Product Type: Tesco Toy Car
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Postman Pat SDS Push Along Van
Member Name: emmad5689
Postman Pat SDS Push Along Van
Advantages: Plays the theme, durable, realistic, decent price
Disadvantages: Doors come off and no figures included
My eldest daughter used to be a really big fan of Postman Pat and for one of her birthdays she ended up with 3 different vehicles and the Village Post Office. One of the vehicles that Sophie was given was the Large delivery Van.
At the time of Sophie being given this toy all the Postman Pat vehicle sets were about £15 to buy, they now sell at about the £10 mark which is much better value. In the set you can get the large delivery van, the small delivery van. the helicopter, the motorbike and side car, Ted's truck, Alf's Tractor and the Police car.
The van came packaged in a cardboard box decorated with Postman Pats signs and Postman Pat and Jess are pictured on the front. The front of the box is open so that you can press down the small button the the top of the van which plays the SDS theme tune and then the rest of the van is encased in plastic to hold it in the box.
The van is very realistic to the one on the show and is about 15cms long and made of bright red plastic. The van has white stripes up the side and then a little registration plate on the front, there are opening doors at the front of the van for you to put driver and passenger inside and then there are opening doors at the back of the van for loading the parcels. The set comes with two little brown parcels for your child to deliver, I think the parcels are pretty xcute they even have markings on them which is supposed to be where the parcels are tied up.
I found it a little disappointing that there were no characters included with this van, now as Sophie had so many of the sets we did end up with 3 Postman Pat figures however if your child only had this set you would have to purchase the figures seperately for them to be able to really play with the van as of course you need a driver for it.
The van is aimed for ages 3 and up but I think this really is more just because of the size of the parcels than for any other reason. The van is pretty chunky so it is easy for small hands to handle howevr it is quite tough to push especially on carpetted flooring. The doors are a little less durable than the rest of the van which is very strong and can easily take a bashing without getting damaged however the doors seem to come off very easily just from normal play which I found a bit poor .
My daughter was a really big fan of Postman Pat so she was thrilled with this van, she really liked that the vehicles could all be set off at the same time to play the themem tune which became very annoying for us as parents but what it did point out was that other vehicles in the range have different phrases that they say but this van only plays the theme tune.
Sophie used to play with these sets for ages and would line them all up around the room and use the vehicles to move the parcels from one vehicle to another and then finally I would get my delivery. She really enjoyed playing with these and we expected her younger sister would be the same however she has no interest in Postman Pat so we have recently given all these away to another little boy to enjoy.
Apart from the issue with the doors the van is great, the batteries never ran out in the time we owned the van and it had no damage on it when we gave it away. Sophie had a great amount of play from this toy so it was worth what was paid for it although I think £10 is a fairer price considering how much it costs for you to collect the whole set. I would recommend this and so would Sophie.
Summary: A good toy for a fan
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