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Off Road Adventures await
on 5 January 2015
A firm favourite within minutes of being unwrapped this Christmas, the Cozy Coupe truck is everything I had hoped it would be. Assembly is straightforward, you just need a phillips screwdriver (or an electric drill with screwdrive bit is even better), and a hammer. The instructions are all in pictures and very easy to follow and nothing is too technical - the riskiest area is putting the front wheels on the wrong side, but the components are all clearly marked, both on the body of the car and the wheel pieces themselves so this is easily avoidable.
Once built there are likely to be some gaps and things that don't quite close - this is, after all, a molded piece of plastic and not made to huge engineering tolerances. But those gaps and tight fits are all "liveable" and don't detract from the function or enjoyment of the toy.
Once built it's pretty simple. There's a seat, with a steering wheel and a battery operated horn. The steering wheel is there for play and doesn't do anything to steer the car. It's easy enough for a little one to turn and the battery compartment in the horn is easily accessible without removing the whole steering wheel when they need to be changed.
The front wheels are independent of each other and the wheel mounting is designed so that they typically "self-correct" into a straight line unless the driver is trying to push in a different direction. The intependent nature means that the car can turn on a sixpence, handy when mum or dad is pushing it around the house. The rear wheels share a fixed axle and work well enough.
For mum and dad there is a handle type design built into the roof to helpmake it a bit easier to push/steer. It works but the height of the car means that if you're 5' 10" or taller you might get a bit of a bad back after pushing for not too long as you need to bend over quite a way.
The thing that sets this car apart from the original Cozy Coupe is the boot and, wait for it, the cup holders!. Both are great additions! With an opening tailgate, our little one loves loading the boot with his toys before driving off on an imaginary adventure. The two cup holders are just the right size for his Nuby drinking cup and hold it nicely in palce without being too tight.
The finsihing touch is the smiley face on the front - instantly welcoming and our little one often says hello to it before going for his drives...
Only used indoors so far, it's rugged enough to become a garden toy during the summer months. It also looks like it's been amde to last (like all other Little Tikes toys that I've seen).
Well worth the money and highly recommended.