Bruder are a well known German manufacturer of high quality toy construction vehicles, with great attention to detail. This Bruder CAT Track-Type Tractor is a model of a real Caterpillar vehicle.
It’s designed to satisfy any child who’s fascinated by construction equipment, and you can play with it outside as well as in the house. But it’s rather expensive for a toy vehicle of this size. Is it worth buying? Let’s take a look.
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Features of the Bruder Tractor: Caterpillar Track-Type
• Made from high quality fade-resistant plastic
• Contains no glue or screws
• Comes fully assembled
• Detail-oriented design
• For indoor and/or outdoor play
• Age range: 3+
Bruder Caterpillar Track-Type Tractor Review
If you have a child who’s fascinated by road construction and building equipment and loves to watch diggers and cranes at work, then he or she will be very impressed by this high quality toy Caterpillar tractor/earthmover. Kids can have hours of imaginative play with a toy like this, especially when it has all the realistic features of the Bruder CAT Track-Type Tractor (model number 02444).
This Bruder tractor has a front blade that is capable of moving up and down and left to right, so kids can actually use it to move dirt and sand from one area to another. The Caterpillar tracks really move, adding sound effects to the realistic look of this toy when you play with it in dirt. As on the real thing, you get rubber treads that are designed to be stable and grip on uneven or slippery surfaces.
The vehicle has an adjustable ripper in the rear that can be replaced with other Bruder Toys accessories (purchased separately). However, there are not a huge number of moving parts here.
It’s advertised for its ability to withstand all kinds of outdoor play including rough treatment. However, it depends what you call “rough”! It definitely has limits. If you try to use the front section to shift heavy stones or anything other than loose dirt or sand, it could break. Some parents have reported that the vehicle tends to come apart when it’s dropped, too, although you can put it back together in that situation.
To be honest this seems rather a high priced toy if you’re considering it for a small child. We imagine you’re partly paying for the use of the Caterpillar design and brand name which a little kid might not care about.
However for an older child who will appreciate its authenticity and see it a model first and a toy second, it’s likely to be an excellent choice of gift. We’ve rated it on that basis, assuming you’re considering getting it for a child who will appreciate it.
Published 6 November 2013