If you have a small person in your life who likes dinosaurs at all, or trains, and haven’t yet heard of Dinosaur Train
on PBS, you are missing out. Dinosaur Train is an adorable show about Buddy, a super cute, orange T-Rex who is adopted by a Pteranodon family, and each episode follows Buddy and his adopted family through their adventures on the Dinosaur Train. Wickipedia says it better than I can:
The show is set in a whimsical prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans, all teeming with dinosaur and other animal life, and connected by a train line known as the Dinosaur Train. This steam-engine train is customized for dinosaurs of all kinds: windows accommodate the long-necked sauropods, there’s plenty of headroom in the Observation Car for the larger theropods, and the Aquacar is an aquarium for sea-going passengers. The train itself is run by Troodons (who get to run it because they’re the smartest dinosaurs, as they often explain, and have nimble toe claws to punch the tickets). The Dinosaur Train circles the whole world—it even crosses the oceans and inland seas, with stops to visit undersea prehistoric animals. It also has the ability to visit the entire Mesozoic Era, the “Age of Dinosaurs,” passing through magical Time Tunnels to meet the dinosaurs in the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods.
The world of Dinosaur Train is seen through the eyes of Buddy, the preschool-age Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the show’s main title song, we learn that Buddy was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon and brought to their nest to hatch at the same time as his siblings Tiny, Shiny, and Don. By traveling in the Dinosaur Train around the Mesozoic, assisted with all dinosaur facts by the train’s Troodon Conductor, Buddy quickly learns that he is a T. Rex. As an adopted kid in a mixed-species family, Buddy is especially curious about the differences between species and vows to learn about all the dinosaurs he can by riding the Dinosaur Train.
We got to check out Buddy and his friend Tank from Learning Curve’s InterAction figures recently, and they are a huge hit with ALL of us in the house! I think the kids are amazed that the dinosaurs can sing together, and my husband and I just marvel that they can talk to each other and recognize one another. We actually can’t wait to get another dinosaur or two from the line to see if they’ll get a whole conversation going!! If you haven’t yet watched the video above, definitely check it out- you’ll see what I mean. Its so cool! Plus, the voices sound exactly like they do on the show. (I hate when things are different than they are in a book or from a show- so disappointing).
As with everything I’ve seen from Learning Curve, these are very well constructed and stand up to the test of playtime- which ultimately is what matters with kid toys. We PLAY in this house- toys are meant to be played with, not looked at- so I like for things to be built well and durable. These definitely are. Plus, they are friendly looking, fun colored dinosaur friends to play with and interact with!! Buddy makes over 40 dino sounds and phrases, and Tank over 50. Some of them will make you laugh. I’m not telling which.
Find out where to buy Dinsoaur Train InterAction figures. I’ve seen them myself at Toys R Us and at my local BJ’s. Definitely worth checking out!!
I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed within are my own.