Do you remember Paddington Bear from when you were a child?
That friendly old bear from deepest, darkest Peru with his trademark duffle coat, battered suitcase and marmalade obsession. It’s been nearly 60 years since Michael Bond (who sadly passed away just a couple of months ago) created our iconic furry friend and still, today, he is a beloved national treasure across the country and beyond.
I have the fondest memories of my childhood. In my eyes it was simple, slow living — full of love, laughter, arts/crafts, baking, trips to the park, bubble baths and stories — and I want the same for Lily.
I love passing my old keepsakes down to her and if we’re having a laid back afternoon we’ll scour the charity shops for vintage kid’s clothes and toys that I can remember playing with myself.
Some of my favourite characters are now coming back and being reintroduced so we can enjoy them together. Her, fresh eyes and new to the story. Me, once the child and now the mother, excited to share the joy brought by those things that I adored when I was her age.
With that in mind, Rainbow Designs have manufactured a HUGE collection of Paddington toys including this gem — the Cycling Paddington currently available at Argos.
Yes, that marmalade-scoffing teddy bear is back and ready to make himself comfortable under your Christmas tree this year (I swore I wouldn’t mention the C word but it’s less than 5 months away and I’ve actually starting buying early for once, what is wrong with me?!) Paddington 2 comes out at the cinema on November 10th so he’s bound to be a firm favourite in households this year.
You might’ve seen the TV advert for this beauty? Well, we were lucky enough to receive one to review and for £29.99, you can watch your kiddos chase around Paddington Bear cycling on his bike (yep, he actually cycles!) and playing the catchiest of tunes. He’s 35cm tall and will cycle backwards and forwards for a short while before his tune finishes. He can be restarted again simply by touching or moving him.
I’m not one for lots of flashing lights, bells and whistles so I was pleased to see that he wasn’t designed to drive us parents absolutely batty and he’s definitely been a hit with Lily who has enjoyed running away from him in a game of ‘catch me if you can’, gleefully directing him towards the stairs to see if he’ll meet his sticky end (somehow he always seems to flip off the bottom step and land back on his feet, jammy git), wedging her other teddies in front of him and shouting ‘Look he’s taking so-and-so for a ride!’ and scolding him if he doesn’t go the way that she wants him to (it’s randomised).
Isn’t life fun when you’re 2 years old?
I put off trying him out for a week or two as I knew we didn’t have any AA batteries and I kept forgetting to buy them at the shops. When I finally unpacked him (which was easy peasy) I couldn’t find the small screwdriver for hours which turned up after I’d subjected my boyfriend to a flurry of panicked, slightly-blame-y-style texts about its whereabouts to pop open the back and see he comes with the bloody things already! After all that, how rare is it though? Kudos Rainbow Designs, I was expecting another typical ‘batteries not included’ scenario!
So, what did we think of Cycling Paddington?
— Is super sturdy and child-friendly. Can handle hurtling down a few sets of stairs in short succession and get back on his feet without a hitch.
— Kids (or at least mine, anyway) love anything that moves and plays music. FACT. Lily does the most adorable little dance to Paddington’s tune and we’re usually instructed to join in. It’s kept her happy and generally in a state of amazement and we’ve really enjoyed watching her marvel at him.
— To set him off again your bambino just needs to tap him so it doesn’t need much intervention from you at all.
— They’ve kept the design traditional so Paddington is instantly recognisable with his blue coat and red hat.
— Batteries are included (lifesaver!) All you need to do is switch him on and he’s ready to go!
— Has picked up a Silver Award in the Loved By Parents Awards for the Best Interactive Toy for 3-6 Year Olds.
— Has started up by himself before without any interaction from us. I’m going to pretend I saw the dog tap him with her paw and tell myself our house isn’t actually haunted.
— Speaking of horror-related things, he initially reminded me of the puppet on the tricycle from the SAW movies but he is so cute and his accompanying tune is so friendly, you’ll soon get over it if you end up feeling the same. I promise, he’s a right little charmer!
Like the look of this gorgeous guy? I’ve teamed up with Rainbow Designs to give you the chance to win your own Cycling Paddington toy!
Terms & Conditions
– The prize offered is a Cycling Paddington toy as shown in the pictures.
– Entries can only be completed through the rafflecopter widget displayed above.
– The PR company will arrange to send the prize directly to the winner upon receipt of their address details.
– This giveaway will end on Sunday 13th August 2017.
– A winner will be chosen at random via the rafflecopter facility.
– The winner will be contacted via email when the giveaway ends and their name announced on my social media accounts shortly afterwards.
– If the winner does not provide their address details within 30 days of announcement and attempts being made to contact them then a new winner will be picked via the same process.
– I am able to offer this prize to UK and Ireland residents only I’m afraid (apologies to any of you who live abroad) and entrants aged 18 or over.
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