Ticket To Ride: First Journey

Amazon Product Name (APN): Ticket to Ride: First Journey

Manufacturer: Days of Wonder

Our Rating: 10,000,000 out of 5 stars

Review by: Robby

What I like about Ticket to Ride: First Journey:

It’s all about trains! It’s even more fun than regular Ticket to Ride. I like the bigger cards because they’re easier to hold than regular Ticket to Ride. The cards are all circus cars which makes me smile.

I love winning the golden ticket!

You can find Ticket to Ride: First Journeys on Amazon here.

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LEGO City Passenger Train 60197

Amazon Product Name (APN): LEGO City Passenger Train 60197 Building Kit (677 Piece)

Our Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by: Robby

*Reviewer’s note: I do not own this train. It is my Papa’s. But, he lets me play with it sometimes, so I know a bit about it.

I like the LEGO City Passenger Train 60197 because it can plow things like logs off the tracks with its cone shaped nose, just like my LEGO City High-Speed Passenger Train 60051 (You can see my review about the 60051 model train here). I like using the Bluetooth LEGO Powered Up controller on my Papa’s cell phone. It’s a lot of fun, and the Bluetooth controls are really neat.

The main thing I don’t like is that the LEGO City Passenger Train 60197 isn’t my model train set, so I can’t crash it or tear it apart. Papa wants me to always keep it together and keep it un-crashed. I also dislike that it doesn’t fit through the Harry Potter LEGO Hogwarts Express station because of the electricity hooks on the roof. If you want to play with this with the LEGO Hogwarts Express train station, take the electricity hooks off the top of the passenger train, then it will fit through the Hogwarts Express station (but ask permission first so you don’t get in trouble).

If you want to get the LEGO City Passenger Train 60197 to build, you can find it on Amazon here. But, make sure you figure out your LEGO rules before you start running your train, so you know if you’re allowed to crash, or not!

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LEGO City High-Speed Passenger Train 60051

Amazon Product Name (APN): LEGO City High-speed Passenger Train 60051 Train Toy

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Toy Review by: Robby

The LEGO City High-Speed Passenger Train 60051 model train set reminds me of a real-life bullet train. It’s white like the Cascades of Amtrak, which is really awesome. I like moving things off the tracks with this train’s bullet nose. It’s a great pusher! Because the engine nose is made of one giant piece, it doesn’t fall apart as much when it crashes. Which is good, if you like crashing trains like me!

I like to combine the LEGO track that comes with this set with the track from my LEGO City Cargo Train 60052 to make a giant LEGO train layout. I like that you can set the controllers to run two trains, so I can run this bullet train and my freight train at the same time, with the same controller.

What I don’t like: This set is hard to build without help, similar to LEGO City Cargo Train set 60052 (You can read what I think about that set here). Also, the bullet nose sections of this train are hard to get connected. Although this train set is for 6 and up it’s very difficult to build without a grownup helping.

You should get the LEGO City Cargo Train set 60052 if you love Legos and model trains. You can find it on Amazon here and build it with your kids!

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LEGO City Cargo Train 60052

Amazon Product Name (APN): LEGO City Cargo Train 60052 Train Toy

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Toy Review by Robby

I saved my own money for a long time to buy the Lego City Cargo Train 60052 train set. I built it with Dad the first time. It’s L Scale, which is close to O Scale model train size, but it’s L for LEGO! I like to crash my trains a lot, and I like to take my LEGO kits apart and build new things. Mom has helped me rebuild this set a couple of times, too.

The LEGO City Cargo Train 60052 set reminds me of a real-life CSX Freight Train. I like that it’s blue like Amtrak. I love crashing this train set. When I first got it, I would crash the train into the truck, and crash the forklift into the crane.

I don’t like that when I crash it, the headlights on the bottom fall off. It’s pretty hard to build, and I have a hard time building it without help because it’s such a big set and I just want to play. Although the LEGO City Cargo Train 60052 model train set is for kids 6 and up, it’s very difficult to build without a grownup helping. If you want to build this set with your kids, you can find the LEGO City Cargo Train 60052 on Amazon here.

Make sure you build it together, and you decide if you’re okay with crashing it or not. It’s more fun when everyone agrees on how to play trains!

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Lego Batman the Videogame (Nintendo Wii)

Amazon Product Name: Lego Batman – Nintendo Wii

Our Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review by: Robby

I like fighting crime on Lego Batman the Videogame. I play Lego Batman on the Wii. I like the animation of coming back to life after I die. It’s flashy and cool. When you die, it isn’t game over, because it’s Lego. It starts you at the last place you were playing. Playing this game with a friend makes it more fun than playing single player. I prefer being Batman instead of being Robin.

