Friday, April 29, 2011
Chugga Chugga Chugga Chuggington
Posted by Missy W. @ 12:11 AM
By Learning Curve
Ages 2 yrs and up
The show is cute. If you don’t know what it’s about - here’s my reader’s digest: bunch o’ little chuggers learning the Chuggington way of life on the rails. Merriment and lessons abound. Lil chuggers screw up, rise from the ashes and earn some badges via Badge Quest along the way. My kids (almost 6 and almost 3) LOVE IT. And don’t tell anyone, but I do, too. The trains aren’t too whiny, the lessons learned are not too heavy handed and it’s well animated. My husband points out that it’s incredibly fast paced with a lot of quick cuts. I point out that it has riveting plot lines.
But what’s the best part? The swag.
We recently spied the new line of Chuggington toys in the window of our local toy store. Baby G had just recovered from a dreadful bout of nastytoddlertummy and so, being the suckers that we are, went directly in and bought him a prize for emptying his guts so efficiently. Welcome to the fold, Old Puffer Pete!
The scoop: In a shocking turn of events, the trains are made well! What an improvement over the horrid attempt at merchandise the folks over at Dinosaur Train made! Those little plastic trains are LAME. The Chugger trains are wooden/metal/plastic and very sturdy. Most serendipitously, they work on Thomas Tracks. Downside: the train sets are expensive. For instance, the double decker roundhouse is $99.00!!! That’s a lot of cabbage for a train house. Downside part two: the engines are a little bit taller than Thomas engines. When Puffer Pete tries to go across our Thomas suspension bridge, his smokestack gets stuck. This enrages Baby G beyond. I mean, I understand if Pete doesn’t fit on Thomas rails, guess what, the parents are on the hook to buy more gear. Crafty marketers. But really, people in charge of mass marketing, do you really think we are made of gold? But they do work on the rails and that seems to be good enough for our house (suspensions bridge episodes aside).
Well done, Chuggington!