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Thomas the Tank Engine is a classic train who lives on the Island Of Sodor with his train friends. His cheeky blue face can be witnessed in books, DVDs and various toys.
Bath Island is a toy designed to be used whilst in the bath and is made by Tomy who produce a lot of the Thomas toys. It is suitable for children over the age of 2.
This bath toy is made of colourful plastic and has 2 suction cups at the back. It can (or should) be attatched to the side of your bath securely before play can commence. Bath Island has a few different features to encourage play time in the bath. It is supplied with a Thomas train which can be filled up with water and the water will pour out the front. There is a small, shallow boat which can be used to pour water.
The main body of the toy is screwed together. There is a tunnel for Thomas to sit in and a lever to pull to send Thomas shooting down the chute into the water. There is a windmill to spin around. There is also a small house which once filled up with some bubble bath and the button pushed, will produce some bubbles. A large funnel can be filled up with water which will leak through and spin around in a wheel.
This bath toy isn't easy to get ahold of now but I have sourced it from the following outlets :
*www.ebay.co.uk - auctions from 99p
*www.bradmorebabystore.co.uk - £10.99
Our son received Bath Island for his 2nd birthday (he is now 3 and a half). It was a much appreciated gift as we struggled to get him into a bath as he was scared and he loved Thomas so was happy to go in! I'm surprised that this set isn't widely available now as it was popular last year. I have spotted many at carboots and whilst ebay is still active, it will be available! I believe the original price was around £14.99 which I don't find too expensive, It came boxed and required very little set up.
The toy is well made - bright, colourful and well put together without any tiny parts to cause issues. The suction cups worked ok to start with and would happily attach to our tiles or the side of the bath. Now we are lucky if they will stay put for long than 5 minutes! This toy isn't played with quite as much now as Boo prefers his Fisher Price boat and bath crayons.
This toy has survived well in our bath and is easy to give a wipe over reguarly to avoid any icky bits forming. It is quite wide and heavy and does have depth to it so sits far out from the bath. I think the main reason Boo doesn't play with this so much is down to the fact we seem to have lost the plastic chute as it kept falling off! The boat that was initially provided has also disappeared and to be honest, with it being so shallow, it wasn't much use. Boo uses his cup by filling it up with water and pouring that way.
Thomas "just" fits in the tunnel at the top but doesn't stay secure. If the toy is knocked, he will fall out with needing to go anywhere near the lever. The chute was a good shape and allowed Thomas to speed into the water and make a small splash.My son enjoys filling Thomas up at the top and allowing the water to dribble out his mouth. His favourite part of the toy is the funnel tower which is quite big and can accommodate a decent amount of water and has a small hole at the bottom. The water doesn't cascade through the wheel but tends to trickle through at a slow pace. Boo enjoys this.
The bubble house is really not that brilliant and we expected lots of bubbles. We usually pour a small blob of Boos bubble bath in and it does take a lot of pushing the button in to do anything. Pressing and pressing results in a pitifull flurry of bubbles and really isn't worth the effort. Ryan used to get excited about playing with this toy but finds it rather babyish now.
This toy encouraged me son to want to go into a bath and therefore get clean! It allows for 5mins play before he gets bored and moves on to something else. It looks as good as the day we received it and isn't showing any wear or tear. I would recommend it if you can get hold of it,
Thanks for reading x
On the approach of my sons 2nd birthday I was desperately looking around for toys he didnt already have that would entertain him for long enough! I found this in the Argos and was impressed with the £15 price tag for a Thomas toy and thought it would be a great addition to liven up bath time aside from the same old toys we already used.
The bath island is made of quite sturdy plastic, featuring a movable signal, (removable) slide that Thomas sits quite proudly at the top of, a tower and water wheel and a chimney. The slide is very easily removed from the front of the island and has at times fallen off mid 'shoot', which can be quite disappointing. The signal is easily flicked from side to side to launch Thomas and the wheel spins fairly easily once the water is poured into the tower. The chimney button is VERY stiff, even I struggle and this is aimed at 2 year olds. My son has given up trying to get bubbles out, he finds it too hard. This whole contraption afixes to your bathroom walls via suction cups, which was the main selling point for me. However, I personally find the suction cups extremely useless - I am constantly adding more water and pushing it back onto the wall, and it is forever falling into the bath, sometimes scaring the life out of my kids. I dont know whether its just the one I have, or my walls, but it really takes away from the rest of the product for me as can get quite frustrating.
Retailing at £15 (currently on offer for half price) I think this is a very good price, after all it is a Thomas the Tank Engine product and has provided us for months with hours of fun, I just wish it would stick to the wall and the slide would stay on! Although this is my opinion as an adult, my 2 year old loves it and as soon as he's in the bath is looking for Thomas! My 1 year old has recently discovered the moving parts too and she seems very impressed.
