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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Vehicles

 


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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.

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

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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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Stop and Go Shed
(Brio $40 Score:) Push the lever to start or stop trains as they roll through this narrow shed with rooftop that opens. Or for preventing crack-ups on heavily traveled tracks, see the Stop and Go Crossing($27) with levers to stop trains heading for the same crossroad. Still top-rated, Light and Sound Level Crossing(#36) with lights that flash and bell that pings for 10 seconds as trains go by. 3 and up.

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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.

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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.

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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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