This IS plastic - but durable plastic. My three-yr old LOVES LOVES LOVES this...and I love love love that it is NOT made in China. This is an awesome toy - highly recommend it. We actually got this as a set from a different website with a backhoe and a MACK truck...the whole set as well as a few other Bruder trucks are just awesome. Would buy this again - will buy other Bruder brand toys. Now that Target carries - will probably buy from Target (haven't yet seen them in the store though).
I purchased this skid steer for my 3 year old son. He has several of these Caterpillar toys. This one was delivered yesterday and the forward and reverse did not work right out of the box. The lights and sounds work as they should.
I am not returning the toy because we've discovered that the forward and reverse on the ones with tracks do not last more than a day. There's no point in returning it when I know the next one will not work long either.
My son loves this toy without the forward and reverse option and would be heartbroken to part with it. I just wish I hadn't paid [$] dollars plus shipping for nothing more than lights and music.