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After um-ing and ah-ing over buying a cozy coupe for my son for several months, we finally took the plunge three months ago and bought him one when we saw it on offer at Tesco for just over £30. These usually sell for between £35 and £40. My son had shown an increasing interest in his friend's coupe and when we were at soft play centres and, having first thought we had maybe missed the boat with these as they are suitable from 18 months, we decided that, at just over 2 years old, he could still get plenty of use from it.
The Cozy Coupe is made by Little Tikes and this edition of the car was made to celebrate it's 30th anniversary - an indication of how long the brand has been around. It is suitable for children from 18 months of age to 5 years (suggested maximum weight is 22.7kg).
The car is made from a thick, durable plastic. As pictured above, the body of the car is a bright red colour. The roof of the car a bright yellow. The front of the car features a smiley face with big eyes and the rear has a 'storage' section - which my son find ideal for holding his drink beaker (or, alternatively filling with water/sand/mud etc!). There are four black wheels on the bottom for the car to move along on and these are connected to the body with metal shaped poles. There is a door that can be swung outwards to open to allow the child to get into and out of the car and sit on the seat. There is also a tray for the bottom of the car for younger children - to protect their feet so they don't dangle from the car. My son never needed this though as he was a little older when we purchased the car so the bottom is left open so he can move himself along using his feet. There is a white petrol cap on the side of the car so it can be refuelled (a pump and trailer can be purchased separately!). The dashboard features a key that can be turned in the ignition and a steering wheel.
In a word, difficult. I had heard from friends that putting this together was quite difficult but, looking at the car, you struggle to see why. I understand that some places that sell the car will offer to put it together for a set fee and I would definitely recommend taking them up on this!! The instructions that come with the car are not brilliant and we found that parts that look very similar were not labelled at all so we relied on guess work a little. There is an online help address provided for a walk through of how to put the car together but we found it easier to find our own video on You Tube of someone actually putting the car together so that we could copy and put it together piece by piece.
Having said all this, this was still not fool proof. My husband managed to put one of the wheels on without the white inner part in place and removing the metal cap that he had placed on it was nigh on impossible. It took us a good couple of frustrating hours to put this together and at various points I was unsure if we would even get there!
My son loves to ride in his coupe and power himself along using his feet. He is also getting to grips with the steering wheel. He enjoys opening and shutting the door on the side and getting in and out the car. We interact by discussing what he is doing and making car noises - vroom vroom and beep beep etc. He is also beginning to use this for imaginative play too - needing to fill his car with petrol (like mummy and daddy do). He usually uses his watering can to do this as we haven't felt the need to purchase the associated pump (thinking it is rather over priced!).
The car stands up well to his rather 'enthusiatic' play (and sometimes aggressive if playing with fellow toddlers!). It is durable and does not tip easily. The wheels do scratch on gravelly ground but, that aside, it has remained relatively damage free. Even the stickers that we have placed on for the mouth, dashboard, number plates etc have remained well in place and not peeled off. The key in the ignition feels fragile and I am not sure how long this will withstand a toddler's heavy hand but my son has not yet taken much interest in this so it has not really been tested.
I would say the car holds my son's interest for only a limited amount of time but he does return to it time and time again during an afternoon of outdoor play. It is definitely a toy he uses in frequent short bursts rather than one that he will spend hours on.
We store the coupe in the garage when it is not in use. We are lucky enough to have room to do so at the moment as I don't like to leave garden toys out if I can help it. Some of my friends do though and the cars have been fine - the plastic does fade a little over time due to sun exposure but other than this cosmetic damage they are fine. The cars wipe easily and wash up well.
Despite the difficulty we had putting the car together, I am very pleased with our purchase. I would question whether my son would still fit in the car comfortably at 5 years of age (but he is big for his age anyway) but I certainly think we have at least another couple of years use from it. They also seem to hold their value well too so I would expect it to have some re-sell value at some point too. It is well made and of good quality. Recommended for boys and girls alike.
