User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Excellent craftsmanship, wonderful toy for sparking imagination, bright colors, durable
Cons:Not a single one
The Bottom Line: I LOVE this train. It's easy for my 19-month-old to play with, but not so one-dimensional that he quickly becomes bored. It's beautiful, durable and already a family treasure.
Back when people walked uphill in the snow both ways to school, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and knew the value of a dollar, by George -- these were the types of toys people played with. No lights, no sound, no plastic, no cartoon characters, pretty much nothing that you'll find on the shelves of today's toy stores.
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Those were the days!
This train has captured my 19-month-old son's attention so strongly, it's the first thing he wants to play with in the morning and the last thing he wants to play with at night. He loves it. He checks in on his other (plastic, noisy, flashy) toys, but always comes back to this train.
The train features three cars -- wooden platforms with pegs sticking out of them. Onto the pegs you put different brightly-colored blocks to create the train. While there are special blocks to use to create an engine car that looks like an engine, you can put the blocks together any way you choose. The set comes with 15 blocks (plus the three cars). The wooden car platforms are natural wood color, and the blocks are painted red, blue, green or yellow. It's about 18" long and about 6-8" tall.
The train actually rolls on its little red wheels, but it doesn't zoom across the floor. It doesn't even really roll very far by itself if you push it. It rolls best if you gently drive it with your hand.
The blocks and car platforms are all very carefully sanded smooth. There aren't any jagged bits that could create splinters. You can't snag your clothing on this train.
The paint is so well applied on the colorful blocks. Even the insides of the holes in each block have been painted -- no slap-it-on jobs here! The paint doesn't peel or crack.
But what's best about this train is how it lets the child be in charge of the experience. Whether it's driving the train, adding the blocks, hooking and unhooking the cars, or taking the whole thing apart to start all over -- the child can play with this toy however he wants. And funny thing about a toy with a lot of No's (no lights, no sound, no Intense Hyper Awesome Action!) -- it will hold a child's interest for a long, long, long time.
Definitely worth adding to your toy box!
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Amount Paid (US$): 15
Type of Toy: Trains
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months