Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC Happy Land Train Set
Member Name: azana
ELC Happy Land Train Set
Date: 05/02/09, updated on 05/02/09 (275 review reads)
Advantages: All kids love toy trains
Disadvantages: not sure how much additional track now available
It doesn't look like the youngest and I will be leaving the house today - time to dig out one of those toys that we haven't played with for ages and destroy the front room. Today's first choice is this train set; it is proving very successful and I had forgotten what a great toy it is.
Happy land is a range of well made toys from ELC. They are aimed at the 12 months + market and include various houses, shops, people, animals and imagination promoting toys.
This particular train costs £14.99 and currently is available in blue, complete with a very cool train driver wearing shades. When I bought it about 4 years ago now it came with amount of track, but as far as I can ascertain the track now seems to be purchased seperately.
The train is in three sections, which are pleasingly easy for little hands to put together and pull apart. The middle carriage can hold a passenger and cunningly the whole thing is activated by placing a figure in the driver's compartment. I say cunningly as even the youngest children seem to grasp this concept quite easily and enjoy the sense of control whilst parents enjoy not being expected to switch the thing on and off endlessly. The train goes around the track or across a floor making a fairly innocuous train sound and an inter-city toot toot. It is not too greedy on the two AA batteries that it requires, they last a fair while.
I would recommend this toy as suitable for boys and girls, the age recommendation from the manufacturer is 18 months but younger children would enjoy it too and my 5 year old is still happy enough to play with it.
This is an excellent base for building up a small collection - "happyland" has been such a succesful mini-utopia that there are plenty of these toys available second hand - they are the kind of toy that lasts well. We have a road track that goes with the train that I think is no longer made, which is a shame as I think it has been one of our most played with toys at £4 for a whole bag of second hand track. At the very least I would recommend buying more track to go with this toy and perhaps considering buying a station or more figures for added play value.
The toy is extremely robust and survives the inevitable ie a toddler pushing the train the wrong way to great gear crunching. As I have indicated we have had a good fair few years' use from this toy. I see that one other reviewer on this site said that they had a problem with little fingers getting stuck in the wheels - this hasn't actually happened to us and I am extremely happy with this toy.
The happy land range is ELc's answer to the "Little People" range, personally I prefer the ELC toys.
I must stop there as it appears that a huge King Kong monster has invaded Happy Land - maybe time to build a duplo wall to protect the Happy Land commuters from doom!
Summary: A great toy for toddlers and above