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My son received a Push 'n' Go Thomas from his grandparents for his second birthday. He had recently become very interested in Thomas The Tank Engine and the toys in this range and had always loved push 'n' go style toys, where you compress something and the toy rolls forward. Therefore, it was a gift that he was very pleased to receive.
My mum eventually found the toy in Sainsbury's for around £13.99. I say eventually as we had seen the James variety of the toy in Toys R Us and thought we'd be able to pick up a Thomas elsewhere, as my son would favour that character. However, after a look in several stores and a search online it became clear this wouldn't be as easy as we had anticipated. Tesco Direct stocked the toy but could not guarantee which character you would receive and it currently sells on Amazon for £30! Unwilling to pay a vastly inflated price or risk getting a different character, we carried on looking and chanced upon it whilst shopping in Sainsbury's in the end.
The toy is for children aged 12 months and over and, as such, is a fairly chunky toy, the dimensions given for this are Height 18cm x Width 19cm x Depth 9.5cm. It is made of plastic and is a very good resemblance of the character it is intended to be - the blue is perhaps a little deeper than the blue on some of my son's Thomas toys but I wouldn't say that this was incorrect. There are six blue wheels on the train to propel it along and on top, in the driver compartment is the head and shoulders of a driver. This can be pushed down into the train and this propels the train forwards in a straight line. As the train moves forward, the driver pops up slowly again and the train draws to a stop. The driver can then be pushed down again to make the train move forward and so on and so on.
My son knew what to do instantly with this toy as he already had various push and go style toys. He was also well above the minimum age for the toy meaning that his strength and co-ordination was very good and he was more than capable of pressing the driver down accurately. The driver is quite stiff though and I would imagine a younger child struggling a little more at getting to grips with this. We get this toy out when his younger cousin, who is 16 months old, comes to play and she struggles with this. She understands what needs to be done but it is just a little too stiff and she lacks the required strength and manipulation skills to do this - which can be quite frustrating for her! So I would probably say that this is ideal from 18 months rather than 12 (where the driver is likely to just get chewed...!)
The train travels quite a long way on the compression of the driver and moves quite quickly over our wooden floor. It does move over the rugs and carpets but at a much reduced speed, which does not entertain my son quite as much! It also doesn't travel as far which means his games aren't as much fun over the carpet. At the same time, it is gentle on the floor and doesn't mark or scratch the laminate (other vehicle toys we own have done this) so this pleases me too!
There is not a great deal to the toy and my son enjoys it most when he has someone to play it with - i.e. sitting at opposite ends of the room and pushing it back and forth to one another. However, he has developed various games with it too - so it has helped his imagination - such as standing up other toys like skittles and aiming this at them to knock them down. I would say he probably plays with this for 10 minutes at a time, it doesn't hold his interest or attention for much longer than this. It has stood up to his play well though and is obviously well made. None of the plastic has chipped or damaged and the driver remains intact (as does the push 'n' go mechanism which I worried may have weakened under such heavy handedness!).
This is a lovely toy for young Thomas fans. It is safe and simple to use. My son probably got it when he was a little old, I would say it was ideal for children at about 18 months. However, he still enjoyed it (and still does at age 2 ½) and has had plenty of play from it. It is basic but does what it is supposed to well - and it is nice to have simple, non-noisy toys in his collection too!
I think that the toy is a little overpriced for what it is, even at the £13.99 we paid for it. But I have found this to be true for a lot of Thomas toys (as well as other character toys) so it is not overly surprising. I was astounded to see the price that it was selling for on Amazon though and cannot see that anyone would pay that (nor should they!). It is well made and durable too. I would recommend it for young toddlers that are Thomas fans, if you are able to get hold of one at a reasonable price.
Like many little boys my 2 year old has just discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. Now every train we see that is blue is quite obviously Thomas! he's not too keen on the TV series but whenever we pass a toy of Thomas then he make a beeline for it.
As there is such a large range of Thomas to choose from we didn't want to waste our money by getting a toy that would amuse for a few minutes and then be forgotten about. However, before we decided on a Thomas to purchase we were clearing out my daughters 'old' toys and came across the Thomas 'Push n Go'.
Well, the moment myy son saw 'his' Thomas he was delighted and it has become one of his favourite toys. Rarely a day goes by when Thomas is not 'pushed' around the house or garden.
