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: xmum2threex
Toot Toot Battery Operated Ride On Train and Track
Advantages: Well made
Disadvantages: Takes up a lot of room
**What do you get?**
When you receive the set you get
Train- The train itself is a good size for little ones to sit on and made out of solid plastic. It has stickers all over it and a smiley face on the front of the train itself. It has handles for little one to hold on to keep steady and footrest on the top of the front wheels for their feet to sit.
Trailer - This attaches to the train and can be taken on and off very easily. It has stickers on it showing passengers looking out there window. This can actually be used to store the track and keep it all in one place and of course for my son's teddies to be used as passengers while he is riding the train.
The track- You receive 22 pieces of good size track each multi colored so very bright and attractive for little one. It is very sturdy and has grooves molded into it to guide it around the track correctly.
**Setting it up **
We brought this for my sons first birthday and luckily we decided we wanted to set it up the night before as when we opened the box up it stated it needs the battery to be charged for a full 12 hours for it to begin to work. To do this you have to un do the seat using a screw driver and attach the charger that is provided to 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 pieces it is rather large and actually filled a whole room in our last house where we brought it. The set can be used in a circle shape that is the smaller size or by using all the pieces you can make an oval shape which is the larger track. The pieces click together very easily and it only takes a matter of 5 minutes most to make the track up then you simply places the train on the track and away it goes.
**In play **
The train has a lever on it that when pushed forward it moves forward and when pushed backwards it goes into reverse. This is very easy to push and little ones are able to do this independently. There is also a button when you press it makes noises like a whistle and while the train is in motion it makes chugging noises like a steam train. These are not too loud or annoying yet pleased my sons greatly.
The train has to be sat on the track correctly for it to work otherwise it will get stuck and stop and this can be hard work for a young child that is always taking it on and off the track but they do get used to it in the end.The description say that the train only works on the track but this is not true it moves on both carpet and wooden floors easily and as far as we can see it has done absolutely no damage to the train what so ever.
The train moves so slowly maybe 2 mph at the most but this does not seem to bother my children they just sit patiently while it slowly makes it way round the tracks. It is reassuring they cannot hurt themselves as the train is neither high of the floor or fast moving.
**Battery life **
This is rather poor not completely useless but for 12 hours worth of charge through the night it last around 2 hours broken play. Yes my children like to push the buttons a lot but considering the price of the product and the amount of time it needs to be charged just to get it moving still a little disappointing.
All 3 of my children have loved this we had it for our eldest sons first birthday and he played with it on and off for about a year before he became bored with it. We then put it in the loft and brought it back out again when our daughter and youngest son both turned 1 and it turned out to be a great hit with them also.
It does take up a lot of room and in fact takes up the whole of the space in our living room in our current house and so it is worth bearing that in mind when purchasing but this makes it all the more fun for children. It stores away easily in the trailer of the train so storage is not a problem and so far it has lasted us 3 years and 3 children.
My first downside is that although there is foot rest for the children as soon as my children hot around 18 months there legs became longer and uncomfortable for them to sit them in such a small place. This results in them just hanging while they are riding on this and the wheels can rub against their feet and although the gaps are not big enough for them to get hurt it does wear down the shoes and cause annoyance for them.
Also this is recommended from1 year to 3 years and I am glad I purchased it so early for my son as at 2 he was just growing out of it and at 3 he was too big for the train and had lost all interest in it so I would recommend purchasing at the lower end of the age recommendation.
**Over all **
This toy is recommended from 1 year plus which I say is about the right age range for a child and it retails at around £60 we purchased our from very but it is no longer available from there. You can purchase this from Amazon Argos and many more of the larger stores. I would recommend this toy as it was well loved and is great for a large main present for birthdays or Christmas.
Summary: A great ride on for any train fan
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