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Thomas the Tank is an engine who lives on the Island of Sodor with his engine friends. Not only do the engines appear on DVDs and in books, they can also be spotted on various merchandise and clothing.
The Thomas and Friends Luggage set I will be reviewing, is the 4 piece set and carries the Full Steam Ahead logo. This luggage set is designed for children and most importantly, Thomas fans. The set comprises of 4 different items with a similar design on each item. The set is suitable for children over the age of 3 and claims to be cabin friendly so ideal for taking on the plane. Each item is constructed with polyester and PVC for easy cleaning.
So what do we get in this luggage set? I will list the contents below but discuss the individual aspects and our use of them later in my review.
~Price and Availability~
This luggage set is currently available in Argos under catalogue number 286/6792 priced at £24.99. It is also available on Amazon. It is worth noting that this is a mainly blue set. If you wish to opt for a red set with a different design in a soft, nylon finish, you will pay only £7.99 for a set from Argos and this is catalogue number 285/2232.
~Our Thoughts and Usage~
My son adores Thomas and Friends and whilst browsing the Argos website last November, I came across this Thomas 4 pc Luggage Set. Mum had been looking for something to buy for Ryan and at the time, it was reduced to £12.99 so she snapped it up. She presented it to Ryan on Christmas Day and it came wrapped in a clear, plastic packet. Ryan fell in love and since then, we have had plenty of usage. Below I will comment on our thoughts of each individual product whilst providing neccessary product information.
Official details - size H41, W28, D11cm, 0.6kg weight and a 12.6litre capacity.
This trolley case is made up of a polyester backing and PVC front. There is a red frame type at the base holding 2 wheels and this expands to accommodate the trolley handle. The handle extends to allow the trolley to be pulled along though there is the option of a small carry handle on top of the trolley. The trolley is main a light blue colour with a red zip which starts around half way up the length of the trolley to allow easy access.
The PVC front of the trolley is bright and noticeable. A large Thomas engine is present and happy looking. There is the slogan "Right On Time" present and some smaller, road sign type designs also shown. From the moment my son set eyes on this trolley, he was amazed. The intention was to save this for a holiday but we haven't been able to afford one yet and it is such a waste for this to sit gathering dust. This trolley is used a few times a week outdoors as he insists on taking it to his Grans or aunts. I suppose it's a good idea as he likes to take so much toys with him!
The trolley is sturdy enough though personally, I don't feel it would handle long journeys if subject to pressure leaning against it etc. The handle extends well to allow my son (who is past 3 now) to pull it along flooring, carpets, grass or pavement outside. It does make quite a bit of noise or hard ground and we have noticed the wheels starting to get quite scuffed. This could handle shorter holidays to nearby places ie caravans or something. We do find the trolley sits fine on the ground regardless of how much is in it though there is no locking option for the handle and is seems to slide back down too easily.
The trolley itself is very spacious inside despite looking rather small from the outside. The zip works well and has never jammed but does open to allow plenty of space for Ryan to fill it up. The trolley does hold quite a bit hence the reason we use it for nights or weekends away. Ryan stays with his Gran nearby every week and we also go to my sisters (2 bus journeys away) for sleepovers so it does get out a lot.
To give an idea of what can find inside the trolley, I will mention what Ryan takes to his Grans for a sleep over. In go the PJs, the slippers, a change of clothes for the next day, some nappies and wipes and usually a spare jacket. That isn't all. There is also plenty of room left to accommodate a few small books, a small Iggle Piggle teddy and some snacks and still, there is room left for his mini cars. The trolley doesn't strain and protects the contents.
The quality of the trolley is really good and not only has it been designed well, but also put together well so that it is secure. The trolley rarely gets dirty but a quick wipe over with a baby wipe takes off any marks with ease. Other than the wear and tear on the wheels, the trolley is still in immaculate condition and as bright and bold as it was the day we opened it. We have used it in the rain and it has never leaked either so great all round really. The only other issue, well Ryan has this issue, is his large Teddy Bear (that is his actual title) won't fit in without being squashed.
Official details - size H27, W24, D8cm, 0.18kg weight and a 5.2litre capacity.
This backpack is really an almost identical, smaller version of the trolley but design to be placed on the child's back. Again a PVC front well stitched to a polyester backing. The design is Thomas on a blue backing and "Full Steam Ahead" printed. The red stitching is carried on around the back to reveal back straps. The adjustable parts are red whilst the straps are made of a thin polyester material with little padding. There is also a handle for carrying.
This backpack is the item Ryan uses the most from his luggage set. Until recently, this was used for going up to the shops and generally going out and about with his Mummy. Now he uses it for nursery. The backpack is design well and compliments the whole set. It is of course smaller than a school bag but perfect for a toddler. The straps initially felt a little tight when we first started using the bag. I adjust him depending on how big Ryans jacket is but find it a little fiddly to do so as they seem to jam. There isn't much padding the straps and sometimes Ryan finds the bag a little uncomfortable on his bag and takes it off to carry. Once on it does sit fine and doesn't slide off.
