I gave this to my 3 year old granddaughter for Christmas. She has had the flu, but daddy put it together and he and grandma played with it. It is great, so many pieces, 4 lay out patterns included. It's a keeper.
This is a nice train set for the price, if you are comparing it to the Thomas and Brio sets. Although not all the tracks are completely the same, it did fit together in the configurations provided without problem. I was sad to see that my son's metal Thomas trains did not work at all on these tracks, only the larger or wooden variety. He didn't seem to mind though- the set came with several of its own trains. My only real complaint with the set is that the supports that hold the raised track up are really flimsy. My son just kept knocking it all down every time he drove a train on it. In the end, we had to use Liquid Nails and glue the whole set together. Now it is perfect for playing!
This is the best wooden train set-- spoken by a mom with a 3 yo who loves trains. We got this when he was 1 1/2 years old (he was a little young for it at that time). He now plays with it daily. This is compatible with the other wooden trains and tracks out there like brio and thomas the train and ikea. But this set gives you the most for the money. In addition to tons of tracks, it includes trains and other accessories to get you going. It will actually initially seem to large for a very small toddler. You also need something large-- we use a clear box-- to store all the pieces. When my child was around 2 years old, he would knock the tracks apart a lot-- so we got these cheap plastic track connectors from amazon. Also, the bridge is a little tricky to keep together-- the plastic track connectors make it much easier to stay together. But now that he is 3, we don't need the track connectors (he knows not to step on top of the tracks or they will come apart). We only use them for the bridges now (or buy inexpensive bridges from ikea to add to this set). The quality of the set is superb, and the number of tracks and accessories allow you to put together a fantastic and exciting train configuration right out of the box. This is fantastic for little boys for hours of imaginative and wholesome play. I came back to buy this as a gift for my nephew and niece. Overstocks price on this is the very best that I have seen. And overstock's shipping price is so CHEAP for such a heavy heavy set. It also arrives super fast.
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