42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Thomas that run and runs under his own power,
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This review is from: Lionel Thomas And Friends O-Gauge Train Set (Toy)
If you're looking for a step up from the Brio sets or other push or wind-up Thomases, this is the best one for kids over the age of 4. Thomas' eyes go back and forth as he runs, and the set includes a power supply, Sir Topham Hat and two workers, Annie and Clarabel, two railroad workers, and a nice oval of track. The track is the same track that all of Lionel's new O-gauge sets use, so you COULD start with a Thomas railroad now, add a Polar Express railroad next year, and so on.
Also, MANY, inexpensive O-scale accessories and building kits are available from companies like Bachmann (Plasticville), so a very nice railroad is possible for a fairly low sum of money. Or, use ceramic buildings from Dept. 52, Lemax, and Hawthorne Village. (The people are too big, though, except for the people that come with Hawthorne Village sets.) In other words, one set around the tree for the youngsters could grow into any of a dozen hobbies. And, let's face it, for youngsters, Thomas is probably the best introduction to trains of any kind.
Paul Race, editor, Big Indoor Trains (tm)
Location: Springfield, OH United States
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