When I was younger all my friends seemed to have one of these, and I never had one! I always wanted one though. And although my parents never bought me one they did buy one for my son this summer. It was left to me to put together though. Several reviews I had read made it sound like a nightmare to put together which was quite daunting but it was actually too bad. The worst thing is that some parts should slide through or click in to other bits and they really don't. Some parts took alot of brute force and 2 people to get in to place, and a couple of the screws were very awkward to get in. But once altogether it is a great toy that will last for years. for toddlers there is a foot panel inside so you can push them round, and when they are older you can remove this so they can push themselves round. The car is very very sturdy, durable and safe. Hours of fun to be had.
Whenever we went to play centers, Lauren was always drawn to the Cosy coupe cars, although her legs were not long enough to reach the floor so she could not push herself around, she always insisted on getting in and I would have to push her.
It was approaching Easter when Lauren was about 15months old and rather than opting for buying her an egg, we decided to get her one of these.
I really wanted to get Lauren the pink version, but the cheapest I could find one at the time was £49.99, I managed to get the one pictured for £35 from Argos.
We set it up ready the night before and left it in the living room, it did take about 20minutes to put together, although I only watched, there was a lot of 'chuntering and muttering' coming from my other half, as it was plastic, it was quite hard to 'snap' the parts into place. I would recommend setting it up before you little one sees it as I can imagine it would be even harder if she was there getting impatient.
When we brought Lauren down the next morning she squealed with excitement when she saw it and immediately ran towards and sat in the seat, for the next few hours we did numerous trips around the living room pushing her.
The wheels all swivel 360 degrees making it really easy to maneuver around.
There is a removable base plate so when they cant quite reach the floor, you can keep this in to ensure they do not accidentally drag their feet or catch them in the wheels. This was easily removed when Lauren was big enough to start driving herself around.
There is also an ignition switch and a petrol cap.
The only downside for me was that when I pushed Lauren around, I was bent over (and I am only about 5ft 4) and it started to hut my back a bit.
They retail at around £54.99 which I feel is very expensive, however both Tescos and Asda have been know to have them on offer at £30 - £40 on a regular basis so if you are thinking of buying, I would recommend doing some research first.
We brought this 3 years ago now, and every time its warm enough to go outside, she still plays with it in the back garden, instead of sitting in it herself, she now likes to push her 'babies' around the garden. Occasionally, she will still ask daddy to race with her in it (they start at one end of the garden and her pushes her while running) she loves this.
I came home from work early last year and when I pulled on the drive, all I could hear was 'faster daddy, faster' and really loud giggling and this is what they were doing!
Considering this is 3 years old, apart from the wear and tear on the wheels, you would not know it, nothing has broken off, faded so as you would expect from a brand such as Little Tikes, it is very well made.
These cars have been around for years, my younger brothers used to have one and played with it all the time.
This was bought as a suprise birthday present for my daughters 2nd birthday from her grandparents. It is the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Anniversary Edition. The car is made from red and yellow sturdy plastic, so easy to keep clean. The difference between this model and the original are a higher seat back and storage pocket in the rear. It has a smiley cartoon style face.
This anniversary updated version of the car includes a yellow plastic removable floor panel which is supposed to protect the child's feet (with the older version if the child was pushed too fast they may have hurt their feet. There is a cut out hole (hand sized) on back of the car, (in the yellow roof section) for so you can push your child along safely and comfortably. It also has an "ignition switch" and a petrol cap which opens and closed. The car has durable tyres and the front wheels can spin 360 degrees.
The grandparents had assembled it already, it's a shame as my daughter wasn't and still isn't really interested in this car. She has played with it about 4 times. (It may have something to do with the car not being that easy to race around on grass) I'm hoping baby number 2 will like it otherwise it will have been a waste. However it has been popular when other children come over and play, then my daughter seems more keen to have a use it!
This toy can be used indoors or outdoors, ours has only been used outdoors, due to a lack of space inside. The only negative thing I can think of it the size of the car, as it can't be taken apart for storage it has had to stay out in the garden for a few months.
