To say that me and the boys were completely shocked when we opened a package from Learning Curve a few days ago (the makers of many toys including Chuggington), would be a complete understatement. I think I actually did laugh out loud and the boys looked at me as if I was strange. Let me explain... When I first opened the box, I saw the large engines, much larger than the die cast ones. I noticed that they talked. I thought it was pretty cool. Then I moved on to the track. The track made sounds also. Again, cool. The boys wanted to open up everything. RIGHT. THAT. MOMENT.
After a few engines were taken out of their packaging, one of the boys accidentally hit the button on top. I don't remember which engine was pressed. But it started talking, then mentioned one of the other engines names. Then all of a sudden, the engine that was named started talking from inside a box and mentioned the previous (original pressed buttoned engine). Then ALL the engines starting honking at us at the same time.
This is when I started laughing hysterically. And of course the boys were shocked and curious at the same time. That is when I went back to the packaging and actually read it.
HELLO, the engines are interactive with each other AND with the track!!! The track has to go together in a certain way, which fortunately there are good instructions but you must read the instructions for them to be helpful *ahem*. So after working on the track, putting batteries in everything and *reading* instructions for about an hour, with of course little eager hands "helping" me too, the final product was finished. I plan on not taking it a part for a while ;-).
And it was pretty sweet!!
Here are a few things that the set does:
- Of course, the trains talk with each other.
- The trains interact with the track
- When the chuggers are placed in the roundhouse, they sleep and snore.
- There is a loading area with a crane. And sometimes Vee with speak up and tell one of the Chuggers to head over there to pick up cargo.
- There is a steep hill that the boys LOVED pushing the engines down.
Here's the official word on the set ;-)
Chuggington Interactive Railway launched overseas in the United Kingdom earlier this year to rave reviews. Featuring revolutionary SmartTalk (TM) technology, the interactive Chuggers recognize and react with each other and key train stops! One of the hottest toys this holiday season in Europe, Chuggington Interactive is expected to be completely sold out by the end of the year in the UK. Unfortunately, it will not be coming to retail in the United States until Spring of 2011.
Featuring spiral elevation and over 70 total pieces, the bundles includes more than 4 yards of track and includes 3 interactive train stops: a loading yard, a tower platform, and a roundhouse with an Interactive Vee figure. It also includes 6 pieces of cargo and the interactive Wilson. You can purchase other chuggers separately: Koko, Brewster, Dunbar with Flatbed Car, Mtambo, Irving with Hopper Car, Harrison, Chatsworth, Action Chugger, and Frostini. Best of all, the Interactive Vee and Chuggers included in the set actually recognize and react with other Chuggington Interactive engines and train stops! This set features over 250 sounds and phrases. Here are the particulars: - The set features British voices. American voices are coming to the United States in Spring 2011 and will be fully compatible (will interact) with the British Chuggers. - These tracks are wider and engines are bigger than Chuggington Die-Cast and are therefore not compatible. -Age range: 3 years and up
Keep an eye out in the Spring for the Chuggington Interactive Set to hit stores in the US!
* Disclosure: This post was written as part of the Chuggington Conductor campaign, which I am proud to be a part of! I was provided with some tools from Chuggington to help facilitate my review, but the post and all opinions in them are purely my own and my kiddo's.