Getting the Paw Patroller out of the box was fairly simple. There is a rider (named Ryder) and his ATV, which are secured by plastic on the outside of the box, and this turns out to be the most difficult part. The main part of the Paw Patroller is a large vehicle that looks like a semi, which is easily taken out of the box by removing a few pieces of tape and some filler cardboard that’s used for packaging.
Even though the pictures on the box show several Paw Patrol characters and their vehicles, the only contents in the box are the Paw Patroller vehicle, Ryder with his ATV, and a package with instructions and stickers for use inside the vehicle.
The Playtime Experience
The Paw Patrol Paw Patroller opens up via a Paw patrol emblem on the side that serves as a locking mechanism. Once it’s open, you find a button which activates motor noises and various garage noises that come through the built-in speaker. There is a working lift that lifts the Paw Patrol characters and their vehicles from one level of the Paw Patroller to the second. Additionally, there are several ramps that can be lowered for driving the ATVs and their riders into the trailer portion of the Paw Patroller.
The cab of the Paw Patroller opens from the top, and inside there are two seats to allow your action figure to drive the Paw Patroller semi when it’s all closed up.
Things I Liked
I liked that the Paw Patrol Paw Patroller has the two levels when open and is capable of producing sounds via the button inside. The stickers give added value and make the vehicle a little more lifelike, and I like that it came with one action figure and an ATV for him to ride on.
Things I Didn’t Like
I don’t like the price on this toy. In my opinion, it is pretty expensive for a toy that is only really fun if you have all the other characters and their vehicles as well. It is fun to open and close the Paw Patroller for transport, but I definitely feel some of the value is lost when there is only one vehicle and character included.
The packaging on the Paw Patroller indicates this toy is to be used for children older than 3, though I honestly can’t figure out why. I didn’t see any choking hazard pieces with the Paw Patroller, and though I can see that kids younger than 3 might not see the same value in the toy, I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s inappropriate for the younger ages. This toy just isn’t that fun to play with regardless of age, unless you purchase more pieces to interact with it.
Paw Patroller Review: Worth it?
The Paw Patrol Paw Patroller is a rather expensive toy for what’s included. The Paw Patroller opens and closes, but the value and entertainment is lost fairly quickly once you’ve done this a few times. It is made to be a “rescue vehicle” for the other Paw Patrol characters and their ATVs, so unless you already have them or plan to get them almost immediately, I wouldn’t recommend buying this toy. I don’t think it’s worth the price it pulls, but if your child really likes the Paw Patrol show they will likely enjoy this toy if the other characters are purchased with it.
Large toy and Large Price
Initially I was excited to play with this toy because I love toys based on popular kids shows. However, the Paw Patrol Paw Patroller was expensive for what I actually ended up getting. I feel like investing in this set is pricey from the start but you almost have to in order to effectively play with it. Also, the toy is huge and hard to store away when my child isn’t playing with it.