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Before moving house a few months ago I decided to do a big clean out, paying particular attention to my children's bedroom. I ended up throwing quite a few old broken toys out and gave a few bits to my local charity shop too. Whilst cleaning out my ten year old daughters cupboard I found a large bin bag full of her old toys, many of which we had completely forgotten about. A large majority of these were in excellent condition so my four year old daughter claimed some of these toys for herself, one of which was this Postman Pat Friction Van.
My eldest daughter was massively into Pat when she was a toddler and I have a vague recollection of picking this particular toy up in in Woolworth's as a Christmas gift for her, obviously she is far to old for it now! Since its recent discovery the Postman Pat Friction Van has been played with on a regular basis by my youngest daughter, I don't think she is a huge Postman Pat fan although I am sure she has watched a few episodes on Cbeebies over the years so she is aware of the programme and characters etc.
The Van itself is the classic bright red Postman Pat Van, it is of a nice size and made out of thick plastic. The "ER Royal Mail" logo is displayed on both sides of the van and it has the licence plate "Pat 1". There are two doors either side which my daughter finds easy enough to open and close, they come complete with attached wing mirrors. There are also pretend doors at the back of the van with stickers for the windows, these are a little ripped now but I guess this is to be expected with such an old toy. I do think it is a little disappointing that the back doors do not actually open, I am sure many children would like to put all the letters and parcels in the back of the van just like Pat does. Neither the doors nor front of the van have any plastic windows, instead they are just large gaps.
This is a friction van, when a small amount of pressure is applied and with a quick push the van moves off, it doesn't go too far and goes at a nice gentle pace. Initially my daughter found it a little difficult to work the van, but she seems to have gotten the hang of it now, younger children may require more help. Obviously it works better on hard floor, it doesn't work at all on our thick carpet upstairs. During use it is very very loud, I am positive it used to be quieter than this, but perhaps I am just getting a little more grumpy in my old age. Still, I am rather surprised and impressed that the friction still works after all these years. There is no on / off switch and it does not require batteries.
Postman Pat and Jess figures complete the toy, they are both made out of a soft rubbery plastic. These do feel strong and durable although some of the colours have chipped on Pat especially around the edge of his hat and prominent nose, Jess still looks fine. Pat is dressed in his usual uniform and is in a constant sitting position, my daughter finds it a little annoying that she cannot make him stand up and walk about, I too think it is a bit of a shame that he is not fully posable. Each figure has a small hole so they can be slotted into their seat on the van which keeps them in place during their travels. My daughter finds it easy enough to get the figures in and out of the van but again I can imagine younger children may struggle a little.
I cannot fault the quality of this toy, it is a good seven years old, and whilst it does have the odd cosmetic problem it is still in full working condition. My four year old daughter has really enjoyed playing with the Van, although recently Pat and Jess have been evicted and her Sylvanian Families figures now seem to be in charge of the Post service. It has also brought back some lovely memories as it was much loved by my eldest daughter when she was little.
A quick look online shows me that the Postman Pat Friction Van is still available. It is currently prices at £14.99 on Amazon (free super saver delivery available), which I think is a brilliant price.
This is a good toy which would be great for Postman Pat fans, I would particularly recommend it to children around 3 years old. I give the Postman Pat Friction Van 4 Dooyoo stars out of five, knocking one star off because the back doors do not open and the Pat figure is not posable.
This toy was a Christmas gift we brought our son for his 2nd Christmas as a stocking filler...little did we know it would be surgically attached to him from that moment on.
He always enjoyed watching he TV programme but was never a huge fan.
The looks as it does on the TV programme a bright red van made out of moulded plastic which is fairly robust however the wind mirrors have snapped off on both sides of the van (but this is due to a 18 month old dropping it on the floor numerous times!!)
The doors on the van open and close allowing you to seat Pat and Jess in the van. The van comes with two characters. Postman Pat and Jess the cat, Pat have moveable arms and legs allowing you put him in the van behind the steering wheel and Jess has a hole in his bum allowing you to secure him sitting next to Pat.
The Pat Van is a friction vehicle and I have never seen one go like this. It can cover 3-4 meters on carpet!!
The van is approx. 6 inches long and about 5 inches high. The characters are made from a soft plastic with no detachable parts to concern you with choke hazards.
