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My three year old son is as obsessed with his Tomica World train sets as I am with DooYoo!! It all started when his aunty bought him the starter set for christmas in 1999. He was only 2 and I felt he was too young, he couldn't put the peices together himself, but he enjoyed it so much, watching Thomas the Tank engine going around and around that I put it together for him everyday. It only took a couple of minutes and his face lit up everytime Thomas went past! From then on I have bought him another set for birthdays, christmas and if I have spotted one in the sale. He now works for hours on his railroad system, building up the track, fastening the carriages together and repremanding Deisel and his troublesome trucks everytime they come off the line (aww). The great thing about this set, from an adults opinion, is how durable it is. It has taken so much chubby fingered pulling and tugging and yet is as good as new. The trains come in an assortment of types, including all of the Thomas range, plus more unusual types of train including one that looks like the Sheffield Supertram! As well as getting the trains within the sets of track, you can buy them seperatley too, at £9.99 each with two carriages and they take either 1 AA battery or a DD battery. You can also buy the track peices seperately too, so if you need more corners, you dont have to fork out for a full set, you can just buy what you need. As well as all the train set, Tomica World also has a road system. This comes with some of the sets, and includes tunnels, bridges and weigh bridges, and interlinks with the rail system. Again, for the road you can buy seperate peices of road, plus a numerous amount of cars, trucks, bin lorries and even police cars! These too run on batteries, and seem to run our quicker than the trains do. I have bought my son alot of toys over the last few years (who doesnt!) and this is definitely the favourite, he even has a seperate set at his grandparents house with duplicate trains and vehicles! If you are thinking of going out to buy your child his first train set, I would definitely recommend this, as we found the more adult rail systems were too intricate for him to deal with ( and too expensive for me!). The best thing about having this system also is when we go to 'the big toy shop' to look for my sons next train, my father (who is in his forties) will group together with the other fathers and they all stand discussing the merits of each train, which set has the best tunnels, etc... We have to kindly remind them that it is for the children, not for them! :)
Tomy Trains A battery operated train set directed at the pre-school age children (although older children enjoy it too!!). Primarily they are designed as base sets with add on extras available at extra charge. Ranging in price from around £20 to £60, these quality Tomy train sets are designed for durability and longevity. They are available in Toys’r’us, and most other good toyshops(and car boot sales) We came by our Tomy train set last year at a local car boot sale. I had previously bought my friend’s son a second-hand Thomas the Tank engine set, and had watched him thoroughly enjoy his set for many months. When my daughter showed some real interest in it we felt that she could easily cope with a set. Our first box cost us £2.50, and contained 4 engines, a station, level crossings and tons of track. I would estimate that there was at least £80 worth of Train set in the box. The track is resilient and very easy to assemble. It is reversible and when interlocked it is tight and snug without ridges and pits. The trains run on a single penlight battery and all of the train tops are interchangeable. It is capable of running in forward or reverse simply by moving the child friendly switch to the left or the right, the middle position is off. This is where the disadvantage comes in. The little rubbers on the wheels are highly attractive to young children, and are easily removed if unsupervised, without the rubbers on the wheels the trains refuse to go up the incline track. Since our first purchase of trains, we have extended the set even more.(Daddy likes it too!!)We have had the good fortune of being able to get more of it second-hand at very reasonable prices. Other accessories include tunnels, buffers, people, cars, trucks, cranes and whole load of other things at fairly reasonable prices if you have to buy them new. However, the trains are expensive, it is wo rthwhile considering buying a whole new basic set and having the extra track for pennies, as the difference is quite negligible. I would happily recommend Tomy trains to a friend, but would recommend that the rubbers on the wheels are glued on.
This is a plastic road and rail set. There are various starter sets, varying in price, ours cost around £40 for enough track to make an oval about 4'x 3' and a road, about 2' x 2'. with a tunnel. You can buy individual pieces of track [£3-5] accessories such as stations. The trains are around £10.99 and include an engine and 2 coaches or trucks. We have [amongs others] a Eurostar, a Virgin Train, Thomas, Percy & Henry. They are all battery powered [some take C some AA}]. We have a few cars and Bertie the us for the road, but in our house it is rarely used and mostly they just have the rails out. Our set has been in daily use for over a year now, but Harry [3 1/2] has only recently managed to fasten the trains together without my assistance. Only one piece of track [a long hill piece] has had to be replaced through breakage. So I think it has been very good value.
A motorized road and rail system available with accessories.