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We brought this for my youngest son when he was just one year old although it suggests an age recommendation from 18 months plus we decided this look big enough and well made enough for us to purchase this for him a little younger than recommended. We brought this for £25 from Argos when it was on sale although the regular retail price seems to be anything up to £40. It is available from all large toy stores as well as most of the supermarkets and is very easy to come across.
Setting it up
When we received this set we decided as the instructions looked simple enough we would let our son open the present and set it up later in the day as we already had a ride on and a few other pieces to put together the night before. The instructions seemed simple enough and said it takes around 10 minutes assembly although when it came to actually putting it together it was a little more complicated than we thought.
The pieces click together fairly well and although at first they seemed a little stiff they do ease up each time you put the track together it becomes easier. You have to click the mountain pieces together and then the train track runs one side of the track running under the lower tunnel while the road runs up and into the mountain and then comes through the mountain and down a slide the other side. They do join up and run over each other in one place and this is separated by a level crossing which my children think is fantastic.
The first time it must have took us at least 20 minutes to fully set up the track but this is because the mountain needs putting together and we were still learning where all the pieces went. As time has gone on it does only take 5 to 10 minutes maximum as now we know the quickest way to make the track and we tend to leave the mountain in one piece to save building it each time we take it out.
One thing to note is although my eldest son can build a little of the track himself it is rather difficult for small hands and as there are bridges, slides and level crossings to build and each piece can only go in one piece I do find it is a job for mummy or daddy to put it together rather than children.
As the set is 71cm L x 21cm W x 42cm it does take up a fair amount of space and you do need a large play area for little one to really be able to move around it freely.
Well this set comes with a train, a car, two trailers and a helicopter. You also get 3 figures to use along with this set and they can be chopped and changed between the vehicles or used on their own. Also the trailers can either be used on the car or on the train or one on each they are flexible in where they can be used and my children love this as they can make the set a little different each time they play. All the pieces are great for little hands and are perfect for pushing up and around the set very easily and the free running wheels mean they do not get stuck anywhere.
My children do use the train on the road and the car on the track; they explore the caves with the little people provided and even use the slide that makes up the road as a slide for the little people checking there are no cars coming of course. There is a bridge for them to pass over and the helicopter can land on its own pad on the very top of the mountain and watch everything that is going on.
As the set is rather large this means it provides a decent play area and more than one child can play at the same time. All three of my children actually use this at the same time they often swap between one using the road one using the rail and one using the mountains helicopter pad and they are able to play freely without bothering each other too much. They can choose to play together with this set or independently which is great for 1 toy to be able to accommodate all three of them at the same time.
I find it lasts well to the track does not come away in play and with other sets I do find that I have to run around knocking pieces back in to the correct place before my child completely pulls it apart but with this it sits well and all in one piece. Even when I move the track from place to place the set comes away in parts and I can move the rail set mainly in one piece as I can with the road set meaning if I move the children to the dining room while I put dinner on they can continue their play and mummy can still keep an eye on them without disrupting them too much.
There are no noises or flashing lights or anything fancy with this set but I really do not think that matters as it means children can play freely and actually use their imagination to play freely with the set in whatever way they wish too. The set is great for getting little one to use fine motor skills to move through the different obstacles while being really fun at the same time meaning they want to play over and over again.
There are lots of things we just love about this set one being that we have used it indoors and out as the set is rather large and really well made when the sun comes out my children love taking this outside to play and it works really well as there is enough weight to make it practical to use outside and it is fairly easy to take along with us taking only around 5 minutes to take it out as it does not completely need to be undone as the rail pieces and road pieces stay together.
Another thing we like about this set is although it seems simple at first there are lots of different things to do like little steps at the side of the mountain to climb to the helicopter pad. If your child is a fan of cars trains or both it does not matter because it works both the sets into one meaning lots of fun for little one to explore.
I also find that all three of my children love this equally my eldest son who four loves anything to do with trains and cars as does my son who turns two tomorrow so it is a major hit with them as they can combine their favourite types of play in one toy. My daughter who is three does like to join in too she loves playing with the figures provided mainly climbing the mountain and making up stories but she does like playing with the cars and trains sometimes too. As you receive a number of vehicles with it with the trailers being able to be coupled up to either the car or the train it can be swapped and changed around a lot meaning it never becomes boring.
The set is made of durable plastic just like I found all little tikes toys to be which means I know it will last and have no worries about the quality of the toy. All the pieces are large in size so there is no chance of little one swallowing anything and this also adds to the durability factor.
My children have walked over this set and provided it with some rough play and it is still lasting really well. There is no sign of wear at all even after it being rebuilt and played with for over a year it is still in perfect condition and even when my son decided to put milky way chocolate all over the mountain I was able to just wipe it down and it was as good as new.
