“ Brand: Brio / Type: Wooden train set - Mickey Mouse themed „
The theme song to this runs through my head even more than the other songs from this show, but toodles has become a full time character in the shows, and had the advantage of coming with one more character (Minnie Mouse), so I decided to include this with my son's other Mickey Mouse Brio items.
This now costs £10.99 with Amazon and a whopping £15 on ebay, but I believe I paid about £7 for this.
There are only two pieces to this set; a Brio figure of Minnie, about 2" tall with movable arms and legs that bend to allow the character to sit, and Toodles, which is made more like a train car in this case. The Toodles piece has a red wooden base with a metal bar that can fold down or be pulled up to display a small plastic Toodles, or folded up so Toodles lays flat against the wooden car. The large white wheels fit in well with the toon theme, and also roll freely. It has magnets at either end so this will attach to Brio's Clubhouse Choo Choo. Thankfully the magnets have the right polarity so that if you do attach this to Pathfinder, the plastic Toodles will be facing forwards. This will also attach to other train sets, Brio, Tesco, ELC, Wooden Thomas, ASDA and more.
My own opinion of this toy is that it was a bit expensive for a small set, but then you do pay more for Brio and this is usually worth while considering the quality of the product. I think the Toodles bit looks really cute behind Pathfinder, the Clubhouse Choo Choo, and I think it is nice for the boys to have another figure (Minnie) to send on train trips and play along with the train set. My only problem with this set is that the plastic Toodles falls off it's metal bar quite often. This leaves you with a wooden car with a metal bar sticking straight up, which could possibly present a hazard if a small child is running about with it and were to fall. It also mean of course that Toodles will occasionally get lost calling for Mom to come in and head a search party.
Both of my sons really like this addition to the set, so to me it was money well spent. Toodles rolls along the wooden train track quite easily, whether pulled along behind Pathfinder, or one of the boys' battery operated engines, or if they want to make him move by himself they use our magic wand, a powerful bar magnet. My using magnetic repulsion to push this car along the track he can zip over to Mickey for the next mission with the need for hands to push him along.
I have taken one star off due to Toodles falling off a bit too easily, but I am still glad I bought this toy as it is a very nice addition to our set. The boys have had a lot of use from it, and do really like Toodles. They also enjoy putting Minnie into the train carriage with Mickey to race around the tracks, or even to take a flight in Donald's train, so this has had a lot of play value. I do think this should be seen as an addition to another set though. I can't see this being much fun on it's own. But if your child loves trains and Mickey Mouse, this is sure to make a lovely addition to an existing set.