When I visited Toy Fair in London last month I was eager to catch up with Orchard Toys and see what they’d be adding to their ranges in 2016. It didn’t take me long to get rather excited, as soon as I saw the Giant Railway and Station sets, I could already envisage them out in our living room. I knew Monkey, my little train fanatic, would just love them. I wasn’t wrong.
The Giant Railway set comes with 22 interchangeable floor puzzle pieces and 4 play pieces with stands.
The box offers a few different track layout options, but the magic of this type of set is that there is no right or wrong design, it’s totally in the hand of your track engineer. There are end of the line buffers, 2 stations, as well as lots of track sections.
This set works well as a stand alone floor jigsaw, or you can add in the Station set (featured below), or with the 2 level crossing sections included, you can add-on to the Giant Road, Town and Farm sets, that we’ve previously reviewed.
There is also a new Airport set, which can also be added to the play scenario.
As with all Orchard Toys products the quality of the pieces always stands out. Everything is made from good quality cardboard, that lasts and withstands play.
The graphics are bright and engaging, offering plenty of opportunity for looking at different characters and working on story scenarios.
The floor puzzle pieces are suitable for children aged 3 years and over to piece together, and a 6 year old Monkey is as engaged with this series of floor puzzles as he was when he first received the Road and Town sets back in early 2014.
Priced at £13.95 the Giant Railway has been a big hit here. Monkey is less bothered about using the play pieces that come with the set, and would rather use his own trains, whether that be Trackmaster or Wooden to ride along the rails. Stopping to pick up passengers and enjoying the views.
The Station set is an 8 piece expansion set which can be linked up to the Giant Railway and/or Giant Road set. It featured a main station, buffers and level crossing sections with the lovely detailing you come to expect from Orchard Toys.
Priced at £7.50, the Station set is a great little add-on set to the range. Both sets can be purchased directly from the Orchard Toys website, or from your local toy shop.
disclaimer: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review
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