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A disappointment in comparison to the other TtTE models
on 29 December 2015
With a toddler (2yo) who is utterly obsessed with trains, Brio, Thomas the tank engine and Hiro this was an obvious purchase. He's in love with it which is all that matters, right?
No, sadly, it isn't. I've a number of issues with this that would deter me from recommending it:
1 - there's a lot of plastic on it
2 - construction is a bit shoddy, the coal in the second carriage is coming off
3 - (and this is the biggie) it doesn't fit under either the wooden Brio bridge or the plastic Thomas the TE 'Wooden train set' bridge. This is a pain, as the aforementioned toddler gets massively fumrustrated by this, rendering it more or less unusable.
Real shame, the other Thomas trains all fit under (just) both bridges, why this is taller is beyond me.
If he wasn't so in love with the actual model this would be going straight back.
Whilst on the subject of the Thomas wooden train set, I get that they're all different manufacturers, but whilst IKEA, Brio, Big Jigs and John Lewis all manage to have the same dimensions for their track pieces, the Thomas ones are ALL slightly taller, and the straight ones are all slightly shorter. Which is a pain.