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Long before The Boy was old enough to be interested in toys, I harboured a secret wish that he would be interested in toy trains. I never got into toy trains that much when I was little, but I long had a fascination with trains and hoped that if The Boy got into them I could relive a bit of my childhood through him. So when The Boy hit one year old, I started looking for a simple wooden train set for him. To my shock, however, I discovered that the most popular wooden toy set on the market Thomas the Tank Engine is ridiculously expensive. A simple figure 8 track with an engine and extra car was $60 at Knotty Toys down at Granville Island. Some of the larger track sets were upwards of $100 and individual engines were on sale for $20 or more a piece. I was a bit hesitant to spend so much money on something I wasn even sure The Boy would like, so I started hunting around for a cheaper option and came across Ikea Lillabo train set. While the Thomas figure eight set cost $60, Ikea (admittedly more basic) figure eight track was only $20. And Ikea also sells two extensions a 10 track expansion pack or bridge and tunnel set for just $15 each. I bought the basic set and the 10 track expansion for a combined $45 still a lot less than the $60 Thomas set. Ikea advertises its wooden track as being compatible with most brand name train sets, like Thomas or Brio. This is not entirely true. The tracks are the same width (or to use the railway terminology, gauge) as the Thomas train sets, so you can run Thomas trains on them pretty easily. Todd Gurley College Jerseys But the bridge on the Ikea figure eight track while high enough for its short stubby trains is too short to allow most Thomas trains to fit underneath. The Ikea track joins may also not fit perfectly with your Brio or Thomas track pieces. Nike Sko Nettbutikk But, in this regard, Ikea has come up with a pretty neat solution. Adidas Homme While the joins on most other wooden train sets are just cut out pieces of wood, on the Ikea train pieces they actually little circles of plastic. Chaussures Nike Pas Cher This actually means they have a bit of give. So if the Ikea track doesn fit perfectly with your Thomas or Brio track pieces, you can usually make it work with just a little bit of elbow grease. So are you better off buying Ikea Lillabo train set than shelling out for the real deal Thomas brand? Well, it depends. There no denying that the Ikea set is a lot plainer than the Thomas variety. The Ikea trains and cars, in particular, are very plain compared to the detailed work on a Thomas or Brio engine. (Though The Boy has found the smaller Ikea trains easier to keep in the tracks than the taller Thomas engines.) The Thomas line also has a lot more cool though expensive extra stuff you can buy, like a and. I also don have any illusions that, as The Boy gets older, he become more brand conscious and may not settle for the plain Ikea engines (he already loves watching Thomas Friends). Kanken Rugzak Uitverkoop But I think there a middle ground here for parents that can save you some dough. cheap nike trainers Go ahead and splurge on buying your kid a couple of brand name Thomas engines and maybe even a special bridge or building. But when it comes to the wooden track pieces which, let face it, you going to need a lot of if your kid really gets into trains stick with the much cheaper Ikea variety. What about you? What your experience with wooden trains? Post a comment and let me know. If you live in Metro Vancouver and your kid loves trains, be sure to check out the awesome miniature railway in Burnaby. Readers of this blog know I love Ikea. I written before about its smock bib, Leksvik crib http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ and whether an Ikea store is the perfect spot for a cheap date night. nike air max 2017 pas cher epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code. { phone } { addressPostalCode } By clicking “Create Account”, I hearby cheap jerseys grant permission to Market to use my account information to create my account. Trevone Boykin Jerseys I also accept and agree to be bound by Postmedia’s Terms and Conditions with respect to my use of the Site and I have read and understand Postmedia’s Privacy Statement. epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code. { phone } { addressPostalCode } By clicking “Create Account”, I hearby grant permission to Postmedia to use my account information to create my account. I also accept and agree to be bound by Postmedia’s Terms and Conditions with respect to my use of the Site and I have read and understand Postmedia’s Privacy Statement. I consent to the collection, use, maintenance, and disclosure of my information in accordance with the Postmedia’s Privacy Policy.

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