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Best Trains: Thomas vs. Geotrax
Trains are a Classic Boy's Toy
Toy trains have been around for a long time. I remember my brother playing with them, and I think that my dad probably played with them too. Since trains have been around for over 100 years, toy trains have probably been around that long as well. Today, there are several different toy trains to choose from, but two of the most popular trains for young boys are Thomas and Geotrax. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Here, I will highlight some of the features of both kinds of trains, and let you add your $.02 on which train you think is the best.
My little boy has both kinds of trains. I prefer the Thomas trains, but I think my husband likes GeoTrax better. I'm not sure which one my little boy likes; he plays with them both.
What I Like About Thomas
Thomas and his friends are trains that have faces, like humans. They get into various situations and make mistakes, just like children do (or adults). The get jealous, try to be the best, but at the same time, they try to be "really useful." While those characteristics are about the television show, children can act out the Thomas stories with their Thomas trains.
Thomas trains come in many different varieties. There are the classic wooden trains, which are compatible with the Brio wooden trains that have been around for decades. There is the motorized Trackmaster line, there are Lego Thomas sets, and there are also Take-n-Play sets that fold up and go places.
If you or your child are looking for a train set that involves imaginative social play as well as track-building, Thomas may be the set for you.
Thomas Water Tower Figure 8 Set
If you're new to Thomas toys, this Water Tower and Figure 8 Set make a perfect starter set. This 25 piece wooden set comes with Sir Topham Hatt and a baggage car. Thomas and baggage car can ride over a bridge and refuel at the water tower. Also comes with a tree, stop sign, and railroad crossing sign.
What's Great About GeoTrax
Geotrax are motorized trains that are a little larger than the Thomas trains, and are perfect for small preschool hands. They come with large remote controls that can move the trains forward and in reverse. These plastic trains are made by Fisher Price. Like the Thomas trains, there are many add-on sets that you can buy for the GeoTrax trains.
Some GeoTrax sets do come with little people that you can put into the trains, but the trains themselves are train-like, not trains with faces. My husband likes to play with these trains with my little guy. His complaint about Thomas trains is that they "don't do anything" (our experience is with the non-motorized wooden railroad).
You can now get GeoTrax with characters from the movie Cars.
If your child is more interested in putting together track and driving a real train, rather than having the trains interact with each other, you may prefer the GeoTrax.
North Pole Express Christmas Train
Just in time for Christmas, GeoTrax has released the North Pole Express Christmas Train! My husband has always wanted a train to go around the Christmas tree. While the setup on the box doesn't go around a tree, it's likely that you could make this one go around the tree, especially if you bought some extra track.
Which Train System Do You Prefer?
Anyone can comment on who their favorite is.
Which do you like better, Thomas and Friends or GeoTrax?
Some Popular Thomas Trains
This is a cool toy. Thomas will follow the light from the flashlight.
From the popular Misty Island Rescue movie
A popular Trackmaster set.
A wooden railway set.
Thomas Home Video
Thomas trains in action.
Some Popular GeoTrax Trains
I haven't tried these airports yet, but they look cool.
A Very Sweet GeoTrax Setup
Don't let my husband see this video; I hate to think how much these guys must have spent on all that track!