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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
The Imaginarium City Central Train Table is a wonderful toy; children love to "operate" the trains, "fly" the helicopter, and pretend as they take charge of the world they create. Our grandson played with this toy every week after his swimming lessons, so his parents decided to purchase one.

Constructed of particle board finished like wood, the 3-foot by 5-foot base is sturdy enough to withstand enthusiastic play. A drawer on both of the 5-foot sides provides ample storage space for the multiple, small pieces. The stops on each drawer are one of the weaker points of the Imaginarium City Central Train Table. Of the four screws, two per side, provided with the set-up only one caught when screwed in. We anticipate having to replace these stops in the future. The top of the table, which is two separate pieces, is a thinner particle board onto which the base scenery has been applied. It appears this could be gouged or scraped, but should survive most children's play.

The wood tracks and buildings are well made; the finish is smooth and there is no firring on the end cuts. The train pieces are also finished well; colorful painting of the cars adds to the toy's appeal. The fact that all the pieces are included in the set-up makes this an attractive choice for those not wanting to have to purchase multiple add-ons.

Complete assembly and set-up takes about two hours. Instructions are clear and easy to understand. The most time-consuming portion of the set-up was laying out the tracks. To save time in the future, we marked the alphabetic identifier on each specific, discrete piece. Then we numbered the pieces, beginning with 1 and progressing through the final number. We then marked the number 1 and number 2 pieces on the set-up schematic so we could, in the future, identify the starting point of the layout. This has already proven helpful as our two-year old grandson loves to play "earthquake."

This Imaginarium City Central Train Table seems much larger than its 3-foot by 5-foot dimensions indicate. In my opinion, unless you have a playloft, dedicated playroom, or an enclosed, temperature and moisture-controlled space, the Imaginarium is not a toy for most homes. In my daughter's case, she now has a colorful coffee table and little floor space remaining in her family room. This is not a toy which can be put outside, even on a covered porch, or in a basement which is not temperature/moisture controlled as the particle board is likely to warp.

Finally, this is a rather expensive toy based on initial cost and the number of likely play-years. However, if you have multiple children and plenty of room, your opinion may be different. Toys `r Us has the Imaginarium City Central Train Table for about $130, so you should watch for a similar price if you do purchase this toy.

Because of the quality of construction, the complete set-up, and the enjoyment children do derive from playing with the Imaginarium City Central Train Table, I have rated it as a 5-star toy despite its few drawbacks.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2011
My son's newest obsession is cho-cho's. We knew we had to buy him a set for his 3rd birthday. I looked around alot and this set looked great online. There was very few reviews which made me nervous but we made a great choice! I put most of the table together by myself, minus a few places where you need someone to hold for you screw in some pieces. it took about two hours total for both the table and train set. My son was soo excited and he could barily contain himself while I assembled it! After all together, my son is in love. I love the set as well, but there a few negatives. First the table is a particle board not solid wood- but it is sturdy and should last for years. My biggest negative is the train station on the set. It takes a while to get it alligned correctly and popped into place. I would like for it to have some screws to hold the roof in place. I think they may not have done this because you have to take the roof off to put batteries on the underside of it. I think unscrewing it every few months to replace batteries would be better then having to reallign that roof every time it gets knocked loose. But that would not be enough for me not to buy this set, its more of a just an annoiance. Other than that one piece, it is great! Almost every building has some sort of light or noise to keep your child engaged. So many great buildings to play with. My son loves the train wash station and the train shed!I would defently recommend!! Now if you live anywhere near a Toys R Us- please do not waste your money on Amazon. I bought this there for $159 and I picked up same day- no shipping! Great table but not worth almost $200 more than what I paid for it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
I cannot express how pleased we are with this product. It has brought pure joy to our 26 month old son. There are four engines and four cars, of which I think are actually higher quality than the Brio and Thomas trains that are compatible. The wheels pivot so they can make wide turns. The scenery and buildings are also great. The bridge is fantastic! There are sound effects and the crane is magnetized so you can actually lift loads. Got for on sale for $120 store direct with no shipping at Toysrus. Knowing how awesome it is, I would still shell out Amazon's $160 + $50 for shipping! (That good!) And yes, of course it takes a long time to put together - you are assembling a piece of furniture, three buildings and an entire train set from a box that has been shrunk down to 8" x 18" x 51" to fit in your Prius. Took the hubs 1.75 hr to assemble table and buildings, and another 15 min for the track set up. A fun project.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2013
We bought this two years ago for Christmas for our then 2 and 4 year old boys. It has gotten moderate use over the past 2 years and below are my comments.

