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As I previously mentioned in my review for the Pencaster 3-in-1 Deluxe Postman Pat play set we were left without a Postman Pat van for the play set. I had told my mum about this and she said she'd buy the van for part of my son's birthday - I had intended to buy it but at around £10-15 I wasn't going to stop her ;).
When my mum arrived at our home, a few weeks before my son's birthday, we had a quick look on Amazon to try and track down the van. All we could see were the SDS vans, the 'new' van that looks more modern and up to date than the traditional Royal Mail delivery van. We left it for a few weeks and the week before his birthday had another look. My mum was able to buy the more traditional van for £10 which came with a Postman Pat figure and the choice of either Jess the cat or two parcels. My mum ticked the option for more parcels as my son has 'misplaced' the parcels that came with his Pencaster set - as well as Postman Pat!
The van arrived a few days after his birthday, which worked out well because it meant he really enjoyed it rather than being swamped or overwhelmed by his other gifts. He was pretty glued to it for hours! I'll talk about that in a bit but first of all I want to say just how well packaged it was: it arrived in a sturdy box which contained the toy inside. The packaging that the toy came in was also very durable; there was no way this toy was going to move around in transit and therefore limiting the damage/scuffs made to the toy by being tied down by wicker. The Postman Pat figure was also packaged up nicely, in his own little plastic pod and the parcels protected in the same manner. Once I'd managed to open the toy - and believe me it took some doing - I was quite pleased with the quality of it. It's a hard, durable plastic that is painted to a high finish. It has the Royal Mail logo painted on in yellow, bumpers on the front and back as well as 'lights' (they're not 'real' lights) on the front and back.
Upon playing with the van my son discovered a boot in the back of the van, with the two doors that close and open fairly easily, where he could store the parcels. In front of the van is the seating area, with a special seat for Postman Pat and Jess to sit in. As we don't have Jess I can only assume the Jess figure has a hole in it to slot into place with the seat so that he stays put in the van while kids play with it.
My son LOVED this van and has been playing with it non-stop. On the day he got it he wouldn't go outside at all as he wanted to stay in and play with it. The first thing he does when he wakes up is look for his van and has tried to take it to bed a few times. Thankfully he now has some Postman Pat bedding so this staves off his Postman Pat addiction ;). I think the van and other Postman Pat stuff is expensive but it's also worth the price tag - it's well made, of a high quality and provides hours of entertainment for my son.
I remember Postman Pat from when I was a little girl although it was never one of my favourites however at about 2 years my daughter fell in love with the programme. When it came to christmas there was no doubt what we were going to buy her - Postman Pat toys. There are alot of different toys within the range (more of which I will be reviewing) vehicle wise there is the small van, the big van, a motorbike, a helicopter, Ted's truck and a forklift truck. For the buildings you can get the Post Office, The SDS Sorting Office, Ted Glens Garage, PC Selbys Police Station, Ajay's Trains station and Alf's Barn and finally you can get the Green Rocket and different character figure packs.
When we bought this toy it was selling for about £10 although you seem to be able to get them for around the £8 mark now - finally something is coming down in price! The set comprises of the van, a postman pat figure and 2 parcels.
Getting into the box was actually pretty easy and it didn't take a degree to get the van out for a change, the batteries come with in the toy so didn't have to bother with this usual job either. The battery compartment is on the bottom of the toy held with a screw to prevent little fingers getting in. The batteries that originally came with it are still going strong but when they need changing it requires 2 x AAA batteries.
Postman Pat is approx 2 inches high in the royal blue suit with his shirt and tie, the jacket has button and pocket detailing and the SDS badge on it. He also has his hat with the royal mail symbol on it and his glasses on his face, the figure is very detailed there is only the mouth that is drawn on the rest of the detailing is raised to make it more realistic.
The set has 2 parcels wit it for Pat to deliver, the detailing of these parcels is fantastic it has indebtations of the brown paper as if something has really been wrapped and on the back it has raised areas for 2 stamps and an address label and then string around the whole parcel.
Finally the last part of the set is the bright red van. The van is made of sturdy red plastic and both the side and rear doors have opening function. There is a seat inside for Pat to sit on with markings on it to give it some detail, there is also a steering wheel which you can position Pats hands to hold although we tend to have to position it for our daughter as she can't manage it herself. The bonnet on the front is marked and then you have a grill and 2 sets of lights on the front of the vehicle, the bumper is grey in colour and has the registration PAT 1. On each door there is a black wingmirror and a little door handle and of course the royal mail sign is on the side of the van. At the rear there are another 2 sets of lights and the rear doors also have door handles although these can still be fiddly to open. There is a rear bumper with the markings of where a rear number plate should be but this is missing, don't know whether there is just a sticker missing or it doesn't come with a rear number plate. When you open the rear of the van there is an area for the parcels to be put in for Pat to deliver. The wheels of the van are black with grey for the wheel trims and move freely evenm on the carpet.
There is a button to press on the top of the van which plays the SDS theme tune and has the following sayings, morning parcel for you, come on Jess Mrs Goggins will be waiting, you can always count on me and cheerio.
This toy really is fantastic and my little girl is still playing with it over a year later. The toy itself is still in pristine condition despite being played with loads and the batteries are still going. The detailing on this toy is second to none and I am amazed that it is of such good quality considering the price. More toy retailers should follow the makers of this toy it proves that good quality toys do not have to cost the earth.
Postman Pat's Van.....
