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Monday, May 05 2014 09:00

Toy Review: CAT Truck and Trailer Collection Wheel Loader and Dump Truck

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Toy State Test DriverThe folks at Toy State have been producing licensed toys based on CAT (that's CATERPILLAR) for quite some time now, and in that time, they've made enough scale replicas of big machines to tackle any job site your little one could possibly imagine. The line-up is impressive, and we've got a few of them here, including some that I reviewed before I officially began working with Toy State as a "Test Driver" (like these), and some since (like this one). A recent entry is their new line of "Truck and Trailer" vehicles, which comes with a CAT Dump Truck, a Trailer, and either a Wheel Loader or Bulldozer. We received the Wheel Loader set.

Simple, yet detailed, these freewheeling vehicles make for fun play with additional CAT sets, or on their own - indoors and out. With the weather getting decent for a change, we've had these out back, and both of my girls love 'em.

CAT Truck and Trailer

Recommended for Ages 3 and Up, there's plenty of moving parts (the truck can "dump" and the loader can "load" - manually), and the loader has Toy State's signature lights and sound features added - batteries included. Made of plastic, these vehicles should be able to hand up to the elements a bit as well, but just don't leave 'em outside. Clean-em up for proper storage.

Active, imaginative play. That's what I'm all about, and this set delivers.

CAT Truck and Trailer Set

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Further Disclosure: The Rock Father is participating in a sponsored brand ambassador program from Toy State. As a part of this program we have received paid compensation for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to Toy State. All opinions are that of James Zahn, with input from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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