Two of the screws have begun to poke through the front side of the table. They didnt do this when we first assembled it. Not a huge deal, they havent broken all the way through the wood so its not a safety risk but just kind of an eye sore.

The table itself is very sturdy. Our boys are not always gentle with their toys and we have had no problems with this holding up. The tracks and trains are also very good quality and we haven't had a single piece break in 2 years. The only quality complaint I have is with the station portion. This does not stay together well and usually ends up in about six pieces until I come along and reassemble. We have tried super glue to keep it together but it still comes apart. Making this part more of a solid 1 piece toy would have been fabulous.

The other complaint I have is that the curved plastic bridge needs to be about a quarter of an inch longer. The tracks tend to fall apart because they arent able to sit properly on the bridge and be supported. Very frustrating to kids when the tracks keep falling apart there.

We like to flip the table top over and use it to build LEGOS or blocks when we arent playing trains. FYI, the top of the table does scratch fairly easily but our kids don't mind.

All in all, good toy. Fun and offers a lot of room for creativity. I would purchase again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
We bought this table with the mountain/waterfall pieces (from Toy's R Us) and we love it! Our high energy son is 3 1/2 and he spends at least an hour every day playing with it. It takes up some space but if you have the room, it's WELL worth the purchase. It took my un-handy husband about 3 hours to put together. He said once you get the base set up, be sure to pay attention to the drawer set-up (that's what took so long, we had to re-do it a few times). Thomas wooden track trains work on this track, along with the Imaginarium trains and some generic wooden trains. The Chuggington trains do not work on these tracks. This was one of the best toy purchases we have ever bought our son!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
just bought this @ a local Toys R Us. wow. great value and construction. was about to buy a larger mega blocks thomas set when i saw this for $130 (on sale). For double the price of the mega blocks i was able to get 6x the stuff. The table is solid and fairly easy to build (1 hour). Bring an electric screwdriver and you'll be fine.

This model is fully compatible with all brio and thomas sets. My son has not stopped playing with it since i setup it up 2 days ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2013
This table is HUGE! Great accessories, although you really need to consider taking a good 2-3 hours out of your day to fully build it. Also, NUMBER THE PIECES or consider hot gluing portions (not the whole track) together. My son believes there should be earthquakes and it used to take forever to put everything back together after that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
I can't believe what a great set this is for a price so much lower than the Thomas sets, especially with the table. It is interchangeable with all of my 3-year-old son's Thomas trains. It is good quality and some of the parts light up or make noise, which my son loves.
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on December 26, 2011
This thing just rocks, keeps his attention but is a nightmare because he keeps taking apart the tracks which take at least a half hour to redo over from start with the instructions.

THAT BEING SAID DO NOT LOSE THE TRACK LAYOUT WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS, I scanned it and kept it ony my desktop for reference.

Hes two years old so if the most he destroys is his own train set which goes back together so I cant complain. My buddy glued his kids tracks down but I wont, it takes some of the fun away in my eyes and Ill just try to spend more time teaching him how to fix it.

THIS THING IS ALSO WAY CHEAPER EVERYWHERE ELSE, IT WAS A HUNDRED BUCKS IN TOYS R US WITH FREE SHIPPING THREE WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

For a hundred bucks its the toy of the year in my eyes. For the two hundred bucks I see it listed for here the LeapPad he also got would become the toy of the year but then again the one thing that has kept his attention most since Christmas morning...... PLAY DOUGH so be your own judge.
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on November 18, 2012
I own this table and a Thomas train table. I like both, but the Imaginarium table has two enormous and sturdy drawers which make it a dream to clean up! One of my daughters loves the Imaginarium table the best because she likes the water, grass, mountains etc to play with her animals. We've had it for over a year, with kids jumping and climbing on it, and it still looks new. Great table all around, 5 stars. 2 year old and 4 year olds all love it.
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