Are you ready for a ruff.. wait, wrong show! The creators behind the mega-hit PAW Patrol are back with a new series for preschoolers. Mighty Express is now streaming on Netflix. I've got all the details on this brand new series and I'm sharing my thoughts in a spoiler-free review.
Spin Master's Mighty Express Review
Mighty Express: Synopsis
Hop on the fast track to Tracksville, where, in a vast, playful, quirky world crisscrossed by railway tracks, a team of trains and their kid best-buddies keep things moving and get the delivery done no matter what the trouble – one adventure after another! Each of the trains has a specialty which they use when going on Mega Missions or hauling cargo, be it animals, equipment, or giant dinosaur bones. They always rise to the occasion when trouble strikes!
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Mighty Express: Characters
Much like Adventure Bay where humans and talking pups live in harmony, Trackville mixes humans with talking trains. The trains each have a role; fire engine, mechanic, farmer and together with the humans in the series they go on adventures to save the day. Here is a break down of the characters of Mighty Express:
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Mighty Express: My Thoughts
If you didn't know that Mighty Express was created by the same makers of PAW Patrol you would certainly guess it fairly quickly into viewing the first episode.
Mighty Express follows almost the exact same formula as PAW Patrol but the two shows are just different enough that it actually works.
Max is to Trackville as Ryder is to Adventure Bay. Each 13 minutes and change episode starts with checking the origin/destination board at the train yard and soon Max is gearing up the trains for the next adventure (much like how Ryder doles out tasks for the pups ahead of each of their missions).
Each episode drives home the point that teamwork makes the dreamwork and that true friends are always there for you.
Like every great show, Mighty Express has its own catch phrase, "its mighty time".
Parents of a certain generation may feel nostalgic when they hear it as it is pretty close to a 90's kid's TV show catch phrase, "it's morphin' time" (the Power Rangers).
I will say I do prefer "it's mighty time" over another popular preschooler TV show who has the catchphrase, "let's blaze".
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Mighty Express has a catchy theme song, bite-sized episodes and the CGI animation is crisp and brightly colored.
There is no doubt in my mind that preschoolers and kindergartners will love this one.
My only question is, when will the the Mighty Express toy line hit retailers?