A while ago now Jack when through a stage of really liking Postman Pat so I decided to treat him to a little toy from Argos. They are selling Postman Pat vehicles with figures in the catalogue for around £10 but there is a choice of 4 and you literally don't get a choice as t which one you get (although you can take it back to the counter and get and exchange).
So when after first receiving Ted Glens work van and Jack seeing it we had to return to Argos to try and get the Postman Pat van at a later date. Luckily we got the classic van and with it came a small figure of Pat himself and a couple of plastic mini parcels to fit in the back of the van.
The van is a small size as is Postman Pat but he does sit nicely inside the driver seat after you have opened one of the movable front doors so you can pop him in. There is a button on the top of the van which plays a variety of different sayings and songs all from the show. It is based on the newer series "Special Delivery Service" so when the theme music plays it is the newer song and not the old classic.
There are sayings which come from the show too and now Jack has taken to repeating them over and over again. These are things such as " You can always count on me!" and "Parcel for you". It makes me laugh when Jack says them as he tries to put on the Postman pat voice too.
The double back doors of the van open up too and the parcels fit in well and they stay closed. Unfortunately the front doors are not so hard wearing as Jack has managed to snap one off and even the glue gun can't fix it in place.
I think it is a shame that they didn't include jess with this particular model as when is Postman Pat ever without Jess? Other than that it is a good toy which has had many hours of fun playing with and jack is still enjoying playing with it even after having had it for so long.
I think a 4 out of 5 star score and a recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
My daughter has, in the last six months, just discovered Postman Pat and this ranks now as one of her favourite characters after Peppa Pig, Charlie And Lola and Thomas. Her grandparents, knowing this, bought her this little van and character set for christmas and it has rapidly become one of her most played with toys.
The van is sturdy and is the traditional Postman Pat van seen in all of the stories. It has a button on the roof that, when pressed, plays several Postman Pat phrases as well as the new improved Postman Pat tune rather than the older, original version that we all knew and loved as kids. The set comes with a Jess figure, which has a whole in the base that correlates with a protrusion on the passenger seat in the van so that Jess can be fixed with no worries of her falling out, and a Postman Pat figure which does fit in the drivers seat.... he just needs a little manipulation!
It also comes with two parcels which fit in the back of the van!
This is an ideal toy for children aged two and over though you may have to watch your kids as the Jess figure in paticular is a little small and could easily be swallowed! It is free-wheeling and of quite good quality which means it should take a bit of gentle abuse and last them for quite a while!
Other figures are available to compliment this set so you can build and expand to create your own miniature version of Greendale and these are all quite reasonably priced and available from all good toy stores. This van goes for around £10 on Amazon but can be bought cheaper on Ebay.
The only downside I have with this is that it doesn'yt play the original tune but apart from that, it's a neat little character set which has gone down really well in our house!
If my eldest son is the world's biggest Doctor Who fan, then my youngest son (who is nearly two) is the biggest follower of all things Pat. Only Fireman Sam (see my reviews of those products) comes close.
The van is, like most Character Options products, very well designed, made and finished. The use of friction propulsion is pretty much standard on Chracter Options vehicles and makes Pat's van easy to handle and move for younger children, as well as saving skirting boards and furniture from too much damage!
The inclusion of a Pat figure is a welcome addition, although I can't help but remember that an earlier version of this product included a 'Jess the Cat' figure. Hence, I think that the value-for-money of this product could be a little better.
Prospective buyers should also note that younger children may find it difficult to get Pat to sit in his seat properly. On the positive side, the doors are very robust (unlike those on Jupiter in Fireman Sam) and several months play have done little to damage the finish on the van.
My son at the moment loves watching the Postman Pat SDS programme on tv , I have to say I am amazed at how much Postman Pat has changed, he no longer just drives a van but he also has a helicopter and a son!
I really hate packaging on toys as it takes forever to get to the toy , the van was covered in plastic it took me a while to get this open , it also had lots of wire ties wrapped around the wheels which I had to quickly dispose of so my son couldn`t get them.
~Postman Pats Van~
The van is made out of plastic and is red in colour , inside you will find a brown seat where Postman Pat can sit , there is also a steering wheel which does not move. Both doors on the van open and they have little black door mirrors which are fixed. At the back of the van the 2 doors open to reveal a storage area to put the parcels , it also has 4 black wheels and the van is free wheeling.
On the front and back are number plates which say PAT1 , on the sides of the van there is the Royal Mail logo.
Underneath the van you will see a battery compartment , a speaker and a switch to turn the toy on and off.
~Modes of Play~
So to use this just move the switch to try me then press the button on top of the van , you will hear the Postman Pat SDS music.
In this mode you get music and phrases -
Morning Parcel for you
Come on Jess Mrs Goggins will be waiting
you can always count on me
I love this button as there is no sound! but unfortunatly my son knows how to use the button so can easily switch it back on.
What do I think?
My son loves this toy he has hours of fun , the toy compared to other Character - online toys is very very sturdy , my son loves crashing the van into the sofa and door!
The downside is the doors come off but you can easily put them back on , also Postman Pat doesn`t sit in the seat properly which annoys my son! and the toy is very noisy when it plays the music as it has a speaker underneath the van , just a pity it doesn`t have a volume control.
Would I recommend this toy? Yes I would , your child will love it!
You will need 2 x AAA batteries
Toy is for age 3+
Cost £9.99 from Tesco , Amazon and toys r us
My review is also on Ciao same username
Includes Pat and his Van and 2 Parcels.