In my opinion this is a great hardwearing toy, which MOST children love! Despite the initial cost being quite high, they are sometimes on offer and you can sell them on for a good price. Just disappointing that my daughter hasn't enjoyed it as much as the grandparents originally thought. However due to most children I know loving this car (extremely popular at the local toddler group), I still think it is a good buy.
Recommended Age: 1 ½ - 5 years
Approximate Size: 32.25"L x 17.50"D x 32.25"H
There are certain toys that I believe deserve a place in every toddler's life (space permitting), toys that have been loved by children for years and will bring a great deal of pleasure for years to come. One such toy is the Little Tikes Cosy Coupe, a foot powered car suitable for children between the ages of eighteen months and five years, that has now been delighting pre-school children for over thirty years. My first experience of the Cosy Coupe was over twenty years ago when I worked in a nursery, there were a pair of Coupes in the outdoor play area and they were very popular, with there often being a queue to play with them. After seeing just how much the children at the nursery enjoyed playing with them, (including my eldest, who was then a toddler), I was determined to buy one for my home. Over the next seven or eight years this Coupe was played with by not one or two but four toddlers before being passed on to a family centre where it was enjoyed by countless more children. Knowing how much my older children had loved their Coupe, it was really no brainer that I was going to buy one for eighteen month old Freddy as soon as I felt he would be able to use it. The Coupe has changed somewhat in the intervening years, and the one we received is the "Anniversary Edition". As well as this newer version I will at times be referring to the older, basic model, so as to compare the differences (both good and bad) and show the play value of the Coupe in general.
When I bought my original Coupe it cost under £30 as standard, so the first big shock I had was discovering how much more expensive they are nowadays. I mean, I know there's such a thing as inflation, but to buy an Anniversary Edition Cosy Coupe today you are looking at paying between £45 and £60 depending on where you buy it, which is an increase of between 50 and 100%. Now while this massive price hike didn't stop me from buying the Coupe, it did make me feel that Little Tikes are taking advantage of the popularity of the Coupe and the increase in price is unreasonable considering that some of their other products (the rocker, for example) have only seen a price increase of 10% over the same time period. While I still feel the Coupe is still very good value for money (more about play value later), I will still be removing half a star for the higher than expected price tag.
==Driving Mum Crazy or Assembly==
The Cosy Coupe comes supplied in a unassembled in a large, unwieldy box, it's not incredibly heavy, but I would definitely recommend that you either collect it using a car with a large boot, or even better get it delivered. Knowing from previous experience how large the box is, I decided to pay the small extra charge for the convenience of somebody else delivering it and carrying it up the stairs to my front door. As the box was delivered eighteen month old Freddy saw the bright picture of the Coupe on the front of it and got very excited, wanting his new toy "now", (which just goes to prove that they understand a lot more at that age than they can say). Knowing that I was going to assemble this and that doing so would take some time, I had to say no, meaning that there was one upset little man. The lesson in this story is to make sure your child doesn't even see the box before you have assembled the car, as this isn't a five minute job and certainly cannot be done while the child is milling about due to the small pieces.
While it is possible for one person to assemble the Coupe (I managed it), it is a time consuming, fiddly job that will fray your temper. As long as you work well together it would probably be easier if two of you work together, but it probably wouldn't take much less time. Having put one of the original Coupes together, I had a fair idea of how difficult it is and just how much it would try my patience and decided it was probably better to do it myself. The supplied instructions aren't the clearest or easiest to follow, comprising simply of pictures rather than any written instructions. I did manage to work it out in the end, but I do feel that if I hadn't had previous experience I would have found it even harder than I did. There is also the need for extra tools when putting it together, so make sure you have a hammer and screwdriver ready. Some parts of the assembly required a lot of brute force, which was where I really struggled, and others required putting screws in at a strange and awkward angle. All told it took me well over an hour to assemble the Coupe and it was a process that included a lot of loud hammering and a little bit of swearing as I couldn't quite get the parts to fit exactly together. After assembly, I was quite proud of myself, but I'm still not convinced that I got everything exactly as it should be as the "googly" eyes on the front don't seem to be quite flush. The final part of the assembly was the addition of stickers, I was quite pleased that there aren't too many stickers on the car, there are three on the dashboard, a smiling mouth on the front and the number plate on the rear, with the headlights and indicators being plastic buttons that are pushed into place. On a scale of one to ten, I would put the assembly difficulty at at least nine and a half and due to this difficulty I will again be deducting half a star from my overall score.
