Being asked to review a train set of any kind is like being asked to eat chocolate. But, being asked to review a train set involving characters from Chuggington is like being asked to eat chocolate once a day for the rest of the month. It was a pleasure! In fact, it was “Traintastic”!
When this set arrived, my kids dropped what they were doing and immediately asked to put it together. Getting it out of the package was simple. There were only two cable ties, one holding in each of the train cars. Otherwise, everything was packaged in a manner that it could be easily opened and set up by the kids. I appreciated that. What I appreciated most was the directions with pictures and a map showing just how to make it look exactly like the picture on the box. I can follow directions, but looking at just a picture on a box and making it look the same is not a gift I have received. Therefore, the included directions with pictures were something I was VERY grateful to see. And I did it correctly on the first try!
This train setup is designed to help Koko deliver food to the animals, drive through the safari gate and ride the rails through the elevated tree tunnel. It includes 38 pieces including a 2-in-1 Safari Tree tunnel with a swinging door plus monkey and parrot sounds, plus an exclusive safari gate, safari risers and trees. Load the food from the station into the cargo car for the elephant and giraffe in a snap! Hours of imaginative play!
The kids were excited to see Koko, one of the characters from Chuggington, as the engine for this set. He is a familiar face at our house and has now driven hundreds of miles, both on and off the tracks at our house. His cargo car has carried the included animal feed, animals, track pieces and more.
I was impressed with the quality of the track. Made of high quality heavy duty wood pieces, it was sturdy and well-sanded to avoid slivers. The track pieces were easy to put together and appear to be able to survive being taken apart and put back together repeatedly without any signs of wear and tear.
I also appreciated that this is not a flat track. It has a tunnel, gate and bridge for the train to drive through. Depth and altitude are important to making a train track seem “more realistic” to my train-loving boys. Plus, tunnels require “blowing the whistle” when approaching, fitting in with their love of noise-making events! The details involved in this train set make it extra special.
CHARITY from TOMY Toys:
This holiday season, TOMY in conjunction with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, is donating up to five hundred Chuggington Wooden Railway playtables and train sets to preschools who serve children with autism. TOMY’s donation is designed to help preschools serving children with autism provide wholesome and engaging play opportunities within educational environments. This holiday donation will bring the joy of Chuggington Wooden Railway imaginative play to kids across the U.S.
BUY! The set is available at Toys “R” Us. For ages 3 and up. MSRP: $99.99.
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