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Chuggington Interactive All Around Train Set

Submitted by on September 30, 2010 – 8:12 pmNo Comment

The Chuggington Interactive All Around Train Set is a lovely gift for a Chuggington fan, but remember you’ll need to fork out for the engines to get the most from this toy

Buy Online: Toys R Us

£49.99

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Chuggington Interactive Train SetInitial Thoughts: When the Chuggington Interactive All Around Train Set arrived, I thought from the packaging it was going to be a bit ‘babyish’ for Flea and assumed it would be really easy to assemble and use. Turns out, I was wrong. In fact this is a deceptively complicated train track with loops and rises and an engine shed plus electronic voices where the track recognises each Chuggington train as it passes by specific points on the track.

We liked: I really like the idea of the Chuggington Interactive All Around Train Set, and for someone who loves Chuggington it’s a great gift – in fact, we passed this along to a 4 year old boy who was thrilled with it. I thought it was larger than most sets of this kind, which gives it a few more play possibilities, and the interactive element was a nice bonus.

We weren’t keen: I won’t lie, I thought the Chuggington Interactive All Around Train Set was horrible to assemble. The man of the house took charge and actually gave up after three hours. So I took over and finished the job in around two more hours, but some parts didn’t fit brilliantly, and although I triple checked the instructions to make sure the right parts were in the right order, it wasn’t seamless in the way that, say, a Brio set is. For me, this is a big issue because this is a set an adult will have to take out and put up, and take down – whereas children can pretty much be left to their own devices with a box of Brio and build their own tracks, tunnels and bridges.

Overall: The Chuggington Interactive All Around Train Set is a nice set for a Chuggington fan, and a colourful, cheery alternative to Brio. The interactive features are fun, although you will need to fork out for the engines and carriages as they aren’t included in the box.

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