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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome first train for an *older* child!, December 31, 2009
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I agree with Mr. Lute ~ this is a MODEL not a TOY (but you can still have loads of fun with it...we do!). The age recommendation (on the box) is 14+. I believe here on Amazon it's 9? Maybe 10. I'm not quite sure about that. However, as Mr. Lute states, you need to make sure your children are old enough, and fully aware, that you need to *play* with the train with care/caution. My husband and 9.5 year old son LOVE this train. We bought it for our son for Christmas. It's set up on my husband's piece of plywood, on a folding table, in our son's room. This set even let's us utilize the engine of my husband's train set when he was small! The track is a snap to put together and is very sturdy. The cars fit nicely, without all the struggle of "setting them in" just right in order for them to run. The knob is rather sensitive to speed until you get the hang of it ~ all of a couple of times using it! We are going to purchase more track to make curves and figure 8's. My son is thoroughly enjoying putting together the little model buildings that came with the train and has his eyes set on some bigger, more complicated models at a local hobby shop. This gets 5 stars in our book!
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Initial post: Mar 17, 2015 1:44:42 PM PDT
Mr Ant says:
Hi, could you please expand upon your assertion that this is for 'older' children? Is it potentially dangerous or just easy to break? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2015 3:35:15 PM PDT
~purplemoon~ says:
Hi ~ it's basically because it has the potential to break easily. I don't feel it's dangerous (as in small pieces or things of that nature). In my opinion, it's basically built, you leave it and just watch it go around the track and/or switch out the cars. Now that my son is nearly 15, for the last few years, we've been putting it around the Christmas tree:). Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2015 4:33:04 PM PDT
Mr Ant says:
Thanks, that's really useful :-)

Now I know he's going to break it I just need to decide whether I can afford it! lol

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2015 3:27:03 AM PDT
~purplemoon~ says:
lol! Just make sure he's supervised pretty closely at first. It's a nice train to have for years if it's taken care of properly! Good luck and have fun with it if you decide to purchase it!
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