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Postman Pat : SDS Pilot Pat

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      24.01.2012 16:03
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      Boo and Pat go flying..

      Postman Pat delivers the post in Greendale. He is often seen out in his van with Jess the cat. Postman Pat also owns a helicopter which he uses in Special Delivery Service emergencies. There is a few different products available to buy which relate to Pats helicopter.

      {Pilot Pat}

      Pilot Pat is a soft, plush toy which is 12 inches in height. He is suitable for children over the age of 3. Pilot Pat is kitted out in his helicopter gear - a blue jumpsuit, black boots and a white hat featuring the main symbols and a speaker phone.
      Pilot Pat is supplied with a battery pack (under his jumpsuit and shirt) which requires 3 x AA batteries (there are some present for "try me" purposes. Pilot Pats voice can be activated by pressing his left hand. Pat is programmed to repeat various phrases from the show.

      {Price}

      Pilot Pat is currently available from Amazon UK. He is priced at £8.49 and is presented in an open top, cardboard box.

      {Our Thoughts}

      My Postman Pat obsessed son was delighted when we gave this Pilot Pat to him. I always look out for bargains and picked this up at a car boot for 50p which is an absolute bargain as it looked brand new. The current price on Amazon is definently fair and this would make a great gift for a toddler who adores Postman Pat. Our Pilot Pat already had batteries and even after 5months of us owning it, the batteries are still going strong and there has been no distortion of the sound. I am thankfully for this as the battery pack looks a nightmare to get in to (which is a good thing where toddlers are concerned). There is an on off switch as well.


      {Quality Assurance}

      Pilot Pat is designed well and is a good size (height and width wise). He is mostly padded though some areas are quite firm including his flat feet, back and his nose looks like it could do some damage if poked into an eye so I can understand why this is designed for over 3's! Pilot Pat has flat feet and this allows my son to walk him along the carpet or surfaces though he is top heavy and will not stand alone without falling forwards. He can be held though and danced from side to side which adds to the enjoyment.

      Pilot Pat looks rather cool and Boo likes to take him to visit his Gran and Papa and show him off. He finds it rather amusing that Pat isn't wearing his usual work gear and often asks his Daddy why he doesn't have the same clothes as Pilot Pat - sorry Boo but Daddy delivers the post by foot and not by van or helicopter! The real Royal Mail aren't that generous!

      There is decent attention to detail on Pats uniform. It is a strong blue colour with white detailing include a shirt and tie underneath. There are pocket designs adorning the jumpsuit and although the jumpsuit cannot be fully removed, it can be slid up and down Pats arms and legs. Pats nose is HUGE and his glasses are stitched on. His ginger hair can be seen poking out from his huge head gear and he looks safe and secure from all angles. The stitching on Pilot Pat is really good and none has came loose or threaded since we have owned him. He is wipe clean but doesn't tend to show dirt due to how dark his jumpsuit is.

      Overall the quality of Pilot Pat is very good and exactly how I would expect it to be. There is no small bits that could be chewed off by a baby though I still would recommend for over 3yrs old. My son can grip onto his nose and drag him around (which confirms how big it actually is).

      {Time To Fly}

      Pilot Pats battery pack can be felt through his back and tummy but is reasonably padded. He isn't an overly cuddly toy though Boo still likes to have him somewhere in bed amongst his other 20 odd teddies. He is far too big to be able to fit into any SDS helicopter or van so his purpose is mainly to be played with alone or alongside other speaking plush toys. My son has many and Pilot Pat has often flew in for tea with La La, Makka Pakka and Bob the Builder - you can imagine the type of conversation at that party can't you?
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      nyway, Boo can activate Pilot Pats voice himself and his hand only requires a light squeeze to activate. There are a few phrases programmed into Pat. The voice comes through crisp and clear and sounds exactly like Pat does in the show. Phrases include :

      *You can always count on me"
      "Special Delivery Service - mission accomplished!"

      There is also a helicopter noise and the Special Delivery Service tune from the more recent shows. The SDS song lasts a good 10 seconds or so but the other phrases are short and snappy. Once the hand is pressed, my son needs to wait until that phrase has finished before he can press it again. His favourite phrase is the SDS song as he can dance Pilot Pat around on the floor when this is on.

      I find that this toy is a bit too limited. 4 phrases really isn't enough in my opinion and it does limit the play time for my son. Pilot Pat is more treasured than played with, simply because Boos Daddy is a Postman so it has a value to him though I can imagine the average toddler being disappointed at the limited phrases. This is simply a comfort toy with a voice and doesn't really have any educational value except promoting role play.

      {Conclusion}

      Given the limited play options with Pilot Pat, I wouldn't recommend it if priced over the current Amazon price. We are pleased that we only paid 50p for it as it does bring my son happiness and he treats it like the other teddies in his collection. He would give it 5 stars though Mummy looks a bit further and we will settle on

      4stars and a recommendation if found cheap!

      Thanks for reading :)

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