Roary The Racing Car Live – Review

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to have been invited to go along and see the Roary The Racing Car Live Show in Cardiff.

I hadn’t told the boys until the day before that we would be going, so it was an exciting surprise for them. Jacob is now 3 1/2 and Thomas 5 1/2, and I thought that they were the perfect age for this show. I did wonder if Thomas might think he was perhaps think he was a bit old now for Roary, but he and Jacob sat enchanted all the way through and had a great time.

The show is a mix of costumed characters, costumed actors, cartoon racing action shown on the big screen, and also some apperances from the star cars themselves.

I think the way that the show has been put together works well, it’s close enough to the TV show to please the little ones who just want to see Roary, but also adds an extra dimension for fans who are a little older, with all the song and dance numbers. All the costumed characters are voiced by the same actors as the TV show, so we of course get the familiar dulcet tones of Peter Kay as the formidable Big Chris,  Flash the rabbit (who just wouldn’t work with a different voice) as well as Farmer Green and not forgetting the cars Roary, Maxi and Cici. The way the cars move around the stage and respond the actors is pretty cool, they’re mouths even move as they are talking. As an added bonus we also get to hear the wonderful Murray Walker, who has come to SilverHatch to commentate on the big Champion of Champions race.

The only thing I was slightly puzzled by is that all the characters were in costumes and voiced by their TV counterparts, apart from Marsha, who was dressed in her familiar yellow jumpsuit but was a normal actor. I couldn’t really understand why they did this as everyone else had the same voice and head as the TV show character. It wasn’t that she was bad as Marsha, I was just slightly puzzled as to why?

The story revolves around the big race being held at Silverhatch. All the cars are involved, and ready and waiting to see who will be fastest and be crowned Champion of Champions. Of course there is a bit more to it than that, we have Farmer Green testing out a new Bio-fuel, but only if Flash the Rabbit doesn’t use it all in his skateboard first, lots of fun singing and dancing. To add a bit of tension before the intermission Big Chris leaves his pizza burning in the oven, Will SilverHatch be okay? You’ll have to go along yourselves and see the show.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon watching the performance, I would wholeheartedly recommend that any fans of Roary make sure you seek out your nearest show. The Live Show is touring all over the UK throughout 2011, you can find your nearest tour date and venue at http://www.roarytheracingcar.com/roary-live/.

Roary the Racing Car – Champion of Champions Live Show

Great news for Roary the Racing Car fans! Roary is embarking on a UK tour, taking his new live show ‘Champion of Champions‘ to various venues all around the country in over 90 theatres until November 2011.

The live show promises to be just as much fun as your toddlers favourite TV show, and brings familiarity in the form of Sir Stirling Moss as the narrator, motor sport legend Murray Walker as the Silver hatch commentator, and obviously the show wouldn’t be complete without Peter Kay as the voice of everyones favourite singing mechanic Big Chris.

Without giving too much away it sounds like it’ll be business as usual at silver Hatch as Roary, Maxi, Cici and the other cars prepare for a big race. Farmer Green has developed a new Bio-fuel to make sure this race will bot only be the greenest race ever, but also the fastest, Unfortunately that pesky rabbit Flash is eyeing up the fuel for his skateboard, and Big Chris is pre occupied making Pizza and Doughnuts.

Luckily Marsha is on hand to make sure everyone is ready for the track, but who will win the race and be crowned the champion? Well you’ll have to head to your nearest Roary live show to find out. All the details on tour dates and venues can be found at http://www.roarytheracingcar.com/roary-live/

Me and the boys are very lucky and really excited to be going to see Roary the Racing Car live in Cardiff on Saturday 23rd April and I will be writing a full review of our experience on the day, so will let you know how we get on.

Roary the Racing Car Ride On Review

 

“Love that car, my number one star” do these words mean anything to you, if they do you must have a little Roary fan and if so you need this toy!.

Along with the Wiggles, Roary the Racing Car is Jacob’s favourite character. Thomas doesn’t take much interest it’s too babyish, Roary is just for Jacob.

So when deciding on a Christmas present for Jacob we decided on the Roary the Racing Car Ride On

Even though  you only need to attach the wheels to the main body, it took ages to figure out how to do it. We couldn’t seem to get the wheels on for ages. In the end we got out a mallet to bang them on. It worked but was noisy, not the sort of thing you want to be doing at 9 o’clock at night on Christmas Eve.

When the wheels are on there’s the numerous amounts of decals that need to be applied, although it doesn’t take that long. You then just need to add the steering wheel and insert the sound box.

Styled to look just like a miniature version of the real thing, Jacob was amazed when he opened it up on Christmas Morning. He jumped straight on.

When you press the horn of the steering wheel you get various Roary phrases, like “Go Roary Go” and “Vroom Vroom Vroom”. Jacob loved this but soon managed to unclip the sound box from the wheel. Now every time he plays with it, he just takes the sound part out and won’t stop pressing it.

The seat hides a compartment underneath, perfect for little cars and toys or half eaten biscuits!. My only niggle about this is that the seat is not hinged, it just comes off. Jacob just takes it off as soon as I put it on,  and sits in the hole.

Thomas had a Thomas the Tank Engine ride on when he was younger which had a hinged seat cover and that was a much better design. Jacob’s not at all bothered about sitting in the hole but it just looks uncomfortable.

It seems a bit lower to the ground than some other ride on’s that I’ve seen. Which means it’s better for younger little ones as they are able to shuffle themselves along the ground earlier than models that have the seats higher. 

For Roary Racing enthusiasts this is a must, my only negative point is the seat but it’s not worth discounting the whole toy for just that. 

There’s hours of fun to be had recreating Silverhatch races so Go Roary Go!.