Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary is a celebratory edition of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe range following thirty years of selling one of the toy manufacturer’s most successful products ever released on the market. It shot up the top seller’s list shortly after its release in the 1980’s and continues to be one of the most popular kids riding cars to be found. The special edition toy car is designed in a cherry red and bright yellow colour and features a smiley face on the front bumper, giving the coupe a child friendly personality.

Based on the popular cozy coupe range, the 30th anniversary version comes with a usable ignition switch and a petrol cap which can be opened and closed, just like a real automobile! It even has a rear storage compartment, perfect for carrying around snacks or your child’s favourite toys. For those toddler’s who have start their morning with a coffee pick me up (only joking!), there are foldable cup holders inside the vehicle. To accommodate younger toddlers and focusing on the ever present priority of making the car as safe as possible, the designers have built in a removable floor. This makes it perfect for very young children who may hurt their feet as the little tikes cozy coupe 30th anniversary model moves around, and parents can just insert the floor board, keeping the kid’s legs inside the cockpit. It has functioning doors which slide open to allow access to the interior, a high seat back to increase safety and comfort and a working steering wheel. It even features a rear handle on the back of the car so parents can give their youngster’s a hand! In terms of mobility, model includes large front wheel made of a durable material and designed to move in a circular, 360 degree motion.

The company recommends this product for children aged between 18 months and five years, but my own sons are still using their little tikes cozy coupe 30th anniversary cars and they are aged six and eight! Just like most of the products this toy manufacturer produces, it is very affordably and easy on the wallet, costing $49.99. This may vary slightly if bought online, from the retailer themselves or an external distributor.

I can highly recommend this car to anyone who is interested in buying a unique and very entertaining toy for their kids. It is very durable and will sustain a huge amount of wear and tear (I am surprised my kid’s is still hold together after all the accidents it has had, but it almost looks as good as new after two years!). I hope this has given you an insight into the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary model.

Beginners Buying Guide: Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Buying presents for youngsters can be quite a challenge if you are not familiar with the current trend of toys and games available in today’s market. One brand you can’t really go wrong with is the Little Tikes company, especially the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe line! With a history of toy manufacturing which extends back to the 1960’s, their ideology of safe and child friendly toys has produced a range of very successful and popular toys.

The concern of the majority of parents is that they do not need to worry about the safety of their kids when playing – the amount of recalls, choking incidents on the news and playground accidents is enough to make any parent a bit apprehensive when another person gives a gift to their youngster.

The good thing about the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe range is that safety is a huge factor in the design of all their products, whether it is their coupe cars, swing sets, playhouses or one of their smaller kits. All packages will come with detailed instructions on how to assemble each kit and what age range it is suitable for, so as long as you take a little time to read the side of the box before you purchase a potential present you should be able to get a toy which is safe for the age group of your receiver.

Once you are sure you have a safe product, you may want to just check if it is made for girls or boys (this can be a big sticking point with children for some reason!). Usually there is a large difference between the two, as manufacturers will design packaging to appeal to the gender in questions to appeal to ‘nag power.’ If a child can associate with a product, then they will put in their best performance to convince their parent to buy it for them at whatever the cost. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe products are split into products which will appeal to both boys and girls, and have many toys which can be used by both, such as their playhouse and swing sets.

Whatever you choose to buy, try and think from a parent’s perspective and purchase a present which looks both fun and interesting while being safe and low risk to the kid’s safety and avoids any possible health hazards, such as small assembly pieces, strings or sharp features.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

The year of 2008 saw the brand sell almost half a million models of one of its most successful products; the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. Not only did the organization lead the toy and games market in terms of car sales, but if also beat out Toyota Camry by an astonishing 20,000 models (it must be noted that Toyota sell real cars in the automobile industry, while the stated is part of the toy sector!). Over ten million of their vehicles have been distributed around the world over the past three decades, suggesting that there is something truly special in the design and philosophy behind these cars.

The story originates almost 60 years ago in 1947, when a man named Jim Mariol was inspired whilst working on automobile design, when he realized he was striving for a different kind of end result. Thirty years later he joined the toy company and began constructing the kid powered cars, which were originally inspired by the mobility afforded by the wheels on office chairs! Ever since then this partnership has led to success after success, basing new models on the designs of Jim Mariol and his very first Little Tikes Cozy Coupe.

One of the main components to the success of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is the use of plastic as the main construction material through a process known as rotational molding. The liquid plastic is piped into a caste and allowed to cool, which results in a hard and very sturdy structure. The technique is so successful that many toy cars will be handed down from brother to sister, father to son, and in some cases even grandparents to grandchildren!

