Our daughter went Postman Pat mad about a year and half ago so when it came to christams there was no doubt she was getting Postman Pat toys. Her Auntie bought her Mrs Goggins Post Office which sells for about £15. There are alot of different toys within the range (more of which I will be reviewing) vehicle wise there is the small van, the big van, a motorbike, a helicopter, Ted's truck and a forklift truck. For the buildings you can get the Post Office, The SDS Sorting Office, Ted Glens Garage, PC Selbys Police Station, Ajay's Trains station and Alf's Barn and finally you can get the Green Rocket and different character figure packs.
This set comprises of Mrs goggins, the Post office, a post trolley, a parcel and a Envelope. The Post office looks like a little cottage just the same as in the programme, at the front there are 3 windows and a working door with a posting slot for mail. The post office is stood on some grass with flowered stickers along the bottom of the building. There is also a post office sign above the door. When you turn the post office around the back is totally open, there is stickers all over the walls to make it look like there are shelves of things, a clock, a phone and a fire bell. There is also a counter for Mrs Goggins to stand behind and a set of scales which do push down and a till.
The parcel and the envelope are of a brillinat standard, the detailing of these is fantastic the parcel has indentations of the brown paper as if something has really been wrapped and on the back it has raised areas for 2 stamps and an address label and then string around the whole parcel. The envelope has the markings of the flap on the reverse and it has the markinghs of a tiny little stamp on it. The trolley is green with grey working wheels for the parcels to go in to be moved about.
Mrs goggins is around 2 inches high and has a flowery dress with an apron on, she has her normal glasses on and great detail in her hair. All the postman pat figures are realy detailed.
The Post Office simply is what it is a plastic area for a child to play make believe, there are no buttons to make noises like with the vehicles and it really doesn't grab my daughters attention although she does sometimes play with it it's definately not as much as the other things within the range.
My youngest son is really into postman pat, so for his 2nd birthday earlier this year my friend bought him this play set as a present. There are a great many postman pat toys available at the moment, based around the newer television series of SDS (special delivery service). Conveniently for the toy manufacturers, this means as well as Pat and his van, Pat also now works from the post office and the sorting centre, and he also has a van, a motorbike and a helicopter for transport, and he can visit his friends Ted Glenn at the garage, and Ajay at the railway station. Cynical? Moi?
The series is shown on Cbeebies so my sons are both familiar with the characters, and the adverts were being shown quite a lot on Channel 5 breakfast telly, so they were being asked for.
This particular set is Mrs Goggins Post Office set. It costs around £12 to buy it. It is aimed at children aged 3 and above. My youngest is a year younger, but he can play with it without breaking it, and he hasn't put the bits in his mouth thankfully. The front of the playset shows the front of the post office, with an opening door and a postbox with a slot. This is a favourite feature to my two as it came with some little letters that can be posted through. Unfortunately though, these were so little they have been misplaced in the house so we can't do this any more.
When you turn the set round it is a cut out of the building, so you can see the counter, which has scales on it. The scales go up and down when you put the parcel on it. Again, they like this as they are used to going to the post office a lot with me and argue over whose turn it is to weigh the parcel and post it to the lady.
The set comes with a figure of Mrs Goggins. The legs bend at the hips and the arms from the shoulder, and she is the same size as the other figures in the series so she can fit in the van and truck like Pat does. It also comes with a mail trolley, a parcel and a couple of little letters.
As a stand alone toy i don't know if i would have bothered to be honest as the kids really want to play with Pat and Jess the cat mostly, but as an add on to the other toys it is good. We set all the different bits up on the coffee table and they can move parcels and letters around between the buildings using the various toys.
It has worn well with a lot of play. The only thing i don't like is the door comes off quite easily with little hands, although this happens on all of the sets.
Postman Pat Playset Post Office...
When Jack was going through his Postman Pat stage, I was going through the stage of buying him far too many toys (which I have now calmed down on) but funny enough Jack seems to play with this toy now far more than he did when I first purchased it for him.
I spend around £10 on this little post office set which comes with a small figure of Mrs Goggins and a couple of plastic parcels and a sort of parcel carrier box with wheels. I think the set can be bought for around the £7.50 p region now and can cost as much as £15. when I purchased this one from Argos, I also picked up a couple of the other items which follow on in this set. The others include the Sorting Office and Ted Glens Workshop and they are all around the same price.
Overall, I would have to say that I personally found this little set rather disappointing even though Jack does play happily with it now. The set is pretty simple and I think the price is really more reflective of the fact that it is Postman Pat merchandise rather than a good toy.
The Post Office is a rather simple lay out and consists of one building which has a front door that opens and closes (and often falls off) along with a window and a small open letter box. The back side of the toy is open and allows you to put Mrs Goggins in and out of the Post Office. There is a counter which you can put her behind but not overly easy and there is a small set of scales that actually work by showing you that the parcel when placed on to it will change the colour to beige to red. Really though that is about all the toy consists of. The walls are papered with a post office type look but nothing else that has any sort of play ability.
Although because Jack does have more sets in this series, he is able to use them alongside each other and this does make for more fun. I would think that just having this Post Office set on its own wouldn't really be overly fun and for the price you could get more product for your money most definitely.
The quality of the post office is all right although the only bit that could give any trouble, which is the door, does always fall off and Jack himself can't fix it back on which makes this a little annoying. However it is an okay toy which I feel has to be made up into more of a set and so for that reason it can work out pretty expensive.
I think a score of 3 stars out of 5 is being rather generous and I am really unsure if I should give it a recommendation or not but I feel possibly a slight one if your child is a big fan.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
The grandson has had the Postman Pat SDS Post Office Playset for a while now. It retails for between £7.50 and £15 depending on where you buy it from. I suspect that this is because it's being discontinued due to its decrease in popularity. I've seen it in Tesco for £7.50 most recently, which obviously annoyed me a little having paid the full £15 for it not so long ago!
Inside the box you get a very small post office building, which is made of thin moulded plastic. This isn't so thin it will break easily, but it's certainly not quite in the same league as Playmobil buildings are. That said, you'd never get a Playmobil building for this price. For £15 I feel a tiny bit cheated, but for £7.50 I'd think I got an absolute bargain here.
At the front of the post Office is a door which opens, and some decorative windows. You can turn it around and get inside to play as the back is completely open. Inside the Post Office there's a little counter, and some sticker-style pictures on the walls for decoration. Then there's a woman Post Office Clerk (modelled on the lady who is in the TV series of Postman Pat), a little parcel trolley, a plastic parcel and a plastic letter.
As you can see, there isn't a lot in this set. But, what is here is detailed and constructed to a reasonable standard. I can't see how any child could get any real play out of owning this playset alone, so it's definitely not one to buy as a standalone present for someone. But as an add-on to an existing Postman Pat toy, or even a Playmobil town considering that it is similar in size (and yes, Playmobil people will fit in it), this is a decent little extra.
I can only reasonably give this three stars, due to the absence of any real play appeal in buying this set alone. The grandson uses this as a Post Office in his Playmobil and Postman Pat town layouts, but the accessories are so boring and simplistic that they got looked at just once and then discarded. Really they needed to include more accessories in this, if they had of done so then it'd easily have gotten an extra star from me.