The Melissa and Doug Train Engineer Role Play Costume Set Review
The Melissa and Doug brand of dress up role play costumes is well known to be simply, good stuff. But is the Melissa and Doug Train Engineer Role Play Costume Set as good as the other super popular costume sets? Let’s take a good look at this one.
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The Melissa and Doug Train Engineer Role Play Costume Set
Like the other role play costume sets in the Melissa and Doug line, the Train Engineer set comes with one main costume part (in this case, an apron/overalls), one hat, and several accessories that help with role play fun.
The Melissa & Doug Train Engineer Role Play Costume Set includes the following:
- Engineer’s Smock/Overalls
- Engineer’s Hat
- Train schedule card – plastic
- Hammer for fixing train tracks when there’s a need
- Wrench for tightening loose bolts on the tracks
- Walkie-talkie that has fun sound effects
- A name tag for pencil personalization.
General Product Specs
- Price: runs usually between $20-$30
- Best Deal: Found at Amazon.com — usually with free shipping on top of the lowest price too! 🙂
- Customer Rating: 4.7/5 stars by over 130 reviewers. (Side note: I review a lot of costumes on this site – 4.7 is almost the highest you’ll find for any costume. This one had zero 1 or 2 star reviews… and only 7 “3-stars”, which were due to batteries dying in the walkie-talkie, or sizing concerns.)
- Manufacturer’s Age Recommendation: 3-6 years
Product Information and FAQs
I actually read through EVERY comment, Q&A, and review on this item over at Amazon for you and summarized the findings below. I hope you find it helpful!
- Is the costume well made? YES! The costume is thick – it‘s good quality material (NOT thin polyester), with strong stitching. Reviews say it will stand up to lots of playing and multiple washes. The buttons are sewn on tightly, and the pockets are made of a thick clear plastic that won’t rip easily.
- Are the overalls machine-washable? YES!
- Is there a tool belt? No. The big pockets and belt give the look of a tool belt – your child can put all of the accessories into those pockets, and more!
- Will the overalls fit my child? The straps and belt are adjustable so they will fit most children!
- Will my child be able to put it on by himself, or will I need to help him? No zippers, snaps, or the like… just Velcro on the sides! He/she should easily be able to put it on by him/herself!
- The back of the hat has elastic in it, so it can fit most children’s heads comfortably.
- Requires one 9-volt battery (not included)
- Makes “train noises” and lights up.
- The hammer and wrench are plastic, but decent for lots of “train fixing” and “track building”.
- The name tag and train schedule are plastic coated and dry erasable.
My own evaluation:
I’m giving this a full 5 stars! The Melissa and Doug Train Engineer Role Play Costume Set is a solid buy.
Like all of the Melissa and Doug role play sets, this one is great quality, comes with fun accessories, looks sharp, and basically, your child can get a LOT of play time out of it before it starts to look ratty.
You should seriously consider adding this one to the dress up collection IF:
- you have a boy or girl who is really into trains (playing with, watching, etc.)
- you have a child who loves role playing “when I grow up”
- you are a pre-school or early years teacher who wants something fun for a dramatic play center
- you have a “Thomas the Tank Engine” lover in your house
- your child loves the “Polar Express” book/movie
- your child needs a costume for Career Day at school
- you want to encourage active and creative play
Anything you’d like to add to this review? What do YOU think, if you own this one already? I’d love to hear from you… please comment below!
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16 thoughts on “The Melissa and Doug Train Engineer Role Play Costume Set Review”
Thank you for the great review! It looks like a very complete set that kids would love to play with. Especially with the tools included, I know when I was that age I loved playing with toy tools and pretending I was fixing things. Are the walkie talkies functional for communicating with each other, or do they just do sound effects?
The walkie talkie is actually more like a sounds effects radio – there’s only one in the costume kit. It’s more for roleplaying than actual communication. Great question!
What a great and well written review!
Those overalls would make great Christmas presents for my kids. LOVE the tools!!
