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|02-12-2013 08:39 PM|
|02-12-2013 12:55 PM|
I should have read the fine print and seen tha tthe free shipping for the day lasted until midnight CENTRAL time...
I wanted to grab one more Victor and missed the free shipping..
That's okay I got just about everything else that wasn't sold out.
|02-12-2013 12:12 PM|
|02-11-2013 10:09 PM|
Maybe it's just me, but I see that the sale lasts for 2 more days - through Feb. 14. I also see the $5 all you can ship promo. Seems like a pretty good deal to me. Too bad the tracks all seem to be sold out already. But, I guess my toddler doesn't need to play on the tracks now and I can just get them later on.
I don't see what the big deal is about stocking up. So, what if your child loses interest on these train toys. That's like saying you don't know anyone else with a young child that likes trains. Bam, you have a cheap present now. Even better, its still in its original box.
|02-11-2013 03:11 PM|
In my case, Thomas engines are the best investment I've ever made (never even close to full cost, mind you) because my twins have been over-the-top obsessed for over 4 years. But I already know that. You, on the other hand, don't know the first thing about my kids and I wouldn't expect you to.
|02-11-2013 02:29 PM|
|02-11-2013 02:05 PM|
I know what you mean about playing with them. I'd spend a long time building a track setup that fit our table, only for my son to re-arrange it within minutes. I still enjoyed the time we spent playing together, but we've moved on to something I like even more..... Legos!!
Edit: I am putting my lesson to good use when it comes to Legos. I only have 1 or 2 sets in storage at a time since I never know when he'll move on to something else. You have no idea how hard it is for me to pass up all those bigger sets....
|02-11-2013 01:37 PM|
I don't know.
A good deal is a good deal.
Even if you grab a ton of these and you child loses interest, you give these out to anyone or donate them and you're basically a hero.
Besides...I don't know about the rest of you, but buy them for my son is only like 30% of the reason to get them.......I end up playing with them more than he does.
|02-11-2013 01:19 PM|
You are correct in there their tunnels are are shorter, not just for Thomas, but for Circo and all other trains.
But they have a pack that come with risers you can use to "raise" the tunnels. It's little wobbly but it works.
The thing with Ikea is that you can grab a whole LOT of track for a very small price.
So you can build very large tracks for the cheap.
Sure if you mix the tracks you might run into problem..but hell think of Ikea as test tracks before you invest int he good stuff.
|02-11-2013 12:19 PM|
There just seems to be a lot of this kind of talk when it comes to Thomas toys since they can be pricey at regular prices and sales can be fairly infrequent. I just wanted to share one example where the love for Thomas didn't last quite as long as the supply of toys did.
|02-11-2013 11:51 AM|
Do a google search for "thomas cars ikea tunnels" (without quotes) and you'll find many people with the same complaints
This is a thread about buying thomas cars, and since many of them do not fit through the ikea tunnels, I find it totally fair to say do not buy the ikea tracks.
Also, when you say you can built the entire thing with ikea. Well, if you are just talking about standard straight/curve tracks and Y intersections, then yes. But like I said, tunnels don't work. And ikea doesn't have any of the fancier connections (T connector, 4 way, roundabout), or any of the many buildings, facier bridges, etc that are available from the other brands.
|02-11-2013 11:28 AM|
You can suggest not to buy and mix them together, but saying "DO NOT BUY" is a bit too strong because they are very well built it and just works, at a very good price.
|02-11-2013 11:24 AM|
|02-11-2013 11:16 AM|
1) The connectors on ikea are just slightly different than the thomas brand and imaginarium brand. When hooking the 2 different ones together, the connection is extremely loose when hooking female ikea to male other brand, or it's EXTREMELY tight when going the other way around. And I mean tight to the point that, as an adult I find it quite difficult to get them together. A kid 5 years old or less would be very hard pressed to get them together. A 10 year old could probably do it, but it wouldn't be fun.
2) The train tunnels on the ikea brand are too small. Ikea trains come with trains that are shorter than the thomas trains, and the bridge tunnels are designed for them. Put almost any thomas car on those tracks and they don't fit through the tunnel.
The ikea ones are cheap, but I'm not recommend them. Imaginarium ones are much better in my opinion. They are often on sale for 40% off around xmas. Not sure about the rest of the year.
|02-11-2013 11:09 AM|
Can anyone please tell me that all train tracks of Ikea are compatible with Thomas Trains..battery operated also?
The train track on woot is 12 dollars and there is one better available at Ikea for 10.00 dollars..so debating whether should I get it from Woot or IKea...
Appreciate the help
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