So I bought
myself Rikuto a train set. It’s not a patch on the beautiful Hornby railway set that my dad made me when I was a child, but Tomy’s Plarail is a lot safer, which is important when you buy a one-year-old boy a toy made for 3-year-olds!
Plarail, or “Tomica World” as it’s known outside of Japan, is awesome. There’s a huge selection of trains from all over Japan, and the track is stackable so you can build amazing sets like in this video.
For now, I’ve settled with a rather simple design, and fortunately, Rikuto is so scared of the noisy, battery-powered train that flies around the track at unnatural speeds, that he won’t touch it! 😛