All Aboard!

Yesterday’s shrieky clip was nothing. Child’s play. Light and Breezy.

I am now caring for Shriek 2.0, a much louder and shall we say, guttural shriek. However, I do possess an item that stops the shriek dead in its tracks.


See that green button on the front of the train? When your child presses that illuminated button, one of the most annoying, high-pitched voices in the history of mankind starts up with some “All Aboard the Animal Train” bullshit. Wito likes to press this button repeatedly, as in repeatedly for days on end, over and over and OVER until I notice a little trail of blood seeping out of my ear canal.

This train causes some sort of curious phenomenon that renders Wito speechless. I tend to believe it’s the high-pitched racket slowly killing every neuron in his little brain. Whatevs.

Here’s the caveat- my special train sounds subtly more annoying than what is advertised. Take a listen for yourself. Not too bad, no? I mean, yes, it’s annoying as hell, but feasible. Now listen to mine.

My train conductor is coked up. Must be the Southern Californian version – talk about target demographics!

  1. Karen

    March 29, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    I have this same train for my one year old daughter. I noticed that if you add the extra cars (which are sold separately of course), the train slows down along with the music. I make sure to load down the train before I let Hadley play with it so that the song is a wee bit less annoying. :)

  2. Heather

    March 30, 2007 at 4:23 am

    My daughter has this toy and she loves it. When she hears the train she stops whatever she doing to squeal out in joy that her train is running. She loves that thing.

  3. Kelly

    April 1, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Is there a parent purgatory…because that has to be it. The place where your soul is decided upon….that takes a supernatural amount of patience not to break that toy in two.

  4. ginger chen

    April 1, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    There must be a ‘speaker’ somewhere on the train–get some transparent tape (sellotape) and put it over the speaker to damp out the noise… otherwise you will go crazy…

  5. winterwheat

    April 2, 2007 at 11:14 am

    ROFL! My daughter has the same train. DH and I have had long conversations about what that woman — the one whose voice is used on the train and countless other toys — sounds like in regular conversation, or (holy horror) in bed. The lyric that grates on us most is “the yellow giraffes are a BEAUTIFUL SIGHT!” Argh.

  6. Sleepynita

    April 5, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Yup my Canadian one sounds the same as well! And if you get the fisher price baby grand piano, it is the same irritating voice singing even more annoying songs.

    I finally put the thing on the lowest volume and a piece of tape over the speaker to tone it down a bit.