As I said, for nursery use this is great. Ryan looks so grown up walking into nursery with his bag and we can immediately see it when leaving due to the bright colouring. There has been no discolouration or stitching come undone despite 9months of regular usage and of course it can be wiped down easily. We have a separate lunch box now but this bag is ideal for carry about light snacks. At the moment, it is filled with a change of spare clothing for nursery as well as his comfy shoes for nursery and a few toy cars and everything fits well. It is sturdy and secure. A versatile little bag!
Official details - size H40, W29, D8cm, 0.05kg weight and a 1.2litre capacity.
This gym bag is made of polyester material. It is of a drawstring type design and features 2 rope pieces which can be joined together to wear the bag across the body or released apart to be worn like a backpack. The design is identical to the backpack though on a large scale.
This is probably the least used part of the luggage set. Personally I prefer a PVC swimming bag. To be honest, this one has been left at my parents home with a change of clothes in it and has only be used a handful of times. We don't go swimming so the only time this bag gets used is for trips to the beach. Ryan isn't keen on the bag and neither am I really. It feels a little flimsy the part used to pull the rope handles together is very loose. The bag looks good when full opened out though despite the opening at the top still being large when pulled together, the overall design looks ruined.
This bag doesn't sit well against Ryans body. It hangs far too far down at his bum and he simply doesn't like it. It is spacious but not exactly strong. It can comfortably hold a few bits of clothing but nothing heavy. We took this on our last trip to the beach and placed some damp (from the sea) clothing in to it. We removed them as soon as we got home but the damp smell lingered. I gave the bag a wipe out and sprayed it with some fabric spray which freshens it well. It is an ok bag just not very well designed for purpose and not ideal for swimming etc.
This wallet is made of main PVC around the outside. The wallet is folded over with a velcro fastening to the inside. The main outer design is Thomas with "Go Go Thomas" and a thick, red trim made of polyester. Inside the wallet, it is half polyester and half PVC. There are 3 compartments - a small, open area with a zipped coin area across the wallet and also a pull open area for notes or paper.
Whilst 3 might be a little young to carry lots of cash, we like to teach Ryan the value of money. He often takes his wallet out with him (in his backpack) and having been prefilled with some small amounts of cash, he can pay for things independently and it looks so cute when he hands a cashier a penny to pay for a 60p sweetie! The wallet is too big to be placed in a toddlers pocket and the velcro part feels relatively secure.
There are a few minor flaws with the wallet. The coin area has a small zip and we find it can accommodate lots of change without any issues with closing the zip. Ryan currently has around £2.00 in loose change in his wallet and it can be easily accessed. The issue I have with this part of the wallet is the small gap between the zip end and the middle of the wallet. If the zip isn't fully closed, tipping the wallet upside down will result in a scramble of coins and some may be lost.
Ryan doesn't have any credit cards or anything just yet..he is a little too young! He does however like to collect train tickets and any he gets fit snuggly into the other side of the wallet. I'm not in the habit of allowing him to carry money notes around though my sister recently presented him with a £1.00 note and he was over the moon. Notes do fit into the large part of the wallet well though I wouldn't recommend this as if the wallet is left open, it could fall out. The wallet sometimes becomes subject to grubby hands but wipes clean fine and is a good concept for a toddler. It has certainly helped Ryan to start understanding money a little better.
Whilst the current selling price for this set is way too high in my opinion, it was well worth the £12.99 my Mum paid for it especially considering you get 4 seperate items. They are all reasonably well made to support short journeys but don't expect too much from them or they will crack under pressure. They looks as good as the day we received them despite regular use and the design is superb and true to life as far as Thomas goes.
For easy storage in the rare instance that none of set is being used, we place everything inside the trolley and slot it into a corner of our cupboard as it doesn't take up much space. This Thomas luggage set does have minor niggles though we still recommend it.
Thanks for reading x
Thomas the Tank 4 piece luggage
Ahhh, good ole Thomas - been around for years and is still a firm children's favourite. I can't quite believe once huge Thomas fan is now 13, and now all these years later, my 2 year old is following suit.
With families living away, we tend to do a fair amount of travelling in Britain. Sometimes it may be for a week, sometimes just a few days, and if not going so far away, perhaps to friends, just a weekend. We therefore have acquired quite a large collection of luggage!
**Great for overnight/weekend trips**
I was looking for something that was more for weekend trips when buying this set. It's a recognised character and with my son having just turned 2, he easily recognises Thomas. The case doesn't boast anywhere near enough room for week trips, but for weekends or overnight, it's ideal. If we are going away for longer than a night or weekend, we still make use of the rucksack and trolley case because they are handy to hold toys in, if not clothes.
