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I got this about a year ago for my daughters christmas present last year. I managed to get it for about £10 in Home Bargains (they often have a bit of Brio stuff in cheap so worth keeping an eye out if you have one near you). The set consists of a soft squid with poseable legs and a zip mouth which stoes the 4 colouful 'fish' trains. The blue coloured track pieces form a circle when put together but you also get 2 end bits to ramp onto the floor so you can make other designs as well. The final piece is a magnetic fishing rod style thing which attaches to the front of the fish to pull them along. My daughter loves playing with the fish and feeding the squid to put them away, it took her a few months from getting it (she was 19months old last christmas and it is recommended from 18 months) to get the hang of putting the pieces of track together. I was disappointed at the lack of a storage solution for the track pieces though. The set is lovely quality, the fish and track are beautifully finished. The track pieces fit easily together. However, the magnetic fishing rod doesn't have a strong enough magnet and struggles to easily pull the full train of 4 fishes all at once. One at a times seems to be OK though.
My son received this as a christmas present when he was just over one and now he is nearly 18 months (the age this product is aimed at) something has switched on in his mind and he loves this train toy. He loved opening the box because the big yellow squid appealed to him. Now he is interacting a little more with toys, he loves trying to piece the tracks together and the little trains are just the right size to be carried around in little hands. This product costs £25 on amazon. It is well worth this. It is very well made by the trusted brand brio. The tracks and train will fit with brio other sets and so you can start to build up a collection. The set comes with a big soft yellow squid with a zip mouth. Four trains that are painted with a fish design on each. These will fit into the mouth of the squid for storage. Though who would use this feature I do not know!! There a number of track pieces that can either make a circle or you can use the two ramp pieces on the ends of the track. The is also a magnet on a strong, which you are meant to use to move the trains around but the magnet is so so so weak that even as an adult, I find it hard to make the train move and stay on the track with the magnet. There is no way an 18 month old could use it. A lovely little toy nonetheless - just don't bother with the magnet!
When it comes to toys, I am particularly favourable to the traditional, wooden variety and in particular those created by Brio. Please refer to my review of Brio for a specific insight into Brio as a company. When browsing my local Home Bargains store a couple of weeks ago I was most surprised to find a small selection of Brio toys. Upon closer inspection I then spotted the Brio Squiddo train set for just £9.99. I realised immediately that this must be a bargain for such a good quality toy and promptly picked one up. When I returned home that evening I could not help but browse the internet for a general idea of price for the Brio Squiddo. Amazon currently stock this toy at £24.46 and a company called Nest (www.nest.co.uk) currently stock it at £43.06 with £5.75 shipping! Home Bargains therefore have certainly priced this toy very competitively at just £9.99! The Brio Squiddo is part of Brio's 'My First' range. It is a rather fun train set and a great first for any young child. It is suitable for children of eighteen months or more. The set consists of Squiddo, a large soft squid with a zip pouch at the mouth, eight pieces of track, two ramp track pieces, four fish wagons and a magnetic pull cord with floater. The track itself is painted blue and fits together in a simply jigsaw style. It does not fit so tightly that it can be moved around and will fall apart if lifted up. Each piece has the Brio logo imprinted on it. The fish wagons are brightly coloured and again made from wood with painted detail. At the centre of each small wheel is a chrome disc which again bears the Brio logo. Squiddo is made from soft fabric and has stiff legs which act as a tunnel for the fish wagons to pass under. His mouth has a zip and the wagons can be placed inside. Squiddo has a small label with the Brio logo on, as does the magnetic pull cord. This pull cord consists of a red ring with a red and white ball attached via a cord. There is a magnet at the end of the ball and the fish wagons can be moved along. This magnet however is not very strong and the fish must be pulled along very slowly or they will easily detach. They also cannot be lifted from the floor using this magnet as it is simply too weak. The overall product is of very good quality. The Brio logos situated on each piece within the set further enhance the appearance of a great quality toy. My son loves his Squiddo train set. He particularly likes placing his hand inside Squiddo's mouth and walking around as though Squiddo has bitten him, always with a huge smile on his face. The track is just as much fun to destroy and it is to build and the fish wagons are great for pushing around. I do feel that it would be advantageous if all of the pieces fitted inside Squiddo's mouth for easy storage rather than just the wagons however. After my son recently destroyed the box, I am now struggling to find something which will contain all of the pieces. In summary, this is a fantastic toy from Brio. It is a basic train set which encourages imaginative play and the rather unusual characters and the use of bright colours will further enhance a child's imagination. This is another Brio product that I would highly recommend!