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#PlayPatrol : Mission One : Train Service Shed and Bruno Comforter

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Bigjigs Play Patrol, Product Reviews | Posted on 01-08-2014

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Well here we are, back reviewing Bigjigs toys and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. For our first mission of this new series we were sent two toys to review: a Bruno Comforter for Little Dude and a Train Service Shed for Little Man. Two very different toys for two very different boys, so without further ado, let’s get on with the show.

First up we have Little Dude’s newest friend, Bruno. Now Bruno is a member of Bigjigs’ rather cute baby range. Whilst they are famous for their wooden toys – trains especially – they do have a lovely selection of soft toys that are suitable from birth. Bruno Comforter is a soft fabric square, plain on one side and patched on the other. In the centre of the patchwork side is Bruno’s colourful head, and on the end of each corner is fun toy to play with. Two plastic teethers to play with and chew on, and two soft feet, one of which is squashy and one that crinkles.

I am a big fan of Bruno, in all his forms. This comforter is a perfect toy for any newborn, and Little Dude is extremely fond of his new buddy. At 11 weeks old he’s not *quite* grasping and gripping things, at least not consistently, and thankfully we haven’t reached that dreaded world of teething yet so admittedly he isn’t getting the full use and potential from the toy. However he is very efficient when it comes to cuddling Bruno and as you can see from the photo above, having a nice little chat. I love the bright colours, I love how soft it is, and I love that it genuinely works as a comforter. Its a great size for Little Dude to snuggle down with on his playmat or seat, and to come out on trips with us whether its to the supermarket or this week multiple National Trust locations.

Trains aren’t a new passion of Little Man’s, he’s been gracing the local garden centre steam train on a weekly basis for most of his young life, but wooden train sets are. He got his first wooden train set for Christmas, and at Easter his grandparents topped up his stash with a few bits and pieces from the best wooden train company in the world with my gentle guidance. You can understand my thrill no doubt then when we were chosen to review for Bigjigs again and in our first delivery we received the Train Service Shed, which is new for 2014. The service shed is precisely that: where you lead your trains when they need a bit of work, some new oil and a bit of TLC. The shed contains two lanes for maximum efficiency, as well as a drum of oil and water ready for use with spares outside. The walls have shelves painted on them with a bevy of tools and equipment to get your train back into tip top condition, and the roof is full of windows so the engineers can see precisely what they’re doing.

Well, where to start. This Train Service Shed is basically epic. The attention to detail is just mind-blowing, from the oil leaks on the floor of the shed, to the foliage growing up the back wall. The interior design is beautiful and the effort which has gone into it is astounding. Its an amazing addition to any train set – Bigjigs is compatible with all leading train sets – with super bright colours. You discover a new part of this toy every day, a new detail, and new use. This service shed has been used endlessly since it arrived, and has been one of the most recurring toys to grace the floor of our new playroom. It took a little longer than planned – admittedly me having a baby the week the building work was supposed to start didn’t exactly help – but we’ve had a shiny new conservatory built on the back of our house, and for the next few years at least it’ll be the boys playroom. Little Man is especially excited about his new domain – I’m sure Little Dude will fight his corner when he’s big enough – and seems to have made it his personal mission to cover the floor each and every day with toys. The train set is the most efficient way of doing this, and the service shed is always a key part of his work. I love it. Its exactly what I wanted when I dreamt up the playroom. Admittedly I think soundproofing should have been included, but you’ve got to work to a budget I guess.

If I had to criticise the service shed – and I guess I should if I could – it would be the entrance doors. The piece of track they attach to – which is included in the box – takes the two lanes down to one before the trains embark on their journey. Unfortunately the pieces down fit flushly together enough for the doors to open and close cleanly and I here endless choruses of “Its stuck!” coming from my chief engineer. With a bit of effort you can get them open again – pushing the track piece down so it sits below the shed does the trick – but I still find the yellow paint from the doors have begun to rub off on the pale wood track. Also the colour is also coming off on the removable roof where it fits onto the shed walls. A bit of minor decor faults that by no means detract from the enjoyment and endless play that this shed provides.

If you’re not already following Bigjigs on Twitter – and shame on you if you’re not – you can find their main account @BigjigsToys and their account dedicated to their rail toys @BigjigsRail. Give them both a follow and join in the fun, and keep your eyes open for regular competitions. And to keep track of all things Play Patrol keep your eyes on the dedicated hashtag #PlayPatrol.

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[…] Bruno features a rattle inside, and has the same textured body and colourings that Bruno Comforter did. In fact the first thing Little Man said was “Two Brunos?!”. Little Dude is big […]