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These are the items my two year old son asked for this Christmas. No he isn't a junior slasher, he choose his Christmas list from the illustrations of toys in one of his favourite books, "The Little Engine That Could".
The toy train was a given anyway. I couldn't imagine not have at least one toy train among his presents, but this is the airplane we chose. We decided on this for a few reasons, the main one being that we were also buying the Brio pathfinder set which came with a small Brio Mickey Mouse.
This set includes the Toon Plane, which those of you who regularly watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney will be familiar with. It is also featured in a number of the Clubhouse books, including "Mickey Saves Santa". Unlike the plane in the books and TV programmes though, this plane is not a two seater, and is only able to carry one Brio character at a time. Other than this detail, and a few more minor ones such as the front of the plane being blue instead of purple, this is a fairly accurate representation of the Toon Plane. As you can see from the picture it has the red body and propeller, yellow wings and the characteristic, bird like tail.
Being Brio, you would expect this to be made of wood. This is only partially true. The red main body is wood, but the rest of the parts are plastic. I think this is fair enough as considering how thin the wings, propeller and tail sections are, I do think they would be easy to break if made from wood. Another nice feature of this airplane is that the wheel have exactly the same spacing as the Brio trains. This means you could run this around a Brio train track if you wanted too. There are no rear wheels, but the small plastic peg on which this sits rolls along easily enough when pushed by hand. We did find though that it would come off the tracks on curves when pushed by a battery powered train.
Donald is very much standard for Brio characters, about 2" tall with movable arms and two legs molded together, but which bend at the waist to allow the character to sit or stand. He sits easily and fairly securely in the plane, only falling out when the plane did loop the loops.
I am quite happy with this toy. It is a bit expensive for such a small toy at £7.14 delivered from Amazon, but Brio does tend to run higher then most toys. I do believe the quality of Brio makes paying that little bit extra worthwhile though. At least you know with a Brio toy it isn't going to fall apart two weeks after Christmas. I think this toy is cute and well made, but of course it is not my opinion that really matters, it is my son's. My youngest was very well pleased with this, and still enjoys playing with it. Even my five year old has had some fun with it. The plane is a nice extra for their extensive wooden trains collection, and they enjoy having a character to go in and out of the plane and take rides on the train, so Donald is also a welcome addition to the set. this made for quite a happy child this Christmas - but what about the other two items on his list?
Well he did get trains as well, but a real knife for a two year old is just not on the cards still ....