Melissa & Doug Farm Animal Wooden Train Set (12+ pcs)
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- Complete wooden railway set
- Includes 8 pieces of circular track.
- Includes 2 animal-carrier cars, and wooden cow and horse.
- Sturdy wooden pieces
- Compatible with popular wooden railway systems
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This colorful wooden set features four cute animals and three tough train pieces. The hitch-and-switch cars can be detached or rearranged, and the colorfully painted animals can be taken out to set up a farmyard scene until the train is ready to go again. This classic toy helps promote coordination, fine motor skills, color and shape recognition, counting skills and imaginative play.
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Goes well with M&D Whittle World sets
Track quality seems slightly sub-par
Engine is a little boring
This train set is nice for being under $20. The cars and engine appear to be of good quality, but the track is not as good as I expected from Melissa & Doug. A couple of the track pieces look like something another wooden train company would consider "factory seconds" in that they aren't quite perfectly flat and the track ridges don't line up perfectly with each other. Still, while it isn't absolutely perfect, it's good enough to work.
The cow and horse figures are nicely detailed, but they are a little too thin. I was hoping for something about the same size as the "Whittle World" line, but these are smaller and thinner. Because they are so thin, they don't stand up well on their own. Again, not a huge problem, but I was hoping for something a little better. (I should add that the cow and pig from the "Whittle World" farm set fit well in the train cars, so it's a nice compliment to that set.)
The engine works well, but it is just a little boring. It is made of one piece of flat wood with details painted on to make it look like it has curves. Something with real curves would have been nicer, but for under $20 it's hard to really complain. The magnets on the engine and train cars are nice and strong.
I recommend getting some straight track to go with this set to help make some more interesting layouts. I went with the Right Track set of six 6" straights, and they work very well with it. (In fact, I think the Right Track pieces are of higher quality than the Melissa & Doug tracks.)
In summary, I think this is a good train set to introduce a child to wooden trains. But, if you already know that they like trains, you might want to get them something else.
What I really like about this is that the tracks are something that is manageable for him to put together. We've had this for well over a year at this point, and he still needs assistance with it because of the nature of his challenges, but I've seen some other track sets at church for example, that I worked on with him for week after week and the fine motor skills required were just well beyond him. This is not, it was a stretch in the beginning, but one he could feel like was achievable. Now he mainly needs help lining up the last piece.
The carts and trains are durable enough So the Engine is rather simplistic looking, which I don't think is necessarily a flaw, but I'm not going to lie. I totally bought a set of much cooler looking engines, it may have even been from a different toy maker, I think it was, that was interchangeable with these tracks. I love that those engines work well on this track as well, and the pieces from the original portions of this set have been durable, even with him chewing on them.
It's perfect for boys AND girls!