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The Popularity of Fireman Sam Toys
Toys that tie in with popular TV shows and movies are likely to strike home to children. Hence, kids become more engrossed to such toys more than others. The popularity of such toys are likely due to their own backstory, which children can relate to and build upon as they play. A famous example of this sensation in Australia is the Fireman Sam television show with its related toys and themed items that are making kids enjoy the fun and fantasy even off TV.
Fireman Sam – The Hero Next Door
Fireman Sam started out as a Welsh animated series, which ran from 1985-1994. The show was the brainchild of 2 former firemen from London, England. It was aired in Welsh, Gaelic, and English, and became popular for its promotion of fire safety.
In the show, Fireman Sam, a.k.a. "the hero next door," works with fellow firemen and women to save the townspeople of Pontypandy from fires and accidents. He is joined by his niece and nephew, often involving creations he dreams up in his inventing shed. The residents of Pontypandy are frequently getting into trouble, which makes them often in need of Fireman Sam’s help – and not just from fires but also from quandaries like getting stuck in caves and wishing wells.
Fireman Sam in Australia
Fireman Sam proved so popular that several iterations of the TV series were produced, as well as various movies, stage productions, and even a musical. In 2003, a new series was created that introduced an Australian character, Tom Thomas, a rescue pilot who flew a helicopter known as the Wallaby One. This series aired with 26 episodes and ended in 2005. In 2008, another new Fireman Sam series began; this version moved Pontypandy from the interior lands to the seaside.
Fireman Sam Toys
There are many different Fireman Sam toys available at Mr Toys. We have the typical plastic action figures based on the characters of the TV show. These action figures can be paired with different playsets, like the Pontypandy fire station or the rescue house set. There are also various fire trucks and rescue vehicles to choose from, with or without moveable rescue ladders and real fire engine sounds. The cuddly plush Fireman Sam doll is likewise popular.
Fireman Sam dress-up sets are also sought-after by kids. With the fireman's jacket, helmet, and toy fire extinguisher set, children can easily pretend-play and heroically perform their own fire rescue scenarios, just like what Sam and his firefighters do on TV. For extra fun, a fire hose backpack can be added to the costume; this backpack can contain and pump real water, so obviously it is best for outdoor play.
Aside from Fireman Sam action figures and playsets, your child will love our large selection of Fireman Sam themed merchandise available here on our website and in our land-based stores – from backpacks to lunchboxes and T-shirts.
Safety Lessons from Fireman Sam
The Fireman Sam series and other media promote the values of selflessness and belongingness. They also present various fire safety, first aid, and emergency preparedness tips. Watching the show with your child can be a great way to familiarise them with these important subjects and to teach them what to do in case of a real emergency in your home or anywhere else. Playing with Fireman Sam toys will help reinforce these positive messages and remind your child to always think of safety first.