“ Manufacturer: Brio / Type: Train Set „
Suggested age 3+
Once again, I see no reason for this toy not to be used by much younger children. There is a magnet, as with all Brio trains, but I do think it would be completely impossible for a small child, or even an adult without a sledge hammer or power tools. My youngest got this for Christmas last year at age 16 months and absolutely loved it. It is still a firm favourite with both boys, ages 2 and 5.
This set is fairly simple. It has a figure 8 track with an ice tunnel for the train to drive through, an igloo shaped arch, a snow drift track a wooden penguin and a figure of a person with arctic clothing, an engine and a carriage. The best part is the battery powered train engine which uses one AAA battery. The engine is very well made and has survived numerous falls and crashes without damage.
My son loved just watching this go around and around the track at Christmas. It was later integrated into our very large wooden train set. It was used for the first few days on its own though and would make a perfect starter set. The tracks will connect to Wooden Thomas, Tesco, ELC, Asda and most other wooden train sets, but it can be used completely on its own and still provide a great deal of fun.
The only problem I have with this set is it is difficult for the children to switch the train off. The button has three settings for forwards, off and reverse, with off being in the middle. It often takes me a few tries to get the train off, and if children have difficulty it can lead to toys like this being left on, wasting batteries. This has had one battery change in spite of being less than one year old, but it does get a lot of use too.
The only other drawback is it appears a bit difficult to find this year with Amazon not showing any available. Toys R us had them in store last year but they are not showing up on the website now. Ebay does frequently have them for sale and has one at the moment. I bought our set for £8 new in box from ebay which I think was a great bargain. I am currently watching the one for sale now and might consider a low bid just for a spare engine ans battery power engines are very dear usually.
I do think the winter theme of this train makes it perfect for Christmas, and with a bit of extra track it would make a lovely decoration to go around the tree as well.