Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
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A Toddler's First Car
Little Tikes Anniversary Edition Cozy Coupe
Member Name: kat1234
Little Tikes Anniversary Edition Cozy Coupe
Advantages: well made, fun, sturdy
Disadvantages: difficult to assemble
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.
Summary: toddler car