I am very impressed with this overall, the simple parts that provide so much entertainment are just right for little people and I think we'll be having Thomas fun in the bath for a long time!
Age level 1 - 6 years.
This toy consists of a plastic "island" that attaches to the side of the bath with suction cups. The island has detachable ramp for Thomas to slide down when a lever is pulled, a windmill to spin, a water wheel with barrel and a pump which makes bubbles with a drop of shampoo. The set also comes with Thomas and a boat.
The children's opinion:
My sons were ages 16 months and 4 years when they got this as a Christmas present. They couldn't wait to get into the bath and I had to make them get out almost 2 hours later as there was no more hot water to keep warming the bath. Since then they have used this for every bath and have had countless hours of fun. The boat is also meant to scoop water, and doesn't work the best for this, but my sons just use an old laundry scoop. They still have a great time driving Thomas around the bath, floating the boat etc... and absolutely love this toy.
My opinion: it's a bit of nuisance as you must position the suction cups perfectly on the tiles or it falls down. It still has a tendency to tilt and have to be repositioned at times. The slide does come off, but this is to keep it out of the way when needed. It goes back o very easily, and of course I am just sitting there while they play in the bath anyway. I do realise the play is a bit limited, of course they cant have as much fun as with a train set, but it is after all just a bath toy. Because the children love it so much, it is worth a bit of nuisance to me, and I am really glad I ignored negative reviews on this item and bought it.
My son received this item for his 2nd Christmas as he is mad
on Thomas. The set consists of the Bath Island with a number of
fun things to do, Thomas and a boat.
The Island itself sticks to the bath or wall by Suction caps.
I have found that these work really well and the Island very
rarely falls off the bath. This is great as it means my son
gets uninterrupted play.
The bath island itself has a shed in which you can place Thomas this has
a slide coming from it. You pull a little lever which looks like
a signal and Thomas will fly down the slide into the bath. This has proved
much fun for my son. The only downside to this is the slide comes off which can be a little annoying. However, for little children who do not realise there own strength I suppose that this is not too bad as better than it getting broken.
There is also a water tower which you can fill with water to
turn a water wheel. This is where the boat comes in handy as you can fill the boat with water for pouring into the tower.
There is also a way in which you can make bubbles. Fill a little
hole with something soapy add a little water press a button and watch
the bubbles come out, the button for this is a little stiff but my son manages it.
The quality of this toy is really good and has lasted a long time and will
last a long time to come.
I do agree with what the other reviewer has said in that the boat
seems a little lost but it is a nice addition as something extra to play
with in the bath.
All in all I would say that this is a great toy and has provided many
hours of fun and entertainment for my son. I do think that this is good value for money as something similar from somewhere like ELC would cost a similar amount but without the brand of Thomas.
I bought this item for my sons 2nd birthday. He loves his baths and loves his Thomas the Tank toys even more. I bought the item in the january sale for about £5, (I think the origional price was roughly £10 or £15). I was quite excited when i bought it as i thought this would be the toy to beat all bath toys, Thomas flies down his ramp, you can press a button to make bubbles, there is a water bucket with a well underneath which turns with the flow of the water. It is handy as it sticks to the side of the bath tub, and promises hours of bathtime fun. It also includes a boat.
However I must admit, im very dissapointed with the product. It really is one of those products where you really are paying for the brand, there are loads of other similar bath toys on the market for half the price and have many more features.
The ramp that Thomas 'flies' down easily comes away for storage, but it can still come off quite often while my son is playing with it. The button you press that makes the bubbles is fairly stiff and my son finds it hard to press the button because it so stiff.
The boat that comes with the toy is part of the thomas set, but seems a bit out of place in this set as there is nowhere on the island for it.
The Islands attaches to either the side of the bath, or bathroom tiles using silicone 'suckers'. These are a decent size, and are pretty tough. My product is 7 months old and has yet to have fallen off during play.
Cleaning can be tricky as there are a few many nooks and cranies. The good point is that it is a bath toy, and is designed to get very wet, so you can leave it to have good soak in some warm soapy water, and then give it a good rinse.
All in all, this is a good toy and my son does really like playing with it (it is now about 7 months old.) Though for what your actually getting, it may be worth investigating other products on the market, unless you get it at a good sale price like i did!
I bought one of these for my grandchildren and I'm surprised it has lasted this long and was actually a decent toy.
I'm in two minds about thomas products, they seem to be either brilliant or crap and these are really good.
They are green in colour to represent the land.
