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My two and a half year old son received this seventy four piece set of mega bloks as a belated birthday present. It is a Thomas the tank engine build it set that offers so much fun for your child. My son isn't a huge Thomas fan but this didn't stop him instantly loving it. Since receiving it, it has remained a firm favourite.
This set is moving on from the large bulky mega bloks that my son was playing with when he was a year old. This set is that bit more challenging which is what a growing toddler wants. Now this set is recommended for three years plus. So my son did find it a little difficult when setting it up my other half happily gave him a hand! I was really surprised how much my son liked it.
As I have said it contains seventy four pieces. These make up a buildable Cranky the crane, a smaller lifting crane, two buildable trains, a smallish winding track made up of two pieces, flat bed carts and a buildable coal area. The box gives you various ways to set the pieces up. They are quite easy to do and my son has enjoyed playing with the set in every way. He does enjoy just making bits up himself even if it does look a bit of a jumbled mess to me!
The two buildable trains you get are Thomas and Percy. They are made up of five pieces and measure about 8cms in length and 3cms in width. They are just the right size for your little one to hold in their hands. They are a lovely manageable size for my son. The trains roll down the track with ease, pull the carts full of coal and are lifted up with the crane by my son.
Cranky the crane is made up of six rather large pieces. This is one of my son's favourite pieces in the set. It has a small wheel on the side that winds the string up and down that the hook is on. He loves hooking the bucket on and winding it in. The crane arm also moves up and down allowing it to get closer to the track. I can see any child loving this and having hours of fun moving the coal up and down in the bucket.
Just a little warning to all those who have younger children on the move, this set does contain some rather small pieces in the shape of coal! The majority of the coal is averaged size apart from three very small pieces. The rest of it is a decent size for little ones to get hold of and construct themselves. I think for a slightly older child then my son would have great fun constructing different sites for themselves.
The colours of the set are lovely and bright attracting any small child. We have had our set a couple of months now and still have all the pieces! My son is quite happy to look after this one. As all mega blok and Thomas things it is extremely well made and I can see it standing the test of time. Up to now nothing is broken and I know if it did my son would be heartbroken.
You can buy the trains separately if you would like to add to the set. There are also other sets in the range to add to it so this is something you could build on. Great ideas for birthday and Christmas. I know what my son is getting for Christmas now! There is a range of other sets small and large dependent on your budget.
The most important opinion of all is my sons and he says he loves it! He loves to sit at the dining table away from my youngest and will play for hours with it. He tired daddy out with it the other night. He loves moving the coal around with the trains and the cranes.
As all Thomas and mega blok toys it does come at a price! It will cost you around forty pounds but you can quite often find the sets on offer. This particular one was half price recently at Tescos. If I had seen it in a shop I don't think I would have picked it up and paid for it at that price. But since seeing how much my son enjoys it and the fact it will last him a good while I would recommend it is worth the price.