CAT Construction Pre School Take-a-Part Dump Truck, Talkin’ Truck Cell Phone & Flashlight Night Light Review [CLOSED Giveaway]

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We first learned about CAT Toys last month when we reviewed the Tough Tracks Dump Truck. Both Ethan and I fell in love with the toys, both for different reasons. I fell in love with the build, durability, educational value and function… Ethan fell in love because it was a cool yellow truck!

About Toy State:

Founded in 1984, Toy State is an innovator and an industry leader in the manufacture of licensed and highly stylized lights and sound vehicles. Toy State’s core portfolio includes Road Rippers® lights and sound vehicles, as well as Cat® and Cat® Preschool lights and sound construction toys. Working in-step with the world’s leading automakers, and Caterpillar, the leading manufacturer of construction equipment, Toy State products provide hours of enjoyment for kids of all ages.


We were sent a take-a-part machine (dump truck), a talkin’ truck cell phone and a flashlight night light (bull dozer).


It was Ethan’s lucky day!

We started with the take-a-part machine. Ethan loves to take things apart so I was hoping this toy would be a hit. I wasn’t disappointed. Ethan went to work untightening all of the bolts by hand (and taking the truck apart) while Kaytlin and I looked for batteries for the motorized hand drill.


To be honest I was very surprised that he didn’t need any help with the disassembly and the reassembly. He seemed to remember where all of the pieces went and got the hang of “righty tighty” while finger tightening the bolts.

This toy was an amazing hit and he plays with it a month later almost on a daily basis. The website suggests ages 3 and up… Ethan just turned 3 late July and he didn’t have any problems with it.


The next toy we played with was the talkin’ truck cell phone. Ethan loves cell phones and he loves trucks so I had a clue that this might be a winner.


Both of the kids were scrambling to be the first at this toy. I was very pleased that the tones and vocals were soft and not intrusive at all (moms… read this as “not annoying”). Actually, if the room has a lot of background noise it’s a little difficult to understand what the phone is saying. I also thought it was clever that the wheels actually roll.

Emma & Ethan both agree that their favorite feature of the phone was the “camera”. When you press the button the light flashes on the other side (see the closed truck photo above… the light flashes in the circular portion like on a real cell phone) and makes a shutter noise like a digital camera.

(The photo below is of Emma taking a picture.)


Last but not least is the Flashlight & Night Light bull dozer (also comes in dump truck form).


Ethan is not the type of kiddo that focuses and falls right to sleep when tucked in. He likes to play with toys and has a little night light he tinkers with while relaxing in the dark. I knew he would get a kick out of a truck flashlight. What I didn’t realize was, this cute little truck turns into a night light. I know it’s part of the name, but really… I thought it referred to the flashlight part!

The night light feature happens after the headlight turns off. It has an undercarriage light that glows lightly so you can see just enough to not be afraid of the dark.

Oh, I can’t forget to mention the truck noises it makes while in flash light mode. When Ethan pushes the red button not only does the flash light turn on, the trucks “honk honks” (loudly… moms read that as “annoyingly”). My husband easily fixed this for me by putting some scotch tape over the speaker to muffle the sound. It is still very audible, but not nearly as annoying Smile.

Ethan takes this to bed with him nightly. Another hit!


My overall thoughts on CAT Pre School toys is a very favorable one! They are sturdy, functional, educational, and plain ole’ FUN! They are the perfect gift for any little boy or girl that loves trucks, construction and fun!


CAT Pre School Construction toys can be found at a retailer near you:

Wal-Mart * Target * K-Mart * Toys R Us


ONE OurKidsMom reader is going to win a Take-a-Part Machine (either a Dump Truck, Wheel Loader and Skid Steer depending on availability)!

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Simply follow the directions in the widget below. It’s that simple.


but they are still very much appreciated and adored :O)



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  • Rules:

    You do not have to be a blogger to enter/win. An email address is required to enter. The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. One person entering per household please. U.S. only.

    This giveaway ends at 12:01 AM EST on September 2, 2011.

    Disclaimer: I received the complimentary samples through Team Mom from Toy State. All opinions are 100% my own. Your experience with the product may differ from mine.  No other compensation was received.



  1. Alisha Kostiuk says

    I would love to have the Rock Mover Truck Set.

  2. Rebecca Graham says

    I like Ripp’s Garage Mud Runners toy.

  3. jenn says

    they had some fun games on their site

  4. Janet W. says

    I like the Road Rippers Mini Rush & Rescue!!!

  5. karen M says

    The boys would love the Arena Rocker!, awesome games for the kiddo;s to play

  6. Visited the site. I love how easy it is to find toys by age or category. I don’t have to dig around much, just use the drop down box! The Pre-School construction toys look great!
    abgillette at

  7. Jessica says

    I think my boys would love the Rock Mover Track Set! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Audrey Griffis says

    having a son i love the choices that the webiste has m y so has just discovered his love of anythgn with wheels so this iis a great iste for ideas for christmas 🙂

  9. EMMA L HORTON says

    I LIKE THE Rock Mover Track Set

  10. Denise Taylor says

    I like the Talking Truck Cell Phone.

