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We recently moved to a house with a large garden so i went on a bit of a outdoor toy shopping spree, I bought the kids a trampoline, a slide, scooter, a bike/trike and this Thomas rocker. When my children went into the garden i was so excited to see their little faces light up when the saw all the toys but once their eyes met the rocker i need not of bothered buying anything else because they were over the moon.
I bought this from ebay new for £19.99 and it is worth every penny, this rocker has given both my children hours and hours of enjoyment.
The rocker is sturdy and safe, my 1yr old rocks really fast on it but it has never toppled over. It has 2 red handles and blue footplates on either side so toes cant get trapped underneath.
I most definitely recommend this to any one who has a child that likes thomas the tank.
Only problem is that if you have more than one child you may have to buy them one each to stop arguments because once they are on it they wont want to come off.
Wow I was really surprised that this item has received some bad reviews. I guess all children are different but here is my experience -
I bought this for my son's first birthday a couple of months ago. I know from my elder two children that you can normally get a lot of play value from these sort of action/outdoor toys and kids can still be using them years on.
I chose this particular rocker as 1) Thomas is a great character for babes and my baby already had quite a lot of Thomas items so he is familiar with this and 2) I got this for only £20 from Woolworths.co.uk which I thought was a bargain for a rocker.
Well the rocker so far has been very well received not only does he like the look of it as a big toy to have round the house ( he is still at the stage where he loves big smiley faces) but he can also rock very well on it by himself.
Admittedly he is a large baby so maybe this helps and obviously I still have to get him on and off and watch him whilst he is on it but he can and does rock back and forth very well on his own. As he gets older he should be even better on this so I reckon for £20 there will be a lot of play value there.
It also was very easy to put together - it was just one piece which needed me to attach the handles which took all of 2 minutes.
Downside? I guess size but there is not really any way around that, as it can't be collapsed it can't be stored away.
All in all a great addition at a bargain price.
My grandson loves to play outdoors and he loves to come to my home and walk into the garden and find something new, and recently when he came running in the door and after he gave me a hug etc, he ran outside to play with his toys, and he stopped in his tracks as he saw this rocker.
He jumped onto it and started laughing and to see his little face light up the minute he saw it, makes me very happy.
I bought this rocker for £10 from a friend as she was selling it as her own grandchildren had grown out of it and she thought selling it to me would be a way of recycling it and to have a few pennies also so she could then put the money towards something else for her grandchildren and I think it was worth every penny and I have seen it for sale on Amazon for £24.99 when I put it in the search engine to review this rocker, and I do think even at the full price I think it is an excellent price in my opinion.
It is very strong and is suitable for a child over 12 months old, and it has the happy face of Thomas on the front and the handles are very strong to hold onto for safety.
It is very light for an adult to move around the garden and for a child to move it by pushing it etc but not for carrying it in the same way as an adult would, because it is designed for a toddler and they are not obviously strong enough, although they try lol and for the older child they can easily move it around the garden.
It is ideal for learning a child how to share toys as the children can jump on and off it and take it in turns and then learn to get a long with each other and share.
It is a very safe toy and it is made of very good robust plastic and it can easily be washed to keep clean if it is left outdoors in the rain.
It can be stored in a shed or garage or even used indoors if the weather is not that good, and the child can have fun inside as well as outside.
I think it is an excellent toy for a young child and they can have lots of fun with it too and my grandson absolutely loves it, especially now he is getting older and is learning how to climb onto outdoor toys and it means he can be in the fresh air while playing with his toys.
I recommend this for anyone to try for their child or a child that you know for a gift or just as a treat item, especially now the nice summer months are almost here and although it is ideal for outdoor use as there is a lot more space, it can easily be used indoors if you have the room as it does not take up that much room in my opinion.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
Hours of fun for my toddler.
*About the Product*
Thomas the Tank Rocker is produced by Little Tikes. It is a toy rocker where toddlers can sit and hold onto the red bars and be happy that Thomas the Tank is on the front of the rocker. There is little ledges around the side where they can put their feet and it is designed to look like a rocking train like you would expect. Like Thomas himself, the main colour is blue.
The Thomas rocker is suitable for 1-3 years.
*Availability and Price*
This is the problem, the likes of Tesco, Argos, Ebay and Boots do sell these however they tend to be out of stock most of the time. Prices range from around £19.99 upwards but most retailers charge around £24.99.
