Reviewed by Melody Floyde
There was great excitement in my house when the postman delivered the Hape Jungle Train Journey Set and my sons aged 2 and 5 couldn’t wait to open it. The train set comes in a large brightly coloured box which was very appealing with photos showing what was inside. On opening the box there was a slight delay in getting to the train set as we had to cut numerous cable ties to get the pieces out (just worth noting that if you’re giving the set as a gift to excited young children it would be worth cutting these first!).
Once we got the set out we weren’t disappointed. This lovely wooden train set consists of eight normal pieces of track, one piece of track with crinkly material like grass, one piece of track with a tunnel with hanging leaves and vines at each end and a brightly coloured engine with a lion and an elephant (13 pieces in total).
The pieces fit together to make an oval shaped track complete with tunnel and crinkly grass for the train to drive through. The engine connects magnetically to the lion and elephant carriages. My boys had great fun playing with the set and my two year old especially liked the tunnel and driving the train through the crinkly material as it makes a noise when you do so. The set is great quality, as you would expect from a brand like Hape, and I was really impressed with the bright colours and glossy finish on the train.
Another bonus is that the set is compatible with other well-known wooden railway sets so we have been able to incorporate the pieces with ones we already own to make much more exciting track layouts. The tunnel has been a real hit and I can safely say is now our favourite piece of railway track.
The Hape Jungle Train Journey Set is suitable for children aged 18 months and upwards.
I was really impressed with this set.
For more information on Hape toys visit www.hape.com/uk.
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