I have two daughters and a son, 4,6 and 9 years old, and even though they have tons of toys, the only things they ever use, are those in the costume closet. They LOVE role playing and I know this would be a great addition to their role playing wardrobe that as of now, only consists of various princess dresses, and superhero costumes.
Yes, role play dress up is so much fun, Ossur! If you’re liking “new” ideas for your kids, check out some of these other great costume sets too: Adventure Themed Costumes for Boys or When I Grow Up Dress Up for Girls — and many others on this site!
Merry Christmas, Ossur!
Aww cute costume! $20-30 sounds like a very reasonable price especially when you say the material is thick. I’m so used to costumes costing $80 and being paper thin, so its nice to know that you have access to much better quality costumes. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Yes, the material is thick, and the stitching is well done! Melissa and Doug Costumes are good quality – we have the fire chief set and the doctor set, and I think they’re going to really last a while!
Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!
Hi Marlaine, stunning review! Thanks for doing all the legwork for us by sifting through all the Amazon reviews and providing such a concise, value packed summary. Trust Melissa & Doug to come up with such high quality gear.
My 3 year old son is totally into roleplay at the moment. His first love is dirt bike riding on his black buzz bike. He fancies himself as a hard enduro rider and likes to challenge himself with tricky places to ride – sand dunes, over tyres, branches, rocks, tree stumps etc. Of course this means he also has to look the part.
Even in the heat of Summer he insists on wearing gum boots. He straps on cycling gloves and builders safety goggles.
Would love to find him a proper kit complete with biking helmet that is lightweight. Have you come across a scrambling outfit for toddlers?
Oh wow… sounds like your son is a busy little guy! No doubt your heart has stopped a few times watching his stunts! 🙂
I can’t say I’ve seen anything like what you’re describing, but perhaps the closest I’ve seen to it would be the race car driver outfit on my “Role Play Costumes for Boys” page?
Thanks for commenting! Have a fabulous day yet!
I work with children with special needs.
Although some of them may not one day become pilots, engineers or other professionals, they certainly have their wishes and dreams. I know one boy who has cerebral palsy and if he could he would became a pilot. He likes to visit museums with planes, learn about them, and he would also like to wear a pilot’s uniform.
I believe that one of these children would love to be a train engineer.
So if I find someone who want to be this kind of professional, this costume could be a great birthday present.
Thank you for your excellent review!
That must be incredibly rewarding work, Dragan!
If you’re interested, there’s an awesome pilot role playing costume set at Role-Playing Boys Costumes – the boy you’re thinking of might love it!
Wow I was blown away by this extremely attractive, well written and informative Amazon product review Marlaine! There is absolutely every thing here to enable a potential buyer to make a proper decision on whether to buy the product or not. I am a bit too old for dressing up in role play costumes but I wish you every success in selling this product to those that are.
Thanks James! 🙂 Very kind of you.
Marlaine thank you for the Melissa and Doug brand of dress review.
The different parts it comprises it makes it convenient for a worker. One does not have to buy each tool differently as they are all together.
Having the accessories that are helpful in building, the hat, overall and walker talker makes it a cool set for the work man.
What is the material of the apron and cup?
Hi Miriam, we have a few of other Melissa and Doug role play sets and they are made of 80% Polyester and 20% cotton – nice and thick (like clothes, not stretchy/thin “wear once for Halloween” stuff). I would assume this one is as well.
I too love the fact that you get the “tools for the job” with the costume. It really helps them get in character!
This is such a cute set!!
I remember when I was little, my parents gave my sister and I these mini walkie talkies. They are even tinier looking back on them now! We had so much fun radioing in to each other. All the hours we wasted!
Great memories (:
It’s incredible, isn’t it, how much fun kids can have without a screen in front of them… once they get started? This role play costume set and the fun kids can have with it – and with walkie-talkies like you recall – is something kids will really have a great time using!
Thanks for commenting, Helen! Have a great day!