Hoping to create a Thomas the Tank theme for my sons bedroom, I noticed this product online at a time where i didn't have funds to buy it there and then. We were going to buy him a rocker for his Christmas and Thomas seemed the obvious winner for us so i kept looking but come November and all through December, Boots were out of stock constantly which was disappointing as it was on 3for2 and another of his gifts was out of stock aswell which didn't help matters. So, 2weeks before Christmas and after much researching the web, a lovely seller had a brand new one listed on ebay for £24.99 and free postage..bargain! I did not hesitate and bought it straightaway and it was delivered to my home 2days later by courier. I was over the moon with it and checked it all over and hid it in the cupboard.
Being an awkward shape, we didn't attempt to wrap it but stuck a huge silver bow on Thomas nose. On Christmas morning, it was the first thing the Boo noticed but he wasn't very sure of it. We helped him on as he was only 19months and he got the hang of the rocking eventually however he struggled and still does struggle to climb on and off by himself. The issue is that Thomas keeps rocking and he stubbles trying to climb off which I personally think is something Little Tikes need to review. Also he starts at one end of the room with it and it goes backwards as he rocks! Other than this its a great rocker and I would recommend it!
I'm glad I found these on here I bought one of these for the grandchildren. I figured as they were Thomas they would be good quality and worth the £20 I was spending on them. How wrong and disapointed was I.
They were firstly too high for my grandchildren to lift their legs over to even sit on despite them being over the age reccomended which is 12months and they were even taller than kids their age at the time.
They were thin and flimsy and didn't even rock smoothly giving the grandkids a bumpy and scary ride. They could easily have fallen off and the plastic on these were so thin they probably could of been bent so easily.
A complete waste of money and if you do intend on buying rockers of any sort look for ones which are thicker and safer as if I hadn't got rid of this Thomas rocker it would of caused many accidents I think.
Well for Christmas my twin boys were already having Little Tikes rockers off my nan but when I seen these on the Argos website I really could not resist. I mean come on another Thomas product to add to my collection - I mean my twins collection - wow!
I havn't actually seen these on the website since, nor in the catalogue but I paid £19.99 at the time for each of them. I havn't seen them anywhere else since except on Amazon for around £30 plus and Tescos online for £24.99.
Because they were an online only deal at the time I could only see a picture to give me an idea as to what the product itself was going to be like but it did tell me what age they were meant for and that was 12months onwards - up to 3 years. This seemed perfect to me as my twins were just over 1 when Christmas came.
My first proper viewing of these was when they were delivered just a week before Christmas Day. They came in a bag but I couldn't see the rocker I could just feel it. First thing I was surpised with was how light each rocker was. I was expecting it to be light but these were shockingly light that I could hold each with just one finger hooked underneath the base. To compare them to the Little Tikes rockers they were light - but felt a bit heavier and more 'normal' really.
I unwrapped them to be greeted by a rocker shaped like Thomas himself. The rockers overall look is fantastic for a Thomas fan, it would be almost like sitting on Thomas himself to any young child. On the picture above there is handles on the top of Thomas's head, for some reason I didn't get handles with either of my rockers but there were none on the picture online at the time - but on closer inspection of the toys now I can see holes either side which must be the spaces that the handle fits between. Strange - but I don't think they would make alot of difference to be honest.
Because it was so lightweight this caused problems straightaway, my boys were steady on their feet from 10months and had no problems climbing onto things and had already climbed onto their little tikes rockers with no problems at all. These however were a little too high for them to get their legs over properly and with it being so light they constantly kicked the rocker away from them through no fault of their own which resulted in them both being on their bums rather than on the rocker. Causing light bruises and a few annoyed tears.
It's only been the past 2months or more that they can climb onto them properly, that is because they have grown taller and they can reach their legs further up than before so no kicking the rocker away from them.
Problems don't end there though!
The inside of the rocker is hollow - which I thought was a little unusual. It doesn't feel sturdy and safe when I just lean down on it with my hand slightly which is quite worrying for a toy which is meant to take the weight of children up to the age of 3 and rock at the same time.
Each bottom side of the rocker have small grooves in to resemble a train track and I find the edges to be very thin. My boys can sit comfortably on these now but when it comes to rocking the rocker slips rather than rocks in a smooth backwards forwards motion and these slight grooves in the bottom cause it to jerk about which makes my boys panic and almost fall off.
For the money I was expecting these to be alot better - the plastic is so thin it feels cheap I really do not reccomend these to anybody. My twins hardly use them really to be honest they are more for show stuffed in the corner of their bedroom - which is a shame as I'd expected alot more from them as I am usually quite pleased with many Thomas the Tank products. These really are the strangest and most unpractical Thomas toys I have ever come across, such a shame really!