“ Brand: Smoby / Type: Toy Ride-ons „
we bought the pink smoby coupe car for my daughters 1st birthday and she loved it. the car is very well made as you would expect from smoby and has lasted years. we still have the car and my daughter is 4, she is getting a little tall for it now so it will be passed on for another child to enjoy. the car is also available in a boys version. the car came in a very large box and we needed to put the wheels and stickers on. this didnt take long at all.the hight of the toy also meant it was great for us to use when we were popping to the shops as my daughter would sit in it and i would push it. this is great for imaginative play and we would often chalk a little road onto the floor in the garden for her to follow. i have since found that you can purchase make believe traffic lights and signs which would add to the experience. the only thing i could say bad about this toy is that if leaned on, we did find it would tip. this shouldnt be a problem as long as the child is well supoervised.
Smoby Coupe car. A smart little ride in car for the younger driver, adapting to suit ages 9 months to around 3 years, it comes complete with detachable parent pole and removable footplate. Constructed of blown plastic, it costs around £30, and is available from most good toyshops and mail order catalogues. Whilst looking for some trendy wheels for my toddler, I spied this little red coupe car in Argos for £30. I normally steer (LOL) towards Little Tikes, but this looked equally as good quality, and was slightly smaller, making it a little easier for storage. Putting it together on Christmas Eve was somewhat of a nightmare as the instructions were confusing, and not particularly clear. After an hour battle, the car was complete. It looked very realistic and the stickers included headlights and indicators etc make it even more so. It has swivel front wheels making foot powered motion somewhat easier as the steering wheel is really for show, and does not turn the front wheels. There is a lovely squeaky horn in the centre of the steering wheel and a clicky ignition key to the side. There is even a pretend safety wing mirror, which I think adds a nice touch. This is quite a small car, and bigger toddlers may find themselves wedged in the seat. The parent pole is made from plastic, and is secured to the back of the car. This is very fiddly, and involves putting your hand (If it is small enough), into the body of the car via the underneath and screwing the large yellow plastic nut firmly onto the pole. As I am only 5ft 4 I have no difficulty in reaching the pole, however I do feel that the less vertically challenged could find the pole a little short resulting in backache for the pusher and sore toes from kicking the back of the car due to stride size. I am concerned that the pole may not be strong enough for heavier children, as there is certainly some give when pushed. <
br>I really like the convertible factor. When used for babies, there are little removable restraining arms to keep small children from falling out, and a plastic footplate to prevent your little one from sliding out of the bottom of the car. As your child progresses the footplate and arms are removed, and the car can be operated by foot power and easily accessed on both sides. When fully confident the pole can be removed completely and the hole plugged with the provided bung, allowing the child total freedom. Why do I like it so much? My daughter loves it, and to be honest it is far easier to take the car, than to get the buggy out of the boot of my own car. And it looks cooool!!! In practice it takes a while to become accustomed to pushing it, sometimes it can run away with you (Supermarket shopping trolley motion), but as you have control with the handle that is easily overcome. It is easy to clean, and requires little maintenance, but the handle does need to be regularly checked, as use seems to loosen it slightly. Our car has been in regular use for a couple of years now, and is still in good condition; even the plastic seems to weather well. Ours lives in the garden and has done so since new and the only damage to report is a broken wing mirror (Drives like her mother LOL). I have, and will continue to recommend this car as a great toy and a cheap alternative to a pushchair.