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Postman Pat SDS Deluxe Sorting Office Playset
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Postman Pat SDS Deluxe Sorting Office Playset
Advantages: lots of pieces that are relevant to the set, and encourages imaginative play
Disadvantages: some bits are little, set does not operate as smoothly as I would like, Pat figure is breakable
This Postman Pat play set is something I picked up for my youngest son for his second birthday. At the time he was a bit of a fan of the show from cbeebies, and he was quite good already at playing alongside his older brother who was 3, so I bought a few of the postman pat sets so they could have fun with the parcels, then delivering them to various places like Ted Glen's garage.
Postman Pat SDS (for the benefit of those who like myself remember Pat from their own childhood) is an updated version of the TV series for modern children. SDS is the Royal Mail special delivery service, and on the show Pat now has such things as a mobile phone to help him get his parcel there on time.
This set is something we still have and gets played with only occasionally these days. It consists of quite a few bits, so a play session has to start by finding out the bits to the set. The main L shape part of the set comes in 3 bits which are a door for the van to drive through, a lift, and a conveyor belt. These just slot into each other, and the construction is pretty sturdy once you have it all together. The little barrier that raises up and down comes out too, and my son is the sort who likes to take things apart, so I find it hard to track all these bits down.
You then get a little carousel for sorting the post, and an x-ray machine for looking at what is inside some of the parcels. This has 3 little cards about the same size as Nintendo DS games, and as you push them into the X ray machine, a bit on the side pushes up to reveal what the objects are. Simple, but we find it works really well and always amuses the kids.
The carousel is a bit stiff to turn, and the same goes for the conveyor belt. It was definitely a bit of a fiddle for two year old fingers to manouvere the parcels along, though they can manage it now they are 4 and 6.
There is a nice selection of parcels which are just brown with a line round them to look like string. They are not all just boring cubes though, as there is one shaped like a pig which is always interesting.
Other extras that come with this set are a little trolley that you can push along once the parcels are sorted, and you get some characters from the show. You get Pat, Jess the Cat, and Ben who runs the SDS sorting office.
Where this set is lacking is on the show Pat then delivers these parcels quickly, so he uses his van or a motor bike or the helicopter. I think unless you have at least one mode of Pat's transport then this will be a little bit disappointing for a fan of the show.
This set costs £26.93 currently on amazon. To supplement is the helicopter set is £8, or the van set is £18.50. This particular set is good as it is one of the only items in the range that we own that doesn't play the SDS jingle from the TV show. I also think there is quite a lot there for encouraging good imaginative play.
I think the set is an ok price, my only complaint is that the lift is prone to getting stuck if you put anything too big in there, so try and stick to the figures that come with the set, and also we found with the Pat figures they were a little prone to being decapitated due to him having a thin neck and long head. Poorly thought out, and only happens with the Pat characters and not any others from the series.
2 is perhaps a bit too young. The manufacturer age recommendation is 3-5. Slightly younger and older children may find it appealing and be ok with it, but parents should use their discretion with it in my opinion. I don't regret buying it for my son aged 2 as he has enjoyed playing with it over the past couple of years, whereas if I had waited longer his tastes have now moved away from the more babyish characters into more grown up ones like his older brother and cousin.
Summary: One of the better SDS sets if you are thinking of treating your child to Pat toys.
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