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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Vehicles

 


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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2006 Award
GeoTrax Workin' Town Railway
(Fisher-Price $39.99 Score:) This 30-piece set comes with a bridge, station, and windmill. Our testers did notice that it is possible for the train to get caught in a loop. Fitting the tracks together is more challenging than wooden tracks, since these only fit right side up. That said, they liked the many features of this set and the flexibility of extending the system with other settings, such as the GeoTrax Coastal Winds Airport ($24.99 1⁄2) with a plane that zooms around the control tower. Marked 21⁄2—we’d say it’s a true preschool set. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2009 Award
Mini Automoblox Three Pack Sets
(Manhattan Toy $25 Score:)

For parents looking for "cool design" for the playroom, look no further. A set of three smaller versions of the PLATINUM AWARD-winning sleekly designed wooden cars. Part puzzle, part vehicle, these also got high marks from our testers who enjoyed taking the cars apart and putting them back together. The vehicles fronts and backs are interchangabel so kids can create original vehicles. 4 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Kid Galaxy My First RC Go Go Train
(Kid Galaxy $22 Score:)

What could be better than a bright red locomotive engine that kids can control with ease? Newest of the My First remote control vehicles with simple controller that are easy enough for young preschoolers to operate. Push the top button and the Red Engine goes forward. Push the bottom button and it goes left. This has a whistle sound and plenty of play that involves locomotion of toy and child! A developmental match for on-the-go tots and their love of transportation toys, active play, and early pretend. 2 ½ & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2008 Award
Plan Toys Road and Rail Play Set Railway Station
(Plan Toys $169.99 Score:)

We have always been huge fans of wooden train sets. Last year's safety scare with many of the wooden trains had to understandably put a chill on this category. Which is why we were really excited when we first saw this new set at toy fair. The container is the railway station-- it opens up (your child will need some help here) and then you have an amazing play setting complete with track, trains, and station. Will work with other train tracks you may have from Thomas the Tank or Brio. A memorable holiday gift for any preschoolers.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Playskool Tonka Bounce Back Racer
(Hasbro $34.99 Score:)

Finding a remote control vehicle for the preschool set can be challenging. The controls can be too confusing and the vehicle can have too much power--which is why we were really happy when we tried out this new Tonka remote control vehicle. Much like the old Tyco remotes, this vehicle flips (once you get the hang of it, it's really fun to make happen). What's different? It's covered in squishy, soft plastic and comes with big soft rubber tires. In other words, no sharp edges or parts to hurt small hands. You do need to be close by for the remote to work. There are also three battery compartments (we'll admit it, we only saw two for awhile!). Other great remotes for this age group come from Kid Galaxy.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Playmobil Recycling Truck
(Playmobil $28.95 Score:)

With energy conservation looming large, Playmobil has brought back their Recycling Truck. A perfect hands on prop for making recycling part of your child's world--both real and pretend! Truck comes with three bins and two play figures.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Sprig Vehicles
(Sprig $24.99 Score:)

A new truly green collection of vehicles that are just right for the preschool set. The line is made of what the company calls "sprigwood" which is a composite of recycled milk jugs, bottles, containers, and reclaimed pine sawdust. There is also no added paint--so the colors are somewhat muted. Another plus-no batteries are required. Kids can get the lights to go on and the sound effects to kick in by friction. Our testers really enjoyed the smaller vehicles (Rally Racer and Baja Scout). The larger Discover Rig ($59.99) has a handle for pushing that is also fun although we had trouble hearing the sound effects--we are told by the company that they will be louder the more the vehicles are pushed. Hats off to this innovative company--we look forward to seeing how they expand their line.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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