"Addictive... in a good way…"
It starts off innocently enough. Perhaps a basic starter set from Ikea for a few pounds. Fantastic! You'll find yourself creating fun, train-based adventures with or (admit it) without your 2 year old. Hours of good, clean fun.
But don’t be fooled - it never stops there. Oh no. Soon you'll be thinking, if only we had some extra track / a three-way junction / a set of bridge supports. So you google 'wooden train set'. And a whole new world opens up for you. You follow the links. Learning Curve, BigJigs… and then you find it. BRIO. Oh yes, this is the hard stuff. And you are hooked.
You find yourself up late at night, scouring the dark corners of the internet for bridge risers. Your elaborate track designs become works of art, complete with curving bridges and extravagant junction systems. You develop an unstoppable accessory habit. Engine sheds, coal loading docks, collapsing bridges. Not to mention the rolling stock.
Of course, your child, or should we say, ‘enabler’ has an important role to play in this. It’s useful to encourage an interest in Thomas the Tank Engine at an early age, as this brings a delightful symbiosis to the arrangement. All birthday, Christmas, and star chart incentive gifts are taken care of for the next few years. Giggling Troublesome Trucks? Done. Sodor Suspension bridge? Done. Quarry mine tunnel set? Done.
Inevitably your child develops their own ideas about all of this, and you find yourself pushed to one side. I’ll be honest with you - the withdrawal period is painful. You watch from another room as they happily spend hours creating track systems that you know are fundamentally flawed, but they resist even the slightest attempt on your part to intervene and correct their engineering. It hurts, but you know now that you have to step back.
In years to come you’ll look back on these times with giddy fondness. Did you take it too far at times? Who can say? We are all young
And when your children grow, what then? What do you do with all the fancy gear you’ve accumulated over the years of your BRIO habit?
No problem. Did no-one tell you? <whispers> You can sell it for a shitload on eBay!Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"It's a lovely toy, but the kids find it a…"
It's a lovely toy, but the kids find it a bit fiddly, and the road bridge part is forever falling down and needing to be put up again. Having said that, it'd probably be better for slightly older children, and there's a lot of potential for imaginative play. Lots of points for quality, less for suitability for the younger end of the age rangeRead moreLess
"My 2 year old loves it and has been paying…"
My 2 year old loves it and has been paying with it for a few months already. Provides hours and hours of elaborate crash scenarios! Well worth investing in plenty of track and a bridge or 2 (for crashing off obviously). Indestructable and will be played with for years. Plus pretty much all wooden train versions (Tesco, ELC etc) go together.Read moreLess
"Absolutely love Brio rail sets. Bought one for my first…"
Absolutely love Brio rail sets. Bought one for my first child when he was 2 and nine years later fourth child is getting so much pleasure from it. Lasts well and easy to build collection up .... ours is now overflowing it's storage box.Read moreLess
"Grandparents bought this for ds for his 2nd birthday and…"
Grandparents bought this for ds for his 2nd birthday and it has turned into one of the best presents. It has been a real lesson in imagination and dexterity, helping him develop new skills all the time. Now 2.7, he has started making up little "ventures" (adventures) in which there are train crashes and ambulances and fire engince come and rescue them.
It keeps him busy for ages and we have been able to expand it with bits and pieces from other compatible systems. But the Brio system is the best quality and has some fun ideas. Keep an eye out for Brio end of line or special offers in your local toyshop.Read moreLess
""Hours of fun for him - either on his own…"
"Hours of fun for him - either on his own or with his little friends... and not so little ones - this train set is fantastic." "Brio grows with the child - it's of interest to my two year old now - the trains have magnets so she can build a train with an engine and carriages and push it round a circular track. In the future we can add bridges and tunnels." "We vote for the Brio suspension bridge that connects to the traintrack. it's well made, takes loads of trains and can be used together as one long bridge or separately as two. It's expensive, but makes a lovely special present." "Expensive but simply does not break under years of use and hopefully is a decent investment as it can be sold on." "The more you have the better it gets." "A classic."Read moreLess
"Great robust system - good for girls and boys. Hours…"
Great robust system - good for girls and boys. Hours of fun. Also look for the cheaper, compatible systems from places like TescoRead moreLess
"We love brio - from an early age they have…"
We love brio - from an early age they have fun whizzing trains around the track, playing with the bridge and then as they get older they can start to build there own tracks. Its good quality, hard wearing and grows as your child grows and most important its fun for the grown ups to !Read moreLess
"great for Dads - our 2 year old still isn't…"
great for Dads - our 2 year old still isn't that into it, but try getting Dad to pack it awayRead moreLess
"8 Fantastic if you have enough to build something exciting.…"
Fantastic if you have enough to build something exciting. Get aunts & uncles to join together to add to your original set as one single loop is never enough. But once you have a few extras ( bridges & stations & spare track) your kids will play with it for years.Read moreLess