“ Brand: Tomy / Age: 12 months / Type: Playsets „
This was bought for my son who was 1 1/2 at the time, He is now 2 1/2 and still enjoys it. My 4 year old also enjoys playing with this with his brother.
This toy is well built and easy to assemble. The toy comes with 5 trains - Thomas, Percy, James, Diesel and Spencer. The Trains start at the top and roll down the winding hills to the bottom straight into Tidmouth Sheds. The is a rock boulder that also chases the trains down the track and well as different obstacles like the bridge.
I think when you initially look at the toy you can see there is a lot to it but you automatically think how much fun can they get out of it. Well my boys can play with this for hours. They always have a laugh and find it funny that the trains are chasing each other whilst speeding down the hill.
Having more recently purchased the Diescast trains and Take n Play tracks, i considered giving this to charity, however both boys still enjoy this so it would be a waste to get rid of.
At the time this was £29.99. I can see that the price has gone up since then to £39.99. I would probably say that although this has provided alot of entertainment and there is a lot to it, I would never pay more than £30.00 for it, so if you can get one second hand in good condition - it's probably better.
when our son got this for christmas i was expecting something bigger when i took it out the box, it doesnt stand very tall and is probbaly more suited to 18 - 24 months and upwards. All the parts need the stickers put on when assembling and the levels kind of stack together. It comes with 5 trains and a boulder. The idea is you let the trains start at the top and then press the button to release the boulder to chase after the train, there are 3 barriers that can be put up and down and on the 2nd level there is a bridge which pops up when the button is pressed and this can be used to stop the boulder from catching the train. There is also a little divider than lets you choose the direction of your train as it reaches the bottom, either in front of or behind the engine shed. There is a turntable at the engine shed so you can choose which bay to park your train in. The trains themselves are diecast and very well made the boulder is made of tough plastic with a face on it. The trains have rollers for wheels which make them glide down the track with ease, after a while our trains became a bit stiff in going down and would stop a lot, it was just a built up or small debris and a quick squirt with polish and a wipe had it as good as new. Our son loves watching the trains race down, he also loves pulling it all apart! but it does go back together easily. We sit ours on top of a storage box and it gives it a better height.
I must admit that we were actually given this and that we did not buy it new. It came to us complete though so I think I am safe to review it properly. I've had a look on the internet and the price for this is only around £20 at the moment as so many toy shops have it available at less than the £25 RRP. It's £25 in Toys R Us if there's nowhere near you that's got it on offer though.
We were given this because the grandson's a bit of a Thomas the Tank Engine fan and a well meaning neighbour thought he would really like this. Our grandson is four though and although he does like it, I think this is really meant for younger children because of its limited play options.
Basically you set up this plastic mountain track by clipping a few plastic bits together to create the island. Then there are a couple of barriers along the way, a little miniature tunnel and a bridge that springs up when you push the button. Also there's a little turn table at the bottom of the track where the trains can sit and be rotated on in the direction of their train house.
Sounds good but actually it only takes two minutes to sit one of the little trains, Thomas, Percy or James, on top of the mountain, watch them roll down and park them in their little house. Then you're all finished! I imagine if my grandson was eighteen months old then this would be absolutely fascinating for him but it isn't for four year olds really.
I've given this toy four stars because despite it not being overly suitable for a four year old, it's really great for a younger child with more limited abilities. It isn't the best made toy in the world but it's sturdy enough and there are lots of bright colours to attract a small child with too.
Upon the advice of a good friend we decided to buy this toy for my son Alfie for christmas. The toy is suitable for 12 months+ so as Alfie is nearly 2 we thought it would be the ideal toy as it looked quite interesting. We purchased the toy from Boots online for £24.99, however we took advantage of a 3 for 2 promotion they were running at the time so it actually cost us less.
The Sodor Adventure Land was easy and quick to put together and was an instant hit. It consists of a 'helter skelter' style track upon which the 4 trains run. To add to the fun there are several barriers to stop the trains, a turntable, releasable bridge, siding and even a boulder that can be released to add to the drama.
All these features add to the playability of the toy and give ample opportunity for creative play which is enhanced by the easily recognisable characters. My three year old daughter has also had some play out of this toy so I would say it would be suitable up to perhaps age 3 and a half.
The only drawback with the Sodor Adventure Island is that the track can be easily popped out and dismantled and I feel the toy could have been made a little sturdier, for which I would have gladly paid extra. Also the graphics for the bridges and garages are just stickers which are just asking to be be picked off (well in our house anyway).
The concept and design of the toy however make this an excellent buy as I could almost guarantee any child would have fun with it. (Even daddy had a good hours worth of joy with this on Christmas morning)! I would wholeheartedly reccommend it for any 1 or 2 year old boy or thomas fan.
This Thomas Sodor Adventure Land was bought as a gift for my twins for their 1st birthday. It was bought in Argos for £24.99 at the time. It states on the website and their catalogue its for ages 1 and over. Although I believe it should be maybe for 2 plus.
It comes flat packed in a box, although its not fiddly to put together its extremely light and can be easily knocked out of place. You have to attach it in layers, and if knocked even gently the joins come apart which means having to click them back into place. It comes in 3 layers or shelves, the blue bottom shelf, next up a grey shelf, up again is the brown and right at the top you have the green. You also have a sheet of stickers for when its all put together. 5 engines altogether which include Thomas The Tank himself, James, Percy, Diesel and Spencer. There is a few other bits which come with it to, the boulder, a house, train sheds, which all have allocated places on the Thomas Adventure Land.
The idea of the adventure land is the boulder sits in place and one of the fiver engines are let loose to spin around it, you push a button and the boulder shoots off down the ramps also chasing after the engine. It is brilliant fun for the little ones, my twins love it but because it's easy to knock out of place I find I do have to sit and play with it with them. If knocked the joins come up, which means if an engine is whizzing down the ramps it gets stuck at the join. So I have to sit there to click it back into place. Which is done easily enough, but obviously my boys who are only 1 don't know how to do it so I have to be there before they smash it up, which I'm sure could be easily done.
I say I think it should be for children a little older because the trains are a little small, my boys are constantly putting them in their mouths, and they have mastered how to pull the house off, and the sheds. I was expecting it to be alot chunkier, the trains to be bigger too. That is my only dissapointment though. Me and my boys have had great fun sitting there together playing with this, they do not stop laughing when the boulder is let loose to chase after the trains. It has provided alot of fun for them both, and me I'll admit it.
Sodor Adventure Land Deluxe brings hours of adventure fun for Thomas, James and Percy as they chase each other and Boulder down and around the Island of Sodor. Through the barriers, over the crossing and onto the turntable for Thomas and Friends then into the engine shed where they go for a rest until its time for another helter-skelter ride.