Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader
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Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader

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Ages 3-6
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The Big Idea
This fierce, prehistoric powerhouse is totally kid-powered and ready for anything a child can imagine! Wrecker is the leader of the pack and rolls onto the scene with dino track treads that leave footprints in sand or dirt. From the playroom to the beach, our green machine is ready for building and bashing anything, anywhere!

Psst…They’re Learning!
  • Enhances imagination
  • Encourages creative play
  • Promotes outdoor discovery
  • Develops fine and gross motor skills
Cut to the Chase
  • Kid-powered! No batteries required
  • Built kid-tough and designed to last
  • Gigantic parts perfect for small hands to maneuver
  • Large movable jaw, ferocious shiny white teeth, swinging tail moves in many directions, and treads leave tracks on dirt or sand
  • Designed for indoor and outdoor play
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  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award (2013)
  • Toy of the Year Award finalist (2014)
  • FamilyFun Magazine - 30 Coolest Toys of the Year (2013)
  • Parents’ Choice - Recommended award (2013)
  • The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval (2013)
T-Rex measures 20"L x 8.5"W x 12.5"H.

Inventor: Bruce Lund

As a child, Bruce loved dinosaurs (T‑Rex, Stegosaurs, and Triceratops were his faves) and construction vehicles best. In fact, this well-known toy inventor still displays his favorite hydraulic action dump truck in his office and has a roaring, life-sized T‑Rex skull hanging in his conference room! Perhaps these were his inspiration for this mashed-up line of mega-morphed dino trucks!

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Educational InsightsDino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • High quality (22)
  • Lasting fun (18)
  • Easy to assemble (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outside (29)
  • Home (21)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (26), Education oriented (4), Educator (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dinosaur + Truck, brilliant!

Dinosaur + Truck, brilliant! I have no idea how this wasn't thought up sooner. My 3.5 year old daughter loves trucks, and dinosaurs, and I knew that when I had the opportunity...Read complete review

Dinosaur + Truck, brilliant! I have no idea how this wasn't thought up sooner. My 3.5 year old daughter loves trucks, and dinosaurs, and I knew that when I had the opportunity to review this, that she was going to go nuts over it.

As far as toys go, it's on the larger end of the spectrum, one of he bigger toys she owns actually, and for her that goes firmly in the "pro" column, but it's good to note that it's not a small toy. That means that when she's going to demand that we bring it in our luggage to go on vacation, it's just not going to happen.

That said, the build quality is very high, super sturdy, and I don't foresee even my tornado of a child being able to cause any harm to it. She's already fed it countless little lego people (by shoving them into it's mouth), and loves putting her other figures in the driving seat. (And then right back into the mouth)

The mouth opens/closes, the tail is fully articulated with multiple joints allowing it to swing and bend. Everything about the toy is well thought out and built to last.

Fantastic toy and will probably add the other variants to our collection.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not impressed, but the toddler loved it.

First impressions: It is very stiff and entirely made of plastic (very stiff durable plastic). The packaging was great, very eye catching.

After a couple weeks with it,...Read complete review

First impressions: It is very stiff and entirely made of plastic (very stiff durable plastic). The packaging was great, very eye catching.

After a couple weeks with it, I'm not very impressed with it (especially for the price of almost $40). While attempting to maneuver it, my 2 year old has to stop the dino to move the head and/or teeth up and down. It would've been nice it he could push it with one hand and have another sort of handle around the neck area to move the head with his other hand (possibly something to squeeze to open/close the mouth). The "wheels" are still very stiff, I thought they would loosen after a while but nope, my toddler makes it hop like a rabbit because it's so hard to roll. The mouth itself is great, big enough to "chomp" little toys, but you have to use two hands to open/close it. My two year old plays with many different types of toys, big and small, from trucks to trains to blocks so he is very experienced with toys recommended for an older age.

I'm giving it 3 stars (instead of anything lower) because he loves it so much. He thinks it's one of the trucks from "Dinotrux" and pretend plays with it as such. I really wish I could have rated it higher, but he just can't play with it like a kid should play with a toy.

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5.0

All 3 of my little nephews loved theses!

By AJ

from Poughkeepsie, NY

About Me Aunt

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Assemble
  • Easy To Use
  • High Quality
  • Lasting Fun

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Great the beach or backyard mud pit
  • Home
  • Outside

Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

I have three nephews ages 3 1/2 to 5. I got each one a different dinosaur truck for Christmas and they just loved them. They all got them at the same time and went right to work running them around together. They're nice and big and sturdy. I would definitely recommend these toys.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

Wonderful toy, great for a wide range of ages!

