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Wooden vs. Die-cast Characters
on June 4, 2007
Some reviewers are confused between the wooden and die cast characters. The wooden ones ARE expensive yet well constructed. I had reservations letting my son play with them when he was only 17 months but one mother told me, "you can drive your car over these and they'll be just fine." So at 18 months, we bought a few of the 18 month appropriate toys--push heads and pull train-- and harold the helicopter. Then we bought a few dvds with the free wooden toys. Then we started buying a few of the individual wooden characters as he became more familiar with their roles in the stories.
We have not bought any die cast because they haven't received the same great reviews as the wooden toys. They are NOT the same size. They do NOT fit on the tracks. They are marketed as "on the go/take along" perhaps as a cheaper alternative to the "real wooden toy". The fact that they are metal made me steer clear of them. They didn't seem as safe as the wooden versions.
Some of the reviews give the wooden Emily a bad score but they refer to the diecast toy as not fitting. So it's not the same character and if you want them to be compatible with all the different tracks, you'll have to invest in the wooden product. They are expensive but from what i understand, not as much as other train collections.
The educational value is amazing. I was determined to only purchase the dvd/free toy combination until I realized my son knew all their names, the train vocabulary "buffers/domes/etc..." And he simply adores them. To compensate for the cost of the real wooden toys, we simply don't buy all the tracks and stations. The world is his track and should develop his imagination just as well as having all the different play tables.