Another of my son's Christmas toys was the Brio classic train set, no. 33571. This set of one engine and two carriages comes in a wooden box and my son loves it.
The train engine is wooden, as are the two carriages. The engine and carriages are a nice colour coordinated red, black and yellow paint and I think they look quite stricking in a traditional kind of way. The two carriages are actually like oil tankers, which is what we call them and both the carriages and the engine have "Brio" written across them in white.
Obviously only being a week old I can't comment on wear and tear, however all the other painted wooden Brio trains we have seem to be very sturdy and don't scratch easily. They are all packed into a box, sometimes thrown in, which annoys me on clearing up so the paint must be pretty tough.
I like that this engine and carriages are joinery together by magnets. They are easy to put together and pull apart for little fingers but it also teaches children and magnetics and how two of the same pole retract.
Even the wheels on this set are wooden, like little wooden buttons. They fit perfectly onto the track and smoothly run along as they are being pushed/pulled by my children. They also run nicely without the tracks on the vinyl of my kitchen floor.
Obviously this set can be joined to other Brio trains and carriages and my son likes to make the longest train he can using up as many engines and carriages as the magnets will allow him to pull. The front engine will usually pull about eight carriages before it becomes too must force on the magnet joining it to the next carriage.
The box indicates this toy is for children two upwards, and this is about right. There are small pieces, ie. the wheels however they are well attached and I'm always within supervising distance when my son is playing anyway. It's a lovely toy for little boy and girls can play too, I do wish I had got my daughter some Brio when she was younger as she does seem to like it, and it's a good way for father's to spend quality time with their daughters.
I bought this toy a while back from a local toy store when they had an offer on and it was £9, which I think is ok value for the three parts. I think this is a very smart little traditional toy.
This all new, classic looking BRIO train is a perfect starter train for the 2 year + child. Made in wood, you can connect the wagons with the magnetic couplings and take off on an adventure along the tracks. Contents: 1 x Classic engine 2 x Wagons 2 x Loads