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Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Play and Go Carry Case

3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Description

Thomas & Friends Play and Go Storage Box features a built-in track layout for portable play. It's compatible with Thomas Wooden Railway track for use in train layouts. And the Storage Box holds up to 16 Thomas Wooden Railway vehicles. Your Thomas enthusiast can organize his vehicles to visit a friend's house and have a track to play on too! 15.5" L x 3" D x 9.5" H

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B001NLIRNC
  • Item model number: LC09994
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,504 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I put this on my 3 year old son's birthday wishlist. He loves Thomas & Friends and we have family out of state and take road trips to visit as often as we can. I thought this would be perfect for an on the go Thomas option that is compatible with our wooden set. (I'm not a big fan of the plastic Thomas toys or "Take & Play" toys.)

We received this in the mail today. The outer packaging was intact, no issues with the box at all... but I was disappointed to see the corners of this storage box appear to be cheap wood material and one of the corners had a chunk broken off. The closures on the sides seem to be very flimsy and poor quality plastic, even right out of the box it doesn't seem to be securely closed and I'm afraid it won't withstand the test our 3 year old will put it through.. not to mention that this is actually two pieces that come apart, not a hinged box that opens and closes easily like I assumed it would be.

Really a fabulous idea, but poorly thought out. In my opinion this is NOT worth the $60+ price tag.
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I bought this case, despite the negative reviews, for three reasons. First, I wanted to teach my boys to take care of their trains a bit better. Until we got this case, they would just toss them in one big plastic bin with the rest of their train accessories. It was kind of a mess. Second, the size of the case was perfect to fit under a small cabinet we have that holds all our larger TWR pieces. Lastly, it was on sale at Toys R Us for 32$.

So despite the criticisms, "Travelton Sheds" as we have dubbed it, is now part of our collection. My boys (2 and 5) enjoy playing with it mostly in the closed position, attaching ascending tracks to the side, and helping their engines find the lost city of "Great Travelton." My only beef with this case so far, and I knew this prior to purchasing, was that it didn't come with a track adaptor. When my boys build off the side of the case as I mentioned, they cannot connect the two ascending tracks back together in a loop. This doesn't bother my kids as much as me. Actually, my older boy, amazed me by working around the case, connecting an eastern loop to right side of case and western loop to the left. Every once in a while little brother would knock down the ascending track connecting to one side of the box, and then we would send in Thomas and his crew to "fix a broken bridge at the eastern cliff of Great Travelton."
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We bought this for our boys, ages 3.5 and 2.5, to have a portable thomas track to take with us on short trips or visits. It is working out great so far! When we are not traveling with it, they love using it as the storage place for their trains. At night when we clean up before bedtime they put their trains away in the case to "put them to bed".

We have not had any problems with the latches. I guess you could say they are quirky, but I don't expect them to break. My kids are not too rough on their toys tho. Lastly, I did not pay the price on Amazon because it was twice as much as what was advertised elsewhere. But for the price I paid it was absolutely worth it!
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This toy is fantastic in concept, but in reality the function of the design is a complete disaster! Similar to other reviews I've read on the toy, we've had the same experience with this item. WHY wouldn't they put piano hinges on the case? Foolish me, I figured that's how it was designed when I looked at the picture on the package. Magnetic connection to keep it together during play? Yeah, right. The worst part about this toy isn't even the lack of attention to detail in the hinging of the case, but rather, the fact that since all four connections coming off of the case are female ends, when you build a track coming off of the case, you can't connect them because you end up with two female ends together. There is no way around this unless you purchase (separately) the adapter. To top it off, the height of the case is exactly the wrong size to use the elevated track piece to rise up to or down from the case to the floor. We had to stack DVDs (three high) under the case to get the track elevation to line up to the height of the track piece that rises and falls. So, to sum it up. Do not buy this product! Avoid it like the plague! Even at $39 on sale, you're better off saving your money on this one!
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This a mobile case that can hold a few trains and a few pieces of track or even a small crane. It consists of two wooden suitcase halves that are held together with plastic latches and a plastic carrying handle. When taken apart the two halves can be placed to form a small Sodor map layout.

The advantage of the design is that there are no piano hinges to bend and break. The two halves fit together reasonably well on a soft surface like a bed or sofa. The map features a round track that circumscribes the outer edge of the suitcase and an inner track that bisects the map and has a fixed decal of a mine and the docks area. There are two female adapters per suitcase half.

The case is made of wood which I like. There are some minor design flaws. The track inlay is not grooved like Thomas track and so it holds battery operated trains poorly. The design of the inner track is such that the train will be deposited back onto the outer track facing the wrong way to get back on the inner track.

Overall, I was pleased with my purchase and my little engineer was delighted.
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