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Age: Preschoolers
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2001 Award
Stacking Track Supports
(Brio $15 Score:) Use these supports to build tunnels, bridges, and two-story layouts for advanced builders. Somewhat simpler elevations can be built with Super Supports ($16) that have grooves to keep tracks from slipping.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Thomas the Tank Engine Arched Viaduct
(RC2 Learning Curve $24.99 Score:) Two curved arches which connect to two pieces of ascending track provide a simple way to give trains a lift.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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Construction Truck with Hard Hat
(Little Tikes $20 Score:) If you're looking for a showy gift at a reasonable price, you won't do better than this set. These vehicles are articulated for easy action and made to withstand sand and water. Choose a working dump truck or loader.

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

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Country Crossing Play Set
(Brio $100 Score:) Set includes a raised girder, farm animals, train, and engineer. The Track & Stack City Set ($130/38 pieces) with elevator, stacking supports, signs, and figures was not ready for testing, but looks more complex to assemble.

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

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Thomas the Tank Engine Drawbridge
(RC2 Learning Curve $30 Score:) Cleverly designed, this totally assembled bridge/tunnel has a lever that lifts the low bridge so tall trains can pass. The Firehouse ($30) has a fire truck that pops out when you ring the bell. Also new are Thomas or Percy Express Packs ($30 each). These sets include a battery-powered train.

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Thomas the Tank Engine Wacky Track
(RC2 Learning Curve $18 Score:) What an innovative way to get a curved track! Just bend the segmented pieces of track for a curve in the road! Or add two Bumpy Tracks ($18) plus a warning sign that adds a little drama to the action. Also new, an Arched Viaduct ($24.99) with two curved arches, which connect to two pieces of ascending track.

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2002 Award
Racin'Rider RC Cycle
(Little Tikes $29.99 Score:) There are a lot of remote control cyclers scooting about this year. This one is easy enough for younger kids to operate. It has a very futuristic look. The cycler balances by putting a leg out when you change its direction with the two-button controller. Operating this calls for memory, directionality and some dexterity. too. For a simpler to operate vehicle, stay with last year's Select'n'Go R/C Car (Little Tikes $29.99)a zippy futuristic racing car.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Speedster Pull Back Action Wheeler
(Lego Systems, Inc. $14.95 Score:) With adult help to get them started, kids can build several different vehicles that run with pull-back motor. Parts(14 pieces) are assembled with a special screwdriver that testers loved- once they learned how. There's also a new RC Car($34.99) that assembles the same way. Looked neat, but was not available for testing at press time.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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Mountain Action Figure 8 Set
(Brio $39.95 Score:) This is your basic 25-piece figure eight set with extra mountain twist thrown in for over-and-under action. Comes with a battery-powered engine, two cars, and one play figure. A good beginning for 3 and up. For a more advanced and pricier set consider Country Crossing Play set($100/35 pieces) with raised girder, animals, train and engineer. Track and Stack City Set($130/38 pieces) is still more complex. It includes an elevator, stacking supports, signs and figures. Looks more complex to assemble, but our 4 and 5 year olds testers had no problem with getting this assembled independently. They combined it with other sets they own. Parents were pleased with this innovative design and its sturdiness. New Curious George and Builder Bob sets were not available for tasting at press time.

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Thomas the Tank Engine Around the Barrel Loader Set
(RC2 Learning Curve $100 Score:) Thomas fans were thrilled with this 50 piece set that includes three trains, tunnel, barrel loader, shed, signs, trees, and play figures. Note: Some Thomas trains are too tall for other makers' bridges and tunnels. Kids can set this up in multiple ways and doing so is part of the learning experience. Also a good and less complex choice, Stop and Go Figure Eight Set($44) with bridge and Stop and Go Station are still a great buy. 3 and up.

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