==Driving Master Freddy or First Impressions and Playing==
Once assembled the Coupe does look very smart and eye-catching, being formed of tough brightly coloured red and yellow plastic. The smiling mouth and friendly googly eyes make it look a little cartoon-like and I really do like these additions to the older version. As soon as he saw the assembled Coupe, Freddy was enamoured and the big grin on his face made all the hard work worthwhile. This is also quite a large toy being 29.5" in length, 16.5" in width and standing 33.5" high, so it takes up quite a lot of room. We have it in our hall, which is almost the size of a room and used as a play area and there's just about enough room for Freddy to try and whiz around.
Unlike the older version, this anniversary edition has two modes of play, with a foot rest that protects the feet of younger children as an adult pushes them and with the foot rest removed for independent play. We use both modes depending on whether this is played with indoors or out, using the footrest when out and about. The footrest is a little fiddly to position, but once in place is secure and I really like the fact that the single door can also be locked closed. Freddy loves to go in his car when being pushed on short journeys (to the park or local shops) and generally has a huge grin on his face as the turns the steering wheel, beeps the horn and pretends to drive. There is a cut out handle at the back of the Coupe that in theory makes it easier for adults to push it, but in reality it is still quite hard to control, with the 360 degree rotating front wheels having a bit of a life of their own. What I particularly like about using the Coupe in this mode is that Freddy is more than happy to go in it and cannot yet undo the little latch that holds the door closed, whereas he is now at an age where he is less than happy to be confined in a stroller but not a confident enough walker to be out of it and can be very vocal about his displeasure.
While the footrest is put in position while outside, when Freddy plays with the car indoors it is removed so that he can push it along with his feet. Before I go any further I should probably point out that due to hypermobility, Freddy's gross motor skills are a little delayed and he has only just started taking his first tentative steps, so most toddlers would probably be more efficient in how they play with the Coupe. We also have the door unlocked and Freddy loves to spend time opening and shutting the door before getting in to play. Although there is a steering wheel this doesn't actually steer the Coupe so all power and control come from the child's feet. Although he can't manage to go forwards (yet), Freddy loves being in the car and within an hour he had worked out how to go backwards and even steer a little with his feet, which goes to show that a child doesn't necessarily need to be walking to successfully move the car. As with when he is being pushed, Freddy loves to pretend to drive by turning the steering wheel, he also likes to flick the ignition key. He does get a little frustrated with the horn though, he knows it should beep, but at the moment it is just a little too stiff for him to operate. He's not discovered the clicking ignition yet either, but I'm sure that will come. Another aspect Freddy hasn't yet discovered is the open and closable petrol cap, as with the horn this is a little stiff at present, but will be great.
If I were to ask Freddy's opinion of the Coupe I'm positive he would give it ten stars out of five. He absolutely adores it and plays with it every day without fail, on the very first day he received it he spent two whole hours sitting in it, pretending to drive (backwards) round the hall with a huge grin on his face and plenty of giggles.
==A Car Is For Life Not Just For Christmas or Play Value==
Although Freddy is at the lower end of the recommended age group and has only had the Coupe for a short while, I have previously watched the joy that four much older children got from a Coupe over a number of years. One thing I will say is that the addition of the footrest means that the Coupe is now suitable for younger children, I would even say that a year old confident sitter would get pleasure from being pushed around and it would be safe enough for them (after all you'd be supervising as you're pushing). The previous Coupe certainly received plenty of attention, being played with indoors and out by children ranging from fourteen months up to seven or eight. It does get to be a bit of a tight fit once children reach the top end of the recommended age group, but I have honestly seen an eight year old just about squeeze themselves in.