Considering this was stocking filler for £4.99 (B&M) it was definitely worth the money and has been a favourite toy for 6 months. Recommended for 3+ my little boy was only 18 months old and loved it.
Currently retailing on Amazon for £9.99 so definitely worth shopping round to find it cheaper however I would happily pay it.
Despite my daughter never having seen an episode of Postman Pat in her life, she has accumulated a small collection of books and toys from the program, passed on to her from older cousins who no longer played with them. She already enjoyed the theme tune to the show, as I have it on a CD for the car, but also she loves watching the theme tune on the cbeebies website so from this she knew a little about the main characters in the show, namely Pat and Jess. My daughter has been passed on two different sized Postman Pat vans, both of which are played with a lot, but this particular Friction Van probably is the slightly poorer of the two, but has plenty of good qualities as well.
This is a good sized red Postman Pat van, and since my daughter is a big fan of Fireman Sam, she likes to put some of the figures she has from that program into the van as well and they fit well, so the two programs and the characters have merged when it comes to my daughters playtime. This is a friction van so given a little push, it can move along a flat surface easily, and doesn't require batteries. I'm not entirely how much a new version of this van would cost, as my daughter was given it from older cousins, but it does contain two figures - Postman Pat and his cat Jess. Postman Pat is made of soft plastic and is in a permanent sitting position, in order to for him to be placed into the van behind the wheel. There is no flexibility with him which is a little disappointing. My daughter was also passed on a Pat that can move its arms and legs, and she much prefers to play with this figure although it is much more difficult to get this Pat behind the wheel. Jess is not flexible either, but there isn't really the need for it to be.
My daughter currently loves little figures and putting them in and out of things, so the fact that this post van has side doors that open and close is very appealing. On a negative note, I would say that the back doors of the van don't open which is disappointing, and something that should have been included as a feature. The other small Postman Pat van that my daughter was given plays music but also has doors that all open so parcels etc can be put in the back. Initially my daughter tried her best to try to open the back door but eventually realised it just didn't open.
My daughter plays a lot with Jess the cat as it can be used alongside other figures, as can the van, but as I mentioned earlier it is a little difficult to use the Pat figure as his sitting position can't be changed.
All in all, my daughter just loves this van. She does seem to prefer the other small postman van she has with the music and doors that all open, but she plays a lot with this van, and the fact that her older cousins have played with it and it is still in great working order would suggest that this toy is pretty well made and durable. A good toy with some features that could be improved.
My 3 year old nephew is a huge Postman Pat fan and is always watching it on TV. When I asked my brother what he'd like for Christmas last year it came as little surprise that he wanted something Postman Pat. I managed to find a Postman Pat friction van in the Boots catalogue for £10. As it was an 'order in' product not held in stock, I arranged for 2 vans (including one for my little boy) to be delivered to my local store. This was before the new SDS Postman Pat show had started so it was much harder to find Pat toys in the shops. Since getting the vans I've spotted them in several shops (including Toys R Us) ready to buy straight off the shelf.
The red van is a good size and made of sturdy plastic. It's a friction powered toy - simply place on the floor, push it along a little and watch it journey across the room. The side doors on the van open and close and are fun for children to play with. The set includes Postman Pat and Jess the cat figures which are removable from the van. My little boy loves taking the figures in and out and swapping them round to give Jess a turn in the driving seat. The back doors on the van are sealed shut which I felt was a bit of a design oversight. Most Pat fans would probably have liked to load and unload the mail - so that was slight shame.
The toy is recommended for ages 3+ and is very easy for pre-schoolers to use and understand. My son has had hours of fun with it and still takes it everywhere with him (although we frequently lose poor Pat and Jess). The van design is nicely detailed and, just like the one in the original show, has the Royal Mail logo on the sides and trademark PAT1 number plate.
The Pat friction van has definitely proved to be a very robust toy and has endured lots of dropping and throwing. Everything is still working and complete and the only thing that shows it's age (we've nearly had it a year) are the number plate stickers looking slightly tatty. As it's been such a favourite toy I would have no hesitation in recommending it. Unlike a lot of children's toys it doesn't require any batteries so that's a bonus too!
