The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2016

Remote Control Travel Train

This Remote Control Train is a bit of a departure from what we have seen over the years from Brio, battery operated toys are not normally part of their lineup. This remote-controlled train lets your child drive the train using a nice chunky R/C unit to go forward, reverse and stop. They can also operate the train’s lights and sound effects. The train can also be operated with buttons on the engine. The trains moves pretty swiftly which delighted our young testers. The pieces fit together very easily and all impressed parents as being very well made, quite durable and really easy to use. Using the toy is intuitive even for very small children so that parents gave high scores for the appropriateness of Brio’s recommended age group. The price is slightly high and gave some parents pause as many Brio products have done over the years. But when they saw how engaged their children were and how they kept returning to play more, the cost felt justified.

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Recommended Age: 3 and Up
Price: $ 39.99

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