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Lovely looking train, but I wish it would turn itself off
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2017
This is a lovely toy. It is made of plastic but very attractive and fits well on a wooden train track. The mixer spins round and "mixes" as it travels along, and the coal truck swings from side to side. The headlight on the front of the engine lights up and it chugs along on its own, pulling the others, and looks fantastic going along.
My only complaint, and it is rather a big problem, is that the on/off switch is on top of the engine and switches to three different points, all very close to each other, so it is extremely fiddly for a young child to turn it off. Not only is it difficult to turn off, but unless you do turn it off, the wheels continue to turn (even if it's lying on its side or in a box) until the batteries run out. Despite my reminding my young children to turn it off, they can't remember to because they're busy playing and so we have got through many batteries, the last of which leaked all over the inside of the engine and corroded, so it now doesn't work. We are happy playing with it in the normal non-mechanical way, pushing it along the track and sticking more carriages on, but to me a far better design for a children's toy would be one that turns itself off after a couple of minutes of not being played with.