My only downside would be storage it is rather a large set and there is not room to leave it built which means you have to rebuild it and take it apart each time you use it. The mountain itself is a rather large piece and although it can be taken apart this is rather time consuming for each time you want to use the set. Then with a total of 31 pieces of road and track we did have to purchase a separate toy box just to keep this all together in one piece as unlike other train sets we own if a piece of this is mislaid you cannot just build the set a different way as you need every piece to make the track complete.
This set is recommended from 18 months to three years old but I do think this can be pushed a little both sides. My youngest son actually received this when he was one and as he was already playing with his brothers train sets I knew he would love it. The large size of the set but with good sized accessories means he was easily able to play without any trouble and he really did love it. Also my son who is four still loves this set he loves anything to do with cars and trains so for both of these to be in one set he thought was fantastic and he uses it just as much as my youngest son if not more so I do think there is room for movement both ends.
Although compared to other train sets this seems a little expensive at first, this is a well made set that has lasted with no problems at all despite being used very frequently by three of my children. They have built something that includes everything a young child could want in a play set to do with vehicles and it is not just limited to boys as my little girl loves playing too!
I would recommend this to anyone I love little tikes products and this really is another winner for me I am sure it will last another few years and my children show no sign of getting bored with it yet.
For my twin boys' first Christmas we were very keen on buying a train set. My boys were 11 months old for their first Christmas but in order to buy toys for them to "grow into" we decided to not just buy for the 12 months age group and looked for toys they would benefit from as they got older and felt looking at the 18 months + age group would be better investments. Because we had two children and refused to buy them a train set each we were keen to buy a train set that was large and suitable for two children to share and the Little Tikes Road and Rail Set seemed to fit this criteria.
***Little Tikes Road and Rail Set***
The Little Tikes Road n Rail Set is a plastic 4 piece train and road set. Little Tikes describe the toy to be "easy to assemble" and can be taken apart for "compact" storage.
The set consists of a green plastic mountain. This has two tunnels which lead into the mountain and the yellow plastic road track which consists of 11 pieces of road connects to the mountain. The mountain also has a tunnel underneath it which the grey plastic rail track which consists of 20 pieces fits into. The rail and road rack are connected by crossing bridge. The set also comes with 3 people figures, a train (with 3 carriages), a car and a helicopter.
When fully assembled and set up the set is about 130cm long and 100cm wide. The mountain is about 50cm high.
Little Tikes states the train set is suitable from 18 months old.
The Little Tikes Road and Rail Set is available from a number of toy retailers in store and online. This includes Toys R Us, Smyths, Argos, Tesco. The RRP for the toy is £34.99.
We purchased this in October 2010 for £29.99 from Argos. For a train set of this size this is an average to higher price in comparison to other products we looked at. We did look at more expensive train sets however these included more pieces of track and also more vehicles.
***Playing with it***
We purchased the Little Tikes Road and Rail Set for Christmas for our twin boys. This was our first Christmas as parents so on Christmas Eve, Mr Lools and I were very excited to get our boys to bed so we could start wrapping and assembling some of the bigger toys which included the Little Tikes Road and Rail Set. Our enthusiasm was short lived once we realised this toy was not as straightforward as we hoped or how the instructions showed. The set comes in a large box. Once you open this all of the pieces of track are in a cellophane bag, the figures and vehicles in another and the mountain comes in two pieces. For the first use you need to screw the top half of the mountain to the bottom half of the mountain. This sounds simple but it was not. This requires a screwdriver (not provided) to screw in four screws to secure this together. The top of the mountain is supposes to fit into grooves in the bottom of the mountain and the plastic slots together. We spent over 20 minutes battling (and swearing) to put this together and in the end came to the conclusion that the plastic was slightly warped and would not fit together neatly. We managed to screw the mountain together but it did sit wonky and if you looked at the tunnel entrances these looked like they were on a slant.
Using the instructions we put the yellow road track together and connected this to the mountain. The pieces did go together very easily however I did feel that the pieces of track did not grip together securely. I also felt because the mountain was on a very slight slant this had a knock on effect to the road track and it did not lie flat to the floor and some pieces seemed to be very slightly lifting up from the floor. The grey plastic rail track also fit together with the help of following instructions. I did
It is advisable to keep the instructions so you can refer back to it if you need to put the track back together as it only really has one way to assemble it and you need to set the track out correctly in order for the cross over bridge to be in the correct position to combine the road and rail track.
We did set this out for my boys when they were 11 months old even though Little Tikes state this is suitable for children from over 18 months old. There are no pieces which could present a choking hazard and all of the figures and pieces of tack are rounded. At 11 months old my boys were more interested in playing with the figures and vehicles but didn't really take interest in pushing the vehciles on the track. In fact we found that within 5 minutes the track was completely in pieces as the two of them had crawled all over it which had caused it to come around. By simply knocking the track makes it come apart.
