Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Roundhouse
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- Storage for 5 engines or vehicles
- Rounded track so that the vehicles can be guided by hand
- Almost 2 feet wide
- Realistic details
- Recommended Age Range 3 to 5 Years
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Kids' imaginations can remarkably supply buildings and water towers and cranes, etc., so that they won't even miss what might be lacking from less expensive sets. And families can build some of these items themselves out of old boxes, etc. BUT I HAVE YET TO MEET KIDS THAT LOVE THOMAS THAT DIDN'T WANT A ROUNDHOUSE.
This is the 'official' Thomas roundhouse, but it is very expensive. YOU PROBABLY CAN FIND A GENERIC ROUNDHOUSE FOR A LOT LESS (MAYBE EVEN 2/3 LESS!) WITH A LITTLE LOOKING.
* Choose which type of Thomas trains you will 'standardize' on. There are three kinds: This size of wooden trains from Learning Curve; larger, plastic, battery-operated trains from Tomy; and smaller, die-cast metal trains from Ertl. The wooden trains have the most products and accessories available.
* The clickety-clack (grooved to look like real railroad) track in the Thomas series is great, but it's expensive; I recommend buying generic track. ... You can literally save hundreds of dollars by buying these kinds of sets.
* Buy the Thomas and friends engines separately--and wait for sales. The kids care about the characters, so no short-cutting (ie., Brio or generic trains) here.
* Look for trains bundled with VHS videos. You can get a video and a train (on sale) for about the same price as a train alone.
* Only buy the official accessories (buildings, tables, etc.) if you cannot find generic substitutes for less or cannot make them yourself.
Here is my advice, if you are trying to work your way through the maze of start-up options:
First of all, you can spend a fortune on a huge set....even if you can afford it, I would start with something small and give the child the joy of receiving a chain of small but intriguing presents over a long period of time. It fosters the joy of giving/receiving and helps teach them to come back again and again to the same toy...watching it grow, asking for specific items from the stories they hear, etc. Several reviewers suggest painting an old coffee table and this is a great idea.
I suggest the Figure 8 set (the most popular one) or if you want to spend a little bit more, the Conductors Figure 8 set. Both are complex enough to be interesting, but simple enough to give lots of room for growth. Almost immediately I would add a new present of one of the inexpensive engines (you can ask the child which story they like best and get that engine for them....or buy the engine to go with the video or book in the same gift)....these would be Percy The Small Engine, Bill The Yellow Engine, Treavor, (or a bit more $ for:) The Lady Engine, James The Red Engine, Gordon The Express Engine (he's one of the best stories, I think), or Henry The Green Engine.
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Some of the Thomas tracks don't stand up under my three-year old's impression of "Godzilla" but the roundhouse withstands the monster's fury every time!
It is unfortunate the Learning Curve did not see fit to market the red turntable as a part of the Roundhouse toy as it takes up less room on your island of Sodor than the other wood-colored turntable.
The roundhouse is a terrific anchor for any railway line. Happy Railroading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Years later, and it is still in great condition- despit being chewed on by cats and dogs.Published 21 months ago by SrirachaMom
NOT in good condition. "Collectable" my foot!! I will paint all the worn areas but shame on you seller...keeping only because I my son too attached to let out of sight!Published 22 months ago by nelle niggle
If you are looking at Thomas the Train for your kids,
this piece is a must to add to your collection.
Today is my grandson's fourth birthday, and he is delighted with his new roundhouse. He and his father were busy setting up his tracks and putting trains in his new roundhouse... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Peggy Hart
My grandson has been wanting this addition to his train set for a couple of years. I finally got it this year. He was very excited. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Very durable and hours of fun for my boys. I like the fact my boys can also put the trains into the shed from the back side. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Jgib19
Keep to the wooden items that don't have all the flashy battery powered gizmos and you'll keep these items forever. I have a Thomas set that has been passed down to us. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is a lovely addition to a Thomas wooden set which we received after putting it on our Amazon Wish List. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Talvi
My two-year-old his a huge Thomas fan and this was the perfect addition to his set. Very fun for him to play with.Published on November 23, 2010 by Heather