REVIEW: Brio Crane & Mountain Tunnel

All add-ons to the BRIO railway sets offer lots of scope for extending the play value, but this one is particularly impressive in the amount of different features it offers. Every corner of the 33889 Crane & Mountain Tunnel offers something new to discover. The crane and the top of the mountain can be lifted off, and placed separately onto the track. As well as the multi-storey railway passage and the majestic crane on top, there are four different sounds that activate when the train is passing through the mountain. The set includes the mountain with crane – it’s good to see the height adds an extra dimension to existing tracks, plus a cargo engine and wagon with load, a figure and two pieces of track.

The item measures 45 x 27 x 24.1cm. Suitable for ages 3 years and up. Of course, it’s made to BRIO’s consistent high standards, from very high quality plastic and using beech wood from sustainable sources. The train and wagons have the classic BRIO magnetic couplings allowing for easy connection to each other and to other vehicles in your child’s collection. It’s a novel addition to the sets, and really does add new opportunities for role play and story-telling; as children manoeuvre the various parts they are also increasing their manipulative skills. It’s a brilliant way to support creative, collaborative and imaginative play; I love the way that our BRIO railway just gets bigger and bigger, and every new piece enhances the rest. It’s not unusual for us to have four children, aged 3 to 7, all happily playing at the same time – and what more can you ask of a toy?

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