Last updated on November 2nd, 2018 at 03:56 pm
This post is sponsored by Mattel. All opinions are my own. #ThomasStationWalmart
I’m always looking for ways to get my kids to play with the toys they already have. Sometimes all it takes is a new way to play with them. That’s what happened when my family got the new Thomas Super Station from Walmart.
My Kids LOVE Trains
We got our wooden train table when my oldest was 18 months old. He always spent a long time at the train table exhibit at our local children’s museum.
So, we found one used and I was in awe that he would play there for hours by himself and I could actually get stuff done around the house!
He’s been solidly playing with his Thomas trains for years. It’s great because that’s what my family usually gets him for birthday or holiday gifts.
But, they don’t always understand how many different train sets there are and we now have a mix of Wooden Railway, TrackMaster, and Thomas & Friends Adventures.
Thomas Super Station is Compatible
The number one reason I love the Thomas Super Station is that it can be used with any size Thomas engine!
This set comes with pieces from Wooden Railway, TrackMaster, Thomas & Friends Adventures and MINIS.
We were so excited to see that it worked with mini trains! If you have a Thomas the train advent calendar, they come with mini trains. Now you can use them to decorate this set. It works with the MINIS trains from those blind bags, too!
If you have been gifted random Thomas trains, chances are they will work on this track. We had a huge supply of trains of all sizes that we tested out, including really old trains that we were gifted from friends plus a set from Japan!
So, that means your child can add any Thomas & Friends set to their holiday wish list and you won’t have to worry if it works with the Thomas Super Station.
Setting it Up
Setting up the Thomas & Friends Super Station was pretty straight-forward. It comes with a detailed instruction booklet.
Everything is labeled pretty clearly and it took us about 25 minutes to assemble it.
My husband and I set up the actual station part and then our 4 year old was in charge of the tracks.
I loved how the train tracks have clearly marked numbers on the back (like S2, CS, etc.) My preschooler followed the instructions to build the track design.
Since there are a few ways to configure the Thomas Super Station, it was nice that we could try out a few track options.
Remember when I said that the Thomas Super Station is compatible with all the Thomas & Friends trains? The track is ALSO compatible with Thomas & Friends tracks you already own.
This set comes with track adapters that you can use at the ends of the ramps. We call this the “special piece” in our house because it instantly transforms the entire play set.
We have a ton of wooden train tracks that we can now play with in a new way.
The first thing my son wanted to build was a long train track all the way to “Daddy’s office.”
What’s Included in the Thomas Super Station
As I said before, there are multiple ways you can configure this Thomas playset. But, if you are short on space, you can even remove the legs to create a micro-layout.
The way the Thomas Super Station is designed, kids can store more than 100 engines of different sizes. There’s even little spots to attached MINIS vertically!
The playset features iconic Sodor locations including:
- Tidmouth Sheds
- Brendam Docks
- Knapford Station
- The Sodor Steamworks
- The Dieselworks
- Blue Mountain Quarry
- and the SSRC with Harold’s helipad
Plus, you get more than 35 feet of track, cargo pieces, adapter pieces, two racetracks, floor play and more!
What My Preschooler Thinks of It
We’ve had this Thomas & Friends Super Station for more than one month and it’s still getting lots of daily use.
He really likes playing with Cranky. His crane can go up and down and has a cargo lift. My son likes to put engines in the cargo lift.
Plus, there’s a stop-track lever on the turntable. My son has a lot of fun using it to stop his battery-powered TrackMaster trains and have the switch directions.
He had a lot of fun bringing out all his trains to see how many he could fit on the Thomas Super Station (we got up to 72 trains before we ran out!)
He even insisted that we pick up a few more MINIS to “decorate” this playset!
What I Think of It
Before we got the Thomas Super Station from Walmart, my oldest wasn’t playing with his trains as much as he used to.
But, now he’s excited to play with it every day!
We’re also getting much more use out of all our Thomas playsets because they are compatible.
And it’s been a huge hit for play dates! There’s enough room that several kids can play with it at the same time.
Plus, I’ve noticed that with the track adapters, the kids can play with the Thomas & Friends Super Station while others build more tracks featuring other playsets!
With my toddler being train-obsessed, I know we’re going to get several more years of play out of it!
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