They is a cubby hole for Thomas himself to sit in, and coming from this hole is a yellow slide. Two suckers on the back of the island allows the toy to stick to the side of the bath or the wall up above if you have tiles. There is a windmill which turns when water is poured into it and a rooftop to press which allows a hole to blow bubbles which is really fasicnating for young children. On top of this there is a boat, which I've shown my grandsons how to fill up with water to pour it into the holes provided.
I think these toys hold their attention quite a while in the bath, they loved bathtimes anyway but this toy has made it all the more pleasing for them.
This toy costs just over £10 in stores and online and it was definitely worth the money spent.
This is a fantastic Thomas bath toy.
The Island sticks to the side of the bath with a suction cup (unfortunately sometimes it takes a while to stick) and you can then choose what to play with as there is so much to do in such a little toy. You get a Thomas with it that can slip down the slide in the middle. You also get Bulstrode the boat that can be used as a scoop top lift the water from the bath and pour it into the water wheel to make it spin. You can also pour some bubble bath or liquid soap into the chimney of the house to create bubbles.
This is all really easy to use and even my 21 month old can create the bubbles by herself. My children have had hours of fun out of this and have got used to pouring water over their heads using Bulstrode.
A very bright and appealing toy and not badly priced at £10.
My son is now 5 and has had the Thomas the tank engine bath island since he was 4 he chose this from Tesco with his birthday money as it was only £10.
He still plays with it to this day in the bath and is the first toy he gets out he enjoys pressing the button to make the toy train slide down the slide in to the bath and has great roll play pretending that thomas is crashing into the sea.
He also shares this toy with his younger brother who has just turned 4, Ive never seen my kids enjoy a toy for so long as they tend to change their minds so often about most of the things they have but my eldest is a huge Thomas fan so I knew he would enjoy this.
This is the reason why I find this purchase fantastic value for money due to the time and attention it has had and is still working fantastic as the day it was brought.
As you were all probably expecting from me another Thomas the Tank product review. I never bought this one this time though, my nan did for my twin boys as Christmas presents. To be honest I'm usually very happy with any Thomas The Tank toy, but unfortunately I'm not too pleased with this one.
Luckily my boys, who are only 13months now, love their baths for some reason they seem so relaxed and happy once sat in it. Even happier when they have all their toys around. I've noticed they try use their imagination alot more once in the bath, I absolutely love watching them, so this toy was perfect, surely? I was wrong to think that.
There is no fiddly bits really when putting it together it's just a case of clicking in the yellow slide/shoot provided. There are two suckers on the back for it to stick to either the side of your bath or tiles on the wall. It also comes with a Thomas The Tank and a boat. There aren't really many activites on this island for a child to do, which is why I guess it's aimed for ages 2years plus when they have more of an imagination about things. Thomas the Tank can be placed into the hole provided and slide down the shoot. There is a house which you can fill up with water, using the boat that comes with it and on the front there is a button, which when it's pressed bubbles come out of the chimney at the top of the house. There is a water tower which can be filled up, which results in a wheel turning around and there is a windmill which turns if water is poured over it. The retail price is roughly £9.99 in shops such as Argos but my Nan bought this in T.J Hughes for the same price.
My boys do enjoy playing with these toys, but only because they are using their imagination, they are becoming extremely verbal and they like to use Thomas mainly to move him across the bath and babble to themselves. As for pouring the water in the house to make bubbles etc it's not something which I believe holds a childs interest for a long time. As for the slide, it gets knocked off easily, which always leaves my boys annoyed as they don't know how to click it back into place.
Although it is a lovely looking toy, colourful and attractive to a childs eye especially, I personally feel it is only so pricey because of the fact it's Thomas The Tank. I know I have said my boys have fun with them, but really its mainly Thomas himself they have fun with, they don't really bother with the island as such, they seem to get bored very quickly. I'm glad my nan bought them and not me, as I feel my boys have more fun with their poundland bag of colourful ducks and a few empty bottles to pour water all over my floor than this island. There are plenty of cheap ways of making fun in the bath these days, especially stacking cups, I can't reccomend them enough. But I don't think for the price really anybody should by this toy unless of course your child is extremely Thomas The Tank crazy.
My little boy loves playing in the bath but he was getting a bit bored with his usual ducks and dinosaurs.
We spotted Thomas the tank bath island in Tesco`s and decided to buy it .
The toy is made out of plastic which is quite sturdy and brightly coloured in green , blue , red and yellow. It is ideal for a child to learn their colours my son loves to point out green and red.
It comes with a boat which you can use to pour water into the tower which will make the wheel turn , there is also a windmill and a little house which can have bubbles coming out of its chimney when you press the button.
