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My daughter received this as a birthday present from a class mate. I cant comment on how much is was purchased for, but I see they now sell for around £10. The Postman pat van is a lovely little replica of Pat's red special delivery van. It is made from moulded plastic, and is a good size for youngsters to hold and carry around, without being too chunky. There are opening doors at either side of the front of the van, and double opening doors at the rear. This means the child can actually play with the van, putting the accessories in and out, making up a story etc., as opposed to just pushing it along the floor. Whilst the front doors are easy to open - due to the large cut out window screen, the back doors can be a little more tricky, especially for very young children. The van also comes with a little Pat figure, who's arms and legs move (in similar fashion to a lego figure) and two little parcels, again all made from moulded plastic. Our Pat actually has quite a scary looking face - more of a grimace than a smile, but otherwise is again a nice little replica of the real thing. The parcels are actually really small, and may need to be kept out of reach of younger siblings. The age guide is 3+, but I think if the parcels are taken away (and maybe replaced with a duplo brick or two) this toy would indeed be suitable for children 18 months and over. The wheels are free turning (not friction powered) which means the van is easily pushed/rolled across almost any surface. We did have an issue with the back doors falling off after the van took an unexpected tumble, they were easily fixed / popped back into position though, and this just served as a lesson to take more care with toys! My daughter was also very disappointed to find that Jess the cat wasn't included, especially as the box shows a lovely big picture of her! Whilst not a huge Postman Pat fan, my daughter was pleased to receive this, and it did get a bit of play to begin with. However, we have now "lost" the parcels somewhere in her room and the van is collecting dust. I feel maybe alongside other sets, or for more die-hard Pat fans, this would be a lovely little set with ample play value. However, as a stand alone toy, it is just one of many that has limited play potential. I would not buy this toy myself, unless as part of a selection or to add to a collection for a real Pat fan.
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.
My son went through a postman pat stage when he was younger, and we have owned a number of the toys from the range. One of his favourite was this van we own the version with sounds, but there is a version available without. **The van** The van is a good size, great for little one to hold easily while pushing it along the floor. It is not friction powered so it does need to be manually pushed along by little one, but my son enjoys this. It is bright red in colour, and of course is the exact copy of pat's van in the newer special delivery series. There are two openings to the back of the van so you child has a choice on which door they wish to use to load the parcels. There are two plastic parcels provided with this set, they are on the small side but they seem to appeal to children. My little boy was delighted he actually had real parcels to deliver with this set. There is a large square button at the back on the van, and when this is pressed children are rewarded with the postman pat special delivery theme tune. It is loud and very annoying but again my children seem to think this absolutely fantastic. When we opened our truck we found that it seems it is just the special delivery tune that plays over again. With other postman pat toys we have owned the character phrases are usually included so this was a little disappointing. There are no figures provided with this set, so if you wish for postman pats to actually drive his van you do have to purchase them separately. I thought this was a little rubbish, if you're paying £10 plus for a toy I expect the accessories to be there. Luckily my son already had the figures from his other sets so he can actually use the same pat toy in this set. **In use** The truck is rather loud while playing the theme tune and it can become very annoying for parents. My children all love it though even if it does just play the same thing over and over again. The button is large enough to press with eases, which is great for younger children still exploring the toy. The wheels move freely along the floor, and it does travel a fair distance when pushed by little one. It works well on all floor types although it does travel further on wooden flooring. It is a great size both for the child to hold, but also not to heavy so they can not push it around easily. The doors at the back of the truck slide open easily, so your child can play independently if they wish to. The parcels are small so are lost very easily if your child does not keep them stored in the back of the van after they have finished playing. These are one of my children's favourite parts from this set, and I find they use them whatever vehicle they are using from this range. The sliding doors mean the child has access to the back of the van, making up stories as they go along delivering the parcels to each destination. This van did receive a lot of use in the time we have owned it so it has proved its worth. My son liked to play with this with other postman pat accessories, but it can be used by itself. Postman pat and Jess have spaces to sit in the front of the van which can be accessed very easily with the doors which open. After three years we still have this van, and it does still receive some use but as my son no longer like postman pat it has been a little neglected. The doors broke off after around 6 months and the parcels are sat somewhere at the bottom of the toy box. The batteries are still going strong, and we have not had to change them from the ones we received when we purchased this toy. The age range is three years plus which I think is fair, although my youngest son has used it since he was two with no problems at all. **Summary** I would recommend this van to any postman pat fan. Ours received a lot is use and proved to be very durable for the amount we paid for it. The parcels and theme tune are simple yet keep little one entertained. It can be used to fuel little ones imagination while they make up stories. It lasted really well even when the doors fell off the van was still fully useable. It is available from toy stores, supermarkets or just type it in to Google, and a number of stores have it available. It retails at around £10 which I think is a fair price for this character toy. It would have been nice to have the figures included as otherwise you need to purchase them to have someone drive the van. Other than that the toy is fully useable on its own without having to purchase other accessories.