About three years ago my husband had been away somewhere and on his return he bought our daughter the Born to Play Postman Pat Friction Van. Our daughter was about two at the time and loved Postman Pat.
The van is made of hard red plastic and has nice chunky solid black wheels. The front doors open but the back doors don't and as it is a friction vehicle you can whizz it along the floor.
With the van you get two characters from the TV show namely Postman Pat and his black and white cat Jess. Both these characters are made of plastic and are quite squashy. They are very true to the characters depicted in the television programme and instantly recognisable. You can fit both characters inside the van by opening the front doors and there is even a little lump on the seat that you can fit pat onto so he doesn't slide out again.
My daughter loved this toy and it became an instant favourite. She used to enjoy revving it up as much as she could before letting it go and seeing how far up the hall way it would go before it stopped or crashed. Another game she enjoyed was with either me of my husband sitting opposite her and whizzing the little van to each other. I have two younger sons and they also love this van and play with it regularly. The van works just as well on a carpeted floor as it does on a tiles or wooden floor so there are no limits to the enjoyment.
I found that the two characters aren't played with as much as the van itself and they tend to be left behind in the toy box. I think this is partly because they are quite fiddly to get in and Jess does slide around quite a bit.
The van is just the right size for preschool children and doesn't have any sharp bits or pieces that would come off easily. The characters are also big enough not to present a choking hazard or to be lost too easily. The van is recommended for children aged three years and over but I would say that a child of approx eighteen months would enjoy this just as much. I think that although Postman pat is popular with young children by the time they are three he is starting to lose his appeal a little but this obviously depends on the child.
I would recommend this little van to anyone with children who like Postman pat. We have had the van for about three years and it is still in wonderful condition with no obvious damage or any need for repairs.
Postman Pat is a well known character to both parents and children as the animated TV series started on TV in 1981. He drives round Greendale in his van delivering post with his black and white cat.
I bought my son the postman pat friction vehicle from a car boot for 50p although my son has never actually watched the TV show every time he watches the advert for the helicopter and town set he scream with delight so expected this to be a hit.
This van is currently available at boots.com for £9 so feel that I got a great bargain.
The van is a replica of the TV show with a plastic red postal van that both the doors open. He has the famous PAT1 Registration plate which is a sticker which is in tact but seems like it would be easy to remove. But unfortunately the back doors open. Pat and Jess the black and white cat are a made of bendy rubber. Pat tucks neatly behind the wheel and there is a prong for jess to sit on. While Pat snugly fits behind the wheel unfortunately my son cannot yet manipulate Pat which means it is a job for mommy. It is 17cm long and 12cm cm high so a chunky size vehicle
The Vehicle itself is friction powered and rolls well across the carpet with very little effort Both my son and my next door neighbour's two girls aged one and three have all battled with my son Sunday afternoon as it was the chosen toy of the afternoon. They did eventually learn to share this toy.
He was playing with Pat while eating his breakfast and noticed that Jess was missing so meowed and I told him she had probably gone out for a walk so he ran to the front door knocking so he could gout and look for her. She has now been found safe and well but it does help to stimulate the imagination.
I has so far survived been rolled off the table over and over again so certainly is strong enough so far for my toddler.
It is recommended for children three years and over. I would imagine that this is due to choking hazard with Jess, small parts on the wing mirrors.
I would recommend this to a postman pat fan as it has provided many hours of fun for my son so far with no damage. I would also recommend that the makers of this toy redesign it so that the back doors open and this would improve the playability of this toy.
I never thought Id see the day when my children were watching the same programmes I watched when I was little, but it has happened. My little boy watches Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine Fireman Sam, he even loves a DVD that my brother owns of Rainbow. And with Christmas just passed we now have a house full of toys that bring me back in years myself.
It was my brother who bought the Postman Pat Friction Van to my little boy. He picked it up in Boots and knew that Pat was a popular choice for toddlers. It is a 3+ toy but my brother saw no reason why it wouldn't suit my little boy at two and a half. On Christmas Eve he came to visit and handed over a brightly wrapped parcel which was torn open and hoots of excitement came from my little boy when he saw Pat and Jess.