We decided after Christmas Day 2010 to put the trainset away until my boys were closer to 18 months. We got this out again at 16 months old when my boys were showing more of an interest in trains and they were able to sit down and play with toys rather than getting bored of them within 5 minutes. At 16 months old they were able to push the vehicles around the track and did seem to get enjoyment from this, especially from pushing the car into the mountain and watching it zoom down the downhill slope. Although the tracks are large enough for two children to play with as there is enough space, the set would benefit from more vehicles in order to encourage children to share as there is only really a train, car or helicopter to play with. I did find that after 10 minutes or so the main game was for my boys to pull the track apart. Lots of grunt and shouts to me would alert me that they needed some help putting it back together which I would do only to find them shrieking and pulling the track apart again and wanting to rebuilt with 2 minutes or so.
My friends little boy is 3 and he regularly plays with the rail and road set when he comes to visit. In his opinion "its not as good as his Thomas the Tank trainset at home" which is a much larger track and has more trains (with more detail and functions to them). Watching him play is very interesting and he really uses his imagination when playing. He pushes the cars on the road track and always giggles as they whizz fast out of the mountain and down this slope. He also lifts the rail bridge for the train to cross safely and explains that he doesn't want the car and train to crash. I feel my boys once they get to two and a half years old will play more carefully and with the same level of imagination. Although older children play more imaginatively with this train set I do still think it is better for the 2-3 age group as the basic vehicles and track make it slightly young for over 3's and as my friends little boy has shown he prefers a larger track and more realistic trains and vehicles.
Currently when I watch my boys at 20 months old they do push the vehicles around the track for short periods and make babbling sounds so I feel they are being imaginative, but I do think they still have more interest in pulling the pieces of track apart and throwing it around the room. Strangely they have a wooden train set from ELC and my mum's house and they do not do this with this train set only the Little Tikes set. I feel that this is partially due to the Little Tikes set track coming apart very easily; their ELC track actually stay together if they lift it up.
I do feel the quality of the Little Tikes Road and Rail set is satisfactory but not to the same high quality that the majority Little Tikes toys are made to. The plastic is extremely strong and durable and not at all flimsy but I feel firstly the warped plastic mountain was disappointing as was the fact the pieces of the track come apart a little too easy. Young toddler especially knock the track with their feet as they play which makes it come apart and as a mum you find yourself constantly trying to fix this. The plastic track is very easy to keep clean and the tough durable plastic both the track figures and vehicles are made from are very easy to wipe clean.
My other criticism of the toy is that it is very bulky to store so not a toy I would recommend for those lacking storage space. The mountain once assembled acts as a corner piece and can't be dissembled unless every time you want to use the toy you want to screw it back together (which took us 20 minutes to do). This is about 50cm high by about 50cm wide and 40cm long. You then have to store all of the pieces of track and figures to keep them all together in order to not lose pieces. The original box is far too big and bulky to do so however you will need a large carrier bag at least to keep all of the track together. With so many pieces you do need to take care it is packed away together and as all parents of young children and toddlers will know this is not always an easy task. You could keep the train set assembled all of the time but would need a sizeable piece of floor space to do so as it is about 150cm wide by about 130cm long when set out.
This is not a terrible toy but as a parent I am slightly disappointed with it as a purchase especially as it was £29.99 so not the cheapest rail set on the market. As a parent if you're considering purchasing this for your child be aware it is bulky to store and you have to option of having it set up all of the time or stored away. With the stored away option the mountain section cannot be dissembled and the track when broken up takes up the space of at least 1 large carrier bag or 1 large box!
My experience with Little Tikes toys over the last 19 months has been extremely positive except for this toy. Little Tikes usually make their toys with strong very durable plastic and all parts of the toy fits together well. The Road and Rail Set is made from thick durable plastic; much thicker than many similar train sets but I do think the main mountain part of the set does not fit together. Even with both Mr Lools and I trying to put it together correctly the plastic looks like it has warped slightly therefore does not easy click together and therefore is not properly aligned and looks wonky to the eye and also means the road track does not lie completely flat.
The set is bright and colourful, and great for little hands to play with. It is also large enough for two children to play with so minimises fighting and squabbles for track space. However for those with young toddlers be warned that your track maintenance skills will be needed regularly as your child plays with this.
I purchased this just over a year ago for my son's first birthday from Argos, where they state that it is suitable for children aged 18 months and over. However I was confident that my little boy would manage to play with it and as I would be supervising him, knew that he wasn't going to choke on anything etc.
