track. The little car moves around the track and automatically changes vehicle tops. It goes from being a Dump truck to being a Skip Loader. It moves little black balls of cargo from place to place and is just amazing to watch. We set it up every Christmas and just sit for hours during the holidays playing with it. I'm sorry to read that Tomy is no longer supporting replacement parts. This is one of those toys that I consider a bona fide Classic. A toy that will be forever remembered by a child. I hope someone picks up the rights to this and continues to manufacture it, because I have loved giving it as a gift to friends with small children, and it has always become one of their favorite toys. I highly recommend it and you better get them before they are all gone!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2009
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My children loved this and had a great time with their father watching big loader. Now, my husband continues to enjoy the big loader with our grandchildren.

I purchased this as a back up when TOMY informed me they no long support parts and our engine was acting up. My husband repaired it but we weren't taking any chances so decided to purchase another so the "Big Kid" and grandchildren would not be without- it stays at Grandma and Grandpa's house and Grandpa has been known to play with it even when the granddkids aren't around.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2010
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This toy is so much fun to watch for both kids and adults! A great piece of engineering. I bought this unit to replace a similar toy I had purchased back in the 1970's for my daughter. I bought this one for her son and she was thrilled with it. It brought back great memories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
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I am nearing 80 years of age and still enjoying Big Loader. Over 60 years ago Mother surprised my brother, Dad, and me with this amazing toy.
I kept it and ran it every Christmas, even after the deaths of all three of them. When the truck could no longer make it up the hill because
the track had worn smooth, I replaced it. That model lasted for over 20 years and was only replaced in December 2010; my wife and I run it every morning during breakfast (it's on the table between us).
Of course I have gifted all my grandchildren with it.
I heartily recommend it to children of all ages, although these days it will probably appeal most to those from 3 to 7.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2013
This set is in no way shape or form from the 1970's. I have it, it's from the 2000-2002 time frame. I also have set from the '70's. That vintage set has Grey Track, not Red. The decals are different. Also the lift bar for the front end loader to lift the marbles into the dump truck was a metal wire rod bent to shape in the 70's, not the molded plastic that is shown. Lastly, the truck. In the 70's it was Orange in color, not White as shown. This is a scam, buyer beware.
No Stars should be an option.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2010
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This toy is a gem. if you can manage to keep toddlers from stepping on it or eating the small bits,,, its great entertainment. Assemble it and let it go! It keeps a little one entertained for hours. When the children age,,, it is also educational in that it demonstrates mechanical principles. it is also a steal if you buy it via amazon...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
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Bought this toy for my 3 year old son for Christmas. Looked at the reviews, very helpful. So I made the purchase. My husband loves to watch this toy just as much as my son. The rocks are very small and tent to get lost very quickly. Overall, Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2008
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I think this product is awesome for young toddlers. It's easy to put together and a little magnetic truck moves forward and backward picking up 'loads' (small marbles) and changing from one truck to another. It is really fun and both my kids have played with this toy. My son is now 11 and he still sits with my daughter when she plays with it. He still loves watching it go around and loves how it dumps the marbles out and then the loader pickes them up again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
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While playing with my three year old niece and one of her favorite toys, my mom recalled one of the toys that I spent the most time with when I was her age. We couldn't remember what it was called right away, but after a quick internet search, we found it; The Big Loader! In nearly 25 years, it seems the design hasn't changed one bit. As the old saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and this thing definitely ain't broke! My niece LOVES it!

It takes a couple minutes to get together for the first time, but after you've done it once, it's quick and easy to take apart and reassemble.

The toy seems to function best when positioned on a hard surface, but does pretty well on a carpeted surface as well.
My niece was content to watch it run around the track for the first few trips, but quickly wanted to be more hands on. While I was a little nervous that she would break the motored car that causes the toy to function, it's proven that it's able to take a beating and keep on keepin' on!

She had so much fun with the Big Loader that I bought two more. One for a friends three year old son and another for a family friends 4 year old daughter. Both kids loved the toy as much as my niece and the mom of the three year old boy told me that this was "easily his favorite toy".

This is highly recommended for kids of any age. I've known an adult or two (myself included) who've spent a fair amount of time playing with the Big Loader as well.
This thing is great!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2012
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My mother had purchased a Big Loader for my father when they were first developed and on the market. At some point my middle daughter got possession of the Big Loader. The Big Loader ONLY came out at Christmas time.
This year when we got the Big Loader out we found that the batteries had been left in them last year and when we tried to clean off the crud one of the little metal clips broke. Although we got it re-attached the poor little loader did not have enough power to make the grades.
SO...quickly I headed to Amazon to see if the Big Loader was still available on the market. YES it was and delivery was quick SO We had a Big Loader for the Christmas holidays.
Fun for the little kids to follow the progression on the Loader as it goes around the track. (These are my fathers great grandchildren!)
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