Now as a mum I want toys to last and be of a very good quality and I have to say Push 'N Go Thomas does not disappoint. It is a very sturdy toy and perfect for little hands - even when they are a little rough!
Thomas himelf measures 18cm in height, 19cm in width and 9.4cm in depth.
At the top of Thomas is the driver and again he is very sturdy and easy for little hands to hold onto. All you have to do is push down the driver and off Thomas zooms. I have to say that my son has had no problems at all in pushing down the driver himself (I know there are some people who have said that the driver is hard for little ones to push down) and off he goes to play.
Another big bonue and what also makes this a firm favourite is that no batteries are needed! Thomas just keeps going and going and going!
I have to say that we have certainly got our moneys worth out of this toy - my daughter had it and now my son has it and it still shows no real signs of any wear and tear. The wheels are still smooth, no paintwork has faded and the everything looks as good as new. A very well made toy.
To sum up I'm hoping that Thomas provides my son many more hours of fun and play. I have found this toy durable, well made and ideal for toddler hands. I would thoroughly recommend this product.
In his short twenty three months of life, David has already amassed a large collection of Thomas related toys and books. He loves each and every item, but his current favourite is definitely this Push 'n' Go Thomas and he plays with it every single day.
It's a relatively large Thomas, perfectly designed in my opinion for for the chubby hands of very young Thomas fans. It's completely plastic and looks very much like the Thomas we all know and love, his driver is poking out of the top which initially looks strange as it's very rare we see Thomas's human helpers but after a few minutes of faffing I realised why the driver has made an appearance and it all started to make sense.
You can either use the Thomas as a push along car (train!) or activate him to trundle along by himself, this is a simple case of pushing the driver down as far as he will go and releasing him to enable Thomas to shoot forward under his own steam. Now, David is hugely impressed with this but considering he travels only around four feet before shuddering to a stop I don't think it's great at all - he can push things further than this and it just seems silly to me to create a toy that will move on its own and not allow it to travel further than a toddler-push would! Of course you can push the driver down again but as David (and most other small people) has the attention span of a flea this is not usually an option as by the time Thomas has stopped (roughly three seconds after he's started!) David has lost interest! Very annoying!
But not as annoying as the horrible grinding/whirring sound Thomas makes as you push the driver down, and also as he moves along. Arrrrgggghhhhhhh! I hate it, really hate it! The toy looks like the cutest train ever invented, but when he's in motion he sounds like he's going to fall apart - I had a migraine last week and even though I was upstairs in bed I had to call down to Mark to take this Thomas off David as the sound was travelling upstairs and literally making me feel sick!
Obviously these observations are from an adults point of view, David absolutely adores the toy and doesn't care in the slightest that Thomas doesn't move far (he's in awe of the fact that he can move at all without being pushed!) and really that's all that matters. The minimum age of twelve months is about right, although it'll be a while before your little one is able to push down on the driver to activate Thomas if you decide to give it to them at such a young age. It's durable enough to cope with being chewed and dribbled on though; David has dropped it from a height (well, out of his cot but that's plenty high enough when you're only two feet tall yourself!) and thrown it onto the pavement when he's been carrying it in his buggy - surprisingly Thomas is still in fabulous condition without so much as a single chip, dent or crack anywhere!
The wheels work brilliantly on Thomas and makes him a perfect push along toy for little kids, they rotate reasonably freely but there's just the right amount of friction to prevent Thomas from skidding along our wooden floors. He's very easily tripped over so I completely recommend you put him away safely when playtime is over, David left him next to the stair gate recently where his big sister managed to put her foot slap bang on top of Thomas - I'm surprised she didn't break anything as Thomas flew one way and she flew the other, landing with a comedy *bang* which would have been hysterically funny if it wasn't such a serious fall!
Overall I do think this is a good toy, despite my reservations about the way the 'push n go' aspect works - David adores it and it's usually the thing he grabs first out of his toy box, this is mainly due to his (excessive) penchant for Thomas but also because it's a tactile toy which he never seems to tire of. Considering it cost less than £10 (although is now slightly over this price at around £12) I think this is fabulous value and wouldn't hesitate to purchase again if anything happened to this one - although frankly if it can cope with heavy-footed Alice landing on it then it can probably cope with anything!
