Friday, December 19, 2014

Toys not just for Boys - Chuggington StackTrack Playset

Like a kid on Hanukkah morning...


...not quite the same ring, but the Christmas tree and jammies still give you that feeling of holiday excitement.   The first night of Hanukkah was Tuesday and since that day we dealt with the most epic meltdown ever coming home from school, I decided to nix the gift of the night.  Actually, since we only celebrate the holiday for culture and family and not traditional or religious reasons, we don't do a present every night.  If we did, they'd probably just be getting stickers and Little Golden Books. So since my mom usually sends a Hanukkah gift, as does my step mother in law, we just space them over the 8 nights.

We were lucky enough to receive a Chuggington StackTrack playset from TOMY to review and knew it would be the perfect Hanukkah gift.   Since we also received the Chuggington Snow Rescue DVD to go along with the StackTrack's Koko's Icy Escapade theme, I thought we'd get a lot playtime without having twenty other shiny new toys alongside it.  Not to mention, having a holiday DVD to inspire play and get a break from the repeat of holiday Sofia and Jake episodes.


I was really excited when we were asked to review this playset.  Chuggington was one of the first shows Ashlynn was interested in watching and we still catch episodes onDemand since they are fairly short, I can get away with only allowing one, instead of a whole half hour.  Aside from the fact Ashlynn is a fan of the show and characters (she has no idea who Thomas is), I was stoked we were being asked to try a toy that is so classically labeled a "boy toy".  


Of course, we have our fair share of tea sets, dolls, and princess dresses, but I really try to stay aware of the gender stereotyping that is forced upon us when shopping at toy stores.  Pink aisles and boxes for girls and blue for boys.  We have a nice collection of cars, Green Toys trucks, and a pirate ship, but we don't have a train.


Ashlynn was so excited.  It's recommended for ages 3+, but at 2.5, she plays and is entertained with it just fine.  Of course, assembly was all me, but I had her help with handing me the pieces I needed.  The die cut stack track allows you to build elevated layouts and it can built multiple ways, which gives it new life when toddler ADD casts it aside.  The pieces all easily snap together, however, the instructions noted it's best on a flat (not carpeted) surface.  Which we figured out after godzilla Kenley walked into about three times knocking the risers off from the track.

I definitely think this toy would be a great gift idea for any Disney Jr fan - boy or girl!  The creative and imaginative play, as well as the track building - future engineers?? - is fun for any child.  I love that the track goes with the Snow Rescue episode and it also connects to any other Chuggington StackTrack set.



Of course, Kenley on the other hand was more interested in the box.  ;)

If you'd like to pick up your own playset in time for the holidays, Koko's Icy Escapade playset is now available at Target and Amazon.com.


Do you buy toys marketed to the opposite gender for your children?


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FTC Disclosure:  TOMY generously sent us the Chuggington StackTrack playset and Chuggington Snow Rescue DVD for our review,  however all opinions and excitement are our own.

8 comments:

  1. So fun! Hudson would flip out over this!

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  2. Train sets are always a win! =) And their jams are so CUTE!

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  3. Yeah I really don't see why we have to label any toys as boy toys or girl toys. I wish it was more acceptable for Noah to play with a dollhouse as it is for a girl to play with a train set! Both toys are so much fun!!!

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  4. I agree! I wish certain toys weren't all pink and purple. My girls love their tea set and it's actually cute, I don't know why it wouldn't be fun for boys too, without being colored so "girly". Thankfully there are some brands out there that stay neutral, but they usually cost more than the go-to Fisher Price.

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  5. I had a lot of putting it together, I love that type of stuff. I played with trains with my brother growing up, so it's definitely something I'm glad my girls will enjoy too!

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  6. I love them! Almost bought myself a set!!

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  7. SOOOO jealous! When I saw that Chugginton track set at Toys R Us a couple weekends ago, I SO wanted to get it for Mason (but my MIL is getting him the Go Go Smart Wheels Train Set so I didn't want train overload -- but I did get one of the trains for his stocking). I'm so happy to hear you guys liked it! Might have to add it to his birthday wish list.

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