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If our daughter wouldn't like this toy so much I would give it 3 stars. It is very cute and the size is really nice and big for a an older baby or toddler.
Our daugter is only 10 months (she got it around 9 months) so we only use it supervised, mostly us pulling the train, our daughter crawling behind it, trying to catch it. It was an amazing incentive to get her crawling after she made her first attempts.
Other than that she occasionally inspects the parts, especially the animals and removes the wagons from one another. Personally, I'd say it is a toy also safe to play with for children younger than 18 month.
What we are unhappy with is the quality. It already came with the parts glued together in a way that they are not properly aligned. Even worse, one wheel already has a deep gash after only one week of gentle used. In the last month it didn't get worse but we need to be very careful now with our daughter around it and don't expect it to last long. I really would have expected better quality for the price.
Would I buy it again anyway? Probably yes, since it is so cute seeing our daughter speed crawl after it. But for everyone who buys this and the kid doesn't seem overly interested, I'd immediately return it since for the poor quality it's just too pricey to keep around if not used frequently. Would be great if they'd sell this item in better quality.
Bought for 20-month old twins, and it's a hit! Excellent sturdy quality, and the train rolls smoothly over carpet. It makes no sound, so if you want a clickety-clack, or electronics, look elsewhere. The only tiny thing I'd change is to add a bead or some sort of small handle to the pull string. I did tie a couple of ring links on. So far, I'm glad to say it's fun enough for one to pull, and one to watch--an unheard of occurrence in my house, with two babies! They typically want what the other has. I'm very pleased with all the Melissa and Doug toys we've bought.
This little animal train is very sturdy and goes together easily. Baby quickly learned to couple and uncouple the cars by himself. When the train is pulled it makes tight curves without tipping over. He likes putting the animals in and out of the cars. Amusing but not noisy. Worth buying.
Good job AGAIN Melissa and Doug! Thanks for making great basic toys! This train is adorable and my (then) 18 month old grandson enjoys playing with it still, 6 months later. The animals get incorporated into other play, but they wind up back on the train eventually. Choo choo!
Bought this for my 11-month-old daughter for Christmas. She loves it!! She loves chewing on the animals and rolls the train around. She also like to watch other people pull it around. Great toy, colorful, and sturdy!
The little animals (a pink pig, orange cow, and purple horse) rock back and forth as the train moves! The wheels turn good and its heavy enough it dosnt tip. Perfect little train for carpet or hardwood!