Top positive review
Ultimate Rescue line is great as long as you can get this for Marshall & avoid the huge one!
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2018
If you’ve got a Paw Patrol fan for a little one who you think would like one or more of the Ultimate Rescue toys, than I can tell you that overall these are one of the best lines of Paw Patrol pups that have been released, due to the fact that for the price of a regular small paw patrol pup and vehicle (around $10-$15) you get not only a toy that has multiple uses when played on its own, but if you buy 2+ of these, they hook together to create a larger toy — no additional extra, larger toy required (ie, you don’t have to buy the pups, the pups’ vehicles AND the expensive Paw Patroller to put them on — just connect the vehicles and they create one super, er, ultimate paw patrol rescue toy on their own... win!)
The trick to success with this line is that while a child can absolutely play with just one of the pups, if you buy just two even, they can play so much more as the vehicles can be connected to create a larger vehicle AND because the bigger sized Ultimate rescue vehicles fit two pups in each car!
It’s also important to understand that this line comes with two options for each pups vehicle: a small one or a medium sized one. Both options come with 1 removable pup and 1 corresponding vehicle, and while it may seem best at first to pay a few extra bucks and buy the medium size only for all the extra features, don’t do it! In order to be able to connect the toys, you NEED at least one vehicle to be a small sized one and one vehicle that is a medium sized one. The small sized ones retail for about $9 and the medium for $14 but you can usually find them for cheaper than that.
Still with me? Ok, so, you want to get your lucky kiddo at least two of these, and you’ll want one smaller and one medium sized one as the way the vehicles link together is the small one can fit a medium vehicle on both sides, and the medium ones can fit a small vehicle on both sides, but you cannot simply connect small - small or medium - medium. Since there are 6 main pups, if you plan to buy one toy for each of the pups you’ll want to pick 3 medium sized and 3 small sized to ensure all 6 can be linked.
Side note, there’s also a HUGE version of one pups vehicle, Marshall’s fire truck, it’s much more expensive and luckily my son never really noticed it, so I don’t know how that would add in to this but if you can I personally recommend skipping that one as it defeats the purpose of, you know, not needing to buy a huge expensive vehicle for all the smaller toys to go with. But if that’s the thing your kiddo is hoping Santa brings the most, then I feel for you and wish I knew more about it. But so long as you don’t need to buy that one, don’t!
We ended up buying the medium sized Skye (helicopter), Zuma (hovercraft) and Rubble (construction truck); and the smaller sized Chase (police helicopter), Rocky (recycling truck), and Marshall (fire truck).
— Skye’s vehicles are somehow always the coolest, maybe it’s because helicopters are just really cool, and this one is good, but not as special as I’d hoped. I think Skye would be a fine one to buy in the smaller size, either way works really.
—Zuma is a character who doesn’t get enough love from the show creators, and thus normally marketing either, but we bought the larger Zuma hovercraft and I was actually very impressed with the level of detail and recommend buying the Medium size one for him.
—Rubble’s vehicles are almost always great for any kids who like to dig in sand boxes or whatnot, since our son loves to dig up anything he possibly can, I chose the Medium Rubble vehicle as it has great digging attachments and recommend that size since kids can play with that one individually with anything from an indoor kinetic sand tray, play doh, outside in the dirt or sandbox or snow or anything you can think of!
—The smaller Chase vehicle was a nice surprise because it’s a police helicopter, not something he usually has and makes a nice addition to the lineup when they’re all connected so I definitely recommend getting Chase’s vehicle in the smaller format versus yet another police car for him.
—We got the small Rocky vehicle but it’s rather dull and Rocky has a tendency to fall out of it unlike all the other pups in their vehicles, so I actually recommend the medium if you can, we don’t have that one but from viewing it online it looks like the much better way to go.
— Lastly we got the small Marshall vehicle. For us it’s perfect, and I’d recommend it to others too - for those who will be getting their kids the super large Marshall truck later on, this will make that truck seem so much cooler (and make it more surprising to receive I imagine!), for those not getting the super huge fire truck, I can see young kids being confused with the medium size one and initially thinking they got the large one from the commercials and so again I think getting the smaller one helps skip that issue entirely.
I know this was incredibly lengthy but I hope this breakdown helps someone out there navigate their gift shopping for this holiday season or anytime!