If you fancy a sitting place for your children that doesn't include feet on your sofa, here are two options from Tesco Direct. They are the Disney Princess and Cars 2 Inflatable Chairs, selling at £9.94 instead of £19.89 saving you £9.95.
I have a confession to make...I haven't seen Cars or Cars 2! I only recognise a couple of the names because I've written deals about them here, but the Cars franchise first hit the big screens a little late for my older children to want to go and see it, and my youngest wasn't born then.
However, I don't need to have seen the Cars movies to know that this plush 'walking' Cars 2 Lightning McQueen toy looks rather fun!
He's suitable for little ones aged two years and older and he comes with a magnetic key to 'start' his engine - he 'walks' on his wheels and says character phrases, along with making engine and racing car sounds.
The three AA batteries required to allow all of this 'action' to happen are included (hurrah!) and the reviews I've read, so far, are good...
"The car is great, colour & sound even better! Maybe there should have been an volume bottom on it cos the sound of the starting engine is well on the loud side.
When my boy unpacked his new pressie I could see the smile on his face and it got even bigger when Lightning Mcqueen started talking. HE LOVES IT!!"
Thanks to dudebar at HUKD
Lovably simple Mater is probably the most popular and recognisable character in Disney's Cars franchise, but the Cars 2 Bubble Mater brings the toothy tow-truck face to face with something he's probably seldom seen before: soapy bubbles.
The plastic push toy from Fisher Price holds a bottle of soap solution “under the hood”, with an outlet down the right hand side sending out a stream of bubbles as you push him along.
Assembly is really easy. The push handle clips into the main truck, the soap bottle screws into place on a special fitting and is slotted in upside down, and you're ready to go.
The mechanism that creates the bubbles operates similarly to a flywheel, and it seems you need to build some momentum to get it up to sufficient speed to produce the bubbles, while it continues to turn for a few seconds after you've stopped pushing.
It's a system that means you have to get up to a certain speed for the bubbles to start appearing (but my two year old can handle it), and often they come in bursts rather than in a constant stream. Personally, this didn't bother us too much, but looking at comments from other buyers it did bug some people.
For us, the only letdown is where the bubbles emerge – down the right-hand side (basically where the driver's door would normally be) and quite close to the ground too. It means most of the bubbles produced in our various attempts to get the best out of the Bubble Mater barely went anywhere before popping on the ground, despite producing a pretty good stream of bubbles.
That said, it did also attract plenty of attention from other kids when we tried it out at our local park, and especially little boys were in awe of it, running up for a push. We had to keep a close eye on it, and our little girl had to stand her ground not to have him removed! Though that's probably as much about the popularity of the Mater character itself as anything else.
And with the Cars 2 Bubble Mater costing over £30 to buy, you're certainly paying for that popularity, but if you can justify the price tag, the kids love, love, love it.
Kids love their own special furniture, things that only they can sit on and use because it's too small for us grown ups. Inflatable chairs are, somehow, much more fun than normal chairs and won't spill polystyrene beads all over the place if inquisitive fingers manage to get inside a bean bag chair.
There's not a great deal I can tell you about this Cars 2 inflatable chair - it's a chair that inflates and can be sat on, there's really nothing more complicated about it than that.
It can be used inside and outside, measures 54 x 47 x 40cm and has a maximum user weight of 40kg, which is lots even for older children.
Home Bargains have a sliding scale of charges for delivery starting at 50 pence for small parcels and increasing to £2.99 for medium parcels - I can't imagine it will be categorised as being larger than that - or you can, if you have a local Home Bargains, collect your Cars 2 inflatable chair for free.
Thanks to Chillisauce at HUKD
I’m sure you’ve noticed that Cars 2 is the new big thing this year and Disney are leading the way in Back To School merchandising. Of course, when they sent us a basket of Cars 2 goodies, we had a good rummage through, before sending them out to Tessa, PlayPennies mum to little Jack.
We sent Jack (or Tessa, really) the Cars 2 Backpack, which features a full panel artwork of Lightning McQueen and other film favourites. It has a large interior with front zip pockets, side mesh pockets and adjustable shoulder straps.
Tessa had pretty mixed feelings on the Cars 2 Backpack. She felt that it was pretty good quality, with “a huge plastic image on the front and adjustable straps on the back.”
She didn’t like that it is only a single compartment – she said it’s a bit rubbish, actually, “especially when kids throw all sort of things into them.”
There are two pockets on either side of the zip which Tessa thought was helpful. “The bag is sealed with a zip and the pockets with Velcro.”
Tessa has been using the bag for three weeks now, and has put it through its paces. The good things about it are that it is dark in colour, which Tessa feels is a good thing, as it means you don’t notice the usual scuff marks and damage from regular wear and tear.
Woolworths sent us a few Cars 2 toys to review. I was pretty keen to see what the new stuff for the next movie was like. Seeing as to how I (and many, many other parents) will be paying for it.
I am an expert on Cars. I know all the names of all the cars, and can pretty much recite the dialogue of the first Cars movie. My son is six, which as most parents know, means I've had four years now worth of repeated watching of Cars.
We also have a large amount of the merchandise. Much of which is pretty flimsy, and not easy to use. Some of it doesn't actually work as it should. In fact I cringe every time my son puts it on his birthday/Christmas list. Yet despite the disappointments they remain his most treasured toys.Click here to read more...
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s s new Cars movie out. I know – it’s everywhere, and everyone seems to be cashing in on it! Argos is no exception, and until the end of August, they have a three for two offer on all Disney Cars items, with the cheapest item being free.
I think that everything you’ve found in Toy Story 3 over the last year, you’ll now find in Cars 2 – which is a bit costly if your little one switches allegiances here!
You’ll find an impressive range of furniture, starting from £4.26 for a night light, to a Graco Junior Maxi Plus car seat for £59.99. In between that price range, you’ll find bedding, linen, book shelves and plenty more.
I'm no psychic, but I think we'll be talking about Cars 2 for a while, yet.
Thanks to banita at HUKD
Use this Disney Store promotional code to get £5 off your order when you spend £50 or more. This is a particularly handy code if you're buying a special item or items. It is effectively the same as free delivery, as delivery costs £4.95. Usually you need to spend more than £75 to get free delivery.
- Discount: £5
- Minimum spend: £50
- Promotional code: MVC50
- Expires: unknown
To use this code, go to the Shopping Basket page and enter it in the box under Special Offers and Discounts. It will be applied automatically to your order.
I tested it out on a range of Disney Pixar Cars merchandise. Specifically a pair of shorts with t-shirt, priced at £10, a pair of pyjamas, also Cars 2, for £18 and a Cars 2 costume for £22. I probably won't go ahead and buy all these though. I've not been thrilled with the quality of the clothing I've bought from Disney in the past.
The t-shirts have all worn through around the tag where it is sewn into the back of the t-shirt, and in key stress areas such as under the arms. Disappointing when an item costs this much.
I do like their pyjamas though. I have PJs bought when my son was 2 years old. He is now six, and I've cut the arms back on the tops. With the trousers now the length of shorts, they make great summer PJs. Plus, they're not really that faded, and there's hardly any wear on them.
I've recently bought two more pairs of PJs from them. I figure that £18 spread out over 4 years is pretty good value. Plus the quality is good enough that he wears them out as t-shirts too, and the trousers have even become light-weight joggers for warmer weather!
Thanks to barga1nhunter at HUKD!