Product Type: Tomy baby toys
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Push 'N' (don't) Go (very far)!
Tomy Push n Go Thomas the Tank Engine
Member Name: chrisandmark
Tomy Push n Go Thomas the Tank Engine
Advantages: A cute representation of Thomas
Disadvantages: Awful grinding noise while working, pushing on the driver doesn't make Thomas travel far at all
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!
Summary: This toy definitely looks the part, unfortunately he doesn't Go far!