Product Type: Little Tikes Toy Car
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A simple toy that is a winner in our house!
Little Tikes Large Car Carrier
Member Name: pootlegirl
Little Tikes Large Car Carrier
Advantages: Built to last, the cars are great little toys on their own, can be used as a ride on
Disadvantages: The ramp can be stiff to open
So, when I spotted this on a local nearly new forum for just £8 I snapped it up! The Little Tikes Large Car Carrier costs around £24.99 new. As the name suggests, it is quite big! It is 72cm long and 25cm high. It's size was one of the things that appealed to me. Although not marketed as such, it is big enough for toddlers to sit on and use it as a ride on toy, which is an added bonus in my opinion!
It comes with two lovely cars, a red one and a yellow one. The cars have no windows, which makes them very easy for toddlers to pick up as the roof doubles up as a handle. They have no special features (opening doors, etc) but they are well made and nice and chunky.
The car carrier itself has 8 wheels. The cab and the carrier are separate, allowing it to move like a real long vehicle does - but they don't come apart easily, which is a good thing as toys which constantly need fixing back together again are a pain! The back of the carrier opens to form a ramp to drive the sports cars up, then clicks shut so they don't roll out again. Once in the carrier there are little indentations on the floor for them to sit in. There are also indentations on the roof of the carrier so a car can be placed on it without rolling around too much. Again, the features are basic. The doors to the cab don't open and there are no windows, but the detail is there - there are two seats in the cab so if you're lucky enough to have an appropriately sized toy a driver could be put in. The simplicitly of this toy is what I love most about it. It does just what it needs to which is transports cars. In my experience, unnecessary features on toys tend to cause problems...doors fall off, switches break, etc.
My son has now had this for around 6 months, I think the previous owners had loved it for around 2 years. The sports cars are a little scratched, but the main vehicle is in extremely good condition - it is definitely built to last! I don't think it has ever been used outside, I think if it was it would undergo some serious cosmetic damage.
My son plays with the toy as a whole, but he also plays with the two cars on their own a lot - crawling along pushing one in each hand. He has also discovered that the carrier makes a great step! So will push it along to wherever he feels a little extra height is needed, then climb aboard and cause a little mischief by reaching all those things that are deliberately put out of his reach! He doesn't use it as a ride on much - but my 4 year old daughter does! I think his legs are still a bit on the short side to be able to straddle and push himself along.
My only criticism of this toy is that the ramp is a little stiff for my son to undo, it needs quite a tug to get it open. He is 18mths now and is able to open it sometimes, but not all the time. It also took him a while to work out how to get the second car out of the carrier. He would try reach it from the ramp end of the vehicle, but his arms were too short! After lots of demonstrations and explanations he is now able to push it along to the exit using the holes in the side of the vehicle!
On the whole this is a very well made toy which I think my son will enjoy for a long time yet.
Summary: A lovely, simple toy with no unnecessary extras!
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