« The Allen Company Youth Archery Paracord Wrist Bow Sling, Camo 20 Pcs 10 Sizes Multicolor Plastic Knitting Needles Single Pointed Needles » 3 thoughts on “Melissa & Doug Stacking Train” 109 of 114 people found the following review helpful The Stacking Train is HEAPS of fun!, November 18, 2003 By History_of_Art_Geek (Phoenix, AZ) – This review is from: Melissa & Doug Stacking Train (Toy) At first, I wondered if the Stacking Train was ever going to entertain my son. You see the cars slide off the linking dowels, if pushed down too hard. Well, at least when traveling on carpet, which is the main playing surface in our home. What’s more, the order in which the blocks stack onto the cars is essential for movement. The blocks don’t have to stack in perfect order, but certain blocks must be stacked in the appropriate places, otherwise the wheels cannot rotate. My husband and I noticed how aggravated Will became when he first started playing with the Stacking Train; thus, we intervened as the toy frustrated him so. Once he became familiar with the puzzle, (2 weeks later) he began to enjoy playing with it. The Stacking Train soon became a favorite, and now, 7-months later, it still amuses him for 30 minutes or more a day.I have found that sometimes the age recommendation on toys is not always accurate. This plaything is appropriately labeled for 2 and up, and will probably continue to entertain my son for another 6 months or more. As a side note, the stacking order is quite complex for little minds. Although this does not take away from the fun-factor, it can add to the level of frustration. This mommy had to go on-line to see the stacking sequence so she could teach her son.The Stacking Train is a well-built puzzle! It has been tossed around, stepped on, and even chewed upon, yet keeps on rolling. There are NO sharp edges on this toy, but we have had a few minor mishaps when my son, who plays rough, has pulled the dowels off the cars. We glued them back with wood glue, and the following day this choo choo is back to rolling around on the floor. Recently, my son lost one of the blue dowels, which links the cars together. I called the customer service number, found on the bottom of the toy, and the company replaced the entire train for nothing. Now that’s excellent customer service! Overall, I recommend the Stacking Train as it’s engaged my son for hours on end, plus the educational values are significant.Other Points of Interest:· No batteries required· There are NO safety concerns with this plaything, i.e. strangling, smothering, cutting, or swallowing· Gender neutral plaything· No assembly· Lifetime guaranteeHappy Playing,Mary 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 144 of 168 people found the following review helpful TOXIC TOY, April 20, 2009 By J. Ban (NY, NY) – This review is from: Melissa & Doug Stacking Train (Toy) I bought this toy for my little girl last year. I was shocked to find that there had been a recall on it in Canada..they have stricter testing methods than we do in the US. “this train has been recalled in Canada for containing high levels of barium. Apparently barium can cause (according to Health Canada), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps as well as more severe symptoms.” There was also a recall on their geometric stacker. The Melissa and Doug representatives were AWFUL!! The said it was an isolated incident and not a big deal!!! It is dishonest and wrong that they never issued a recall here and there was hardly any information on this recall available. DO NOT BUY THESE TOYS!!! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (11) Reply 19 of 20 people found the following review helpful Really poor quality, March 30, 2011 By Vera – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Melissa & Doug Stacking Train (Toy) After only 1 week of normal child’s play – blue parts of this train started to stain my daughter’s hands. Also paints is chipping off of several parts of this train.Shouldn’t the childn’t toy be more durable??? 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.