First Friends Pony Club
Watch Patsy zoom off while Bobo takes the crazy lady driver’s behaviour in his stride.
Price: R355.25

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The product consists of 4 parts: a car, a lady driver (let’s call her Patsy), a horse trailer and a horse (named Bobo).  It is very easy to get the toy to work, one just needs to hit Patsy on the head (this in turn hits the button which starts the car engine). Now the first thing that one notices is that as the car idles it also vibrates in time which is all very realistic.  Then all of a sudden (while you are watching the car idle and thinking “Hey, that’s pretty cool”) Patsy wheel spins off the mark (screeching tyres included) and zooms across the floor. This all ends when Patsy slams on breaks and laughs hysterically whilst Bobo ,who’s head is sticking out of the trailer, serenely takes the crazy lady driver’s behaviour in his stride.

Age appeal according to the box is 1 – 5 but in reality it is probably closer to 1 – mid 30’s.

We like:

The product is very robust. Patsy and Bobo were involved in many car crashes and walked away unscathed. Each component of the toy is suitable sized for little hands which make it easy to move Patsy’s arms or swish Bobo’s tail for example

Because the product consists of 4 parts and each part has moving bits there is much to hold the attention of a little person. From twisting Bobo’s ahead around (think “The exorcist”) to pushing Patsy’s sternum in which results in a sound akin to bottom burping to multiple vehicle pile ups to Bobo galloping across the carpet enjoying the freedom, your little one will come back to this toy over and over again.  

Due to the size of the toy and the number of components, you do feel as if you are getting value for money. Though, on the flipside, it probably would take up too much space in the overnight bag when Rebecca sleeps out at Granny and Grumpy.

We don't like

After a while Patsy’s laugh can cause the adults in the room to want to top up their glasses of wine. Though for those of you who don’t drink flicking the off switch works too. 

By Natasha McDavid - kept house servant to the Princess-in-training Rebecca (aged 17mths) and a kindred spirit to Patsy’s manic driving.

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