There is a ramp which is a real pain as it doesn`t stay in place , the idea is you pull the signal and Thomas goes down the ramp , but as you have to attach the ramp to the toy it tends to come apart.
The suction of this toy is very poor it is supposed to stick to the side of the bath but it forever comes away.
My son loves to play with the water tower he will sit for ages watching the wheel go round then when he gets fed up he fills up his little boat and throws the water at his mum and dad!
This toy will keep your little ones entertained for at least 10 - 20 minutes and I find it a great distraction if I want to wash my sons hair.
This toy is for children aged 2+
You can buy Bath island in Tesco`s and on Amazon for £9.64
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I have 2 boys that are both mad thomas the tank engine fans, so i was very keen to get them thomas the tank engine bath island for their bath times.
They were very excited when they saw it & couldnt wait to get in the bath even more than normal.
The bath island is nice bright colours which attracts them too, but we did have a little trouble getting it to stay stuck to the side of the bath as it kept slipping into the water, which didnt bother the boys they were still happy with it, mainly because of the fact it was just something thomas tank engine wise.
Thomas did not always slide down the slide as easily as he should do so they tended to play with him seperatly, to my suprise after a couple of times of playing with it they were no longer bothered with it, this is the only thomas toy they have ever been like this with, i have to say i was a little dissapointed with it, but others may find it better.
My little boy loves his baths, unlike many kids, and never needs any encouragement to have one, granted he's only 3 and the novelty will probably wear off soon, but I always like to make sure he's got a few toys to play with in there just to keep him entertained, usually he's happy with a few boats, floating fish or ducks...you know the sort of thing, but when he received the Thomas The Tank Engine Bath Island as a gift his regular toys could not be cast aside fast enough, if there's one thing he likes more then baths it's Thomas The Tank.
Thomas Bath Island-
The Thomas Bath Island is made up of 2 parts and also comes with a Thomas and a boat. Assembly is simple as the majority of the island and its features are already connected, all you have to do is clip into place the yellow, ramp style piece of track. Made of durable plastic it is naturally water proof, it's a bath toy after all, and has 2 large plastic suckers on the back which allow you to attach it to the bath or tiles (If you have any surrounding your bath) It's brightly coloured and very appealing to any young Thomas fan.
Features on the island include a windmill which spins when water is poured over it (either by using the boat supplied or any plastic cup you have lying around) there is also a house which you pour water into the chimney, then press the front door shaped button to create small bubbles. There is a water vat which pours onto a water wheel and finally when you pop Thomas at the top of his ramp and press down on the flag it sends him down the ramp and into the water. Thomas himself has the added feature of being able to fill with water, there is a small hole by his mouth which then squirts the water back out. The boat does little more then float on the water and is used to pour the water into all the little features.
As expected Christopher just loves the toy, he always stayed in his baths for a long time but now and hour and a half can go by and he still doesn't want to get out, I find myself constantly topping up his water just so he doesn't end up with a chill. It's suitable for children over 2 so it's perfectly aimed at his age group with him quickly mastering the actions of all the sections.
Personally I find the activities on the toy a bit disappointing, I had somehow imagined that they would be linked together creating more of a sequence of events but I suppose there is more to keep a little one entertained and challenged by making the sections operate separately ending up with different results. It reminds me a lot of the water toys that are used at his nursery and it's always good to see him master a toy and in some way educate himself as to how all these water systems work.
As I mentioned earlier there is not a lot of assembly that goes into the toy, all you need to do is attach the ramp, unfortunately it's ease of assembly is mirrored by is ease of disassembly and I find myself regularly being called to the bathroom because it's come apart again. I also find it difficult to keep the island attached to the bath with the suckers and more often then not admit defeat and just let him sit in the bath with the island on his lap, this actually ends up saving me mess though as there's a lot of water spillage which would be fine if your bath is against the wall and perfectly sealed, however ours isn't and the water ends up all over the floor.
The toys itself is quite tough and has stood up well to the abuse that my 2 toddlers have put it through. Because it's a bath toy we've also managed to keep together all the parts (Thomas, boat etc) which would normally never happen with their regular toys.
Price & Availability-
The toy can be found in most toy stores such as Woolworths and Toys R Us, as well as stores like Argos, in the region of £9.99, it is also available online from places like Amazon.
While the kids may enjoy the toy I can't see how it achieves much more then similar, cheaper and unbranded bath toys. Yes it works and it entertains them but they were always happy with the toys they had before and I would be reluctant to spend £10 on a toy that does so little.
Go to http://www.tomy.co.uk for more on the island as well as Tomy's range of toys.
Make bath time fun with Thomas!