We are huge fans of the popular kids TV show Chuggington. My girls love playing with their trains and we recently discovered the amazing world of the all new Chuggington playsets.
If you haven’t seen Chuggington (Check it out, its brilliant!) then you and your children are missing out on one of the most fun contemporary animated series aimed at pre-schoolers around. The TV series follows three young trains – Chuggers- exploring the rails of Chuggington and learning new skills to be the best trains in the land! The trainee Chuggers learn positive values such as loyalty, friendship, teamwork and patience.
In the all new series 5, Wilson, Brewster and Koko continue to take on exciting new challenges and perfect their skills as hard working trains, under the watchful eyes of their trainers. The new series sees the introduction of a brand new freight and delivery hub- The Dock Yard- home to 4 all new characters, called The Haulers.
Kids of all ages love playing with train sets. A popular choice of toy for many generations and the super world of Chuggington keeps the fun modern, up-to-date and exciting while keeping imaginations running wild, role playing skills developing and everyone becoming their favourite heroic characters with hours of traintastic play!
The Toy Range
Tomy has teamed up with the creators of Chuggington to deliver an all new Tomy Chugginton StackTrack toy line, which allows children to build their own world with tracks, trains and scenery which all connect together to create amazing play scenes. We recently had the chance to check out the new toy range and put wheels to the tracks and see just how fun the new range really is.
We soon learnt that the tracks can be built as high as the sky (or at least the ceiling!) and there is no limit to how you can build your track. All pieces are interlocking and work with each other.The die-cast trains are well built and sturdy, and glide along their tracks perfectly. The trains are chunky for small toddler fingers and are easy to play with. My 3 year old loved connecting the tracks, my 2 year old loved pushing the train along the tracks and my 7 month old loved just holding the trains and exploring them with her hands. And of course Daddy had to get involved in the fun, setting up the track and getting lost in his own little imaginative world… typical boy, whos never too old to join in with the fun! The whole set felt strong and sturdy and certainly well built, with heavy pre-schooler play kept in mind. The sets were not fiddly, and was easily set up in no time at all. Each playset can be used with all of the other Chuggington toys from the range, and the track was even suitable for us to push some of our own train toys (such as Brio) along too.
The track itself, slots together and has a bumper built up into the track, so the trains don’t just go whizzing off-course! Trains are kept in their place and glide easily from top to bottom of the tracks. I have found that when my girls have played with train sets and the trains fly off of the tracks they can easily loose interest when they have to keep having to move away from the toys to the other side of the living room to retrieve their AWOL trains. Because the Chuggington tracks have the side bumpers, play can continue easily with no annoying distractions… such as run away engines! Some sets include 2 adapter track pieces too, so the new StackTrack can be used with the older style wooden Chuggington playsets so both play sets can be used together for even bigger play. There are even expansion packs available too, for those who want to built their world of Chuggington even higher with more track pieces.
I made a short video looking at 2 of the die-cast trains in a little more detail AND the new Chuggington magazine available in newsagents too.
The Tomy Chuggington StackTrack toy range is available from Amazon, The Entertainer, Smyths, Toys R Us and Argos. Sets and trains vary in prices (between around £30-£40 per set) but are what I would consider to be very cheap in price despite being a strong, well built set of toys from such a trusted brand and each set is large in size with lots to play with. Each of the StackTrack trains are priced at £4.99, also a very reasonable price for such a solid toy. Expansion sets of extra track are £16.99.