  11. Stephanie Phelps says


  12. thanks for another great giveaway! i love the entire line of CAT toys!

  13. bernadette callahan says

    the construction express looks awesome! 🙂

    good luck

  14. Kelli Wood says

    My son would love the shipping port!

  15. I like the secret service car

  16. Lori A. says

    I think the Skidder cars look cool! My son would love that.
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

  17. Fawn H says

    I like Ripp’s Power Wings car

  18. daiva says

    I like CAT massive machine excavator

  19. Laurie Adams says

    I think my Nephew would like to have the Road Ripper RC Mobile Command.

  20. chelesa sims says

    i think my son would like any and all of these but i like the skidders car.

  21. McKim says

    I like the 12″ Rush & Rescue

  22. Jessica Bradley says

    The remote control trucks are cool!!

  23. Taryn says

    My son would love the Mini Rush & Rescue

  24. charline says

    The boys would love the cat mining playset

  25. Jennifer Johncock says

    My son would love the Massive Machine 10-Wheel Crane!

  26. Lisa Davis says

    I like the Rock Mover Track Set

  27. taylor marves says

    we like the big rig hauler!
    taylormarves at gmail dot com

  28. We also like the Road Rippers Rescue vehicles.

  29. Link to your button on the left sidebar:

  30. Melissa Moore Vandenbossche says

    My son would love this and the City Service fleet!

  31. James Cox says

    I like that you can make your toys come alive and play online.

  32. Shelly Peterson says

    I like the rock mover track set.

  33. Bianca Roman says

    My son would love the honk and rumble wheel! Thanks for this great giveaway.

  34. Lindsay S says

    I love that Toy State makes a Motorized Machine with a mini boulder!! Too cute!

  35. Joyce Mlinek says

    My grandson would like the Shake, Glow and Go Road Ripper.

  36. Stephanie-jean Weber says

    My son would LOVE the rock mover track set!

  37. Kari Howell says

    My son would love the Construction Express!

  38. Carrie Phelps says

    I babysit for a four year old that LOVES firetrucks & I know he would love the mini rush & rescue truck!

    • Gerri Bolen says

      I like the street screamers

  39. Alissa A says

    I would like the Wheelie Bike. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. Emillie says

    I like the mini rush and rescue firetruck.
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

  41. Heather Stewart says

    like mini rush and rescue fire truck

  42. Carolyn H says

    I like the Motor Muscle RC car

  43. Michelle Khzouz says

    Love the Chase Racers!

  44. Michelle Khzouz says

    I follow you on GFC

  45. Christine says

    like the rock mover track set

  46. Julie H says

    like the mini rush and rescue

  47. Sherry S. says

    I really like the Mining Playset
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  48. Cool toys!!! I want the playset shipping port. Thanks Heather!

  49. I like the arena rocker

  50. Colleen Maurina says

    I also like their Rock Mover Track Set.

  51. Eileen says

    love to have the Dodge Challenger Road Ripper RC!


  52. i would love to have the rock mover track set – my boys would LOVE it!

  53. Nicole C. says

    I like the Dodge Viper Skidder.

  54. Corinne Soto says

    i love the whole preschool set, it’s perfect for my 2 year old, but of course the hubby was looking over my sholder right as i was checking out the site, and now is already creating the list of road rippers that we MUST have LOL. Starting with the wheelie bikes

  55. Ashlyn says

    Oh my goodness my son would love this. He would also like any of the other CAT toys on their website.

  56. Amber says

    I would love to have the Rock Mover Track Set for my daughter. She loves boy toys!

  57. Debbie jackson says

    dodge viper skidder

  58. Lynda Clark says

    I have a little nephew that is crazy about fire trucks. I really want to get the Mini Rush & Rescue with the lights and sounds for him.

  59. Debbie Welchert says

    I like the Rock Mover Track Set.

  60. Pauline Milner says

    I like that Toy State has a section on their website for Product and Safety recalls. Consumers need to feel confident that if there is a recall the company is able to let them know. I have seen many sites that do not have any recall or safety information posted anywhere on their site. Kudos to Toy State for being a great company.

  61. Ellen B says

    Love the rescue truck

  62. courtney says

    i like the pack attack

  63. Heather Allison says

    My son loves Trucks he would love them all

  64. Kristen says

    I like the Motor Muscle RC car.

  65. stephanie miller says

    i love the construction express train! how cute!! my little nephew would love this!

  66. Tracie Trump says

    love the dodge challenger road ripper rc

  67. We love the Take-Apart toys in our house! My oldest would also love the Road Ripper 14″ Rush & Rescue. Thanks for the opportunity!

  68. My little guy would be in love with the Road Rippers Off-Road 4×4

  69. Kristi C says

    I want the Rock & Roller, Hot Rod.

  70. I want the Wheelie Poppers-looks fun!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  71. Gina Ferrell says

    I love the CAT Construction Express.

    ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

  72. Brianna Beers says
  73. I love the Cat mini machines. Perfect for little boys.

  74. I love the mini fire and rescue

  75. Kacie Lewis says

    I love the Caterpillar RC machines!

  76. Taryn says

    My son would love the Mini Rush & Rescue.

  77. allison says

    I like the power wings car.

  78. melissa harrelson says

    Well I learned they have awesome products, I have never been to this site before…cool stuff! Thanks for the chance to win, mt boys would LOVE this.

  79. melissa harrelson says

    Like all on FB, Ty

  80. Larissa Brunken says

    Road rocking truck

  81. We’d want the remote control F150.

  82. Christina Potts says

    The rush and rescue road ripper caught my son’s attention

  83. crystle marie tellerday says

    cat preschool talkin truck cellphone

  84. Liz says

    I like the CAT Mini Mover

  85. Bonnye Sensenig says

    The videos on the website are awesome for decision making! Now I know which one to get my nephew!

  86. Lucy says

    My nephew would love all these- especially one of the Rumblin’ Ride Road Rippers! 🙂

  87. Linda says

    I like the CatHeavy Duty Worker Remote.

  88. Stephanie Mago-Eagle says
  89. road rocking truck my son would love this

  90. Cujo says

    We’d also like the Mini rush and rescue. It’s my son’s favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

  91. I think the Freedom Force Strike Patrol looks fun too! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  92. I would love to get the Remote Control Road Ripper for my son. He loves trucks! 🙂

  93. Amanda Berrios says

    The Motorized Machines with Boulder is just perfect for who I have it in mind for!!

  94. Lentil says

    I want the The Rock Mover Mini Track Set. For my kid I mean.

  95. Julie Witt says

    Definitely the Remote Control Road Ripper! My son loves that one 😀

  96. sandra says

    i also like the mining playset

  97. Cindy Ray says

    My son loves the ROCK MOVER TRACK SET.

    green_eyed_princesss at msn dot com

  98. Martha Boismier says

    Big Builder Remote Machines with Sound.he likes to make things move

  99. Joye Rast says

    My grandson would love the Ramblin Ride, to have a Harley like grandpa

  100. ColleenMarie82 says

    I also like the Mini Rush & Rescue

  101. Heidi Daily says

    I also like the bridge builder playset

  102. Caryn S says

    I like the honk and rumble wheel

  103. Tracey Byram says

    I like the ’70 Chevy Chevelle SS454 LS6 RC car.

  104. Heather S says

    My son would absolutely love the Rumble Tractor!

  105. Andrea D. says

    I like the Mini Rush and Rescue truck.

  106. Anne Nack says

    I love the The Rock Mover Mini Track Set!

  107. Paula Hafner says

    I like the Mini Rush and Rescue Firetruck.

  108. Penny W says

    Oh, I bet your kids were on cloud nine! My son would love this, thanks for the opportunity!

  109. Penny W says

    I love the Road Rippers RC Arena Rocker(and so would my son!)

    pkbw28 at gmail dot com

  110. Raven In A Blue Room says

    I love the Jeep Wrangler 2DR

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  111. Michael says

    The road Rippers mini rush and rescue looks great!

  112. Ashley says

    We like the Rock Mover track set!

  113. Jen Harriman says

    My son would go crazy for the Construction Express … talk about dream come true, mixing construction equipment & a train! 🙂

  114. I like the Mini Rush and Rescue!

  115. Ellie W says

    I like the Ripp’s Garage Power Wings
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  116. Talisha Palmer says

    Wow at the neat trucks, cars, etc.!! I think my son would like that playset shipping port. Way too cute! Thanks for the opportunity.

  117. Jackie Wertish says

    I learned that they were founded in 1984.

  118. Jackie Wertish says

    I posted your button on the direct bottom of my blog.

  119. erma says

    I like the Flash Rides

  120. Rebecca Peters says

    I like the wheel poppers road rippers

  121. Jen M says

    I like the mini rush and rescue.

  122. Allie Sansing says

    I want the ROAD ROCKIN’ RIDES!

  123. Stephanie G says

    I would love to get my son the preschool bump & go machine.

  124. Carolsue says

    I like the Skidders and Street Screamers!

  125. sara haaf says

    WOW! I hope my son never finds this site, construction vehicles and rc cars galore. The CAT stuff is super cute. I may need to get my son one of the phone/trucks for his bday

  126. Johnna says

    The remote control building machines are AWESOME!

  127. Teresa L Shively says

    My son would love the 4×4 monster truck

  128. Tabitha says

    My nephews would love the moster truck.

  129. Kat Emerick says

    I would love the LIGHTNING RODS for my grand son.

  130. Elizabeth Harrison says

    I would love the Construction Express!

  131. Leslie Galloway says

    Flashlight & Night Light bull dozer

  132. road ripper skidder

  133. Jill Myrick says

    We also like the Mini Rush and Rescue.


  134. Rob Lewis says

    Tough Tracks Excavator. I learned that their search system was a bit confusing at first.