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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Vehicles

 

 
2006 Awards
Bendos My First RC Buggies
(Kid Galaxy $19.95 Score:) Our testers loved this new line of remotes designed with simplified remote controllers to operate. Choose a Bumble Bee or a spotted Ladybug with simple one button control. These have plenty of action; even when the remote is not pressed they spin. Still top rated, Old Tyme R/C Bumper Cars ($49.99 1⁄2) SNAP: Activity: Two kids can set up a racetrack and run their two bumper cars. (800) 816-1135.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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Intelli-Train Deluxe Set
(Lego Systems, Inc. $99.99 Score:) The four drivers all have unique "driving ability" and when placed in the train, something new will happen. This is an update of one of our old favorites. This update has bigger train cars than the earlier version. Placing sensor bars on the track also changes the direction and/ or sound effects. There's a fuel hose with sound effects and a working crane plus vehicles that run on the "road". Comes with 92 pieces, but we suggest that you not wait too long to buy add-ons, since it's the kind of toy that comes and goes from the line. Great fun, but doesn't replace a wooden set. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Award
Sky Train Set
(Brio $50 Score:) 24- piece set comes with two trains that run on elevated track with gondola-like wagons suspended beneath. Shouldn’t replace a basic set, but the movement and height will impress train aficionados big time. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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Remote Control Bridge
(Brio $50 Score:) The 25" bridge is controlled by an infrared light. It also has lights and warning bells when the bridge goes up. Looked promising but wasn’t ready for testing. Still top rated, last year’s Remote Control Action Train (Brio $50 ), a sleek white train—very European looking, with lights at the front. (888) 274-6869.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Wooden Zoo Set
(Brio $129 Score:) Here’s a good 35-piece starter set with plenty of pretend play built in. Comes with an assortment of animals, special transport cars, and a zoo building. Be forewarned, the pieces in this set are small and not for kids under 3 or for kids who like to mouth their toys. (888) 274-6869.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Collapsing Bridge
(Brio $20 Score:) Oh, no! The bridge has given way! Most likely your kids already play this game but now, with a press of a button, the bridge really does collapse. Great for suspenseful train rides. (888) 274-6869.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Rocking Horses
(Mamas and Papas $99 Score:) Talk about classics, this is the year of the rocking horse! Whatever the size of your preschooler, there’s a rocking horse that will fit. These are plush ponies with furry manes, tails, and leather saddles. For younger preschoolers, there’s Topaz ($99/seat height 16") or Acorn ($169.99/seat height 19"). For the biggest rider, consider the gliding Patches ($299/seat height 26"). (310) 631-2222.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Lego Duplo Thomas Load and Carry Train Set
(Lego Systems, Inc. $74.99 Score:)

Easy-to-assemble tracks and environment including train, movable light signal, and cargo tower. 61 pieces. Our older toddler testers "looooved" this set! 2 & up. Still top rated, for Dora fans, Dora the Explorer, a 41-piece Animal Adventure Set ($29.99 ) with play figures, blocks, and a sound effects box with 8 different sounds-not that kids can't make their own sounds. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Automoblox
(Automoblox $32 Score:) A new collection of sleekly designed cars destined to be a bestseller in museum shops for their handsome design,, and a hit with kids for their playability. Each wooden car comes apart (making it part vehicle, part puzzle). The plastic connectors have shape receptors. For parents looking for “cool design” for the playroom, look no further. 4 & up. (973) 364-8090.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Rugged Riggz
(Little Tikes $9.99 Score:) We’re big fans of this updated collection of basic trucks. Among our favorites are a Helicopter Hauler, a Sports Car Hauler with two cars, and a Garbage Truck. Still top rated, Motorcycle Hauler, and the classics (cement, dump, and hauler). New for 2007 are Haulers, Ford or Chevy trucks that haul racing cars. Also neat, Spark Racerz Hummers ($5 4), smaller-scaled, pull-back vehicles. All are just right for the 3 & up crowd. (800) 321-0183.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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