Maple Landmark Classic “Racing Team Truck” and “School Bus”:
To be honest, when I first saw these trucks in the toystore, I thought they kind of looked boring and ugly… but my son kept on playing with the truck at the store every time we went there, so I ordered these two. I have quickly changed my mind, these trucks are so nice for the child’s imagination. My son LOVES these, he doesn’t have the critical design eye of him mom, yet, and thinks these are the most amazing trucks in the world. He plays with them daily and uses the peg people as “babies” that get into different scenarios between the bus and the race truck. I hesitated on these trucks because I thought they would scratch up our wooden floors, but they are fine (or my floor is so scratched I don’t notice it). These trucks are HEAVY though, which is nice for stability, but you don’t want to drop one of these on your toes. Luckily, my son keeps them on the floor and mostly pushes them around. I do love that these are made in USA, finished with bee’s wax and the body is crafted from responsibly harvested hardwoods. The small race-cars are probably his favorites, so if you’re on a budget, just get two of those.
A side note about Automoblox; I was really sad when I found out that they are made in China, that they are not eco-friendly at all, and that the quality is bad (the plastic part where the wheels connect to the car has broken on 3 out of our 4 cars!). I bought a few of them on “natural” toy websites and I want to warn you to look into them before buying them. Go for cars made by Fagus, Kinderkram, Ostheimer, Plan Toys and the above mentioned first. Not only will they quality be better, but they will be non-toxic and support eco-friendly practises.