As they got older the way my older children played with the Coupe also developed and changed. Starting with simply pushing themselves around the room (or garden) and moving on to role play (which was enhanced with the addition of the petrol pump accessory) and cooperative play as one child pushed another around. There is a reason why these Coupes are so popular with pre-school children even though they don't feature any fancy lights or electronic sounds, and that is because they are quite simply fun and tap into the child's imagination and have done for the last thirty years.
==Fasten Your Seat Belts Please or Durability and Safety==
Obviously we've only had this Coupe for a relatively short period of time, but I did buy it with the knowledge that the older, classic version survived many years of play from four children of various ages without problem (including the odd occasion where there would be one child inside, another on the roof, while yet another would be pushing). Looking at the actual body of the anniversary edition I'm perfectly satisfied that this, at least, would survive similar treatment, but there are a couple of aspects I'm not that convinced about. One of these aspects is the steering wheel, that rather disappointingly is all too easy to pull out of it's housing. I'm not sure whether this is an inherent fault or due to me not quite understanding the assembly instructions correctly, I don't know, but either way it's not good. Anther problem I can see are the very cute googly eyes, yes they look nice, but I struggled to fit them and I can see them quite easily snapping off, should force be used. The final real issue I can see is the use of stickers for decoration, I can categorically, from experience say that there will come a point where these are investigated and pulled off. I should also point out that while leaving the Coupe out in the elements won't adversely effect it's actual structure, it will cause the colours to fade quite dramatically.
Safety-wise, I do feel that the Coupe is as safe as it could be as long as the child is supervised. The design of the Coupe is very stable, with the four wheels being well spaced and if used correctly there's little chance of it falling. Of there will come a time when a child doesn't play with it correctly and it will topple, but it's fairly light and there shouldn't be much more damage than the usual bumps and scrapes. One thing I'm certain of is that it won't fall apart under Freddy no matter what abuse he throws at it.
==Parallel Parking or Final Words==
I'm struggling a little on whether to recommend the Cosy Coupe Anniversary Edition or not, on one hand I as I stated right at the beginning I do think that there should be a place in every toddler's toy collection for a Cosy Coupe and I love the addition of the foot board in this version. But on the other hand I don't feel this is quite as well made as the older, classic version, what with the problem with the steering wheel, the addition of the googly eyes is little more than cosmetic and the difficulty level of assembly is horrendous. I also think the huge jump in price is ridiculous, but at the same time I don't regret buying this for one minute Freddy absolutely adores it. So I'm going to give the Cosy Coupe Anniversary Edition four stars out of five, recommend it to the parent's of toddlers from about a year up to four or five. But I'm also going to advise that unless you are proficient at DIY you try to find a good condition second-hand model before forking out for brand new.
This is one of those iconic toys that anyone under the age of 20 will either have had one, known someone who had one or have played in one at least once.
I'd always said we wouldn't buy one for either of our daughters, after seeing kids slipping from the seat to fall underneath, or having other mishaps in it. But after seeing my youngest little girl happily playing in one at mother & toddler group, and desperate for something original to buy for her for Christmas last year that we didn't already have, I relented and agreed to buy one.
After researching the best price online, amazon came out tops, and it arrived in a big box a few days after ordering. Knowing it would require assembly, I set my husband the task of putting it together on Christmas Eve. It must have taken him over an hour to do, and I had to abandon my doll's house assembly a few times to help him out.
The main red body of the car was the biggest piece, and everything else fitted onto that somehow. It wasn't a case of slotting things in or pushing them together, there were screws and hammers and much cursing involved! Whilst I can't give full details of what was involved as I didn't do it, I do recall from watching and helping out with the trickier bits that it was hard to get some things fitted where they should be, and it was definitely not just a one-person job. A hammer was needed for the wheels, and although he tried managing without, not wanting to wake the girls up, he had to in the end to get the wheels fixed on. Not wanting him to wear himself out completely with the task, I kindly offered to help him out by putting the stickers on (mouth, dashboard, etc).
