Parents, are you tired of your kids spending hours in front of the TV or on a tablet? I know I was! Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set is a great toy to keep playtime on track the old-fashioned way. It is perfect for kids 3 years and up. With its endless possibilities, your kid will have fun while they chuff their way around the track. If you’re considering buying this set, here are a few things to consider.
I bought the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Train Set three months ago and have no major issues with it. The set contains about 100 wooden connectors and over 30 additional pieces for added fun. Pieces like a flatbed truck, two types of bridges and an engine shed for parking are included. There are also trees and road signs to make it more realistic. Your kids can have hours of fun designing and redesigning. And best of all, the instructions are very easy to follow!
The set is compatible with train sets from brands such as Thomas and Friends, Maxim Enterprise, Brio, and KidKraft. My kids have both the Thomas and Friends and KidKraft at our house, so I really like this feature. They can use their old and new toys together to create new designs.
Being a mother of three young boys toys don’t last long here! So far this set has proved to be very durable. The pieces are sturdy and well painted so they can take many falls. The trains also connect by magnets which save you the hassle of repairing broken clips.
Not very handy? Not a problem! If I could do it, you can too. The track is easy to assemble as the pieces snap effortlessly and neatly into one other. It is even easy for your kids to do by themselves.
While steel screws are used to hold some accessories together, they are placed below the wooden surface. This provides a smooth and safe exterior for my young ones and peace of mind for me. The smooth surfaces on the track pieces make them easy for young hands.
The tracks do not always line up perfectly causing the trains to stop in their tracks. A simple work around that I discovered is to use cardboard or paper to compensate for the height difference. You can also tape or screw the tracks into place.
Another drawback of the set is the instability of the raised tracks as the supports. A small knock can cause the tracks to fall apart after you spend 3-5 hours setting up. I doubled up on the supports and used rubber bands to keep them together and this did the trick!
One reason I was drawn to this set was the price. The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooded Railway Train Set is below $100. I found it was very reasonable compared to other wooden sets which sell for as much as $200.
All in all the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set is a fun toy once you can work out the kinks. It provides a lot of challenging fun for your aspiring train conductors. Plus, you would be happy for a much needed break while your kid is engaged in play.