“ Brand: Tomy / Age: 18 months / Type: Playsets „
I have got no idea why but it is a fact that most children just love trains. Real ones or pretend, it doesn't really seem to matter. My eldest daughter gets really excited just when she sees a real train whizz past! When I saw that Tomy make a battery operated train that young children can actually ride on I thought that my youngest would love it and I have to say its the best money I have ever spent. I have spent a fortune on toys and most of them just end up in the bottom of the toybox but not so with this one.....its a total success. Firstly what you need to do is set up the track. Each piece is interlocking but it does get frustrating when you are trying to slot the last piece in as other parts do spring up but try and keep your patience as it is worth it in the end. The track is circular but you can buy extra parts to make the track more exciting. If you have room to store it then each track piece does have holes in so it can be screwed onto a piece of wood and that would save setting it up each time your child wants to use it. Once the track is set up you find out the bad news......the train takes six D batteries (yes they are the big round ones)! The instructions recommend not to use rechargable batteries but doesn't really say why. If you do Im sure that you could save a fortune. Now its time for some fun. The product is recommened for 18 months+ but my daughter has just turned one and she sits on it with no problem. There are handles that the child holds onto and foot rests at the front. The train can actually run forward or in reverse and to do this there is a lever at the side that is easy for little hands as it only needs a gentle nudge in either direction to set the train in motion. At the front of the train there is also a whistle although Emily has yet to master that! Although it may look boring going round and round in a circle small children adore it. My daughter screams the house down wh enever I try and take her off. The only way I can now is to wait for her to fall asleep on it!!! The only downside to this train is if you have got older children. My eldest daughter is three and she is just to heavy for it. It does state that you can have a maximum weight of 25kg on it (thats about 4 stone). My daughter is just over half of that and it really seems to struggle. Maybe if you use powerful batteries (and not the cheap and nasties like me!) then that would make a difference. This toy is brilliant for childrens imagination. Although Jess can't ride on it she does play trains and her Winnie the Pooh is quite happy to be the passenger whilst she is the train conductor. This toy is everything playing is about.....alot of fun!!!
Tomy Choo Choo Express (Ride on train) This toy is every train drivers dream. The Tomy Choo Choo Express is a small ride on battery-operated ride on train that either run alone or on the 4-metre track supplied. The engine is designed to resemble an old American steam train, stands about 20 cm high to the seat, and is about 40 cm in length. The train uses 6 D size batteries, which are stowed underneath the lifting drivers seat that is safely fastened with a slide and lock lid and finally fixed with a flat head screw. The train makes a clacketty clack sound as it moves forward or in reverse. The switch for the gears is large and easy for small hands to push or pull into position, forward is go, in the middle is stop and back is reverse. There are small footplates at the front of the engine and a large yellow plunger that emits a very train like whistle when pushed down. When the track is assembled it really doesn’t take up much space at all, and there is provision for screwing the track down onto a piece of wood through the screw holes drilled in the track pieces, to make a more permanent circuit. Currently my 2 year old is quite unsure about this toy, this is the first battery-operated toy that she has experienced and is very wary of it. She is happy to send her toys around and around on the train but will only sit on it for a little while, maybe one or two circuits. The train is designed for toddlers from about a year to the age of three, and there are safety provisions as such, there are guards moulded on to the front and back of the toy, and the wheels are covered by safety bars which go up and down as the wheels move. The toy is adorned with jolly stickers both front and back, and is of white, blue and red plastic, which seems to be very sturdy and well made. Not that I would expect any less from Tomy. The train is a lovely toy, and I really do hope that my toddler will grow to love it. I would recommend it even in the smallest house, as when on the track, is takes no real space, and prevents children roaming around the house and bumping into things, as is common on standard ride on toys. There are a couple of bad points, one being the noise, you cannot stop the clacking of the funnel,or the whirring of the motors, and I would prefer a full length footplate, but other than that it is good on batteries, looks good, and is lasting well. I intend to keep the train and track for our younger baby, who soon is old enough to enjoy it. I would be curious to find out if you can buy extra track. Update My daughter now loves the thing, she rides it with no fear whatsoever. We have discovered how to stop the clacketty clack, if you partially unscrew the small silver screws situated on the red funnel part of the engine, the funnel is held in one place, and there is no more constant clacketty clack. And............. It is possible to obtain extra track, it is expensive, but we managed to get another complete train set and the previous owner had bought extra track, so now the front room is not big enough for the entire set, but I look forward to warmer weather, when the kids can play on it outside. Hubby had the bright idea of screwing it to the decking, no movement of track and no lots pieces.