It was worth all of his effort on Christmas morning when she tore the large piece of wrapping paper off, and proceeded to spend much of Christmas day sat behind the wheel, beaming away, only to be lured out for food, and the occasional glance at her other new toys.
The car has been played with on a daily basis since then, with frequent squabbling over who gets a turn (her and her big sister, not Daddy). She's two and her sister is 4, but tall for her age, yet still fits comfortably behind the wheel. My 4 year old scoots around quite happily on her own, moving it herself, but my 2 year old demands to be pushed, which can put a strain on your back at times.
Although we didn't make a conscious decision to keep it indoors, that's where it's ended up living and I think they've got much more use out of it than if it had been kept outside.
I'm happy to report, that so far, touch wood, they haven't had any major accidents in it, apart from getting stuck while exiting the car, but that's their own fault for climbing out through the window rather than using the door!
Now for the car itself. The main body of the car is a red/orange colour, with the yellow roof supported by four pillars that curve slightly inwards. Entry to the car is supposed to be via the door on one side, but as you've read above, some children prefer to climb through the window on the other side. Two large white eyes sit on the front of the car, with a smiley mouth sticker underneath (ours got pulled off within a short time). The smiley face on the front of the car appeals to children and makes it look very friendly and fun. The door has a catch on it which needs to click over a piece to shut properly. This is difficult to do, even for adults (I just trapped my thumb doing so!) When my girls are using the car they don't bother shutting it totally because of this.
The seat is slightly curved so comfortable to sit in - well it looks to be, I haven't actually been able to squeeze into it myself! The car runs on foot power (think Flintstones), so there's a big gap in front of the seat for which to fit little legs through. Should foot power fail, you have two options- open the white fuel cap on the side of the car at the back and fill with imaginary fuel. Or get an adult, or willing sibling to push the car from behind, for which a hole/handle is built into the back of the roof. Having tried both methods I can only vouch for the latter as a working option.
Turning the steering wheel in the car doesn't make the wheels turn, but makes the young driver feel like they're actually driving the car. The back wheels are fixed and don't move from side to side, but the front wheels are on metal axles (is that the right word?) and turn around enabling the car to turn corners. Pushing the car, or powering by feet, it's easy to steer.
Other parts that make the car more "authentic" to little ones are the key, which is fixed into the ignition, but can be pulled out so far, and turned round to start the engine. Stickers which stick on the dashboard showing a fuel gauge, indicators, etc, and a wing mirror - only two of the three remain stuck on ours. There are two cup holder holes in the back of the car for kids to put their juice cups in, although chunkier cups won't fit too well. There's horn to beep in the centre of the steering wheel which kids love pressing.
There's a piece you can fit as the floor rather than having your feet go through to the floor, but we left it out as even a small child would be sat with their knees up their nose if it was fitted.
Overall I'm really glad we purchased this car and can't see any major faults with it. I'm going to knock one star off for the difficult assembly.
The car retails for £49.99 at Mothercare, but is currently available for £40 at amazon.co.uk.
Also available are a pink version, a police patrol car version, a "Cozy Cab," a princess version, and a green/yellow "Grand Coupe."
My little girl loves being trundled around in her Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, at first I was a bit worried that she might be a bit too small for it as it is meant for 18 months and over and she is only 16 months, or at least she was when it was bought for her by an over indulgent God Mother however she has proven to be just about big enough for it.
The body of the car is a bright red colour with a yellow roof, on the front are two huge eyes and a smiley face. It is a nice simple, bright design that will automatically appeal to young children. The door at the side of the car opens to allow access and the whole thing is made from quite thick plastic giving it a sturdy well made feel to it. Certainly it looks capable of coping with a few crashes and bumps and the wheels are nice and solid looking as well. As well as the steering wheel there is also a horn, drinks storage and a petrol cap that can be opened.
