Maybe some of you with kids or girlfriends with kids have the same experience and opinions I have. Every single toy we have purchased the last 3 years has broke. Granted, the majority were inexpensive but a few expensive ones as well. I'm sure the root cause is, "made in China". With Christmas coming up, I told my boy he only gets one toy, he can pick it out, and don't cry when it breaks. We saw a video on Dickie Toys, great offerings and collection items. Not sure if the company is U.S. or U.K. based but I would love to buy their fire truck. They look like they will last and hard to break.