My boys are both Thomas mad so when I seen this on sale for £5 at my local Argos I decided to pick it up for my youngest sons birthday as I knew he would love it. The toy looks very well made and there are no small pieces so it is perfect for younger children.
The toy is made from durable thick plastic and is a good size for little hands to hold and push easily. It is light enough for younger children to pick up and move around and can be rolled along the floor or the push and go feature can be used. It resembles the little blue engine perfectly and the driver is also modelled very well on the TV characters which my sons love. You can buy variations of this toy and we now have Percy and Thomas so that they can race against each other and make things a little more interesting.
To get the toy to work it is really simple simply push down on the driver that is pre attached to the train in the driver's seat and watch Thomas roll along all by himself. This is simple to do even for younger children the driver is a fair size for them to get their hands around and fairly easy to push down sometimes it does stick a little but after a few pushes this eases up again.
Although Thomas does not roll very far along the floor he still rolls enough to provide enjoyment for little one and this also means that younger children that are just exploring movement can enjoy this toy as well as older children who are sturdy on their feet. This toy is said to encourage crawling which it does as my son loves crawling after Thomas and now he is a lot steadier on his feet he loves running after him too.
We have found that this works on both carpets and wooden flooring though of course as you would expect it does roll further when used on harder flooring and so my boys tend to take ours to the kitchen to use them. They can be used by themselves or you can use other engines in the series to race and we find that Thomas always rolls that little bit further than Percy and so always wins the race.
We have had this toy coming up to a year now and he has been bashed off everything in sight and in the early days my son would just throw poor Thomas across the room for no reason other to see how far he could throw him. There are no markings or scratching at all and Thomas has lasted well which is great that he is so well made as he is aimed at younger children.
The toy is recommended from 1 year and above which I believe to be a good age range to begin from as it is simple to use and great for encouraging fine motor skills in younger children. This does not mean it is limited to a young child as even my eldest son who is soon to be five enjoys racing this Thomas with the Percy push and go engine and although he does play with it for shorter periods and a lot less than my youngest boy he still really enjoys racing them.
This toy does get small bouts of use rather than any longer play sessions but it does get used very often making it worth its money. Usual retail for this toy is around £10 and although it seems a little pricey considering you can get other push and go toys for half this but it has lasted well and of course you are paying for the character as well as the toy unfortunately.
This toy does not require any batteries which is a nice change from a lot of my children's other toys this means although it is a little expensive for what you get there are no further costs added by having to buy batteries over and over again even though it is still an interactive toy for a child and provides great enjoyment by rolling by itself.
Both my sons and I would recommend this toy it is simple yet fun and both my 2 year old and 4 year old like this toy although it does only receive small amounts of use on many occasions it has certainly paid for itself over the year we have had it.
Thomas the Tank is a cheeky engine who lives on the Island of Sodor with his friends.
~Push 'N' Go~
Push 'N' Go Thomas the Tank is a toy created by toy giants Tomy. It is suitable for children over the age of 12 months and doesn't require any batteries. The toy measures 15 x 9 x 7cm and is presented in an open front box.
This toy is said to encourage crawling and general fun. Push 'N' Go Thomas is presented in one piece with no assembly required. The main body of the toy features a large, plastic Thomas with 6 turning wheels. The top of the engine is semi open and Thomas' driver is popping out. The idea is for your child to press down on the drivers head, release and send Thomas shooting across the floor.
Current prices :
*Amazon UK - £12.58
*Tesco - £10.97
*Play.com - £9.89
Push 'N' Go Thomas is marketed as being the perfect little toy for toddlers too young to get use from a train set. I cannot remember how we came to have this but know it has been in our collection since my son was around 1year old (so 2 and a half years roughly). We also have the matching Percy somewhere in the house but James can also be bought if you want a full collection.
From a parents point of view, this is a decent toy. It is chunky, sturdy and not too heavy. It is quite big and easy for a toddler to use. The quality of this train is really good. There is no sharp surfaces or small parts which could cause any issues with babies and nothing will fall off if the train ends up near a hungry toddlers mouth! It is all very secure and my son could get use of it from a young age. It is durable and has withstood being rammed into walls and the usual toddler tantrums.
Thomas actually looks like Thomas. Probably a daft statement to make but I find that poor quality Thomas toys often do not look like the real engine. This toy has a realistic looking Thomas from his cheeky smile, red detailing to his black funnel numbering. The toy has a glossy finish though regular play has resulted in small flakes of colouring falling off. The drivers detailing is minimal - a simple blue hat and jacket.