My daughters feet do not yet reach the ground fully, she is sort of on tippy toes so at the moment she has to be pushed around in it which she really enjoys and she can see over the wheel to steer, I reckon in another couple of months or three she will be able to plant her feet firmly on the ground and then propel herself. A friends child who is very active boy of two was able to do this with ease and she was soon motoring around the garden.
This use gave the car a bit more of a work out and I was impressed with how stable it was under reasonably boisterous use and it never looked like tipping over despite some tight cornering and erratic speed. I have no idea how much was paid for this car but it is currently available on Amazon for £44.24.
The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe's have been around for quite a while now and I can remember playing in them at the Early Learning Centre when I was little! I was also desperate for my parents to buy me one and so I decided this was something I was definetely going to buy for my little boy.
The latest model is the anniversary edition which does look a lot more modern than the older shaped models. The most noticeable difference is the big cartoon-like eyes on the front which do make the car look a lot more appealing for younger ones. Now this toy isn't actually reccomended for children until they are 18 Months + and my son is only 11 Months but very big for his age, so I went and bought one anyway thinking that even if he wasn't quite the right size for it, he could always play in it as he gets older.
The car is very sturdy and one of the first things I noticed was how well made the wheels are, they are a hard chunky plastic that I can see lasting ages. They seem to be very tough on wear and tear and aren't flimsy or thin at all, which is good because a lot of our garden is gravelled and I was worried about the wheels getting spoiled quickly - but so far so good! On the side of the car is a little door which opens and closes very easily, the car is the right height for your little one to climb into but at first my little boy being as young as he is, couldn't quite master getting in and out so we had to place him in the seat ourselves. But now after a few weeks he can open the door and get in there himself!
To move the car around your babys feet need to be able to touch the ground and they push themselves around the same as they would in a Baby Walker, that is probably why this isn't reccomened for babies under 18 Months as most won't be able to reach yet, but my little boy can. The car then has the added perks of what baby would find in Mummy & Daddy's car such as a little plastic key to turn in the ignition, a steering wheel that turns, a working horn, mirror & light stickers and a petrol cap that opens and shuts on the side! My baby has been particularly amused by the petrol cap which he has spent quite some time opening and shutting. There is also a place to store drinks etc. in the back of the car with a handy drinks holder shaped storage section. The registration sticker on the back of the car reads 'CZY COUP' which looks really cute.
As my little boy is very young at the moment he doesn't exactly go zooming around in the car just yet, he can only move it around quite slowly. So it's very convenient that the roof of the car has space for the parent to put their hand through and push the car around with your little one inside. The wheels on the car also rotate the full 360 degrees so it doesn't get stuck easily, there have clearly been some big improvements from when Little Tikes released their first every model of the coupe.
Now the price of this Cozy Coupe varies a lot depending on where you buy it and it really is worth looking around. Amazon.co.uk normally sell it for £45 but I have seen it for as little as £35 in their occasional Toy sale. Then there are catalogues that sell it for £60! We bought ours on Ebay for £30 and it was in brand new condition so we were very pleased with it.
One word of warning would be in regards to where you store the Coupe, my sister had one of these for my nephew and they left theirs out in the garden a lot which caused the colours of the car to fade very quickly, so do be careful not to leave it out in the sun too long. All in all, we are thrilled with this toy and it is something that my son will be able to play with for at least a few more years so it has been well worth it and I'd highly reccomend it for your little tike!
I bought this for my sons 1st birthday which was 6months ago and it is still played with every day. My daughter who is 3 also enjoys playing with this just as much as her brother and sometimes they both sit in it together pretending to go on day trips.
Although the children absolutely love the car there are some faults to it, for instance the steering wheel comes off very easily and is difficult to get back in again, the plastic key broke within the first month and considering it is meant for children up to the age of 4/5 it is very small. My daughter who was 3 in june struggles to move the coupe around with her feet also when the footplate is attached (so younger children cant fall out) there isnt much room for their legs.
Even though there are some faults to it my children havent noticed any of them and think its the best outdoor toy they have. I am even considering buying my daughter one off ebay so that there are not arguments about whose go it is next.
