Reviewed for Preschool, 2007

If you've ever gone to a toy store and seen the mob of kids clumped around the train table, you know that this is one amusement worth its weight in gold. The problem is, sometimes they're so pricey, you might ask yourself if that's what they're made out of... We say save your loot for the trains, and go generic on the table. This particular beauty is a nice wooden version, complete with track, play mat, three plastic storage bins, and over 130 pieces, from tunnels to bridges, plus starter trains. Perfect for pretend play and ripe for expansion, the set is also compatible with all things Thomas and Brio. (Battat, $179.99)