5 Stars By AB on 2012-01-08
Not Cheap But An Amazing Value
Got this crane for my 3 year old for Christmas because he wanted a crane more than anything in the world. He was really asking for a specific tower crane that costs half as much as this one and heavily advertised everywhere. However, after reading a ton of reviews that said all the tower cranes including the one he wanted had serious quality issues I talked my wife into spending the extra money to get this one.
We could not be happier with the purchase. We were a little unsure about paying so much for it considering it's plastic and not metal but our fears were completely unfounded. The crane is very well built and if it had been made of metal, like the Tonka Dump truck I had as a kid, it would be way more cumbersome and couldn't have been nearly as detailed. He has done things to this crane that by all rights should have broken it but the plastic is very high quality and bends enough that I'm pretty sure he's not going to be able to break anything on it at all. The hook is metal and not plastic giving it a good bit of weight so the tension is right for realistic use. All the mechanisms that move the boom and raise and lower the hook slip when too much pressure is used so they won't break.
There are so many details about this toy that you don't realize are there until you have it in front of you. For one it's a good bit taller than he is when the boom is elevated fully with the extension on. This allows him to pick up objects on the floor and put them on tables and other places that are quite high. I'd say the shear size of it is one of the things that makes it fascinating. At the same time it's fairly compact when the boom is pulled in and put down so he can carry it around. The fold out stabilizers really work and aren't just for show. They fold out, drop down and screw down until most of the weight of the crane is on the four legs. The frame of the truck rocks slightly giving the impression of a functioning suspension and increasing the need for the stabilizers. Of course a lot of times he doesn't have time for "safety features" and learns that it will flip over when trying to swing something around without putting the legs down first. There are tons of utility doors and latches that all function. The counter weight moves, the doors and hood all open, etc.
While not cheap, this is the best value of any toy we have ever bought him by far.
5 Stars By Ed on 2014-12-21
Best toy I have ever purchased, bar none!
I bought this crane for my 3 yr old grandson, who is now almost five. It's the most I have ever spent on a toy for my grandson, and it is the best money I have ever spent! Although he does play with his other dump trucks, excavators, end loaders, he always seems to gravitate to this crane and plays with it for hours. It is one very well made piece! Top quality in all respects.....easy to use knobs, fun compartments to explore, a sturdy "cable" (string actually......but it's never tangled or broken, and only twice has it come off the guide..and popped right back on!).. The thing amazes me at how much weight it can lift! The jacks are sturdy, easy to pop out, and extend. It has been funto watch him as he discovered the different compartments, opening engine hood, swivel mirrors..etc. BUY IT...he..and YOU will love it!
5 Stars By Just added water on 2014-05-17
How can you go wrong with this much crane??
Come on - what kid wouldnt love a 4ft tall crane with more functions than most toys out there.
Crane works like a charm and is impressively well made (I use to work for a german plastic manufacturer - I can appreciate just how much work has gone into making these as good as they are).
We have over a dozen Bruder toys and they are well made and very kid friendly. We have tended to keep these indoors for now as there are plenty of tonkas in the sand pit and would rather keep these clean for the time being. That said we have a container of clean rocks that can be loaded and used with all the loaders etc to add to the fun.
5 Stars By Diana Schneider on 2015-11-17
Bruder truck for grandson
I purchased this for my grandson for Christmas this yr. It arrived in a timely manner. I checked it and was surprised to see this truck is a real beauty!! I've been looking at Bruder trucks to buy, for 3 yrs. I finally decided the 5 yr & 7 yr old boys were ready to appreciate these fine trucks. Head & shoulders above any toys I've purchased in the past. I only wish I had known of this brand back in the 70's when my two sons were little. Now my grandsons will find these beauties under Gramma's Christmas tree & Santa isn't getting credit for this truck!! I am!!! Happy Holidays, BTA-MALL! Thanks for a great place to shop!!! Diana from California
4 Stars By Farmtotable3 on 2013-12-11
Wow, what a nicely made toy! It is huge and has lots of things to do on it. My 2 year old loves it and will spend a while trying to figure out things on it. He pulls on it and yes a few pieces have come off, but they go back on! Very impressive you, the only thing I wish is that it made noise! Just a little sound would be nice. BTA-MALLs price is definitely a steal, saw it at a local toy shop for $139.00. Normal I like to support local businesses, but not for a savings of $50.
5 Stars By K. Wynn on 2013-01-14
Awesome for child, for whole family!
We bought this for our 5 year old son thinking it would be the favorite of his Christmas presents in that he had continued to ask for a "big" truck and also wanted a crane. We had no idea that our older son of 13 and younger son of 2 would enjoy it as well. The older son started by just helping the 5 year old learn how to manuever it and use all the very realistic parts. However, we have routinely seen him sneaking a little extra time with it when his brother is not focused on it, and he has even stopped playing his "limited" time on video games to creatively work on a "imaginary" project in this big rig. It really will carry quite a heavy load when the full platform is at use, and it will stretch higher than our 2 year old, who can also play with certain parts of it (under supervision) without getting hurt or damaging it. This crane can actually pick up most of his other large toys and hoist them across the room.
Not only is this toy so well designed and full of intricate detail, it really has some heavy duty materials that can hold up to three rough boys and a sister who would love to kick it out of the way when it is taking up space in the playroom or hallway along her path. Yes, it is more expensive than your average toy, especially for just a truck; but that's just it, this is not just a "truck" nor is it an ordinary toy. They will enjoy this for a long time and have great memories of creating adventures with it.
5 Stars By LSR on 2016-09-28
Beautifully designed. Kids love this toy
Rugged and holds out against rough play. Still looking brand new after a year. Minimal parts to lose. Beautifully designed. Kids love this toy.
5 Stars By David Mitchell on 2015-03-23
Love Bruder Trucks
Bruder trucks rock. After a year of hard use the only wear is that the sliding door to the crane cockpit is jammed and I can't get it working without risk of breaking the plastic. These toys are BIG, so make sure your kid has a place to park them. Although plastic, they are very durable and highly detailed.
5 Stars By AZCowgirl on 2017-04-27
Definitely a GOOD buy ! ! !
this truck was everything and more, my grandson, his dad and also grandpa loved it, they couldn't stop lifting things with it to see what it could do LOL definitely is worth the money ! very well built ! Very detailed !
5 Stars By S. P. Guay on 2010-12-29
Purchased this crane on BTA-MALL for my 4 yr old son.
The detail and functionality are awesome.
It's not inexpensive but it's worth the cost.