The actions with the wii remote is pretty good. You use both the wii remote and the nunchuck to make the characters move. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which buttons to push, but keep doing it and you’ll figure it out.

One thing I don’t like about Lego Batman on Wii is I can’t complete the levels unless I’m playing with a friend because it’s kind of hard to figure out what to do. I don’t like getting stuck. It’s so frustrating! I don’t like when it’s hard to unlock new characters, and I don’t like when new characters are unlocked and I can’t figure out how to use their special powers.

Sometimes, Mom looks up game walk-throughs online so we can figure out what to do next. Fighting the boss criminals is super hard. It’s a good game for 6 year olds, but it’s more fun if they have help. If you want to play Lego Batman with your kids, you can find it on Amazon here.

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Melissa & Doug USA Map Wooden Puzzle

Amazon Product Name (APN): Melissa & Doug Wooden USA Map Puzzle, Wipe-Clean Surface, Teaches Geography & Shapes, 45 Pieces

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Robby

I play with this puzzle all the time! I like building the USA Map and learning where all the states go. It’s cool because it shows pictures of things about each state. It’s funny because the puzzle has 45 pieces. But there’s 50 states! That’s because the tiny states like Rhode Island and Connecticut are added to bigger puzzle pieces, so you don’t have teeny tiny puzzle pieces that would make it hard to play.

It’s hard to remember where all the pieces go when they’re out of the puzzle. We use the Melissa & Doug USA Map to help us learn about the U.S.A. in school. Did you know that Alaska is actually much bigger than Texas? Why don’t they print it that way on the maps? I don’t know!

I think this puzzle is really good for kids 5 and up, because that’s when I got the puzzle to learn about the U.S.A. If you want to get this puzzle for your kids, you can find it on Amazon.com here.

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Jenga

Amazon Product Name (APN): Jenga Classic Game

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Robby

Jenga is a fun game to play on family game night, especially if you love things that crash! It can be hard sometimes to follow the rules because I want to hold the tower on my turn to make sure it falls over, but Mom says no! So, we try to follow the rules and if the tower crashes, that’s okay.

Jenga is cool because it isn’t like a regular board game. You build a tower of blocks and then try to take parts of the tower out without making the tower fall. It’s super hard!

When I’m not playing the Jenga game, I like using the blocks to build things. When I’m playing the game, it’s fun to stack the blocks when we set the game up. It’s so hard to get the blocks out without crashing the tower!

I don’t like losing. My mom is very good at this game. It’s more fun to play when someone else is playing so I can win more often. I think Jenga is good for building blocks for kids 3 and up, and good for following the rules to play the game for kids 6 and up. If you want to get Jenga to play on family game night, or to use as building blocks, you can find it on Amazon here.

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Minecraft the Video Game (Xbox 360)

Amazon Product Name (APN): Minecraft (Xbox 360)

Our Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by: Robby

I like playing in creative mode on Minecraft the video game. Creative mode is where you can do everything, and don’t have to worry about dying from monsters. I hate creepers!

I like to build trains with Minecraft blocks, and I like going to Halloween World on Xbox Live and riding the roller coaster. Staying in creative mode in the Minecraft video game makes it a lot less scary when you’re playing in Halloween World, and on regular maps, too. I love playing co-op mode with Mom and Dad. Sometimes we can build villages together. Sometimes we clear the blocks so we can make trains.

What I don’t like: I don’t like playing in Survival Mode. I die a lot. I hate creepers! Creative mode on Minecraft the video game is a lot like the Minecraft card game. (You can read my review of the Minecraft card game here.)

I have been playing Minecraft the video game since I was 4 years old. It’s good for ages 4, 5, 6 and up. Adults can play this game, too. If you want to try playing Minecraft the video game with your kids, you can find it on Amazon here.

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Minecraft the Card Game

Amazon Product Name (APN): Mattel Games Minecraft Card Game

Our Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review by: Robby

In Minecraft the video game, I don’t like creepers. In Minecraft the card game, I don’t like creepers! They wreck everything and Mom says they want hugs but they aren’t friendly. They’re evil!

Also, sometimes it’s hard to get people to play Minecraft the Card Game to play with, because new people are nervous bout the rules. But, if you read the rules, it’s pretty easy. It can be tough like in survival mode on Xbox, and you might die. But it’s just a game, so that’s okay.

I do sometimes like playing this game on my own and making my own House Rules (You can read Dad’s article about making up House Rules here). I like playing Minecraft the card game, because it’s like playing Minecraft the video game, but I can play it even when I’m out of TV time!

I think this is a good game for 6-year-olds and adults. It’s actually pretty helpful to have a gown-up to help with the rules. If you want to try playing Minecraft the Card Game, you can find it on Amazon here.

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