Xander is crazy for 2 things, and 2 things only....Thomas the Tank Engine and Scooby Doo. He has a small collection of Thomas & generic engines and tracks. I resigned myself to buying him a collection over time since they are super pricey for little wood engines and tracks. I thought I would put an ad up on our neighborhood Google group first to see if anyone was looking to sell their collection. Well, I hit the jackpot! I was able to buy a collection that an acquaintance of ours had been building for 5 years. She estimated it to be about $1000 worth of Thomas, which looks about right to me. I offered to buy half of it because really it is way too much stuff, but she insisted that I just take all of it. So for a steal ($200) we are the new owners of this enormous collection. Yay! I've managed to keep it hidden from him for the past few days. I'm going to break it up into 2 or 3 chunks and give it to him over the next few holidays.
I took a quick inventory of it when I took the pictures and came up with:
-366 pieces of track, bridges, tunnels, & miscellany
-65 trees, people, & more miscellany
-2 fuel pumps
-paint & oil station