"I want Pat Out" was the first thing my son said. Being two and a half he has an obsession with putting people into cars and taking them out again, so out came Pat and out came Jess through the side doors. He put them in, took them out drove them around a bit, drove over the top of them, pushed the van across the kitchen tiles for quite some time and then decided it was time for an inspection of the van.
I am quite sure most people are familiar with Postman Pat from days of yore, and in many ways he hasn't changed- he looks the same, and his van looks the same although there are quite a few changes to the show now (How many of us knew his name is Pat Clifton!? , He's married with a son Julian and now runs a Special Delivery Service where parcels need to be signed for!)
The Friction Van is about an adult hand-height tall, so it is a good size for a toddler to get to grips with. The number plate says Pat 1, just like the show and it also has the Royal Mail stamp on the side. Its all very true to the show and that is why my son loves it, he completely identifies it with what he sees on television.
The windscreen is open and my son tends to put the figures in that way although the side doors open he just doesn't really bother with them. He does ask me approximately six times a day to open the back doors for him, but they don't open. He can get a bit annoyed about this but I think it's starting to click with him now that they are only a decoration. He has even gone as far as starting to peel off the decorative stickers at the back in his attempts to open the back doors.
Of all the toys that he got over Christmas time, this has been a huge favourite, However I did catch him with Jess in his mouth a few nights ago, so it does perhaps deserve the 3+ age recommendation. At two he is still cutting his back molar teeth and when they hurt he does stick things in to chew at and unfortunately it was Jess this time. If you are giving this toy to a younger child then they might require supervised play. I've "Lost" Jess for the time being and he will get it back when he is a bit older. Pat and Jess are both Moulded, they have no moveable parts and while Jess looks great, Pat looks a bit odd, you would just want to straighten him out a bit! But he doesn't have any joints. Not that this matters to my son, it is just me who thinks it is strange.
I would certainly recommend it as my son loves it, there are a few ways that it could be redesigned to make toddlers happier but all in all it is a great little toy and at £8.99 was a great price too. If they made it "better" it would probably cost a lot more in parts but the price was great for the amount of play that its getting at our house.
Postman pat friction van.
History behind Postman Pat
Like all young children my little boy loves postman pat (or postman pat special delivery as it is now known). Having its first screening on BBC 1 back in 1981 it has been a firm favourite for A couple of generations I do confess to being a big postman pat fan as a young girl.
Postman pat is aimed at pre school children where postman pat embarks on a number of adventures within the fictional village of Greendale; unknown to me this village is actually inspired by a real valley of Longdleddlae in Cumbria. Each episode follows the adventures of a friendly village postman and his black and white cat jess delivering letters around the village although quite often pat will get distracted along the way by one of the villagers.
Now that the title of the programme has slightly changed to postman pat special delivery Pat has been promoted to head of the SDS he is now called upon to deliver anything which from the parts that I managed to catch while doing the house work seems to go wrong, but pat to the rescue always puts it right. He can do anything from catching cows to sculpting large ice cubes,
The Toy Itself
Pats van is a small brightly coloured red box van with a yellow royal mail symbol on the side, it has two opening doors at the front and two sealed doors at the back, the registration plate like in the episodes is. pat 1.It is a very robust toy as my little boy has proven, it has been thrown a number of times on to and across the tiled kitchen floor and also been dropped down the stairs but it still looks like new no broken parts or scratches. I have read reviews where people have complained about the mirrors coming off but touch wood this has not happened as yet.
The van is friction powered and once pushed will carry on under its own steam for a good distance on carpet and even further on the tiled floor in the kitchen as you would expect. It is a lot easier for younger children to use as it has to be pushed to move rather than the pull back motion that you find on many of these types of toys. The van contains two little removable figures one of pat in a sitting position with his arms stretched out so that when he is sat in the front seat he is also holding the steering wheel. This figure is a great representation of the character but is very hard to get into his seat so I have to do this for Hayden. Jess is a little black and white cat that sits in the front passenger seat, he is a lot easier to get in and out being aimed at children 3 years + this would be no problem.
The toy is for children 3 years+ but I did buy it for my little boy who was 22 months when he had it and I feel that it is safe enough for him to play with and he gets as much use if not more use out of it than a three year old, all functions ie the moveable characters, the opening doors and the friction motion are all simple enough for my child to enjoy.
