Product Type: MV Sports Toy Train
Newest Review: ... the battery which is located in the seat. Then it is just the case of the waiting game so we set up the track. The track comes in 22 piec... more
Member Name: joshuas-mummy
Toot Toot Battery Operated Ride On Train and Track
Advantages: A real Train that goes round a track
Disadvantages: Poorly made, lack of instructions, not good quality in any way
My son recently turned one and was showered with gifts from all our friends and family. His playroom now resembles something like a toy shop that has exploded and I've begun to forget what colour the carpet in there is because it's so litered with toys we can no longer see it!
Regardless of this fact my son always has something to play with and never tires of playing with his different toys, he's got a kitchen, walking toys, building blocks-very normal for a child his age. However this particular toy I feel is very special.
My parents purchased him this Ride on Train and 22 Piece Track for his brithday. I had seen it on the Toys'r'us website when it was on sale for £84.99 but by the time his birthday came around it was back to full price at £149.99 which was far too much money. Doing some internet window shopping I found amazon and ebay both have it for sale for approximately £84.99-£89.99 which was more justafieable price wise.
As my son is still only one he's not in to trains yet, in fact the most recognition he gives any characters etc is Peppa Pig on TV but thats because we have watched that together since he was born and he is used to those sounds. He's still at that beautiful stage where he is stimulated and excited by noises of all types and movement too so although he doesn't realise this is a train he loves it none the less.
The box itself was delivered by courier and only took 3 days to arrive which was great (courtesy of ebay). The box was far larger than expected but easy to store away until his birthday. The box itself is bright and colourful and features exactly the same picture as shown above. I think I was more excited than anyone at the prospect of watching my son play with it!
There is no writing on the box, no directions for use etc so you need to open the box to get the full instructions out. By this point it was Joshuas birthday and only then did we realise it needed 12 hours charging time for the battery in the train to work-a bit disappointing as if it said this on the box we would have been more prepared.
The first step when setting up the train is to remove the seat with a screwdriver and manually connect the wires in order to connect the battery. I found this a bit daunting but actually in reality it was relatively easy to do and took only a minute. Screwing the seat back in place toot toot was ready to begin his charging process!
The set comes complete with AC charger to use with any household socket so we plugged it in. Sadly there is no light to say it's charging, no nothing so really you are just plugging it in and switching it on and hoping for the best. I don't feel the manufacturers have put much effort in to the organisational process that goes in to setting it up, the instructions provided no help and the lack of customer support was another disappointment.
Joshua's birthday was the Saturday and by Sunday after 24 hours of constant charging the train still did nothing when the 'on' levre was pushed. By this point we assumed it was broken or the fuse in the plug charger needed replacing. I'm not a very happy consumer when an item comes to you with a fuse needing to be replaced! Still for no other reason than my mind got sidetracked with birthday party planning we left the train plugged in and charging. I was dreading telling me sons doting Grandparents their beautiful gift hadn't yet been enjoyed!
On Monday a full 2 and a half days after we began charging it my son was pottering around and I heard the strangest noise. I turned round to see him crouched over the train and it was working! It was tooting and reving and my son was clapping with glee! I don't know how he did it but his birthday boy power had bought the train to life! Well done Joshi!
With this I put the track in place. The 22 pieces can create 2 potential tracks. One just circular and one more oval shape. We decided as this was for indoor use the circular one was best as took up less floor space. We kept the remaining, unused track pieces in the box. The track pieces themselves are plastic and brightly coloured and look perfect for little boys. However we got the red, blue and green train and track you can also purchase the same toot toot train in girlie pinks and purples for your little lady if needed!
Toot Toot himself came with all his stickers attached so as far as decorating him went that was easy and his cute smiley face is very lovely to see combined with your childs! In order to ride the train you need to position your child on the seat and hvae them hold on to the handle grips at the front. There is one levre for 'on' and 'off' and a switch which lets you choose to go backwards or forwards. There are also three sound buttons. They don't make different dounds thought, but all the same ones so I think one button would have sufficed. There is a small light on the handles that lights up when the noise buttons are pressed but other than that no light for on/off etc.
The train on the track was a little disappointing too. The only way the train grips the track to create friction to move is by one thin line of rubber going around a small portion of the back wheel. There are three wheels on each side but only the back one has the rubber to grip to the track. The wheels also don't slot in place and it's really difficult to position the train in to a position where it will even move at all-all you can do is guess. The fact that only two wheels have rubber to grip means the train struggles around the corners a lot of the time and to be honest the circular track is barely worth it because you need to practically push it round yourself to aid it. The oval track is a little better but only marginally.
The speed of the train is average. I was suprised and disappointed it was as slow as it was. I know for younger children to enjoy it and not hurt themselves it needs to be slow, but this is nano speed slow and there is nothing to be done to control or vary this speed. Still my little boy does love sitting on it as it goes round even if I do have to push it a little. In fact he sits on it for ages and enjoys it! It's very cute!
Due to his age Josh doesn't have the same opinion about this train as I do. He loves it completely and has taken to removing it from the track and using it on the carpet. He also likes to push it round sometimes too rather than letting it push him around. I do worry how the battery will withstands this but to be honest I don't think it's a particulalry well made toy so if it's going to break he may as well enjoy playing with it in what ever way he likes!
Overall I would give this probably two and half or three stars out of five and that is only because of my sons love for it already. My personal opinion on it is poor-lack of instructions, doesn't work well, took ages to charge, poor quality materials etc. And considering it's normal retail price is almost £150 I would say do no buy at that price. As this was a gift for my son I'm still on the happy (ish) side with it but had I spent my own hard earned money on it I would not be a happy bunny!
Going forward I do think that as long as this train is durable and lasts then my son should really enjoy playing on it. It's recommended for ages 1-3 years and I would like to think he will still be playing with it at 3 years old, although I assume the novalty will wear off a lot quicker after each go than it does now.
An average toy, with a high price tag. I think there are much better, and more exciting toys on the market that deserve their price tag but this isn't one of them.
Summary: Not worht it's high price tag
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