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A few weeks ago I was contacted by TOMY about reviewing the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set from Dinosaur Train. Based on the hit Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train, the Dinosaur Train toys were developed by TOMY under a licensing agreement with The Jim Henson Company. The Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set is a motorized toy train that teaches children that dinosaurs had just as much fun playing out in the snow as they did frolicking in the forest.
When I received my Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set, I was extremely excited. As a child, I loved playing with the toy train set that I inherited from my mother. My brothers and I would spend hours putting the tracks together in different shapes. We would then spend even more hours pushing our plastic trains around. If my daughter is anything like me (and even at her young age I already see a lot of myself in her), she will love playing with toy trains too.
Each Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set consists of three collectible dinosaur figures, two Arctic cardboard destination tunnels, an all-new snow covered Pteranodon Station, and over eight feet of track. The track and train are blue like ice. This train set retails for $24.99 to $29.99.
My initial reaction after first opening the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set was that I was very happy to see the limited amount of plastic used in the packaging. Unlike some toys in which each and every little piece is packaged in it own plastic bag, this train set was mostly packaged in recyclable cardboard with only a few plastic pieces. I really appreciate that TOMY cares enough about the environment to not use excessive amounts of plastic packing materials.
The Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set is recommended for children aged three years and older. However, the train track could be played with by a younger child. Although I would not let her play with the motorized train or the dinosaurs until she is older, I would let my daughter play with the tracks before she turns three. The track pieces are plastic and large enough for younger children not to choke on. My toddler could play with the tracks as a way to improve her fine motor skills.
The tracks of the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set were incredibly easy to put together. I have played with some train tracks that were hard to snap together. These tracks easily fit together. More importantly, once together, the tracks remained securely connected. My husband had a great time putting the tracks together while our daughter sat on his lap and watched. I also liked that the tracks were easy to take apart. Even a young preschooler can help put together and pick up this train track set.
I really liked the three dinosaur figurines that came with my Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set. In particular, I thought that the outfits each dinosaur was wearing were incredibly cute. I can see little girls including my daughter being drawn to this train set because the dinosaurs are cute. Therefore, this train set appeals to both little boys and little girls, which is a feature that I insist on when I am looking at toys for my child.
I do have two complaints about the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set. First, the cardboard tunnel is a little flimsy and will not hold up to normal wear and tear during play. As I was assembling the tunnel, I kept feeling like I was about to rip the cardboard. I can just see an over-excited preschooler accidentally destroying the cardboard tunnel.
Second, when we put the batteries (not included) in our train and pushed down on the smokestack, the train would move but only when we continued to hold down on the go button. I therefore called TOMY on Monday to report the malfunctioning train. I explained the problem, and the customer service representative took down my information. She then told me that she would have a new train sent to me, no questions asked. She said that the replacement train would arrive in five business days. The new train arrived promptly five days later on Friday. When I opened up the replacement train, I discovered a green and yellow train instead of the blue train that matched the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set. I therefore called back again on the following Monday. The customer service representation that I talked to this time explained to me that this train was a better train than the original one included with the Arctic Adventure set. I would have liked to have had the matching train, but just having a train that works well is okay with me.
Even though the functioning train that I was sent as a replacement is not from the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set, the different train is not that big of a problem because I could buy additional train parts. In addition to the Arctic Adventure set, TOMY also sells a Dino Track Adventure Set Motorized Train Set and a Dinosaur Train Time Tunnel Mountain Set in addition to a number of train cars with matching dinosaurs. If I wanted to get my daughter more cars to lengthen her train, the train would ultimately end up multicolored anyway.
Finally, I appreciate that the motorized train is relatively quiet. Although motorized, the train when running is not loud. I can just see my daughter spending hour upon hour playing with her train set. That the train runs quietly means that I will not get annoyed with having to listening to this toy for hours on end.
Final Verdict: I really like the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set from TOMY. Despite the initial problem with the original train, I would definitely consider buying more train sets and cars for my daughter to play with. Furthermore, I was incredibly happy with the customer service that TOMY gave me as a customer. I am extremely excited about playing with this train set with my daughter when she gets older.
I am now excited to announce that TOMY is offering my readers here at The Parenting Patch a chance to win this awesome motorized train set. For your chance to win your own Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set from TOMY, simply fill out the following Rafflecopter form. I am hosting this giveaway as part of the Avoiding April Showers Giveaway Hop. Make sure to check out the other giveaways participating in the hop as well!
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The Parenting Patch Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set Giveaway is restricted to legal residents of the United States of America. The Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set Giveaway ends at midnight CST on April 30, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen.
Disclosure: The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 1 © 2012 James Johnson
Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 2 © 2012 James Johnson
Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 3 © 2012 James Johnson
Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 4 © 2012 James Johnson
Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 5 © 2012 James Johnson
James and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 1 © 2012 Heather Johnson
James and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 2 © 2012 Heather Johnson
Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 6 © 2012 James Johnson
James and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 3 © 2012 Heather Johnson
James and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 4 © 2012 Heather Johnson
James and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 5 © 2012 Heather Johnson
Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 7 © 2012 James Johnson
Heather and Poppy with the Arctic Adventure Motorized Train Set 8 © 2012 James Johnson
Motorized Trains © 2012 Heather Johnson