We are used to seeing Postman Pat deliver parcels in his small van but he also has a bigger van which his SDS (Special Delivery Service) van. ~Push Along Van~ This van is part of the SDS collection of vehicles and can be bought alone or as part of a set. There are 2 vans available - one takes 3 x AAA batteries and plays the theme tunes and the other is simply a push along van. We have the latter. This push along van is approx 15 x 9 x 6cm. It is suitable for children over the age of 3. The van is of course red and has free moving wheels. It features a two side opening doors and 2 back opening doors on the main body of the van. There is a seating area at the front for 2 small characters and the doors can open and close. The van is supplied with 2 replica parcels. ~Price~ This van is available from the likes of Tesco and Amazon for just under £10.00. ~Our Thoughts~ Our son is Postman Pat crazy as his Daddy is a postman. He has some of the smaller figures and DVDs but whilst in Tesco a few months ago, his Daddy treated him to a new toy and this was the toy he picked. I know his Uncle is buying him the helicopter and other bits to accompany this set for Christmas. The toy came in one of those open front, fiddly boxes! ~Delivering Boos Parcels!~ The van is fairly sturdy and made from red plastic. It is weighty though my son (whos is 3 and a half) has no issues moving this van around. It would hurt if dropped on some toes though so be careful! We have a small Postman Pat character from a different set and he slots into the drivers seat fairly easily. The doors at the front of the van detatch very easily from the van and my son cannot put these back on themselves. He was upset the first time this happened as he thought he had broken it but super Mummy saved the day and he could get on with delivering his parcels! The van can be moved around freely and has no sharp edges. It feels very smooth and the wheels move well allowing my son to zoom the van around our livingroom or his bedroom floor. The small parcels look very realistic as if wrapped in brown paper and had the perfect size for my toddler to hold and play about with but are very easily misplaced.. My son appreciates that there is 3 doors that can be opened so he can fill up the back of the van with his parcels and anything else he can fit in! The van rattles with the parcels inside as there is plenty of space left as the van is quite spacious inside. He often fills it up with small characters he has and has been known to hide his sweets and train tickets in there to make sure his cousin doesn't get his hands on them! He uses his van for roleplay with characters and it is interesting to see him reinacting the scenes from his Postman Pat dvds. He has some imagination and although rather basic, the van fufills his need to make up little scenarios and stories. Mummy gets in on the action too as I need to deliver Boos nightly custard cream in the back of the van before bed! The van has been crashed into doors, table legs and run up walls and hasn't suffered any bashes. The colouring is intact and it looks as good as the day we bought it despite being played with daily. ~Conclusion~ I am a little annoyed as to why the ones in Tesco store have no sound but I cannot fault this van otherwise (well except for the dodgy doors!). £10 is expensive but you pay for the character relation. I do think it would be better value for money if they included some characters alongside the parcels. Thanks for reading x *Update - after my son received the small version of this (part of a set that can be collected) it came to my attention that it is the small version that has noise capabilities - this one is just for play - both are the same price but different sizes). The small van plays various tunes from the show.