A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to be sent a new style Cozy Coupe for littlest to play in. I was massively excited about this because as I child I had my own Cozy Coupe car and it lasted for years! In fact I don’t think it ever broke! I can remember the one my best friends had, one of us would sit inside whilst the other would sit on the top of it, yeah we were a bit dare devilish 😉 Either way it was always fantastic fun and we all used to try squeezing into them until we really couldn’t move in it anymore. I don’t know where mine ended up going, I hope Mum gave it to a charity shop or something!
Everywhere we go there is always little tikes stuff around. The childrens centres, playgroups, schools, nurserys all have little tikes stuff. Its such an incredibly popular brand! Little man had been eyeing up his favourite car at the childrens centre for ages before he got his so I knew he was going to love it!
It arrived and I have to say it is a pain to build alone! It would probably be better with two people but I’m a bit of a stubborn independent single mum and there was no way on this earth I was going to ask someone to help. Also because I remember my brother and dad building eldests car a few years ago and it took them about 3 hours to do it! I built up a good sweat and had to give things a few attempts sometimes but in the end I got there! It didn’t help having two assistants who kept wandering off with key parts!
Eventually though I got it built and since then our tiny living room has been taken up by the car! Little man has sat in it to eat snacks, has padded it out with cushions, has put his cuddly toys lined up in it, loves to store his drink in the ‘boot’ and generally LOVES it. I did manage to get it down to the garden though last week as we needed to the space back!
The Cozy Coupe has a LONG history. It is 34 years old and over 22 million units have been sold worldwide. It has become one of the most recognised toys of all time! The cars are all manufactured in America, Ohio to be exact where one Cozy Coupe is manufactured every minute of everyday, how insane is that?!
The car weighs 19lbs 12oz and measures 32.23″ tall (I wonder if they made the height like that on purpose?) and since being born to the proud parents at Little Tikes it has provided millions if not billions of children with rides and an opportunity to open their minds and imaginations!
The car was designed as a ‘cross between a Volkswagen Beetle and Fred Flintstone’s vehicle’, and was created by Jim Mariol, who had worked as a designer at Chrysler in the USA. The Coupe became Mariol’s greatest ‘coup’ in a career that spanned over 50 years.
Like all good toys the car was revamped in 1998 and the new model featured thicker pillars at the front and other little mod cons like having the sounds of a remote control unlocking. Since then, Little Tikes have added numerous cars to the Cozy Coupe line including the Black Cab, the Police Car and the Princess Coupe.
2003 saw the 10 millionth Cozy Coupe sold and 2009 was the 30 year anniversary of its launch. In 2013 Little Tikes learned that the Cozy Coupe had out sold the UK’s previous best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta!
I personally think a little tikes car is a rite of passage for all children growing up! It is such a fantastic product which can be used in so many ways. Little mans journey with his car has only just begun. He still can’t move it with his feet yet and when he does he is going to have even more fun and adventures with it! I can’t wait to see how he changes the way he uses it!
Do your children have a Cozy Coupe?
Disclaimer: Product received free in exchange of this review.