Imaginarium Arch Train Table Keeps Kid's Trains on Permanent Display
Jan 9, 2009
Review by Bryan Carey
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Sturdy; Cute; Includes drawer for storage; Low to the ground
Cons:Drawer not very large; Assembly instructions not accurate
The Bottom Line: This is a very good train/toy table for toddlers
Trains are fun toys for kids of all ages but one problem with trains is finding an appropriate place to set them up and leave them set up so they don't have to be continuously taken down and re-assembled. The ideal place to setup a train permanently is on a table top and one product that helps with this task is the Imaginarium Arch Train Table, a wooden table for trains and other toys.
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Basic Toy Facts:
The Imaginarium Arch Train Table is a rectangular table, shaped like a coffee table and constructed from wood. This table is 46.5 inches long, 32.5 inches wide, and 16 inches in height. It features a flat top that includes illustrations like a road, a lake/pond, and green grass and trees. The illustrations on the sides of the table include trains and bridges.
This train table is designed with safety and convenience in mind and it features two large arches on the longer sides of the table and two smaller arches on the short ends of the table. This arching design means that a train can also be placed underneath the table and remain within view. The rounded legs and round arch help to prevent small injuries and the ridge along the top of the table keeps trains and toys from falling off.
To help store the toys and trains, the The Imaginarium Arch Train Table includes a drawer on one of the long sides of the table. This drawer isn't huge, but it is helpful and features the same wooden construction as the rest of the table.
The Imaginarium Arch Train Table cannot be found in its own web site, and that is because Imaginarium no longer has its own web site. The unofficial web page for this and other Imaginarium products is toysrus.com. Product information in toysrus.com is limited, however, so don't be surprised if you are forced to conduct a general internet search to find what you need.
The Imaginarium Arch Train Table is a nice table for trains or other children's toys and it makes a good choice for those parents who want to purchase their children a train set but want a place where it can be setup on permanent display. My girls like trains, but I knew that if I purchased them a train set, there would not be any place in the house suitable to set up the train and its track, on a permanent basis. It would always be in the way of something, and it would likely end up getting apart and placed back in its box.
I knew the only way a train set would be practical in our household is if a table came along as part of the deal. And fortunately for me, there was a great deal running at Toys- R- Us stores on Black Friday. Not only did I get the Imaginarium Arch Train Table at a cut price, it also included an Imaginarium train set at no extra charge. I could not see any downside to an offer like this, so I accepted immediately and went home to wrap the large boxes.
When it came time to assemble the Imaginarium Arch Train Table, I ran into some trouble. First, the instructions were missing. I was forced to use the internet and download a set of assembly instructions. Then, I found that some of the instructions were not quite accurate. There were some errors. Puzzled, I checked some online sources and I noticed that I was not alone. Others had experienced the same problems and, like me, they were even forced to disassemble some of the pieces and try again once they realized that the diagram on the instruction sheet was incorrect.
Once the problems with construction were behind me, it was time to set up the table in its permanent place in my home and assemble the free toy train, then watch my girls at play and observe how they enjoyed it and any other issues that might arise. My little girls are young, and one advantage of the Imaginarium Arch Train Table was obvious: It is very low to the ground. At a mere sixteen inches from the floor, it is just right for toddlers such as mine. Older children will find it too low, but the height is just right for my two little girls. The other thing that I immediately found very helpful is the ridge along the edge of the top of the Imaginarium Arch Train Table. This ridge isn't very large, but it comes in very handy because it prevents the train or other toys from slipping off of the table. This is something I didn't even notice or even think about when I purchased the table. But once I saw its usefulness in action, I was very grateful that the people at Imaginarium decided to include this extra added feature when they designed this table.
Many train tables are constructed from plastic and some are even made from heavy cardboard. But the Imaginarium Arch Train Table is made from wood and this is one of the table's best features. It isn't the greatest quality of wood, but it is better than plastic. Because of the sturdy, wood construction the table is going to be heavier than the more cheaply constructed train tables on the market. But the weight is surprisingly light and in spite of its dimensions, many will be able to pick the table up by themselves. There is no need for someone to grab the other end. It is heavier than average, yes, but still light enough to make it easy to transport from place to place.
The illustrations on the top and sides of the Imaginarium Arch Train Table add to the cuteness factor and while this may not be appropriate for older kids, it is just right for the little ones. I have found that my girls pay more attention to the train and toys on top of the table than they do the illustrations, but they are certainly eye- catching to young children and they fit the age range for this table quite well.
Overall, the Imaginarium Arch Train Table is a very nice train table for trains or for toys in general. The construction is sturdy, the illustrations on the table are cute, and the edges are rounded for safety. I would have liked an additional drawer and it would have been nice if the assembly instructions were better. But this is still a very good train table from Imaginarium and it makes a great addition to a toddler's play area.
Amount Paid (US$): 99
Type of Toy: Trains
Age Range of Child: 12 to 36 Months
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