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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Don't get price gouged if you know you'll eventually buy more cars.20 Aug. 2012
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Toysrus is now offering a set that includes the 2 extra train cars. They are different ponies (Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Apple Bloom instead of Fluttershy, Sweetie Belle, and Pinkie Pie) but the cars themselves are the same. Seeing that some of the single cars costs more than the entire set I thought I might leave a review to help those looking to satisfy that MLP hunger for their little ones :).
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Daughter likes the toy26 Feb. 2012
Elizabeth C. Mcdonald
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My daughter is 4 and saw the commercial a while back and almost did a backflip. When we went to Target she saw the toy and grabbed it off the shelf screaming. I had promised that when we found it we would buy it so we brought it home, it was only 19.99 which was less than I was expecting to pay. Turns out that you don't get the two middle cars with the set and they cost significantly extra. However it is still a hit and maybe we'll get the other cars for the next holiday.
This is a well made train set. The train and tracks are sturdy and it was bigger than I thought it would be. The tracks go together in various formations and it's easy for little hands to set up. The packing was a bit over done - lots of little elastic bits that needed to be cut off, but little set up after that. It does not come with batteries. Be prepared for a little disappointment. Quite a few items shown on the picture of the box are not actually in the box. It does read on the box that these are accessories and are not included, but your little one is going to expect them to be in the actual set.
Point of View of the Almost 4-year-old: My daughter is not a girly girl when it comes to toys. She loves cars, boats, planes, etc. Barbie doesn't stand a chance, though she does like Barbie's dog. Though a bit disappointed at the girly colors (she prefers red), she loved the train. Although she liked that it came with one pony, she prefers to use it to cart around her other small animal toys. The train is easy to turn on and off without my help and her hands handle the tracks with ease. I spent all last night and much of this morning playing with this one with her and she shows no sign of tiring of it. It's a winner in her book!
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Good for a few minutes' worth of enjoyment, but then it tends to lose interest23 Mar. 2012
My boy is crazy about My Little Pony, so this review is a combination of my observations of the toy and his reactions to it.
Pros: - If you're buying it for a dedicated fan of My Little Pony, it's a fun addition to a kid's toy set. Even though my boy gets bored with the train set fairly quickly, he does turn it on frequently and play with it for a few minutes at a time. So it draws him in repeatedly, and he was quite excited when I first gave it to him. - The set is easy to put together, and it can be reconfigured quickly. The separate pieces of the track hold together well (the set is sturdy enough for some pretty boisterous play), but the pieces aren't so tightly fitted that it is at all difficult to get them apart. The train also stays on the track well, unless it receives a fairly hefty nudge. - The motor of the train stops with the slightest amount of resistance, which makes it quite safe. If your child's hair were to get caught in the wheels, for example, the train wouldn't go much farther before stopping. I can't see this toy causing any kind of injury, even minor--unless a part of it were swallowed, of course. And there's only one part of the toy that seems small enough that it could present a choking hazard: there's a hood ornament on the front of the engine that could easily be bitten off, but it can also be cut off with a knife or a pair of scissors, which would remove the danger and wouldn't negatively affect the train's appearance.
Cons: - Batteries are not included, so you'll have to provide them. Running time on 2 Duracell AAs is approximately 4 hours with the train actually going around the track repeatedly (as opposed to being ON but not actually RUNNING), with the provided pony in the engine and an additional pony (not included with the set) in the caboose. - There is some minor cosmetic assembly that has to be done when you first open the box: there are about 16 stickers that have to be fixed to the plastic pieces of the track and the train, and the outlines where the stickers are supposed to go do not leave much room for error. You have to get those stickers pretty much exactly centered in the little divets where they're supposed to go, or they won't fit properly. Unless you have an older child or one who is very precise and detail-oriented, this is a task that is probably better performed by an adult. (If you care about the stickers being applied straight, that is.) - This con is not something I would have noticed, and honestly isn't something I care about, but my boy was most emphatic about this, so I figure it's important to pass along. Apparently the enclosed pony could be more appropriate. Pinkie Pie (and incidentally, the Pinkie Pie included in this set is the exact same pony you get if you purchase her individually, with the possible exception of this one's hair being wound a bit tighter) would, according to my boy, "probably run the train off the track" because she has a bit of a flighty personality. His recommendations of more appropriate ponies are either Fluttershy, because many of the stickers on this train set depict animals, or Applejack, who has a bit of Rosie the Riveter about her.
I'm not sure how well this toy set will hold up over time, but given its limited functionality, I don't think it will hold my boy's interest for too long anyway. It's a nice little set, but unless you have a child who wants any- and everything Pony-related and/or has a specific affinity for toy train sets, I'm not sure I'd particularly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
the girls love it but it has a few quirks16 May 2012
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My twin 5 year old daughters got this for their birthday from a friend and they love it, they are big My Little Pony fans and one is also a train freak, so that helped. The quirks are as follows. The back of the box shows a nice long train but it only comes with the engine and a small blue train cart to tow behind it, the other cars are sold separately. OK, so other cars are sold separately, but stores including Harbro no longer have them and people are price gouging here on Amazon and on eBay for them (retail was $12.99), so you can't get the extra cars (I did find, after calling around, a Sweetie Belle's train car at Toys R Us and picked that up, but Fluttershy's train car will have to wait till I can find it affordably). If Target and Walmart and Harbro are going to stock and sell the train set they really should also stock and sell the extra cars, frustrating. I found Rarity's Gem Carriage and bought it only to find out it was not meant to go with the train (wrong wheels) despite having the same couplers, so the train freak runs the train off the tracks to include Rarity's Carriage. The tracks don't go far and Hasbro does not make extra track, so you either have to have a limited toy or buy a second train set to get extra track. Like many toys, batteries were not included and the girls were very bummed that they had to wait to use the toy until we could get to the store to get batteries. I gave it a 4 for fun because it does not hold the girls' attention as long as I'd like unless you make a change, like switch the track configuration or get a new car for it, or when they realized they could run it off the tracks. I guess the main reason I only it gave it 4 instead of 5 overall is the lack of availability of the additional cars and the limited nature of the toy because of the small amount of track. Other than these complaints, the toy is abfab for My Little Pony addicts, my girls really do love it.