My 3 year old twin boys have always been the same and been interested in so much stuff from in the night garden to ben 10, now there's a difference. So I find it pretty easy come Christmas and their birthday to find toys I know they will like as there is so much to choose from. Last Christmas one of the many programmes they enjoyed was Chuggington which shows on Cbeebies. Toys out last christmas in Chuggington were fairly new and all looked a bit exciting to me, it used to be Thomas the Tank I was buying for them but Chuggington is a bit more colourful and exciting in my opinion.
I noticed a few of the Chuggington toys on offer included trains, which could be stored in a Chuggington case.
The Chuggington case isn't an ordinary storage case as he is designed to look like one of the main characters from the programme, this character being Wilson. A bright red, cheery looking train, so an appealing toy and one that will catch your eye quickly when on a shelf.
The carry case has a handle at the top, 'free rolling wheels' at the bottom, a latch on the one side and within it has 17 spaces, for the chuggington trains to sit comfortably in.
The trains are sold seperately, but they are brilliant little engines, all resembling each chuggington character perfectly and they fit neatly within the carry case to.
The case can hold up to 17 of the chuggington train characters so this case can not only be a toy in itself, with it's wheels and design, but it holds a mass of fun within it when it's carrying it's trains around.
The case is fantastic for encouraging your child to clean up their toys, and it also stops my 2 from losing their chuggington trains as they have their very own chuggington case to sit in, we call it the Wilson train station, and he does get involved in the twins actual games a lot to.
It is also brilliant as a toy to be used whilst travelling, or taking to family members houses on visits, meaning there is something to keep the children happy and occupied.
Even when the case holds all of the 17 trains, he isn't overly heavy, but the case is aimed at children aged 3 plus which I'd say is about right to be able to hold the case comfortably. The case is very sturdy, and despite my twin tornado having destructable hands, their cases are showing no signs of breaking yet (touch wood lol). The latch I mentioned is what secures the 'door', or side of the case which opens, when closing it so the trains can't fall out and it acts as a secure carry case for your childs trains. There is very little danger with the opening of the case, meaning not much chance for your child to jam their fingers etc, as you have to push the side down and then put the 'latch' on to secure it, so you'd know if there was something jammed before tightening it which is fab as the amount of toys the twins have jammed their fingers in is unreal.
The only sort of downside to the case is although it holds a fantastic 17 engines there are a few more engines that can be bought and some come with added extras as they all have 'links' on them to link onto each other. For example one of the engines comes with a 'carriage' extra linked on, with an little elephant sat in it, well the train itself can fit in one of the compartments within the case, but if you have another 16 trains taking up spaces the little elephant and his carriage are not going to fit.
Apart from this the case is brilliant, it holds so much fun for children, it keeps their trains tidy and encourages them to clean up as well - which is always a bonus lol! It is a strong, sturdy, colourful and appealing toy as well as a storage case and can be bought for just £15 or even less if on offer, you can buy it from quite a few toy shops or even on Amazon too.
My youngest son has had this case for almost 10 months now, having received it as a 2nd birthday gift. Initially, I was rather disappointed that my son took only a very limited interest in this toy, or the three chuggers we had bought to go with it. I had expected this to be quite a hit as he does very much like the show, and this case really does look just like Wilson. But, for a toy he was slow to warm too, he certainly has made up for lost time in the amount of use this gets now. I believe the turning point for this toy came when he realised a couple of old diecast Thomas trains could also fit inside the compartments, as well as two cheap plastic Chuggington trains that came with a magazine. Once he had a few trains to take in and out he really took to this toy, and to the trains. Getting some Chuggington story books also encouraged his interest, especially as he collected more trains and now has enough to act out some of the stories.
The case measures roughly 10" long, 6.5" high and 4.5" wide. It has compartments to hold 16 chuggers. It has a well attached plastic carry handle and an easy to operate black plastic catch at the bottom to open and close this. I have found this catch holds very well and has never popped open on it's own, even with my son running about swinging the case or rather roughly tossing it down. I also thing the compartments have helped protect the chuggers inside from harm as they do not clink against each other which might eventually chip paint. It is advertised as having free rolling wheels, so you might think a child could also push this about on the floor. This is only half true though. Four of the eight wheels do roll - sort of - but as they rest only a fraction of a millimeter below the main body, attempting to roll this is more like dragging across the carpet. The wheels are not particularly free rolling, but trying it out on the wood floor I will concede that you could call that rolling. But my sons do not ever use it for this. He has tried a number of times to sit on this and scoot forward, but it will not roll at all with his weight. At least it is sturdy enough to hold him though.
