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I thought my son would absolutely love the Hide and Seek Pat, so when my sister asked what he would like for his birthday I mentioned that I thought he would like this. When he tore into it (or rather we did) and opened it he was very impressed with Pat.
Pat himself is a good size and a good likeness. He is well made, and very tactile and soft to the touch. With him you get a small handheld device that is a tracker. This is also a good size for toddler hands with no small or moving parts.
The idea of the game is to hide Pat, then you use the tracker to find him. You simply switch Pat and the device on, and the interact to tell you how close you are getting to him. When you switch on the tracker Ben and Pats voices come out of it with Ben asking where Pat is and Pat responding with such phrases as, 'I'm not in the sorting office' etc. As you get closer to the Pat doll the lights on the tracker go from blue to yellow to red. This is a great idea in theory but it doesnt ever seem to work.
Pat takes about 4 AAA batteries and the handset takes 3 AAA batteries. This seems a lot of batteries to me for what the toy does. Pat himself doesnt speak or move so I cannot see how it needs that much power. Also within a couple of hours of use the batteries were running out already!
My son loves the Pat toy itself but really isn't interested in the Hide and Seek game. For one, it is too advanced for his age range, and secondly once you have found Pat once, the novelty is gone. Thirdly the handset also doesn't seem to work that well or accurately and you always have to be pretty near to Pat - for instance in the same room, for it work properly.
Overall it is a very disappointing Postman Pat product that was a waste of £19.99!
After seeing this product on numerous adverts, I thought my little boy would absolutely love it. The age restriction was age 3 and up, so as my boy would be 3 a few weeks later I decided his father could buy this for him as I had already spent way too much. Being a man he left buying this toy until the very last minute, which meant it was out of stock in all the shops, I wasn't happy. Eventually after hours searching the internet one was found in stock so was ordered straight away & arrived two days before Christmas.
When I received the parcel I thought the packaging was very eye catching, it was a very bold red and blue colour with postage stamps and envelopes on. It had a clear cellophane front to make it possible to see what you're actually paying for. Which is large soft Postman Pat plush and a PDA look alike remote. On appearance I would give this toy a 5/5 as it looked brilliant, very appealing for a young child.
What to expect -
In an online description it states that you are to hide Postman Pat for your child and then the child is to use the PDA Remote to find Pat. The PDA uses phrases such as 'Almost There' and 'Getting Closer' which are said to lead you to where Postman Pat is hiding. And then when finding Pat you lift him up to hear him say 'Special Delivery Service, Mission Accomplished'
I was rather disappointed with this toy firstly because on opening it I realised it would take 7 batteries, which in my opinion is a lot of batteries just for a toy. And secondly, after inserting the batteries I realised that the PDA remote does not actually help you find Pat. I placed pat in another room whilst my son and my sister stayed in the living room, even before moving off the sofa the PDA Remote was telling my son he was 'almost there' and when looking in the total opposite direction to where Pat was hidden my son was supposedly 'getting closer'. Needless to say after trying to find Postman Pat (who in fact was only sat in the pushchair) for over 10 minutes, my son got bored and moved onto a different toy.
When this Toy was first advertised its RRP was £34.99 which soon dropped. When purchased at Christmas it came to £24 including postage. I have today looked on the Argos website to price it and it is on sale, saying it was £29.99 but is now down to £12.99 and to be honest I can see why.