Re: Help! Wooden train sets comparison.
We have Ikea, Maxim, Brio, Thomas, and M&D. Thomas is my Dh's favorite (because of the design). Ikea has plastic end pieces that could be chewed off, but have held up well to my kids' abuse. Ikea is not double-sided on the straight-aways. Our Maxim are all specialty pieces, so I don't know about those. But the non-double sidedness of the straightaways are really our only complaint - and it's not even that big of one to begin with. They all work really well together and are all of good quality. Although for heirloom pieces (you want your grandkids to play with them too and they will get heavy use), I would go with Thomas or M&D.
Wife to N, Momma to M (8/26/09) and J (4/21/11)
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