Product Type: Character Options Toy Car
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Everybody knows his bright red van.
Character Options Postman Pat`s Van
Member Name: Mama-Q
Character Options Postman Pat`s Van
Advantages: well made, hours of fun, high quality finish.
Disadvantages: a bit expensive.
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.
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