I gave this to my son and another to his friend, both for their fourth birthdays. It's been a huge hit! Our son is an only child and we often struggle to get him to play by himself. Whenever we get this train set out, it's guaranteed that he'll play by himself for at least 30 minutes, but usually more like 2 hours. He has a little trouble keeping the diverters pointed in the correct direction to ensure that each train goes on it's own track at the turn around point, so crashes aren't uncommon. So far he's considered that a bonus rather than a detriment and we're working on teaching him how to check the diverters. I thought this might be one of those toys that is exciting to begin with, but loses it's charm. We've had it for two months so far and it's still a big hit. He and his friend both like to create "tricks" for the trains, such as redirecting them onto the same path, not letting the collapsing bridge collapse, and others, so it's not just racing all the time. I will say that the directions weren't very clear about which direction the bridge needs to go to function properly and we initially had it set up incorrectly, which caused the bridge to not collapse. So a construction tip: the button that releases the bridge needs to face towards the starting gate. Overall, it's a great toy that really seems to have staying power.
This is an absolute blast actually. Had my five year old try to set it up by themselves to see if they could and they got 90% of it with no help!
Lots of fun for both my kids (5&4) they played with it for an hour before dad came in to see what the hoopla was about. I actually even enjoyed playing with the set!!! Brought me back to my youth with race car and slot car sets. We played for another hour just racing and racing!!!
This is our family's first TrackMaster set and we are officially fans! This set was so easy to put together and show our four year old how to use. I was surprised at the size of the track- it took up half of our living room! We have only had it a few days, but it seems to be very durable. The kids love to race Thomas and Percy, and the parents love that it can be easily assembled and disassembled.
This set has been a big hit for my three sons under 5. My youngest son is walking around saying choo choo. The track is very large so it allows for multiple kids to enjoy it. The trains race themselves so the kids can watch and cheer on their favorite.
I'm generally pretty bad with reviews but I'm going to give it a go - my son loves this! He enjoys racing his train against his friends' train & it can keep him busy for an hour or two , which is a big deal!
The pop up fireworks at the finish is a great touch as is the bust apart bridge.
My almost 5 year old and 3 year old love this train set. I also used it with my preschool students and it was great. Not difficult to set up, and they loved the racing engines. I think this is a great intro-to-train sets gift for preschoolers. I received a free sample of this toy in exchange for an honest review.