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Having bought my stepson the main All Round Chuggington Interactive set for Christmas a couple of years ago, we then got him this set to add to the main set to extend the track and make it a bit more interesting for him.
For anyone who has read my review on the All Round set you will know that I thought it was a pain to put together and that for the effort of about 20 mins of constructing for a small boy who then only plays with it for all of 10 mins before he gets bored, I had mixed feelings about this.
On one hand I hoped it would mean he would have more interest in the toy and would play with it for longer, making it more worth while putting it all together while he shouted 'Come on!!!' at us.
And on the other hand, I dreaded the complexity of putting it all together with added sections.
I was disappointed to see that the pack didn't come with any instructions/ideas for possible track layout to fit with the All Round set - which is a closed loop of a set. I wanted to make sure we could construct something that would work well and be interesting.
We eventually cobbled something together and he enjoyed playing with the extra sections of track including a 'crossroads' section and the barriers.
In order to help future constructions I took a photo of the route we had made to help us when building it again.
I would have liked to see some more curves in the set to allow a better loop around to connect back up - as we ended up having two open ends - which was fine but my stepson got really frustrated that he couldn't have a continuous track.
If we had tonnes of space in our house we would probably get another set to join up to it and make it a bit bigger and more interesting for him to play with in the sheer hope he would want to play with it for more than 10 mins - half an hour.
I've said before with the All Round set - that it is great if you can leave it out fully constructed all the time rather than taking it apart and putting together each time. My sister in law does this for her son and it works well for them, but sadly we have a tiny house and my stepson doesn't have his own bedroom at ours (as we only have the one bedroom) so it's not an option to leave it out constantly. We have contemplated picking a layout and glueing it to some board to put under the sofa out the way but I feel this would just limit the combinations he could have should we ever get more to add to the set - if we ever got a bigger house!
We (my 2 and 3 year old boys and I) decided to try some of the chuggington tracks as a change from the wooden railway tracks sets that we normally use, as they are fans of the chuggington show and I had bought some of the chuggington accessories, such as the roundhouse, so wanted to expand to a bigger track.
The tracks are made of plastic but the quality seems okay and so far we have not managed to break any of the track pieces, after having them for nearly a year. They have withstood rough play and being accidently trodden on.
My main complaint would be that they can be a little tricky for young children to put together by themselves without any assistance. It is a lot trickier than the normal wooden tracks such as brio. However when they are attached together they tend to stay apart and not break up easily so my children have mainly just left them joined together so they don't have to remake it every time.
In order to have enough pieces to make a decent sized track we got two sets. The sets also come with some extra bit and pieces like signals.
I was happy with the set and it goes great with the chuggington die cast trains, however now that wooden chuggington trains have come out I would probably just get the wooden chuggington trains and wooden track, as it is more easily compatible with other railway systems and the children can mix and match between chuggington, Thomas and other generic trains.
Expand your Chuggington interactive railway world abd build exciting layouts with the Straight and Curved Track Pack.Includes a total of 23 pieces - 10 assorted straight tracks, 4 assorted curved tracks, 2 switch tracks, 1 crossing track, 2 track ramps, 2 crossing gates, 1 signal, and 1 sign. Chuggington Interactive is a magical open ended play system featuring iconic destinations and characters from the BBC's CBeebies top rated preschool show Chuggington. Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts Age range: From 3 years.