Toy Trains: Random Information

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I thought I would post some information here since I recently did a post about toys. As I mentioned on that post, my son loves Thomas the Tank Engine. A few weeks ago my husband and I were out Christmas shopping (and yes, I am all done–wahoo!). We were at a locally owned toy store looking at Thomas stuff. While there, I saw wooden toys trains by the company Melissa and Doug.

We had been planning on adding to Brayden’s simple Thomas track set at Christmas with an expansion pack. While looking at this Melissa and Doug track set, I saw that it was not much more expensive for a whole lot more stuff. I talked to a sales associate about it and asked him about quality and the differences and such. He said that Thomas has more detail painted on it, and the Thomas tracks are double-sided while Melissa and Doug are not, but that the Melissa and Doug are good quality at a third the price. He also said that company has a policy of replacing any missing piece for any reason for free. Even on their puzzles (the make a lot of toys for children).

I went home and looked on Amazon and found the set for 30 dollars cheaper than at the store, which ended up being only 10 dollars more than a small expansion Thomas track set would have been. So, I wanted to pass this along. Brayden doesn’t really care the brand, and I also figured for a track set, it didn’t matter what brand it was.

Also, after looking over all of the Melissa and Doug toys at the store, I was quite impressed. They make some wonderful toys (and some weird ones). I love that they replace anything your child loses or breaks. And no, I have no affiliation or kick-back from them. It is just a new discovery I wanted to pass along.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Homestic Affairs
    October 29, 2008 / 2:41 AM

    We love Melissa and Doug at our house! We have a lot of their puzzles and some play food that you can "cut", because there's velcro between the slices! I find a lot of M & D stuff at discount stores and some at garage sales!Thanks for the replacement tip. I didn't know that the company did that!Homey

  2. mommytoisabella
    October 29, 2008 / 12:51 PM

    Do you have the web address for this company?

  3. Plowmanators
    October 29, 2008 / 10:01 PM

    Hi Homey, we have some puzzles too. I think they are great!

  4. Plowmanators
    October 29, 2008 / 10:02 PM

    You can just type in

  5. Cathy
    October 30, 2008 / 1:51 AM

    Imaginarium is also excellent for train pieces. They are also much cheaper than Thomas. We buy ours at Toys R Us.

  6. Flanagan
    October 30, 2008 / 6:45 PM

    I know that Imaginarium tracks & trains are compatable with the Thomas ones. Are the Doug & Melissa ones able to match up too? We are planning to get our son an Imaginarium train table for Christmas. It comes with all the tracks and trains and is currently on sale at ToysRUs. That way we can still invest in some of his favorite Thomas characters but we don't have to pay "Thomas Price" for the tracks! Here is the table:

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