The door has a sliding lock on the inside which keeps the younger children safe and there is a petrol cap on the right rear side which is great for imaginary play.
I purchased this product two weeks ago and my daughter hasn't left it alone since. I first decided to buy her one when we were at playgroup and she was none stop in and out of it :) So as soon as i got home i was online looking at prices, i managed to find a pink one which of course is nice when you have a little girl, they also do them in black and white and yellow and red. These have been out years, i remember having one myself...a child can never get bored!
It has two eyes and a mouth at the front, a petrol pump, ignition and steering wheel just like the real thing. Also there is a foot stool so if you take your child out they can put their feet up while you push them along using the handle on the roof for easy control and there is a storage unit at the back for the bottles of pop while their on the move.
One thing i wasn't happy with, some of the parts were poorly made and were difficult to put together. I had to send a wheel back due to a fault but got there in the end.
I remember seeing these cute cars throughout my childhood so I was really pleased when, on Christmas day, my brother walked into my parents' lounge with a huge box containing this car for my son. That was my first thought, my second was "where on earth are we going to put all these things?"!
Luckily the Cozy Coupe is made almost completely of tough plastic so it can be left outside without the fear of it rusting - phew!
That problem solved, let's get onto more information about this product...
The Cozy Coupe has been around for the last 30 years and I would describe it as Little Tikes' flagship product. The basic design hasn't changed all that much since the original car and it's suitable for a toddler of around 18 months and up. They can climb inside the car, shut the door behind them and use their feet to propel themselves along (think The Flintstones). There is a key that they can turn to "start the engine" and there's a steering wheel complete with horn in the middle of it. The car itself is very sturdy and of good quality. The front wheels turn right round making this car very easy to steer.
Over the years various things have been added to this basic design and the Anniversary version could probably be described as the top of the range. It now comes complete with petrol cap and two large eyes on the front.
There are 2 features of this edition that make it substantially better than its predecessors in my opinion:
1. There is a hole in the roof which makes it really easy to push your toddler around the house or the garden without having to hold onto the car on either side of the roof.
2. There is a plate that sits in the "footwell" of the car which stops your toddler's feet dragging along the floor when you push them along.
Both these features make the car great for younger toddlers. My son was 13 months old at Christmas and he loved being pushed around my parents' house by his uncle (well, as he bought it for him it was only right that it was him taking him for a spin). While the plate is great, it doesn't take too long before you want to abandon it as your child starts to enjoy motoring themselves around. Mainly backwards I've found. My son is now 18 months and he reverses around the garden better than I can manoeuvre my "proper" car.
I think that this is a fantastic toy, and I can definitely see why it's been around for as long as it has, however I've found a couple of drawbacks:
1. It's a bit of a pain to put together initially. I didn't do it myself, choosing to go out for a Christmas Day walk with some of my family, but my husband was still struggling with it when I got back 20 minutes later. However, once you've put it together once that's it so it's not a big problem that the initial set up was a bit painful.
2. I never realised exactly how many arguments a toy car could cause. It would appear that road rage starts from an early age, as if you get a group of toddlers together they all fight over who will be going in the car. This is quite amusing at first, however once they're practically running each other over to have a go it starts to become a bit tedious. I've listed this as a drawback as it's quite a big toy to hide when a group of friends are coming round!
Both the negatives I've listed really are incredibly minor in comparison to all the benefits that this toy car offers. There's a handy little shelf in the back that my son likes to put his water cup or some toys in and take them for a quick spin. We have also been known to install a "sound system" in this shelf by putting our iPhones in there and turning it into a real boy racer car - very amusing.
My son has the "classic" style red and yellow car, although there are other options available, including a pink and lilac car more suitable for little girls, and also a Police car version. They are pretty much the same, although the Police car has a siren and flashing lights.
I'm not sure how much my brother paid for this, although I've recently seen it on offer for around £45. It's worth every penny and I expect it will get a lot of use over the next couple of years if friends' children are anything to go by.