While the original design of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe was done up in a red and yellow, since the beginning of the 1990’s the brand has brought several new versions to the market, including police car designs, fire engines, roofless models and even a feminine version called the Princess. Some parents are not content with the selection available and have taken it onto themselves to edit the original purchases through stickers, customized painting, lights and racing stripes!

In the next article we will examine some of the unique and popular models which have been seen throughout the years, including several special editions, anniversaries and celebratory cars! There are many to choose from and as a parent I can tell you that you cant go wrong with a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Little Tikes Coupe Review

Little Tikes Coupe Grande car is just one of several renditions of his classic toy from one of the toy industry’s leading brands. The original design was manufactured over thirty years ago and was the beginning of what would lead to many variations catering for a range of demographics and markets. This particular product is recommended for children from 18 months old to five years, although I think they can be used for kids much older than that!

The design of the Little Tikes Coupe features a high seated back and even has an area for storage at the back of the car. Newer versions will have a floor which can be removed to provide additional safety for your children’s feet. If for some reason you want to actively take part in the destruction and chaos that can be caused by the Little Tikes Coupe, you can push the four wheeler around via a handle on the rear (or perhaps this was put here to assist in the restraining of aggressive driving by youngsters?). The detail on these things is quite fantastic, with the model I have having a realistic ignition socket which can be turned on and off, and even a petrol tank cover! In terms of movement the car can travel in a 360 degree range thanks to the front wheel tires which spin in a full circle motion.

Other features on the Little Tikes Coupe include completely workable sliding doors and sounding horn (you know, to warn you that you are about to be plowed into by a grinning three year old with a rapidly developing racing addiction!). Luckily, it is powered by the kid themselves and is not motorized!

The Little Tikes Coupe Grande car have a sleek, modern design and have plenty of room on the inside (although adults will find it quite a tight squeeze – trust me I speak from a rather embarrassing Birthday experience!). It is built of a flexible plastic which is excellent at withstanding any sort of weather damage and erosion, and will last for quite a number of years. If you live in the UK the going rate is around 70 pounds sterling, but these things are built so well that buying a second hand one from a reputable retailer such Amazon. Just make sure not to tell your offspring that you have bought one of these as they wont stop nagging you till the arrival of the Little Tikes Coupe!

Little Tikes Coupe

Little Tikes Coupe are one of the most popular and widely purchased children’s car toys in the world, with 2008 selling just under 500,000 of these products alone! Since the 1980’s the company has sold over ten million individual Little Tikes Coupe and has cemented its position as one of the most popular toys ever sold.

Many will be familiar with the traditional and well established red and yellow design which can be found in yards and lawns across Europe, America and many other countries the globe over. I for one have been a regular visitor to their stores to fuel my children’s growing passion for the motorsport and racing industry!

Both my children (aged three and six) spend most of their time in the cockpit of their favourite Little Tikes Coupe, with my son preferring to blister around the garden as fast as he can push his automobile to go, while my daughter takes a more feminine approach and caters her friends and favourite toys from tea party to tea party. While many parents who have not experienced these toys before tend to be a bit apprehensive about letting their bundles of joy tear around the block in the four wheelers, the Little Tikes Coupe are very safe and sturdy, designed to take the safety of their drivers (children in most cases although there have been a few incidents over the years involving adults!) as a number one priority.

The toy car market contains a diverse selection of choices, ranging from the extremely over priced products which result in any slight bump or collision leaving you in hot flushes, more so than if it was your own real car! On the other side of the equation we see the minimal ‘platforms on wheels’ as I like to call them, which wobble around until they fall apart on their own accord around two weeks after arriving. However don’t fear, the Little Tikes Coupe combines the best of both quality and affordability in my personal opinion, as they tend to be priced between 40-100 dollars and last forever! The amount of high speed accidents, frontal collisions and acrobatic stunts I have witnessed my children perform in their Little Tikes Coupes leave me horrified, but at the same time quite baffled as to just how these toys are constructed to survive such a punishment and still look so darn good.

There is quite a large selection of toy automobiles to choose from, but I don’t think you can rally go wrong with this particular brand. They are very economical (extremely low petrol consumption and excellent purchase price!) and will last many years. In fact, I don’t think I have ever heard of one of these things falling apart before their driver outgrows them (and starts badgering their poor parents for a real set of keys!). You can buy them from a range brick and mortar shops, but if you can subdue your offspring into waiting a week or two for delivery I recommend an online course as the variety sees to be high when looking for a Little Tikes Coupe.

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