Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
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Little Tikes Anniversary Edition Cozy Coupe
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Little Tikes Anniversary Edition Cozy Coupe
Advantages: Sturdy, can be left outside all year round, fun
Disadvantages: A little tricky to put together, can cause riots when there's lots of children around
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.
Summary: A great first set of wheels.