Christmas will soon be with us, so I have been looking for gift ideas to get the kids; 5-year-old twin boys. They both love their wooden train sets and tracks and have a large collection of tracks, trains and accessories. So when we were asked to review the Brio World Police Station we, of course, said yes as it compatible with their sets.
The Brio World Police Station is part of the Brio World Rescue range, consisting of police and fire stations along with associated rescue vehicles (helicopters, boats, trains etc.).
The police station comes with 6 pieces; Police Station with moveable lift and cell grill, 2 figures (police man and criminal), police van with opening roof, flashing lights and siren (batteries supplied) and two pieces of track; ramp for police van to drive up into the police station and train/road track to connect into other train or road sets.
The police station measures approx. 15.2 x 15.2 x 22.9cm, consists of two floors; first floor is used for the police van to drive into features a desk and a lift. The second floor is a cell which contains a bed. When the arrested criminal is removed from the police van (the roof opens so that a figure can sit inside) he is put in the lift which is manually moved and opens the cell grill, when he leaves the lift and is placed in the cell the lift can be pushed back down which closes the cell grill.
Brio is probably more widely known for wooden toys (mainly train sets and accessories), but this rescue series is made from plastic. That said, it is excellent build quality and durable. The boys have loved playing with it and incorporating it in to their existing train track pieces – they don’t use a set track as they prefer to use their imaginations and build their own designs that sometimes stretch throughout the house. The police station track is compatible with other wooden track pieces.
Once connected to their rail and road tracks, trains and other vehicles can pull up to the station making it a very versatile toy and encouraging imaginative play.
With a price tag of £29.99 it is on the slightly expensive side, but it is excellent quality, well-constructed with no flimsy parts. They twins have played a lot with, moving it around a lot and it has taken lots of knocks along the way and still in one piece. On that showing, it should last a long time so I think it is definitely worth the money.
Overall, it is a fantastic toy with plenty of play value. It connects to Brio compatible road and rail sets and adds an extra dimension to a standard train set. Both boys love it and I may have to consider getting them the Brio World Fire Station for Christmas.
For more information or to buy visit www.brio.uk.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with the Brio World Police Station for free for the purposes of writing an honest and impartial review. All opinions are my own.