~My Sons Opinion~
My son was impressed with this toy from the moment he received it and took it to relatives homes to show it off (alongside Percy). Thomas was subject to flying off the edge of sofas (and survived to tell the tale) but was mainly used on a carpet. Whenever this toy is ressurrected from the toy box now, it is mainly used on the laminate flooring as my son has learned that Thomas works better on the wooden floor compared to carpet.
When my son first received this toy, he found it difficult to push the driver down far enough to gather up speed. The driver is quite stiff and it does take quite a bit of pressure to get him moving. My son eventually got the hang of it and it doesn't take much force for him to get Thomas moving now.
I wouldn't say this is the best push toy on the market. Once pressure on the drivers head as been released, it takes a few seconds for Thomas to start moving. The wheels spin quickly and to start with, Thomas would go shooting across the floor in a fairly noisy manner. My son would chase after it and giggle as he done so. When Percy was with us (I still need to find him again), my son and nephew would race the engines which always proved to be fun and it was something they could do together.
Now though, the driver seems even stiffer and doesn't seem to move Thomas very well on his own (especially on the carpet). My son pushes him down and then has to give the back of Thomas a nudge to release the driver and send him on his way. It is almost like the driver has given up and became lazy (or stuck!). Not so bad on laminate but no where near as fun as it used to be.
This is a good, fun toy for a younger Thomas fan but doesn't have much appeal to my son or nephew who are now 3 and 3 and a half. It isn't educational and has limited play options - it looks good but is really basic and my son prefers toys with more play options now. I wouldn't pay anymore than a fiver for it to be honest as it isn't worth anymore.
Overall 4 stars and a recommendation.
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I bought 2 of these for my twins for Christmas on the cheap. I havn't been buying 2 of everything as I'm trying to learn them to share and play together with things. But if I can grab a bargain like I did with these 2 then I will buy 2. I bought one from a Charity Shop for just £1.50 and I had one with a bundle of toys I bought off ebay for just £10 including the postage and packaging. The retail price for these though are roughly £10.
It is such a simple toy, shaped like Thomas the Tank himself, with a train driver at the top of it. Now the name Push and Go Thomas obviously comes from the fact that all you have to do is Push down the train driver and off Thomas goes. It is so easy for any child to learn to do, they would only have to watch you push the driver down once and see Thomas whizz across the room and they would know exactly what to do to get the same results again.
The train whizzing across the room shocked my twins and they became so excited by it that they literally pushed me out the way so they could push the driver down.
This toy is reccomended for 12 months plus, and it is very safe for your little ones as there are no small fiddly parts for them to choke on. It's not a huge toy and not too small just the right size for children from maybe 8months plus to pick up.
I do reccomend this to anybody who has children who love Thomas, or even just trains or cars. Like I said it is such a simple toy to have and extremely easy to use but so far it has provided lots of fun for my boys as they press the driver and try beat Thomas to the other end of the room.
Tomy Push and Go Thomas the Tank Engine....
This was a present for Jack on his first birthday and one of his first Thomas the Tank Engines, now it seems he has dozens that all do different things.
This particular Thomas the Tank Engine as the name suggests is a engine where you push down the train driver who is positioned sitting up and the front of the train and when you let go of him the train propels itself along the ground.
The train is roughly about £10 to buy from new but of course can be bought cheaper on places such as eBay. The price I think is pretty fair for what you are getting as anything Thomas the Tank Engine is usually quite sort after and highly priced.
The trains works easily and even at a year old Jack was able to push down the driver and watch the train shoot off across the floor. The train once pushed down does move at a rather fast rate and works well on carpet but is even better when on our laminate flooring.
The age recommendation for this Thomas toy is for children aged 12 months and over. Another good aspect of the toy is that is doesn't need batteries so once bought the toy needs no more money being pumped into it like other battery operated toys.
Overall I think this toy is a good one. Jack does play with it rather a lot and we have had nothing but fun with it. The price is good and the toy is fun. Five star rating and a HIGH RECOMMENDATION.
I hope this has been of some help. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Bright, sturdy and mercifully easy to clean, the Push and Go Thomas does just what it says in the title: push down on the driver's head and the bright little toy will move along merrily until it runs out of steam.