Thomas & Friends CGM19 Minis Motorised Raceway Set, Thomas the Tank Engine Minis Toy Train Set
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Brio-type track is much better value for money than the plastic kits which will only go into one configuration. You can get play sets for these, much like the track master/take and play with lots of ramps and twists. The super station from last Xmas I think can have the batttery trackmaster trains, minis and adventure/take and play trains on the same track.
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They’re a pita to put together and don’t have any flex in them so you have to put the pieces in the right places or they won’t fit at all. The Trackmaster track is the same gauge as the wooden track, so Brio style trains can be pushed around on a Trackmaster track and vice versa, although Trackmaster trains are bigger so don’t tend to work so well with wooden track tunnels and sharp bends.
Trackmaster trains are all battery powered too, which can get expensive when you have children who set them running and don’t turn them off.
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The Trackmaster sets each have an intended layout and instructions to make the layout - but the track itself can be made into any configuration, just as wooden track can , provided you have enough Trackmaster track. I think he'll like it as the one he was studying intently (we got him a poster ages ago with all the engines on but it also has ads for take n play. And you can keep adding to it (we now have a crate which contains enough brio to carpet the entire ground floor of the house).
Invest in a load of bridges so you get the sections which enable you to change levels, then (pro tip! I'm quite resistant to introducing a new strain of Thomas into the household but the tracks look so cool to a 4-year-old boy! changing the name to 'thomas adventures' just seems designed to deliberately confuse people even more.
Thomas the Train Mini Track - Etsy
You can get loads of "knock off" brio (big jigs, ikea, tesco - all fit together with genuine brio track). I found this article which is useful but has annoyed me at how they keep changing things (and no doubt have changed again since that article)! Look - exactly the same track and trains just different connections so you can’t play with them together, ever.Can I just get one set or will I need to add plastic track to it like we have with the wooden track?