The Positives Points Of The Toy
1. Great Value for money, - I only paid around £2.99 for this toy and my son has had hours of enjoyment out of it, The plastic is very robust so to damage the vehicle is very difficult if not impossible, This is something that I find many other toys lack in and don't last as long as the Childs enthusiasm for the toy.
2. Great eye catching design which draws the child's attention to it in the first
Place, It looks exactly like in the cartoon (I don't know if anyone else feels the same but some toys pay small resemblance to their on screen characters.
3. The opening doors are a great asset to this toy as they provide more activity for the child.
4. The removable characters encourages role play with your child even at the age
Of 22 months I noticed this with my child for the first time
5. The friction powered toy is very easy to use as you push it and the vehicle carries on at a good pace under its own steam making it ideal for younger children that cant get the hang of the pull back friction toys.
6. very robust moulded plastic,
Disadvantages of the toy
1. Postman Pat is very difficult to get back into the vehicle even I struggle to get it back in
2. The toy itself can be quite noisy
3. Back doors are sealed putting a bit of restriction on play but doesn't seem to
Be any less enjoyable for my little one
Please accept that I did find this suitable to give to my 22 month old son but for other children would recommend that this should be the parent's decision as stated before people have reported the small wing mirrors comming off.
The Postman Pat Friction Van is great .. My daughter has this toy at home and at both grandparents houses because she loves Postman Pat so much. Great product that isn't expensive to buy but is very duable with opening doors. Comes with removal characters Postman Pat and Jess the cat. Due to it being a friction van it can be quite noisy when it is being pused around the floor for half an hour. You can if you wish also buy similar products from the hit television show such as the greendale flyer train, amy horse and box, ted glen and van and other characters from Greendale. A top tip is that if your little one loves postman pat buy the old video versions from car boots cheap and just as good. Only disappointment with this is that the back of the van doesn't open and it can take a while to put the characters back in the van.
Character toys seem to prove extremely popular with children, even, as we've noticed, if they've never seen the programme to which the character relates. In our house this is particularly the case for a certain tank-engine and the very friendly Postman Pat (together with his black and white cat, Jess). The Postman Pat friction van is a good example of where form takes precedence over function - in my eyes it's a deeply deficient toy; in my son's it's just great!
The van is made from bright red moulded plastic, and is about 17cm long and 12cm tall. It's designed to be a good replica of the van that is used on the TV show and bears the number plate "PAT 1". The van is a good runner in many ways - not only does it not require batteries (so no servicing costs) it also drives very well in the hands of a toddler. One reasonable push will see the van travelling to the other side of the room with little fuss, making that unmistakable "friction-vehicle" sound as it goes. I like the fact that this really is a push and go toy rather than having a pull-back mechanism as I've found that toddlers can often get frustrated with the latter when mummy/daddy can do it but they can't.
The van comes with two vinyl figures;Postman Pat and Jess. Postman Pat is moulded into a sitting position with his arms extended out front to grip the steering wheel. This is really my first gripe as it means that Postman Pat can't really be used in any other in role play (unless it's a sitting scene!). Jess is a plain model cat - nothing to write home about really (but I understand the necessity of having her there!). The charcters can be placed in the van and accessed by opening the front doors of the van. Both my son and I have found these to be stiff and I forsee that, with repeated play, they might well suffer. Certainly, at present, my 2 year old has to ask for them to be opened. Thankfully the windscreen provides a big enough gap to ram the figures in!
The front doors of the van are the only bits of the van that open/move (wheels aside). I think this is a shame and my toddler frequently tries to open the back doors but they're just decorative. This doesn't seem to bother him too much but I feel a trick has been missed here. The back could open and pretend letters/parcels could have been used to recreate the role play. As it is, there's nowhere for letters etc. to go.
The toy is aimed at the magic 3+ market (although what changes magically at 3 I can't yet tell) but to be honest there's nothing about it that stops a 2 year old playing save perhaps the strength to open the doors! Certainly, so long as you regularly check your toys for damage I can't see an issue.
In my mind this is a toy that could be very good but is, instead, rather mediocre and one which I do not expect to have a very long life (least not if we don't find a jointed Pat to go in it). With a little more thought and the inclusion of a jointed character this would be very good.