**4 Piece Set**
Trolley suitcase on wheels
The trolley suitcase isn't very big as already mentioned but for a young child, it's fine for a weekend trip. There are two small wheels on the bottom and a expandable handle. It's easy for my son to pull along but he's still only just managing this really. He is transfixed with pulling and pushing the handle up and down. It's pretty robust as he's done this a lot! There is a large picture of Thomas on the front which gets the response of 'Chin Chin Momas!' from our son. This means choo choo train Thomas lol
**Drawstring Swim Bag**
The string bag is what it is - a swim bag. It's great for us because it's waterproof and holds spare clothes, travel and armbands.
The rucksack is also small but we use it for nappies and cups on a trip away with the odd toy. During the week we use it as his out and about bag on the back of the pram, although I have caught hubby wearing it when he's been struggling with the pram and shopping. Not a cool look lol!
The wallet is probably the least useful item for us simply due to my son's age but he does enjoy opening and closing the Velcro so it entertains him for a while!
Overall it was a lovely buy and serves its purpose well. Even though the suitcase isn't big enough for longer than a weekend away trip, it can still be used for toys or nappies or bits and bobs on longer trips away so it still comes in useful!
As mot little 3 year olds my son absolutely loves Thomas the tank engine. When we planned out trip to loch lomond for a few days I decided it may be fun for the children to have there own bag so while searching the net we came across this. Its a 4 piece set made up of a draw string bag a backpack a suitcase trolley and a wallet.
On the front of each of the pieces is the same picture of Thomas the tank engine easy recognizable just like the well know TV character. When we took the bags out of the packaging I was surprised as they were for children I was expecting them to be small but these were tiny.
The wallet has the slot inside for children to put there money my little boy loves this although its not really useful as coins are difficult to get out if you put them in and I douht any 3 year old will be carrying notes around with them its a good novelty factor with his play money. He loves playing daddy.
The trolley is also very small we managed to get a few outfits in there for him to take with him 3 days worth to be exact. It has 2 small wheels at the bottom and a retractable handle which Connor thought was good fun to pull up and down constantly and 3 months down the line it still works fine even with the constant abuse. The wheels work well and make it easy for little ones to pull.
The pull bag is great for carrying his toys round again its small but it comfortably sits his cars in there. We also used it for a swimming trip it comfortable sat a towel swimsuits and change of clothes in it.
The most practical and used part of the set is the backpack. Again its not huge but it fits my sons spare pair of clothes and a toy in for nursery he has used it a few months daily now and its still going strong no threads and it sits nicely just the right size for a younger boy.
Although I did buy it to go away with I never really expected it to be very practical as it is aimed for children. It was allot smaller than we expected but still can be used for a small number of small things. It is perfect for over night stays at friends and the best buy from it all has to be the backpack which we use for nursery everyday. Its great for role play and sparks of my sons imaginative side well. Would recommend for any little Thomas fan.
It costs around £20 and is suitable for ages 3+.
I bought this set for my 5 year old nephews birthday a few months ago. He loves Thomas the Tank Engine and was extremely happy with the set. The design is great, large picture of Thomas on each piece of luggage and in bright colours. However I have found that not all the pieces are very practical to use. Firstly the wallet, it is great as a play item for him to pretend with but he does tend to lose it everywhere. I think an improvement would be for some sort of wire attachment so it can be clipped to his trousers or wrist as he always wants to take it out with us but he is forever dropping it and leaving it places with it being so small. The swim bag is probably the most useful item, it is waterproof and can hold all his PE or swimming things and is big enough to fit his pumps and towel in and is the item that is used the most. The second most useful item is the backpack, he loves to put all his toys in there and it is just the right size for him to wear and be able to carry even when its full. The most disappointing item would be the travel case, this is the reason I bought the set but is not very useful at all. It isnt very big so cant be used to really take anywhere and my nephew finds it very hard to pull it along when its full as it tends to tip to the side with it being so thin. I'd say overall the whole set is worth buying but more as a play set rather than real practical items.
I bought this luggage set for my son when he was 1 as he was always going to stay at his Grandma's house and wanted his own bags to take with him. On first inspection it looks great - 4 items, each with a large picture of Thomas the Tank Engine on the front. The set comprises a trolley suitcase on wheels, a swimbag, a rucksack and a wallet.
The wallet is fantastic - my son loves having his own money and uses it all the time. It is a typical child's velcro wallet with a space for notes and a coin compartment.
The swimbag is exactly what it says - a swimbag. It is suitable for waterproof items such as a towel and swimsuit.
The rucksack is fairly small but does the job - it is small enough for a toddler to hold on their back without falling over from the sheer size!!
The trolley case was the let down for me - I was expecting something with a decent size for example big enough to hold a child's clothes for a weekend trip away. However, it is so small that I could hardly fit anything into it. It is zip close so there isn't a very big opening to put things into, and it isn't very deep so again, not much will fit.
I have since had to buy a bigger child's suitacase to do the job I wanted this set to do, so this set has now been relegated to play. I wouldn't recommend this set if you actually wanted to be able to use it as luggage.
Set includes wheel bag, backpack, gym bag and wallet.