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2014 Awards
Tobo Toy Track Set
(Tobo Toys $50 Score:)


Our tester liked this versatile and unusual new track that comes with only one small wooden car, but will be used with other vehicles and wooden train track set-ups. The twelve wooden pieces have multiple interlocking tabs in several shapes that are imprinted with numerals to match up. There are a variety of ways to make these connections, so in spite of the numerals, it is a pretty open-ended track that is compatible with Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends, Brio and other car and train tracks. A fun accessory for problem solving, matching numerals, fine motor skills, creative thinking, and giving old track toys a new possibilities. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Thomas & Friends Trackmaster Motorized Railway Castle Quest Set
(Fisher-Price $59.99 Score:)

Fans of Thomas will enjoy playing with this large track set that includes an elevated circular track portion, a castle turret, a collapsing mine tunnel, a break way stone wall, a broken track that has a swinging crane to replace the track with and a gate that drops down in the castle. Thomas is on the search for the King's missing crown (included). The collapsing mine is super fun as Thomas passes through it. Comes with the battery-powered Thomas and attached cargo train. You can buy additional trains.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Sesame Street Elmo Junction 2 in 1 Car and Train Set
(Hasbro $44.99 Score:)

We're not usually big fans of plastic train track sets, but this one is really fun and right on target for fans of Sesame Street. The set comes with both Elmo in a train and Grover in a little car. Elmo, the train conductor, speaks (powered by batteries). The train itself is not battery-powered so kids have to move him around the track -  a good thing in our book. It makes the toy more engaging and less about watching something happen. The other really positive aspect of this toy is that you can fold up part of the track to make an elevated roadway for Grover. There's also a ramp for Grover to reach the ground level. At the center of the track is a Sesame Street train station with a clock on top. Lots of pretend possibilities here. A winner for the older toddler/preschool crowd. 2 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Dino Construction T-Rex Skid Loader Vehicle
(Educational Insights $39.99 Score:)

Construction trucks and dinosaurs--what a winning combination! The T-Rex Skid Loader has an action neck, movable jaws, and a smashing tail. This is one of a collection of dino trucks, made without metal parts, so it will work in the sandbox, at the beach, in snow drifts, or indoors with blocks. It leaves dino footprints in the sand and needs no batteries. Also fun, Boom, Brachiosaurus Backhoe, Spike, the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller, and the Wrecker.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Automoblox X9 Fire SUV
(Automoblox $45 Score:)

Much bigger than the original Automoblox, this has an extended center block, snazzy big wheels with red treds, and has bold rescue graphics. The roof holds a light bar that appears to be illuminated. Take it apart and rebuild it, this is part puzzle/construction toy, part vehicle for pretend play. The wooden parts are smooth and beautifully finished and the wheels have rubbery treads. Combine parts with other automoblox for creative designers. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Automoblox T900 Rescue Truck
(Automoblox $50 Score:)

Much bigger than the original Automoblox, this has an extended center block and bold graphics. The roof holds a light bar that appears to be illuminated. Take it apart and rebuild it, this is part puzzle/construction toy, part vehicle for pretend play. The wooden parts are smooth and beautifully finished and the wheels have rubbery treads. Combine parts with other automoblox for creative designers. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Automoblox S9 Police Car
(Automoblox $45 Score:)

Much bigger than the original Automoblox, this one has an extended center block and has bold police graphics. The roof holds a light bar that appears to be illuminated. Take it apart and rebuild it, this is part puzzle/construction toy, part vehicle for pretend play. The wooden parts are smooth and beautifully finished and the wheels have rubbery treads. Combine parts with other automoblox for creative designers. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Neat-Oh Hot Wheels Crash Racer Backpack
(Neat-Oh $20 Score:)

A small backpack that is shaped like a racing car and unzips to become a race track. This is not a backpack for carrying lots of school books and such. It is more like a fun carry along to a play date. It comes in several color choices and with one hot wheels racing car to use on the small ramp. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Dino Construction Spike, Ankylosaurus Steam Roller
(Educational Insights $39.99 Score:)

Construction trucks and dinosaurs--what a winning combination! This is one of a collection of dino trucks, made without metal or electronic parts so it will work in the sandbox, at the beach, in snow, or indoors with blocks. Spike, Ankylosaurus the Steam Roller, moves on big tough rollers, has a moving studded tail that is segmented, a body that pivots, a swiveling head, and jaws that snap! It needs no batteries. Also fun, T-Top the Bulldozer, Boom Brachiosaurus Backhoe, and Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Dino Construction Boom Brachiosaurus Backhoe
(Educational Insights $39.99 Score:)

Construction trucks and dinosaurs--what a winning combination! This is one of a collection of dino trucks, made without metal parts so it will work in the sandbox, at the beach or indoors with blocks. Boom Brachiosaurus Backhoe has a telescoping neck and scooping tail. It has a cab that rotates 360 degrees. A long neck and movable jaw are ready to scoop up sand, snow, Lego bricks, or whatever gets in its path. With read rollers, it leaves dino footprints in the sand and needs no batteries. Also fun, T-Top the Bulldozer, Spike the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller, and Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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