He absolutely adores anything to do with cars and trains, so we knew he would love this. The pieces are all quite large and robust, so it was really easy for him to play with after we originally set it up for him. It's lovely and colourful and he still plays with it now that he's two. I don't see him losing interest in it anytime soon, so I would say it's suitable from ages 1 to 3.
The only downfall is that it is really big when set up, so it's not ideal if you don't have a lot of room. We tried putting it away in the toy box and just bringing it out when he wanted to play with it, but it became to time consuming and I found repeatedly putting the track back together a bit soul destroying to be honest, so we now just leave it out. I can imagine if you had a child who was keen on taking things apart that this toy would be the bane of your life, but my wee one seems quite happy to just sit and play with it (unlike his big sister). He uses cars and people from other sets with it too, and although not everything is a perfect fit, it still is one of his favourite toys though. And it was money well spent. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend. In fact I saw it on sale the other day and was trying to think about who I could buy it for.
The final thing I will say is that if you do decide to purchase this and don't have the space to keep it out all the time, make sure that you keep the pieces together. The road and track can only be laid out a certain way and I can imagine that the toy would be useless if a piece went missing. Although I have heard that little tikes sell replacement parts at a very reasonable price.
We recieved this Little Tikes set as a present when my sons were one and it became a firm favourite straight away. The set consists of a large mountain, a road way with lifting bridge, and a railway. The set also includes a train with carriages, a car, a helicopter, and three people. As we have found to be the case with all Little Tikes toys it is colourful and very robust. It is currently on sale for around £30.
The set comes in many pieces- you have to piece together the road and rail track, but it is very easy to assemble. As the pieces are so chunky children age 2-2.5 can assemble it themselves. It does take up a lot of floor space when fully assembled, however it is possible to just assemble the road when you want something smaller, or indeed my sons often enjoy playing with just the mountain as it has secret tunnels which you can drop the people through, or you can race cars down the ramp and this provides hours of fun!
My sons, now aged three, still play with this set, and I imagine that they will continue to get good use from it for at least another year, although they are car and train mad (but which small boy isn't!). It is made of thick solid plastic, and there is nothing that will break in the set. The only problem I can imagine is if you lose any of the pieces, however they are quite large so not easily misplaced.
As we have had two good years use from this set (so far) I would say that it is a great value toy and would definately recommend it to anyone with toddlers.
I received this toy last year as a gift for my children. I found it quite difficult to fit it all together, and it takes up a large amount of room. The pieces of track are very large, so an older child can fit them together simply enough but it really needs to be on a flat surface, not so good for carpet.
It doesn't stay together much unfortunately, toddlers are boisterous at the best of times, and for the parent, it can become quite frustrating repeatedly putting it back together.
It comes with a train and carriage, a helicopter and car. There is a draw bride that you can lift up, and barriers for the train track and road not that these stay in place! It doesn't take batteries which is great, but I would keep the box to store it away in when not being played with.
At about £29.99 its not too bad for its price, and is quite hard wearing. Just a bit time consuming as most children wont play happily by themselves, they will be asking you to fx it all the time!
This toy was bought for my son last birhtday and he has endless hrs playing with it. It is a solid toy which contains a mountin with a railway track and a road with a bridge. also it comes with 3 people,a train with two carrages, a car and a helecopter. I only had one problem with this product and that was all the pieces of road and rail but when assembled it was a great toy for my kids and still to this day they play with it. Inside the mountin there is two shoots in which the people can be placed and the child can watch them slide down. I found this toy a solid toy and it was ok for younger children who still put items in there mouth as all the pieces where one solid piece of plastic moulded into the nessesery shapes.
This was bought for my son as a christmas present a couple of years ago and he loves it. I must admit he will play for long periods of time with it. However, it is not without its disadvantages. 1. It has so many bits that come apart easily, they are big chunks of road or rail so are not dangerous but irritating for the parents who have to keep putting it back together again. 2. It is very big once set out and if you only have a small amount of space for your childs toys it can take up most of it. But the advantages are the kids seem to like the ramp the cars can go down and the people that you can put in either the car, train or helecopter that sits on the top of the mountain. If you have any other little tikes toys with people you will find that they should all go with each other and you can play with the two or three toys together. It is a good buy but I can't wait for him to get fed up with it as he still has it on his bedroom floor. (I suppose it is good that it has lasted him so long)
We bought my oldest this 3 years ago. It is a well made toy and very sturdy. However there are lots of pieces of track which are easily broken up and thrown around the house. Because of this we have lost one of the corner pieces and therefore it doesn't fit together very well now. My youngest has now started to play with it and he seems to enjoy it. Basically it consists of a big ( a bit too big) mountain with road slopes down it and a big train track that goes round it. You get a few vehicles and people too. My main critisism is that it needs plenty of space and can't really be left lying around so you spend all the time making it just for the kids to break it up! At least it keeps them happy!