Product Type: Brio Toy Train
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Brio 33361 Mechanical Turntable
Member Name: jillycat
Brio 33361 Mechanical Turntable
Advantages: well made great for imaginative play
Disadvantages: Need a lot of track to get full use out of the 6 prongs can jig around and misaligned the track
This Brio turntable is one of two that my son has he also has a Big Jigs four prong turntable compared to the six prong Brio one here.
Brio for those unfamiliar with the brand Brio is the market leader in wooden trains and most other manufactures' whether it is Big Jigs, Tesco or similar all try to make their wooden trains compatible with it. The company has being making trains and train sets since 1958 and makes all of it bits from beech wooden that makes it very durable.
The turntable is made from wood and the top red plastic turning section. The table turns by turning a red button on the wooden section. The turntable has 6 prongs meaning it can be turned six different ways to then go along to different sections of track or to an engine shed for example. There are 3 male knobbly connectors and 3 have female connectors with the cutaway holes in them. This gives plenty of options for setting a track system up. In fact in our house this gives too many choices really as we haven't sufficient track pieces and tunnels and bridges to make full use out of the full 6 prongs and my son often gets frustrated setting it up as he likes to have sections going off from each prong rather than leaving one empty. We have a four prong turntable and this one we find much more use with the amount of track that we have.
The button turns very easily and is nice and simple for my son to operate and he can easily line the track sections up. It did take a little of time for him to learn to line the track up in advance of the train coming to the turntable as if he tries to do it with the train on it then the engine can turn but by turning the engine on the turntable it then disconnects the carriages and wagons from the engine which causes frustration. It is possible and he has occasionally taken the engine off one way and deposited the wagons onto other lines but this has only been recently in his play. The turntable at times does jig around a bit and come out of alignment which then causes a bit of frustration for my son as he then needs to line it up correctly again.
The turntable is well made and we have had no issues with anything breaking off during a couple of years' worth of play and it is made I think to the usual high quality I generally expect from Brio Train sets.
The turntable adds to my son imaginative play with his trains and is something I would recommend I personally would prefer it to be a four prong turntable for the amount of track we have and think that the 6 prong turntable is better for sets that have a lot of track to allow for greater use of the turntable. Available from on line retailers such as Lambs toys for £12.99 it is a nice addition to any train set. It gets 4 stars from us. I am deducting a star for the occasional jigging around of the turntable that means you need to realign the track again and how it isn't possible for a whole train to turn at once.
Summary: A nice little addition to any train set that also fro creative moving of trains
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