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In the week before Christmas I headed to the shops in the hope of buying a few small treats for my sons Christmas stocking. He adores Postman Pat as his Daddy is a Postman so when I spotted this toy in B&Ms for under £3.00, I decided to buy it for him.
~SDS Van Convertible~
Age recommendation : 3 years+
This is a 2 in 1 Postman Pat toy. In less than 10 moves, the toy can be changed from a large Postman Pat figure to his SDS van. The complete toy measures 26.4 x 18.6 x 7.8cm.
~Price and Availability~
The SDS Van Convertible can be purchased from Amazon for £9.99. It is normally available in B&Ms as well.
My son was pleased to spot this in this Christmas stocking. He had expressed an interest in it when we were in B&Ms one day so I thought it would be something he would like. I am really glad than I only paid £2.99 for it as it is certainly not worth the Amazon price in my opinion. Within the box, the toy is in the form of a transformer style Postman Pat and looks quite big.
My son wasn't quite sure what to do with this toy at first but once I had showed him how to move the different parts he was able to do this easily himself. The full size Postman Pat looks weird in my opinion. The different pieces of the toy are extended out to form limbs and the window forms the chest of Postman Pat. His head pops out from the top of the body. There isn't really much that can be done with this toy in this way and it is really more of a novelty than anything else. The different 'limbs' are easy to move but the attatchments do not feel overly secure or sturdy. I don't feel that they would hold up well against rough play.
My son prefers to play with this in its van form. Changing this toy from a character to a van isn't a simple task. It is a little fiddly as some pieces needed rotated. It is important to ensure all the red pieces are on the outside. My son becomes frustrated when trying to change this toy to a van as there are so many pieces which need fiddled around including ensuring that Pats hands are folded into his arms. I don't think Boo likes doing this incase he hurts Pat!
Anyway, once all the pieces are in the right place, Pats head can be turned around and pushed downwards into the toy. It can be ejected easily by pressing a button at the front of the van. The complete van is quite small and looks like it does in the show. It is made of plastic but it doesn't feel very sturdy at all. The top of our van has broken off and this held the whole thing together so it is even less sturdy now. The little wing mirrors are very loose feeling which I am not pleased about. If you have young babies in the house then this should definitely no be within their reach.
My son is happy to use this as a van and is able to wheel it along the floor thanks to the four wheels at the base. He does find it amusing that when in van form, Pat can still be visible on the top of the van. He does prefer his regular SDS vans though as they stay together a bit better and have opening doors and the opportunity to use his characters with them. There isn't really anything else to it. I think Postman Pat should leave the transforming to the actual Transformers (Bumblebee etc).
I feel that this is quite a poorly made toy. Once the initial novelty of it being a transformer type toy had worn off, Boo found it to be a little boring. There is not much that can be done with it especially when pieces fall off. I wouldn't recommend this at full price but if your child REALLY needs to have this then buy it from a discount store!
Thanks for reading :)
On uploading the picture I have become aware that Postman Pat looks as high as kite...