By Michele the Mom and Nannh

from Pittsburgh Pa

About Me Parent

Pros

  • Easy To Assemble
  • Easy To Use
  • High Quality
  • Lasting Fun

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Outside

    Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

    What I love most about this product is that it is entertaining for a variety of ages. I had children aged 18 months-6 years old who all loved playing with this toy! Each child used their imagination to play with this toy, and they were also all able to play with it together!

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Good quality product that allows kids to use their in

    By Cpsopha

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Parent

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • High Quality
    • Lasting Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Outside

      Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

      The wrecker is a good quality product that can be used in many ways. It is very sturdy and durable and doesn't allow for pinched fingers, so even the little ones can play with it. Kids can use their imaginations and use it as whatever they choose. Even my 4 year old daughter who loves princesses and girly things was fighting over it. We have been using it indoors, but are also looking forward to using it outdoors in the sand in the spring. The imprints look very fun to make tracks with.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Fun digger!

      By mother of two

      from Torrance, CA

      About Me Parent

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • High Quality
      • Lasting Fun

      Cons

      • Doesn't really roll well

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Outside

      Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

      What a fun toy for a boy who loves construction toys! this is durable and easy to use. My son enjoyed playing with this and pretending in the dirt. The mouth is easy to open and close and will actually hold dirt. The only downfall is that it doesn't roll very well in the dirt but as a stationary "digger" it is definitely fun!

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      • No

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      3.0

      Attractive looking toy...

      By julyindahouse

      from Torrance CA

      About Me Parent

      Pros

      • Easy To Assemble
      • Easy To Use
      • High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Outside
        • Travel

        Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

        I was so happy to receive this in the mail and got really excited to give it to my 18months old son. Surprisingly it wasn't his favorite toy. I wonder if he will fall in love with it later on so we'll see! To me it's a very attractive looking toy and would think many kids would love this. I'm thinking it's a bit too heavy for his age so maybe he'll like this once he gets older.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        My kids love this toy

        By Mon

        from Naples, FL

        About Me Education Oriented, Parent

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • High Quality
        • Lasting Fun

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Outside

          Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

          This construction truck with a dinosaur design was a hit with my 2 year old son AND my 5 year old daughter! They loved "feeding" the dinosaur and making it pick things up while rolling it around the playroom. I wasn't sure if they would like it since they have other trucks and tons of dinosaurs, but I think the fact that it was a combination made it that much more interesting to them. Good quality too. Love it.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Took some time to get used to...

          By JNL

          from NJ

          About Me Educator

          Pros

          • High Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outside

            Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

            My daughter received this toy to review for free. She was not interested in it at all when we first took it out of the package. As it has sat in our playroom, she has started to play with it more and more. I don't know what the original hesitation was about, although I believe it probably had something to do with the fact that the only other construction vehicle that she has is battery operated and moves on its own with the push of a button. We haven't had a chance to get this outside to test for its durability but it looks like it will hold up well out in the elements. I am sure she will enjoy making tracks in the dirt with it and scooping up dirt and mulch with the t-rex head.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great construction toy!! High quality and well designed!

            By sp100

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Education Oriented, Parent

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • High Quality
            • Lasting Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Outside

              Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

              I received this toy from Educational Insights for my honest feedback. This is a great dinosaur-style construction truck for both indoor and outdoor use. It's big but easy to use and is really good to kids to engage in pretend play. Our 4-yr old son loves it and it has been a great addition to his set of construction toys!

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Awesome Dino Construction Loader

              By NMomma

              from La Mirada

              About Me Education Oriented, Parent

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • High Quality
              • Lasting Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Outside

                Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

                My son loves his Dino Construction Loader! He makes all kinds of noise while playing with it. He tries to pick things up with it and unloads into his dump trucks. He has lots of toy dinosaurs he will take out along with his Dino Loader and plays by himself for a good amount of time. I like that he has to maneuver the Truck which helps to develop his hand coordination. I love how this toy allows his imagination to go to many places developing creativity and fun play.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great for 2yo obsessed dinosaurs and trucks!

                By Queen Esther

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Parent

                Pros

                • Easy To Assemble
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Outside
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Educational Insights Dino Construction Company™ Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader:

                  My 2yo son is obsessed with dinosaurs and trucks. This toy combines the two! Need I say more?? LOL. He loves feeding the dino mouth with all sorts of items - including real food, and the track treads are fun for when playing outside in dirt or sand. Good sturdy construction.

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                  • Yes

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