My kids love Chuggington because they love trains. I love Chuggington because they talk about kindness and patience and learning and… well, I could go on and on. But, suffice it to say that Chuggington is one program my children and I agree on. So, when asked to do a review on a Chuggington product that is hands on, with no batteries or electricity, no sounds and no lights, etc., I was thrilled. The day that it came, I took it out of the box and casually set it where the kids could see it. A few minutes later I hear excited voices ask, “Mom, is this for us?” Smiling, I said, “Yes.”
Things I loved about the Chuggington StackTrack Rescue Playset:
- My 11, 7 and 3-year-olds put the track together, straight from the box, in less than 15 minutes without one word of help from me.
- The packaging was user friendly. Instead of using the wires or screws that require tools to remove the parts from the box, the parts were either stacked into a separate compartment or tied in with thick twine, easy to remove. No tools required, and less waste.
- There are four different layouts possible from one setup. My kids love variety, and the challenge to try all four layouts was nice.
- The set came with a poster that showed pictures of all the different train cars with their name underneath the picture! It helps so much to know which trains my children are referring to when we talk about Chuggington!
- This set came with two cars, Koko and Wilson. That means that two different children can each have a train car to play with.
The only thing I was not too excited about was the fact that this set of tracks does not fit with our other wooden Chuggington set. The cars from the other set won’t fit on these tracks, either. So building the two sets together would be impossible.
From TOMY Toys: “The five-level playset features the same innovative track used to build the world’s largest tallest toy train track (which won a Guinness World Record in 2013) and includes a mine tunnel, boulder trap and High Performance Wilson and Koko engines.” Cool! The video that shows some of this process is available here.
Want to know more? Check out this video from the Toy Fair 2013.
And, if that is not “TrainTastic” enough for you, check out this new DVD that features all our favorite characters from Chuggington! “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” is the newest Chuggington DVD:
“Wilson, Koko and Brewster are moving up to the next level of training! In Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue, the first ever, super-sized special, Wilson takes on new challenges and makes daring rescues as the newest member of Chuggington’s emergency rescue squad. Koko and Brewster join in on the new adventures as do new characters Chug Patrol Chief Jackman and super-speedy Hanzo! Get those wheels to the rails for all new adventures in Chuggington!”
This 65-minute DVD features five episodes filled with train adventures. The episodes include:
- Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue
- Skylar’s Squad
- Brewster’s Crane Training
- Wobbly Wheels
- Wilson’s Paper Trail
- Bonus Badgequest Episode: Koko’s Guard
- Bonus Chugger Spotlight: Calley & Emery
Each episode is filled with lots of Chugger action and fun. Plus, there is always the opportunity to learn life lessons with the trainees!
The DVD is available from Amazon for SRP $14.99.
BUY IT! The Chuggington StackTrack Rescue at Rocky Ride Playset is for ages 3 and up with a suggested retail price of $39.99. It is available from Amazon and many toys stores around the nation, including Target, ToysRUs and WalMart.
This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Chuggington StackTrack Rescue at Rocky Ride Playset (ARV $39.99)
“Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” DVD (ARV $14.99)
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