My son absolutely loves this now, and has used this to transport his chuggers to and from the caravan, or just out to the garden for play. I find he really enjoys taking the trains in and out of their compartments, and also that this encourages him to put the trains away when finished. My sons are by no means tidy, and usually getting them to clean up is quite a chore, but he happily replaces his trains in this case when finished. Also, because we know how many compartments are usually filled, it is easy to spot of one train has been left behind. This means we know to search for it straight away - before leaving the caravan, or coming indoors, so thankfully, no chuggers have been lost despite being taken out doors quite a lot.
This toy is recommend from ages 3+, but I see no reason a younger child could not enjoy this as well. It has no small parts or sharp edges. It can be a bit heavy when full, and I suppose would be a bad idea for small child prone to hitting other children with toys as it would pack some clout. It is not heavy enough to do any damage when dropped on little toes though, which has happened often enough.
Although Chuggington is aimed at the younger children, my 6 year old does play with this as well, as do older children who have come over to play. Unfortunately the small trains are only allowed with a limited groups of children now as one older boy tried stuffing them down his underwear to run home, but I suppose that shows they do still appeal to the older children.
One drawback to this case is that at least one of the diecast trains in the Chuggington series , Emery, will not fit inside. One other train, Zephie, can be difficult to get in as you must get it adjusted as low as possible to make it fit. Other than that though, all of our other Chuggers have fit without problem and he has a good collection. Should he ever get more than would fit, I would buy another case just for the convenience of keeping all the trains safely and neatly stored away. If only the wooden trains would fit, or they would make a similar case for them!
I got this as part of a special offer with 3 trains and can not remember the exact price. Amazon sells this £11.50 with free delivery and also has some very good photos should you be interested.
Chuggington is childrens television programme shown on the cbeebies channel, and bbc 2. It features different engines who work around the town of chuggington. The 3 main characters are Koko, Brewster and Wilson who are young engines who are learning to do the jobs that the other engines do.
There are many episodes, and lots of different engines that have been commemorated by turning them into die-cast engines available from learning curve.
My mum was looking for ideas for christmas presents for my kids, so i suggested to her that they liked the programme chuggington. The unfortunate bit is that my mum has her own shop which sells toys, so she can buy things much cheaper than normal shops. When i told her Chuggington, she pointed out 3 pages of stuff in her catalogue, which although i did my best to put her off, she bought most of the range for the kids to play with. Very generous, but she drives me crazy as there is less thought for what we do with all the toys after christmas when our house is already bursting at the seams.
I was quite pleased to see that she had bought the Wilson storage case that was also part of the range. It is a sturdy plastic hinged storage case in the shape of one of the main characters Wilson. It is a lovely bright red colour, and the hinge is on the top, and the clasp is hidden very well amongst the raised design of the wheels of the engine. The box fastens with just one clasp, which is the sort that you have to position under the other edge of the box before pushing it down so it firmly holds the box shut. It is quite easy to do, but if you misjudge it and think you have shut it, you pick the box up and most of your engines fall out. My kids are 4 and nearly 3, and have both worked out how to do it quite quickly.
Inside the box there are dividing sections that provide 17 equal sized sections to store your engines in. These dividing sections are very sturdy. They can be pulled out, but it is quite tricky to do so and get them back in. The horizontal and vertical sections slot into each other to make it extra strong so small heavy hands can put the engines in without the whole thing coming apart.
One thing that concerned me is that the box is quite heavy for smaller children to pick up when it is full. I weighed it to see out of interest, and it weighs just under 1kg when empty, and just over 2kg when full. I try not to let my 2 year old walk round with it as i think he could hurt himself or chip the laminate floor if he dropped it.
The other thing i want to comment on is that there are more than 17 engines available to buy, and some of them have add on carriages that don't always fit in the box. We have a few that don't go in at all. One with a crane, one which is a double carriage with a bit that is like the rubberised material you see on trams and bendy buses. This isn't a huge deal, but it would be nicer if there were enough spaces to fit it all in. I guess most people don't get the whole range particularly in one go unless you have a mum like mine.
Overall, i am pleased we have the case as it makes it very easy to take the engines to other places to play, like when we go to visit grandparents. It doesn't take up that much room in the car. It also makes it easy to put the engines away as you can easily see there is a gap and know how many engines went under the settee or coffee table in that game.
It is sturdy, well made and attractive. The kids love the fact that it is shaped like one of their favourite characters Wilson. I am happy as the toys they are playing with that were expensive are now stored safely and neatly so they won't get lost or left on the floor for me to roller skate on.
Worthwhile if you are going to invest in several of the engines in the series. I am going to give it 4 stars as i feel perhaps it should hold all in the range, and is quite heavy for the young market it is aimed for. I feel the range is for 2-6/7 year olds.