As far as my son is concerned, at the moment, he loves it and the van regularly races Fireman Sam's fire engine (a very similar vehicle with similar shortfallings).
This toy is available in most major retailers retailing at around £8-9. Personally, I think it overpriced but would give it a tentative thumbs up for those character loving toddlers who just seem to like these things.
Now, if only I could stop singing the alternative words to Postman Pat's theme tune!
Hands up who doesn't know the theme tune for this.
Santa bought this for my son, who upon ripping open the packaging burst into a lovely rendition of it! A lovely toy, a timeless classic which many children will have been bought up with.
So, the toy looks exactly like the one in the picture above. A bright red van made of plastic, which seems pretty strong and robust. (Time will tell!) The two doors open and shut, the boot to the van doesn't actually open, but there are two stickers on the back to represent windows. (My son has pulled these off already though!) The toy comes with a vinyl/rubber character of Pat, who is moulded into a sitting position with his hands up to grip the steering wheel, and Jess the cat who is sitting down. These characters are removable, and the van has raised bumps on the front seats to secure them into place whilst the vehicle is moving. Very safety conscious!!!
This is not a 'Pull back and watch them go' type of friction vehicle. It is more a case of give it a push and watch it go! And believe me, this van can really go. It would give a "White Van Man" a run for its money!! It works really well on wooden flooring, and on carpeted area alike.
It is approx 6 inches long and about 5 inches high. I think it is easy for little hands to get hold off and play with. The conversations that Pat and Jess have been having are so funny... so it also promotes imaginative play. It is recommended for ages 3 + but I should think younger children would have no problems with it, as it is large enough for them to play with. The only thing I will say, which could be potentially dangerous, is that the van has 2 black plastic wing mirrors attached to the doors, and these could possibly get pulled off.
All in all, this looks to be a very good, well made toy. It seems to have held his interest for reasonably long periods so far. It retails at £7.99 approx, and can be found in most stores... Argos, Tescos, Asda, Woolworths.
And do you want to know what the really best thing about this toy is? I requires no batteries, and makes no annoying electronic noises. It just requires a bit of imagination, a bit of arm power to push it, and a brum brum engine noise. Singing The Postman Pat theme tune is an optional extra. I'm sure you remember it!
Postman Pat and his black and white ca-aaaaat
OK, hands up, who DOESNT know this song? No-one with a child under the age of about 10 I should imagine. My three year old screams, Postman Pat and points excitedly if he spots a post van when we are out and about. And then the singing starts
This is all the fault of the fantastically popular BBC series, staring Postman Pat and his faithful black and white sidekick, Jess. So when my son unwrapped this friction van from his grandparents for Christmas, we were treated to yet another chorus. I must admit, since he already had a whole stack of push-along toys, I wasnt sure how much play he would get out of it, but it has become a firm favourite.
The van is made from bright red moulded plastic, and is about 7 / 17cm long and 5 / 12cm tall. The number plate, as anyone who watches the series will know, is PAT 1. When you push the van, and let go, it continues merrily along of its own accord, and can get up quite a good pace on the laminate floors. (This is a different action from some of his other push-alongs, which are of the pull-back-and-let-go variety). So far it seems very robust and barely even scratched despite being dropped down the stairs numerous times (my poor paintwork); the only thing I will say is that it has two small black wing mirrors that I foresee being snapped off eventually and this is not a great prospect with another smaller child just starting to crawl in the house. To be fair though, this toy is recommended for age 3+.
The van contains two vinyl figures of Postman Pat and Jess, and the two front doors of the van open to enable them to be taken out. Postman Pat is moulded into a sitting position, with his hands out in front to grip the steering wheel, but he has managed to have a ride on some of my sons other transport. Also, Jess is frequently evicted so that one of his Bob The Builder figures usually Bob or JJ - can have a ride with Pat. Its great fun to listen to the conversations he makes up between them. I guess since Jess cant speak, shes less of a conversationalist!
Sadly, the back doors dont open.
Made by born to play, this toy is available in most of the major retailers; in Woolworths it is priced £8.99. Overall, Id recommend it, as it seems to be fairly robust and good for creative play. Altogether now
Friction powered van just like the one Postman Pat drives in his TV series. Features Pat and Jess figures inside the cab with doors that open and close.