Product Type: Fisher Price Soft Toy
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Fisher Price Goodnight Thomas
Member Name: angelboouk
Fisher Price Goodnight Thomas
Advantages: its Thomas! cuddly and ideal for bed
Disadvantages: rrp price, limited uses
Fisher Prices involvement with Thomas the Tank includes the creation of train sets, card games and other toys. One toy they offer is the Goodnight Thomas which is promoted as being a bedtime plush soft toy. Suitable for 18months and up, this Thomas is aimed at bedtime. It is battery operated using 2 x AA batteries which are included. Not only is this the ideal bedtime buddy for your child, it also plays 5 different phrases/tunes.
Weighing in at only 440g, this is aimed at being a soft toy. A rather tubby but well proportioned soft Thomas greets us. Every detail is accounted for from Thomas' cheeky but slightly stiff face to his black funnel and from the red base and blue wheels to the small details such as his stripes and windows.The base is wavy and soft and the soft toy is made of polyester fibres and raw materials.
Being battery operated, Thomas needs to have a compartment. Cleverly concealed under velcro towards the back of the toy, a white box is tucked away so as to not be detected on the outside. It will need to be opened by a screwdriver when you need to replace batteries. Thomas is activated by pressing down on a slightly raised knob on the top of the train.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Goodnight Thomas can be purchased from Amazon for £19.50. Alternatively nip to Argos where you will currently find this reduced to £7.99 from £19.99.
My son first spotted this Goodnight Thomas in Hamleys just before Christmas. As I had already bought him the Goodnight Iggle Piggle, I couldn't afford another bedtime bud for Ryan! So how did he become the owner of this soft toy? Well we regularly go long walks around a local country park which has a prize bingo in a theme park half way round..one win any prize sort of thing and £3 later I had won. This was 2months ago and Ryan wasn't feeling his best so when I spotted this Goodnight Thomas on the shelves, I used my winning voucher for it and Ryan was over the moon.
Ryan loves Thomas as you all know and has a big collection of trains and other merchandise. This came partially boxed with Thomas being visible in all his glory. A few wires to untangle and he could be safely given to Ryan. Thomas looks life like which Ryan loved as he could identify him. His outer is soft and slightly fluffy to the touch. His colour is bright and bold like Thomas himself and with the exception of a firm face, the whole toy is squishy and cuddly which is ideal considering when it is expected to be used.
*~*Off To Bed*~*
With no assembly or on/off switch requiring pushed in, Thomas is in his pyjamas and ready to go to bed. Ryan likes to watch a DVD in bed (his Thomas bed) before falling asleep. His bed his usually home to various teddies and soft toys including Iggle Piggle and this Goodnight Thomas. Being the size of a medium sized teddy bear, Ryan can comfortably lie in bed with his arm around him and be able to reach the button.
The button to activate Thomas' voice is easy to push in but won't go off if you just get close, you do need to push it in to activate it. The voice that transmits through a little speaker in Thomas face giving the illusion that Thomas if talking himself! The voice is actually quite loud for what is concerned a bed time soothing toy. Ryan was quite impressed that the voice did actually sound like Thomas does in his DVDs
There isn't any fancy lights flashing or movement from this Thomas. Its aim is to provide sound to apparently soothe and relax a child at bedtime. I can tell when Ryan is wide awake from the other room as he will constantly press the button in. Once pressed, the sound will activate and if pressed again, it changes to the next sound which is incredibly annoying if pressed over and over again as everything sounds muddled up.
There are 5 sounds to be heard with each coming through in a specific order. There is quite a variation giving Ryan more choice of what he wants to hear.
An introduction of Thomas commenting it has been a busy day and time for some rest. This is followed by :
*Sound 1 - a train ssssshhhhh and Thomas stating he has run out of steam.
*Sound 2 - Thomas commenting that has been really useful today.
*Sound 3 - Thomas telling Ryan that its time to get some sleep.
*Sound 4 - Goodnight - short and sweet.
*Sound 5 - a Thomas lullaby
When Ryan is feeling playful in bed, he will press the buttons to hear what Thomas has to say and he can be heard repeating what has been said. He will ask Thomas if its time for bed and once he is ready to (finally) to go sleep, he will jump the sounds forward to sound 5. The lullaby is a slowed down, softer version of the song that includes "all with different roles to play etc* and only lasts around 10seconds or so before finishing with a high yet soothing note.
Now I am not saying this gets Ryan to sleep as it doesn't. What it does do though, is help keep Ryan in his bed. We insist Goodnight Thomas is kept cosy in the big Thomas bed which convinces Ryan to stay in there at bedtime and interact and change between Thomas and Iggle Piggle whilst watching his DVD. When Ryan is really tired and listening to the lullaby, he will tuck his teddies including Thomas under the duvet for cuddles and fall asleep.
There have been nights where Thomas has been rolled on and accidently activated. This is where I feel an on/off switch would be highly appreciated as the volume is quite high and wakes everyone up. If it could be switched off, I could sneak in and turn it off so that Ryan could still cuddle Thomas without risk of being waken by him during the night.
*~*Durability and Keeping Thomas Clean*~*
Thomas doesn't get thrown about much but I could imagine him taking any pressure well as despite being soft and squishy, he is tough and well made. He cannot be washed in the machine due to his battery compartment but Ryan is always clean in bed so no messy fingers make contact with him.
*~*Is It Worth The Money?*~*
No way would I have been happy to pay £20 for a soft toy which has very limited phrases. It isn't the sort of toy that would educate or keep Ryan or any other child occupied for any great length of time. It is however well made and well loved by Ryan and had I not won it and seen it in Argos, I would have been happy to pay the £7.99 for this bedtime buddy.
I recommend this if you can purchase it for under the £10 mark and if your child loves Thomas the Tank.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: not worth rrp but grab it at 7.99!
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