Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... ordered on-line and delivered only partly assembled. We had to click the yellow roof onto the main car, attach the wheels and steering whe... more
30 YEAR HISTORY and STILL GOING! .....BRUMMM BRUMMMM!!
Little Tikes Cosy Coupe
Member Name: Abs2uLOTT
Little Tikes Cosy Coupe
Advantages: Great price! Very robust! Encourages imaginative play! Indoor and Outdoor use!
Disadvantages: Adults can't fit in it!
**What to buy next!?**
Ahhh Birthdays and Christmas and that dreaded 'what to buy next?!' feeling. There you are surrounded by catalogues, pc/laptop on, tab after tab open. Amazon, Play.com, Ebay, ToysRus.... arghhhh what to buy?!
The questions in your head run wild ' I want something that will last a few years' ' I want something that I don't have to pay a fortune for' , ' I want something sturdy, entertaining, safe' .... sound familiar?
Would you like your Childs next present to be something that will keep them entertained from the ages of 18 months, right through to 5? That can provide hours of fun both inside the home and out? Would you like to be buying something reliable, safe, and sturdy that has been a firm popular favourite with children over the past 30 years? Has your child started to recognise cars? What to drive like mum/dad? Likes pushing things around? and more than anything......... likes opening and SLAMMING doors?!
The cosy coupe car could be your next gift!
**30 year plus history!**
Over 30 years, these cars have been around! My brother had one and it's his 30th Birthday this year. I've bought 2 in the past 17 years. My first one was from Argos back in ' 96. It lasted until 2003, by which time both my children had had their uses from it. It was still in good nick all those 7 years later as well. It had been played with for many summers out the garden as well as around the house and had withstained alot of bashing into walls! It's definitely built to last! Very robust!
I bought out newest cosy coupe car just last Christmas. It was the anniversary edition for £39.99, but you can expect to pay up to £60 for it. I'd say its still worth the higher price as well. There are several variations of the car now - a fire and rescue coupe, police coupe, pink coupe, grand coupe. I opted for the anniversary edition as liked the big eyes and smiling mouth on the front. I thought it looked friendly and approachable. Perhaps if your child has a tendency to like police or fire engines, one of the other options would suit them better.
**Anniversary edition - same as the picture, but with 2 huge plastic solid eyes on the front of the car**
The mouth is actually a sticker. There are several to put on - lights, bit of a dashboard .... unfortunately my son didn't take long to find the pleasure in ripping these off, so only the mouth is on it now. It doesn't make a difference though at all as long as you remove the mess of the torn ones.
The car has a petrol cap, storage tray for a drink or whatever your child choose to plonk in it, a high seat support, ignition switch, and the rugged durable tyres rotate 360 degrees. The car is driven by the child's feet as there are no pedals. Gone are the days of your child ending up in a messy accident as someone is pushing them from behind and their foot has become caught in a pedal! The car although solid, is light enough for them to manoeuvre and direct.
**Imaginative play encouraged**
This car would encourage colour recognition, imaginative play, sharing skills, independence, gross motor and fine motor skills. On receiving this present, my son recognised it from his toddlers group and was most pleased to be the proud owner of it. After all, there was nobody to battle against to get into it, and nobody to throw him out of it! It's quite stressful sometimes at toddlers as these cars can become a pain in the butt. They are much the reason for toddlers having tantrums and tears as they battle with someone to have a turn. It's nice to teach them about sharing and taking turns though, so if you have other children, you can continue to use this toy as a teaching aid for sharing as well. Fortunately for my son his older brother and sis at 17 and 13 are too big to get in it, although my 13 year old has tried!
Independence and imaginative play are encouraged with this car, especially with all the features they can play with. As well as pushing the car around, my son on his first play with it was quite happy to stand for an hour opening and closing the door! At 19 months he was old enough to open the door, climb inside, shut the door and say ' Brumm Brummm'!
Now at 23 months it's ' open door, close door, open door, close door, get out, close door, more, beep beep beep' ! Children look really cute sat in these cars. My son sits in it with his elbow hanging out of the window! Actually, its the only time I see my son sit down for longer than 2 minutes! He will sit in it for a max of 10 mins, so it's great for encouraging a bit of a rest from running around!
**Anything to be aware of?**
The horn is a little hard to press as he doesn't seem to bother with it. That's probably a good thing... for me at least. Also be aware that becausae its chunky, its a bit difficult to press the pieces into place when putting it together. Once they are in place though, it's set for life! The stickers, as mentioned can be torn off, but i'm sure you could replace them if really wanted them on. Personally I really don't think they make a drastic difference.
At 21 months my son started to try and climb through the door that doesn't open. This was a bit of a tricky phase and not really to be encouraged as twice he's managed to pull it over. There's been no major accident with it though and they learn fairly quickly that its not the best of things to be trying. I think as long as you are aware of that ' phase' and supervise, its fine. He is 23 months now and not really doing that anymore.
Overall - Well worth the money! A firm favourite!
Summary: 30 plus year history says it all really - a firm childrens favourite!