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My daughter fell in love with Postman Pat when she was 2 years old - think the music caught her interest so 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 I think we did buy it when it was on offer and is supposed to sell for around the £12 mark. This set comprises of the helicopter, a cow and a harness for rescuing the cow. The set doesn't come with a Postman Pat figure which I think is a shame as if this was the only toy my daughter had got then she would want the postman Pat figure too.
Getting the item out of the box was not too difficult like many are, good job as on christmas morning my daughter was desperate for all her new Postman Pat toys out. The batteries that came with the toy are still in it over a year later but when they do need to be replaced it takes 2 x AAA batteries and the battery compartment is on the underneath of the toy secured by a screw.
The helicopter is made of sturdy red plastic and has a space at the front specifically for jess with a little windshield in front of this space, then behind Jess' place is a seat for Postman Pat where there is a black seat with indentations for Pat to sit in and a control panel and stick to apparently fly the helicopter. Behind Pats seat is an enclosed area to carry his parcels with a door either side which do open although they more often than not fall off. At the rear of the helicopter is a spoiler with PAT 3 on it, my daughter has managed to snap this although we can put it back in it does keep falling off again. There are some stripes across different parts of the helicopter in white. The helicopter has the rotorblades for flying at the top which do spin and has 3 wheels underneath. Underneath on the toy there is a small hole where the harness for rescuing the copw is connected. There is also a button on the top of the toy which plays the SDS theme tune and has these sayings, special delivery service mission accomplished, this is a job for the special delivery service helicopter and you can always count on me plus it makes a helicopter sound.
The harness for saving the cow is flourescent yellow and is attached via 4 black strings to the plug that goes into the helicopter, the harness forms a circle for the cow to sit in and be hoisted up.
The cow itselfs is made of brown plastic and is actually quite heavy, it has horns, ears and nose sticking off it and a tail. It has a collar with what looks like a sun on it, the cow is really detailed.
Although my daughter does love this toy and likes to pretend she is saving the cow this toy is not as sturdy as others in the range. she has managed to snap the spolier and both doors fall off which i'm pretty sure isn't something my daughter has caused. the toy can be annoying for the child also as the cow falls out of the harness unless balanced perfectly.
Still a good toy but there is better in the range
Cards on the table, my youngest son loves Postman Pat. Anything Pat does is alright by him - even in his newest guise as parcel carrier for the Special Delivery Service. Poor Pat; the latest episodes see young Ben, who has clearly come from the graduate recruitment programme, promoted above Pat to head up the local SDS branch. Adventures, clearly, ensue. Most of these revolve around Pat messing up a delivery and having to go to increasingly desperate lengths to get it there on time while the populace of Greendale (and surrounding areas) look on concerned.
Anyway, the little one loves it so when we noticed the (inevitable) range of tie in products our first thought was 'Christmas gift'. We bought him the helicopter. We knew this would be a hit as he'd already tried to smuggle one out of his little friend Matti's house a couple of months ago. And so it proved. Since he opened the present on Christmas morning he's put it down for about five minutes recreating the classic Special Deliver Service episode where Pat accidentally allows a cow to get stuck up a cliff. Fortunately, the toy is pretty durable (as toys need to be in our house) and although it doesn't do much it seems to be just the special delivery that small son wanted. Definitely recommended for the Pat nut in your life.
I believe this is a must have for any postman pat fan. I brought this to add to the whole set for my son around a year ago and i must say this and the train are the only 2 things he still plays with.
It includes daisy cow and a hoist that ties to the bottom of the helicopter and lets my sons imagination run wild with the storys he creates with it.
Also after a year of near daily use the battery is still working to operate the button on top of the helicopter which plays sds theme tune and a phrase from Pat.
It holds value for money in both quality and the fact that the helicopter and daisy cow can be used as seperate toys as well as together. It sems very sturdy as many times it has had a fall from a high height as my son is ' flying it ' and still remains intact.
I find that most of the postman pat toys are of good quality and this echos with this toy.
The negatives are its often difficult to try and put or keep daisy cow in the hoist and also to try and seat postman pat in his seat. My son gets very adgitated s he sits trying to put him in the helecopter.
My son loves Postman Pat and now has a good collection of the SDS toys. Postman Pat has been modernised and there is now a newish tv programme on tv where Pat flies a helicopter to delivery parcels!
The helicopter is made out of plastic and is mostly red in colour with little hints of white and yellow. On the helicopter you will find a grey step on each side with a door which you can open and close. There is a black seat in the cockpit where Pat sits and right at the very front of the helicopter is a little space for Jess.
The propellers at the top of the helicopter are red with a little bit of yellow on the ends. At the back of the helicopter you will find the tail wings which look really cool, on each side are two white strips and the words PAT3.
Also on the back are two grey exhausts, a little speaker and an on/off switch.
This is a free wheeling toy which works quite well on our carpet, underneath the helicopter you will find 3 wheels and the battery compartment. To open the battery compartment you will need a screwdriver.
The harness is luminous yellow with black trim, on the end of the harness is a little round knob which fits underneath the helicopter.
Daisy the cow is made out of heavy plastic, she is brown in colour and has horns and looks like an angus cow.
You will find that Daisy fits really well in the harness and does not fall out, my son has tried other animals and small toys and gets quite annoyed when they do not fit.
When the helicopter is turned on you will get to hear the theme tune and various phrases by pressing the red square button on top of the helicopter.
The phrases are :-
This is a job for the special delivery service helicopter
You can always count on me
Special delivery service mission accomplished
~What do I think?~
We paid £9.99 for this toy a while ago and I was worried that it would land up like the Peppa Pig helicopter which fell apart, but I have to say this is a very sturdy toy and it does not mind being bashed about by a boisterous 3 year old.
My son plays with this toy everyday and will often use it with his Bob the Builder construction set and pretend to rescue Bob from the crane using the harness. He will also sit his little Peppa Pig toys in the back of the helicopter and pretend to fly them around the room.
The are two downsides to the toy one is the music is loud and can be quite irritating especially when he has all three Postman Pat vehicles all lined up and presses the buttons so they play the same tune!
Also the toy does not come with Jess or Pat, but they can be bought separately.
Requires 2 x AAA batteries
Price - £9.99 Argos but you will also find it in Tescos and Amazon.