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Age: Preschoolers
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Subcategories: Trains

 


2015 Award
Fisher-Price Pirate's Cove Discovery Set
(Fisher-Price $150 Score:)

Kids can play with this train set without knowing the big backstory, but it just might add drama for some kids to share the story or watch the DVD that goes with it. Thomas is carrying TNT to the demolition crew working on a new branch line when the ground begins shaking under his wheels. Press the TNT plunger and WHOOSH! Tracks drop and poor Thomas falls as a pirate ship rolls out. Now Thomas must find the treasure without plunging into the Harbor. There is a drawbridge to let ships pass. This big set includes Thomas, cargo car, treasure cargo, a free-wheeling pirate ship vehicle, multiple track pieces, rock that hides the treasure, pirate ship launch ramp, bridge turn, museum, cargo bin, two large hill pieces with mechanism, two small hill pieces with draw bridge and the pirate ship launching bay. This is marked for 3 & up, but clearly it is a theme and story line better for older preschoolers.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Hape Magnetic Bullet Train
(Hape $9.99 Score:)

Have tracks? Add a sleek high-speed wooden train for the most up-to-date look. Adding new trains and props brings new life and interest to old train sets. This little train set is a neat stocking stuffer, won't-break-the-bank birthday present, or perfect for a one night of Hanukkah gift. Made of wood and painted white with blue and red trim, the four piece set is compatible with almost all wooden train tracks, so it is a good mix and match addition. Also from the same company, a four-piece set with red engine, and three other cars: an orange passenger car, a green freight car and a blue tanker.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Janod Story Safari Train
(Janod $14.99 Score:)


A great little train with wooden animals to add to their train collection. Adding props from time to time and new trains makes using the original train set new again. This one has four cars and two animals. A charming little addition. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Story Time Safari Train Set
(Janod $70 Score:)


After spending part of April on Safari, it's no surprise that this little painted train set with ranger, tourist, lion, zebra, elephant, rhino, crocodile, monkey, swinging bridge, and other accessories are most appealing to your reviewer! The train cars and tracks are compatible with other wooden train sets. There are sixteen pieces of track that can be assembled in multiple ways. Our three year old tester agrees. His mom reports:

"He is still playing with it for extended periods of time (over one hour) and finding new ways to interest him.  He likes to assemble the track in different ways and then the train and animals in different ways.  We are amazed at how long this toy held his attention.  He has played solidly with it for 4 days for several 1+ hour sessions each day.  I would say the is longer than any other toy we have seen him play with."

She added that "At first he liked playing with individual figures and then assembling the track in many different ways.  He liked that he could do it himself with the easy to put together tracks.  After a couple of times playing with it, he liked to stack the animals into the train cars in different ways and even balance them on top of each other. This toy also had him using his imagination with the people looking at Safari animals."

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Motorized Railway Castle Quest Set
(Fisher-Price $59.99 Score:)

Fans of Thomas will enjoy playing with this large track set that includes an elevated circular track portion, a castle turret, a collapsing mine tunnel, a break way stone wall, a broken track that has a swinging crane to replace the track with and a gate that drops down in the castle. Thomas is on the search for the King's missing crown (included). The collapsing mine is super fun as Thomas passes through it. Comes with the battery-powered Thomas and attached cargo train. You can buy additional trains.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Thomas and Friends Wooden Talking Great Discovery Set
(Learning Curve International $179.99 Score:)

Happily Thomas and Friends are back! After all of the lead issues, it's nice to see that the company has regrouped and come out with something that will attract train fans! Push one of the special trains through the station and Sir Topham Hatt will great the trains. While we were originally concerned that this additional of technology would overtake the experience, it really enhances the play possibilities. We also LOVE that there is a volume setting since the out of the box setting is really loud. If you already have a lot of trains, you can also just bring home the Stop and Greet Station ($69.99) or the new Cranky the Crane ($69.99) and the new talking trains ($14.99 each). It's all really pricey but very innovative and special.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Awards
Intelli-Train Deluxe Set
(Lego Systems, Inc. $99.99 Score:) The four drivers all have unique "driving ability" and when placed in the train, something new will happen. This is an update of one of our old favorites. This update has bigger train cars than the earlier version. Placing sensor bars on the track also changes the direction and/ or sound effects. There's a fuel hose with sound effects and a working crane plus vehicles that run on the "road". Comes with 92 pieces, but we suggest that you not wait too long to buy add-ons, since it's the kind of toy that comes and goes from the line. Great fun, but doesn't replace a wooden set. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Award
Sky Train Set
(Brio $50 Score:) 24- piece set comes with two trains that run on elevated track with gondola-like wagons suspended beneath. Shouldn’t replace a basic set, but the movement and height will impress train aficionados big time. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Sodor Engine Wash Set
(RC2 Learning Curve $100 Score:) This 39-piece set comes with the Water tower and Sodor Engine Wash. You also get Percy and Gordon (trains). For a slightly larger set, consider Down by the Docks ($149.99/45 pieces) with Sodor Bay Bridge, Lighthouse, and Crane. PLATINUM AWARD ’03. New for , and a “grandparenty” kind of gift, Sodor Rescue Team Set ($300) —100 pieces that come in a storage box (includes our favorite add-ons, Fire Station and Rescue Hospital). Also noteworthy, Tidmouth Station Travel Set ($80) for the child who can’t leave home without some trains! Comes with Thomas, 20 pieces of track, and a zip-up case.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Remote Control Sky Train and Sky Train Transporter
(Brio $15 Score:) 24-piece set comes with two trains that run on elevated track with gondola-like wagons suspended beneath. PLATINUM AWARD ’04. New for 2005, a Remote Control Sky Train ($15) and a deluxe Sky Train Transporter Set ($300 ) with 100 pieces packed in a green storage box. Shouldn’t replace a basic set, but the movement and height will impress train aficionados big time. 3 & up. (888) 274-6869.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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