This train set is a bit different than the others we have so it took Connor some time to get over the fact that he has to actually push the train around and that the "train has wheels". However, he seemed to get over that quickly once he realized that the train talked. He turned into a little parrot and excitedly repeated the things the train said like "I'm big and strong" and "Ready to roll". He also likes the wash and fuel stations as they make beeping sounds and even have lights which I tried to capture with my camera but didn't succeed at. Of course, we just put this toy together for the first time yesterday so I have yet to see how long the batteries last..hopefully a long time because I used about 5 AA batteries between the two stations and the train that is included (Brewster) also required two batteries although those ones were included.
The whole set was quite easy to put together. I'm not particularly great with directions for these kinds of things but all the pieces are clearly marked and the instructions were easy to follow. It maybe took a half an hour to get everything unpacked and put the actual set together. Taking the items out of the box took the longest! So far, Connor has been much better at taking the set apart than putting it together but he doesn't seem to mind if it's not exactly as it was intended. He is still happy to push Brewster around the track that he has left intact and then stop at the stations every once in a while to play with them.
The set is called interactive because the trains can detect the other trains and the various stations when you buy multiple sets. Obviously, I can't speak to that since we only have one set right now but I noticed the train says different things at the stations than it does on its own so that must be what it means. The stations are kind of neat in that the fueling station offers different options including water, electricity or gas so there are some good educational aspects to the toy. As far as the track itself, it clicks together nicely but it also flexible enough so that it's hard to break even when a two year old sits on it or bends it which may have happened a few times already.
|Connor putting Brewster through the wash station.|
Overall, this is a very well-made toy and I like the fact that it's different and includes the various stations that encourage additional creativity. If he continues to play with it, I could see us investing in another set or at least another train to see how they interact.
Just a couple more notes: The interactive railway sets are available exclusively at Toys R Us and this particular set costs $39.99. There is a larger set which includes more trains and stations and there is also another smaller set available that could be combined with this one.
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