Product Type: Little Tikes Outdoor Toy
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Little Tikes Police Car
Member Name: cha97mw
Little Tikes Police Car
Advantages: new design, lots of fun, has a radio that makes sounds
Disadvantages: can't think of anything in particular
My mum has a fondness for buying huge toys for my children so where possible i try to encourage her to buy outdoor play equipment. My boys love being outside, and there is the advantage that there is less clutter in the house. When my littlest son was 18 months old, she bought him this police coupe car.
The coupe car is something that has been around for absolute donkeys years, and although the basic car has never changed you can get some great special editions nowadays such as this little police car, which only adds to the fun.
I remember being about 8 and being jealous of smaller children having these cars. My brother is also 12 years younger than me, and he had a lot of fun in the original coupe car when he was about 4. As he is going to be 21 this year, it was a while ago.
My nephew (now aged 10) had also had this car, so i knew buying the car for my littlest would be a good investment that would last many years. These cars are pretty indestructible unless you have some kind of devil child who tries to take everything apart.
This car came in a huge box in pieces, and needed the wheels, top and steering added. The stickers also needed to be carefully placed by an adult, and batteries adding to the little police radio in the car, which sits in a slot right next to the wheel. The car was then ready for action. Entry is through a door in the side of the car. The seat is big enough to hold children up to being about 8 i would say. My 7 year old nephew can still sit in theirs, although a bit more scrunched up than the 2, 4 and 5 year olds. The steering wheel offers some control in the direction in which you go, but really, you could go anywhere, and when they get used to the shuffling of the feet Fred Flintstone style necessary for motion, they can get a little bit of speed up.
We really rate this car. The only downside is that all children want to go in it at the same time, so it is hard to get them to share it fairly. I guess if money were no object they could have one each, but where would you keep them?
The only thing that concerns me is that one of the bigger kids have pushed one of the littler ones in it, and they get their feet stuck as they don't move as quick as the car. We have also seen it tipped when they have tried to get out the window rather than the door. (Boys will be boys.)
My 7 year old nephew also filled theirs with water via the hosepipe. He was only filling it up with petrol so it would go. I have also seen my two put gravel and grass in theirs, so you do have to watch what your little monkeys are up to.
In my garden as well i have two levels in the garden. They play on the upper area, and i have to watch they don't get near the steps as they would soon topple down if they went even a little way over.
Batteries have lasted really well in the radio handset. It makes a realistic police siren noise through this. Although this car isn't used every day, it is now been in action for over a year.
We have stored this indoors in a garden shed, and it has stayed looking really nice. If it were left outdoors i could imagine you would soon end up with problems with the radio handset on this version, and there are some metal parts on the wheel axle and steering wheel parts. The plastic would also probably fade in the sun.
The coupe car design on its own is highly commendable, but make it into a police car, and you have added a lot of extra role play fun. Any little boy or girl would be thrilled to own a coupe car. Its amazing how long they will sit in these things. Tiddlers might need pushing around until they get used to the foot action needed to motor along, but once they get it, get out of the way and let them get on with it.
Summary: Watch out, the police are on the way.