Erin Francis: Great video thank you for the input. We are looking to buy a train set for
our sons second birthday. The offer now at toys r us is $150.00 for the
imagineraium and $200.00 for the official Thomas but the special offer
is$100.00 towards any Thomas track or accessories. Would that sway you
taste4style: Thanks for the review also. After weeks of research I came to my own
conclusion that buying non thomas would not be a wise choice however you've
persuaded me to buy Imaginarium now. In Australia, Thomas is even more
expensive than in the US (train table RRP $400 and the deluxe roundhouse
set I have seen advertised for almost $1000!). I think there are benefits
to buying a generic table which you can rotate other toys like puzzles,
lego and blocks.
TheHelpfuldad: @amytib74 always glad to help. cheers!
suzie52610: so helpful! Thank you so much!
DiaperWarrior: I just bought this table yesterday, but mine is a little different. Mine is
the Imaginarium City Central Train Table. I LOVE it, but i was wondering if
you knew of where i can get replacement table toppers from. My son doesnt
quite grasp the "train on the track in the grooves" concept yet and i
wanted to maybe get a separate table top and paint on some streets and what
not, but i dont want to ruin the original top, either side.
TheHelpfuldad: alas, you have me there b/c I'm not sure what's best to use either. I'd ask
for advice at Home Depot and see what they recommend. let me know what you
end up doing. thanks
TheHelpfuldad: @taste4style wow, that's a pretty pricey train table in Australia. Glad we
were able to help you make a decision. I can say a year later that we're
still happy we bought the Imaginarium table/set. It's a great table and
very easy to expand on with the genuine Thomas buildings/tracks/etc. Best
Kelsey Craner: Hi, thank you so much for your reviews! My son is almost 4 and we are
wanting to get him his first train set and track for Christmas. I cannot
decide between the trackmaster or a wooden set up on a table! I've noticed
in your reviews you have both I am wondering with your experience which did
your son enjoy the most if he could only have one? Thanks so much!
TheHelpfuldad: glad it helped you.
amytib74: Awesome review, exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!
TheHelpfuldad: Both are good sets and you'll enjoy either one. City Central is kinda cool
but it wasn't available when we purchased this one. I'd compare the
'features' of each and see which of the special items appeal most to you
and go with that one but either way is fine. then purchase your thomas
trains separately. a good way to go. enjoy!
DiaperWarrior: thanks!! i think i am going to just buy some acrylic paint from a craft
store maybe? and paint on some streets and stuff on the plain green side...
Or maybe get a piece of Luan from Home Depot or Lowes and paint that? Not
sure what to coat it with though... any ideas? I am not crafty with paint
TheHelpfuldad: I would probably wait for the imaginarium to go on sale - usually u can get
those for about 100-120 often during the year. then you can use the extra
money for official thomas gear. Now if you are saying you can pay $200 for
the thomas and get $100 of thomas items for free then it's probably a wash
and you might as well go thomas table. good luck with decision
LaToya Jones: Great review! Just what I needed. Thanks!
TheHelpfuldad: Hi, I have not been able to find a way to buy extra table tops so if you
want one to customize, you might get a prefab wood top, paint as you
desire, then coat the top to protect it. however, the reversable table tops
that come with the set are pretty durable and you can roll the trains on
them without scratching. as an alternative, try to find the "My First
Thomas" set by Golden Bear Toys -- bigger cars, tracks without grooves -
could be perfect for you
TheHelpfuldad: glad to help. happy holidays!
Miesha WILSON: Very helpful video.
CanMcG: Hi Helpful Dad, Thanks for your reviews. They have been quite helpful! I
think we are going to go iwth an Imaginarium train table set and just
purchase some Thomas trains or other add ons as needed. I just wondered if
you have an opinion on the Classic Train Table vs. the City Central. The
classic is available here for $159 (Canada), but I will be in the states in
a few weeks and they have the City for $129. Any feedback would be so
helpful as I will be ordering without seeing in person.
TheHelpfuldad: glad to help. we actually have a video on this too but the short answer is
that the wooden ones look nicer but I personally think you can do more with
the trackmaster ones, plus they are less expensive and more durable over
the long run. goog luck
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