Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Play and Go Carry Case
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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.
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."
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loved this carry case...I loved the wooden art and it's very convenient to move thomas all over it however I was disappointed to realize that when you open it, it's not... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mariam Dubai
I asked my mom to get this for my son for Christmas. He loves Thomas and has lot's of engines to play with. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Peekablue
Plastic, stupid latches that protrude and don't hold halves together worth 2 cents. Handle was good until all the screws fell out in a year.
Should have been Locktite'd. Read more