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Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Early Engineers Busy Day on Sodor Set
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- Spin on turntable
- Turn to load coal at the coal hopper
- Put engines in the engine depot
- Includes 2 Engine Bays
- Connect secure Tracktile to other Thomas Wooden Railway Sets
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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It turned out that the Early Engineers components were the ones they couldn't handle! First, the track does NOT stay put together. It easily falls apart no matter the configuration. The blue pieces do not hold it together. Second, the "destinations" are poorly designed AND they don't stay put. My boys were naturally not too gentle when trying to turn the coal hopper and washdown and almost every time they ended up knocking them completely over and off the track. I'd have had to glue them in place to keep them attached. The "roundhouse" was even worse. When my boys would try to push the trains over the "roundtable" they would come off the track every time. Even my husband and I couldn't get them to stay on the track unless holding onto the train the entire time and guiding it along. Finally, the trains themselves, while they will run on the normal track, will not pass under/through the normal destinations and bridges. They are too tall. They also seem unbalanced to me because they are so tall compared to their length.
If your kids are on the edge of the recommended age for the normal Thomas sets, I would advise you to get a couple of normal trains and a simple configuration of track (oval or figure eight) and maybe one simple destination and see how they handle it. Chances are, they'll be fine after a little trial and error, making a set like this completely unnecessary even if it wasn't completely frustrating.
She, like most toddlers, loved her preschool Thomas train table; however, the table and assorted accessories retails for hundreds of dollars and we simply couldn't afford it. Setting up a smaller wooden railway set on the floor wasn't an option at this age, since I knew my daughter would tear it apart, walk over it, and accidentally knock it over within a matter of minutes.
The Early Engineers line allows her to play with her trains, even at this young age. The destinations are large and interactive, so they're easy to manipulate and keep her attention. I like that we'll be able to expand the set with other Thomas wooden railway accessories as she grows older- and that it encourages imaginative play!
As some have mentioned, the Early Engineers engines will not fit under most Thomas wooden railway bridges, but as she grows older we'll more than likely replace the larger Early Engineers engines with regular sized ones anyway. This line has been discontinued, so they won't be releasing anymore Early Engineers destinations, tracks, or engines. However, we've been able to find some really great deals on this line at local discount stores, and toy store clearance aisles for this reason. Admittedly, this set has a few flaws but my daughter thinks it's a great set and so do I.
Anyhow, we bought regular tracks to add in the hopes of breathing some life into this toy and found that the blue connectors don't really fit into regular tracks (it is too big - though it can be jammed in). The trains that come with the set, which are larger and seemingly easier for small hands to grip, don't fit under lots of the structures (bridges, etc.) for the regular Thomas tracks - so my son gets frustrated when he is tugging a long chain of engines around and it gets caught on one of these engines.
Recommendation: Don't buy to use at home. Save the money and put it towards a set made for "older" kids. The best use for this set, since it is two track pieces and the components snap on, is to keep at a grandparent's house or babysitter, since it is relatively quick and easy to set up and dismantle and will entertain young conductors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On Christmas Day my son's face lit up when he saw this. Couldn't wait to play. Great way to start my 2 year old with Thomas.Published on October 26, 2013 by Brianne Hebert
Cute but realistically difficult for little ones to use. I bought this for my 1 year old And he enjoys his 3 year old brothers sets more.Published on May 9, 2013 by Gift Buyer
I couldn't wait to get my son a train set, I think they're very educational, good for the imagination and a much better choice than a lot of toys for this age bracket. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Cheryl
This set would probably be fine if you had lots of extra track. It is not a good stand alone toy. There is just not enough to entertain a small child unless you hook it to a more... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by H
I thought that maybe this toy was little too advanced for my 1 year old, I was right, but he quickly went from throwing the pieces around to playing with it like it was a train. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by LKRiley
Loved this toy for my grandddaughter. Quality material, received in great condition and quickly. I like the availablity of natural wood toys that can be purchased through Amazon.Published on December 30, 2011 by Maureen Birmingham
We were very pleased with the quality of this toy. We'd recommend it for other 2 -4 year old children.Published on December 4, 2011 by A. Powlus
I ordered this truck for Christmas this year for my two-year-old. I haven't yet opened it, but it is TOO cute! The eyes and mouth move, and the sayings are also adorable. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by p@r^^@1