I just finished assembling my first Christmas present for my son this year. It is not actually the first, but it is the first one that I want to blog about. We got my son a train table that has a ton of pieces, and it might have been the worst thing that I have ever put together. It has about 200 pieces. Luckily, most of the pieces are assembled, but the major parts are left for the parents to enjoy assembling.
The train table assembly was pretty straight forward. All I did was follow the instructions, but the manufacturer tricks you. I got the table assembled, and then I had to put together all of the things that go on the table. The bridges, station, train storage area, and mountain all require some assembly. The part that I would like to focus on the most is the train storage area. It is actually called a round house, and it is a pretty cool feature to have. The only problem is the assembly. Of a 1 hour assembly time, the roundhouse took 20 minutes of it. You have to try to line everything up (5 doors and 4 posts), and it has to all go together just so. Let’s just say it sucked.
I finally got it figured out. You have to get the doors in and squeeze it as tight as you possibly can to get the posts in. The post will probably pop out several times, but I am sure that you can figure it out. It is frustrating. This could all be solved by four more screws. They give you one screw to hold the posts, but the skimp on the screws and pre-driling for the other four. I wish that they would not have done that, and I recommend to them that they take the extra step. It would make the assembly process so much easier, and I would be much more likely to purchase more of their products.
So to the manufacturers of the Imaginarium Train Table at Toys R Us, please add four more screws to the post of the round house. You don’t need to add them to the top of the assembly. Just to the bottom. It would be so much nicer, and I would praise you for it. Here is a picture of what the finished product will look like. It has actually really cool!