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    Default Thomas the Tank Engine starter set question

    I'm after advice on which set to get first. There seem to be so many - motorised, different types of track, etc. Any advice?

    I prefer the look of the wooden ones, and they seem a bit more robust. DD is still little, so I don't want anything too easily breakable.

    And what about the tables? The ones where you can make all your track, etc.? They seem great, but don't you run out of space on them really quickly?

    Any advice/ words of wisdom appreciated

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    I started buying both sets when ds was younger. I much prefer the wooden set.
    It's so much easier to set up especially for a young child to put together themselves. As you mentioned it's more robust.

    I think some of our plastic one actually ended up broken. Another downside is the trains are motorised so they need batteries where as the wooden ones are push/pull along yourself.

    I ended up getting rid of the plastic set. I never liked it and would have prefered to extend on the wooden set.

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    We started off with the plastic 'Take-Along-Thomas' sets which have served us very well. I like them because the the tracks don't fall apart as they are made to fold up and be portable. When DS was a bit younger it was handy because he could crawl over them I wouldn't have to be constantly re assembling them. DS has had these from when he was 1 until now 3.5yo. We have just started to buy him some of the older child wooden railway sets which he adores but he still plays with the other plastic ones as well. We haven't had any of the plastic parts break on ours and DS takes them outside into the garden and in the car to other people houses

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    I have 3 girls and they love their Thomas train sets. We have the wooden ones and they're fantastic!

    There is an actual starter one that is just your basic round track and has Thomas (and I think Percy?). These are the push train ones. I started buying it when DD1 was 2 and she's now turning 6. We built up over the years to the motorised ones and the big packs like the Zoo etc. We would need about 6 tables to accommodate all our sets so we just use the floor. They are pretty expensive, but a couple of times a year they do get quite heavily reduced in price. The cheapest I ever got some was about 50% off and that was online through Myer.

    Hubby and I also enjoy building the tracks when the kids are in bed... Ha ha!

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    Keep an eye out at Aldi (if you have one close by) as they sell the Jack & Jill brand wooden toys. We purchased a 100 piece wooden train set for $50 and it is compatible with the Thomas brand trains and pieces. We have built my DS' train collection up from there as the individual trains can be expensive.

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    Wooden, wooden, wooden, wooden. Go for wooden! I had motorised and they are just a pain.. Not to mention they inhibited imaginative play for my son.. If he had to have moved them himself I feel his imagination would have been in use alot more.. We sold it about 6 months later. I was always having to set it up for him as they weren't that easy to put together (he was 3.5 at the time).

    Go wooden! They don't break and resell value on wooden is awesome!

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    Wooden! They are interchangeable with cheaper brands including Ikea, Sunshine Markets (ebay store), Aldi, Kmart (they have good starter sets), etc. Start with straights & curves and maybe 1 tunnel and then add to the track over time. Don't get motorised trains to start with, just normal wooden trains to push. Over time add in different things like Bridges, tunnels, turntables, etc. A little one won't appreciate all those bells & whistles. It will be a while til your little one will build the track - you'll start off doing it, but that's ok.

    Don't bother with the table. Waste of money in my book. It limits creativity. It's much more flexible to build on the floor, doing fun things like building under the table, around a chair, next to teddies, etc.

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    We have a really extensive wooden set from when DD1 was about 2. I have bought thomas but also other sets which are compatible. You can also get some motorized trains for the wooden set which can be fun when you make a really big track with lots of bridges.

    We also have the Thomas Lego which the kids love as they love anything Lego and can mix it up with other lego sets. DH is a huge Lego nut so he got them that.

    We don't have the Thomas table. DH doesn't think it's a good idea as he reckons it restricts their play and imagination but I like the idea of them being able to play off the floor occasionally. I'd be interested to hear what anyone else who has the table thinks of it.

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    Wooden! As pp have said, a lot of the wooden sets are interchangable which is so handy! We have a table for our DDs set which not only is good for her, but good for us not having to be on the ground when we're playing with her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjalee View Post
    Wooden! As pp have said, a lot of the wooden sets are interchangable which is so handy! We have a table for our DDs set which not only is good for her, but good for us not having to be on the ground when we're playing with her

    The table is useful for containing mess too.

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