My son really likes trains and he got the Melissa and Doug Wooden Stacking Train as a Christmas gift this past Christmas. My son was almost 23 months old when he got it and it only lasted about 4 months before it started falling apart!
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What the train looked like......
The train had 3 cars that were not painted. They were just plain wood. The cars hooked onto one another on a Painted blue peg on the back of each car. The 3 cars had longer wooden pegs that held the blocks on when stacked on the train. I will describe the train as it is together the way it should be. All the blocks had holes in them to fit over the pegs.
The first car had 2 pegs on it. The first peg was shorter than the second peg because it had fewer blocks. The blocks on the first peg was a cylinder shaped block that went on long ways and a blue smoke stack that went on top of it. On the second peg from bottom up was a thin, blue square block. Then there was a red block that also had extra holes in it's sides and topping it off was a yellow block that was shaped like it was a roof.
The second car also had 2 pegs on it although these were the same length. There were 3 of the same blocks each of a different color. All 3 blocks had 2 holes in them to slide over both pegs. They were all 3 thin rectangular blocks. There was a yellow, green and a blue one.
The third car consists of more block fun. There are 3 pegs on this car. On each peg, there was a square block. On the first peg, bottom up, a red block with extra holes in the side as well. On top of that was a yellow roof shaped block. The second peg had a blue block on the bottom and that one had extra holes as well. On top of that was a red roof shaped block. The last peg actually had to triangle wedge pieces that made up a whole block when placed together. One was yellow, and the other was green. On top of that was a blue shaped roof block.
All of the wheels were red wooden wheels.
My son's experience.......
Well as mentioned before, my son liked trains. Being almost 2 years old, he was playing imaginatively with it, pushing it around the floor saying "Toot! Toot!" He also liked taking the blocks off the train and building the train in different ways. He would also play with the blocks alone and stack them up, and of course knock them over! Sometimes even with the train empty of the blocks.
What I thought.......
Well at first I thought this was a great toy. My son loved it. It was crafted nicely, painted with all different colors and the paint never chipped. It rolled very easy on our carpet floor. I loved the different things my son could do with it. There were different ways to play. He also learned some colors and shapes as well.
The problem that I had was that sometimes the blocks wouldn't fit on the pegs very easily. You had to put some of them on in a certain way which was also sometimes frustrating for my son. Only after 4 months of having this toy, 2 of the pegs came out! They just fell out. I took the cars that had missing pegs away and he was only left with one car. It wasn't much fun anymore and wasn't really a train after that. The one car he had left ended up losing a wheel. So after 4 months we had to toss it which broke my son's heart.
I don't recommend it.
This was a gift so I didn't buy it myself. So to make this review complete I looked up where you can buy it. I found it at Toys R Us for $14.99, Target for $14.99 and at www.babyage.com for $14.99. So it seems to cost the same everywhere.
The age recommendation is 2 years and older.
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Amount Paid (US$): Gift
Type of Toy: Blocks
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years